Background: Orthodontic appliances are highly biocompatible, although some side effects associated with the release of nickel ions have been documented. The present study was conducted to assess salivary nickel level in patients with fixed orthodontic treatment. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 15 subjects undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment of both genders. From all the subjects fasting salivary samples were collected in cold polypropylene tube. The assessment of salivary nickel levels was done using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Results: In group I, 8 males and 7 females were under fixed orthodontic treatment and group II had 9 males and 6 females. The mean nickel level in group I was 19.5 ng/ml and in group II was 13.2 ng/ml. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: The release of nickel from fixed orthodontic appliances can be harmful. Hence a check in required to avoid complications.
Key words: Fixed orthodontic appliances, Nickel, Salivary
Received: 13 March, 2019 Revised: 10 June 2019 Accepted: 12 June 2019
Corresponding author: Dr. Monika Mehta, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Private Practice, Himachal Pradesh
This article may be cited as: Goyal M, Mehta M, Bajaj H, Mahajan A, Goyal M, Aggarwal R. To assess salivary nickel level in patients with fixed orthodontic treatment. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2019;7(8): 85-87.