The dental device market has seen significant innovation in recent years as demand has increased for both cosmetic and medical dental applications. Well-known materials are increasingly finding new uses as dental guards, retainers, and aligners as well as other orthodontic products. Increased awareness and access has driven growth in the industry, particularly with the use of polymers such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
As the oldest and one of the largest manufacturers of TPU in the world, Lubrizol materials have been used in a variety of medical applications, including dental devices. Our TPU has been used in commercial applications such as clear dental aligners (invisible braces), retainers, mouth guards, and orthodontic elastics. LLS Health manufactures multiple medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethanes, including Isoplast®, Pellethane®, and Tecothane™, among others. Our polymers are ideal for oral devices due to properties such as: