ORal care

Dental & Orthodontic Devices

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:  

  • Good balance of strength and softening properties resulting in higher predictability of outcome along with patient comfort 
  • Range of options for stiff to soft materials for different performance needs 
  • Tear resistance  
  • Flexibility and clarity for a comfortable and transparent product, depending on the application
  • Abrasion and chemical resistance, providing the durability required in dental devices
  • Compatibility with antimicrobial agents in addition to other oral care ingredients