Fulton is an invited student researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and has has been working on this project for the past 2 years. Her research resulted in a bonding agent that allows synthetic enamel to adhere to damaged teeth.
'It's essentially enamel,' Fulton said. 'It has the natural structure of it and is biocompatible. It's safer than amalgam fillings. And it does not leach BPA like resin fillings. It's durable and only takes 30 seconds for application.'
Her hope is to sell her patent to a dental company, who could then begin clinical trials leading to market solution. Fulton believes this resulting dental product ?...could help in Third world countries where dental care is desperately needed.?
Her research was submitted to the Intel Science Talent Search, a content open to high school seniors. While not moving on to a finalist, her semifinalist status earned her a $1000 scholarship. Her plans after high school? She is currently applying to colleges to study biomechanical or mechanical engineering or dentistry.