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Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana

versão On-line ISSN 1852-4834


BARREDA, Graciela J; DZIEREWIANKO, Elizabeth A; MUNOZ, Karina A  e  PICCOLI, Gisela I. Surface wear of resin composites used for Invisalign® attachments. Acta odontol. latinoam. [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.90-95. ISSN 1852-4834.

Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign® require the use of attachments, which are composite resin buttons attached to tooth surfaces. Attachments constitute one of the most powerful tools for improving the efficiency of orthodontic tooth movement. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate surface wear over six months in two resin composites (Filtek Z350 XT, 3MESPE and Amelogen Plus TW, Ultradent Products Inc. ) used for making Invisalign® attachments. These composites were selected for their esthetic and mechanical properties. Forty attachments were bonded to the buccal surface of maxillary teeth. Materials were randomized and assigned in a double blind manner. Impressions were taken of the attachments using a preestablished technique immediately after bonding and following 6 months of clinical use. The impressions were examined by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) at 12-fold magnification to identify changes in surface texture and attachment shape. Data were analyzed using Mann-Whitney's test on the overall ranking of detected changes in those variables. Statistically significant differences (P<0. 001) were found for surface wear, with greater changes in Amelogen Plus. Attachment shape did not change significantly in either material (P>0. 05). According to the results of this study, the alteration of the attachment surface during the first six months of treatment depends on the composite used, while attachment shape does not appear to be affected, so the clinical performance of the materials evaluated could be considered acceptable.

Palavras-chave : Clear aligner; Orthodontics; Attachments; Invisalign; Composite; Surface wear.

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