In vitro evaluation of an easy-to-remove orthodontic adhesive with photochromic property

Jiarong Yan, Lingyun Cao, Ting Luo, Fang Hua, Hong He

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To develop a photochromic bracket adhesive (PCA) with modification using photochromic material and evaluate the biocompatibility, bond strength, photochromic property, and adhesive removal efficiency.

Materials and Methods
The resin-modified glass ionomer powder was mixed with the photochromic material and then blended with the liquid agent to form PCA. Biocompatibility was evaluated by CCK-8 kit, and shear bond strength (SBS) was measured. Stereoscopic microscopy and quantitative color analysis were used to assess the photochromic property. Bracket bonding and debonding procedures were performed on a head simulator with the assistance of an ultraviolet radiator. The effectiveness of adhesive removal during bonding and debonding procedures was assessed using a stereomicroscope. Removal time was recorded, and the enamel damage index after debonding was analyzed.

CCK-8 assay and SBS test indicated that 5wt.% mixing ratios of the photochromic material did not compromise the biocompatibility and SBS of the adhesive (PCA5). PCA5 showed photochromic properties and could help the operator remove adhesive more thoroughly without increasing enamel damage.

Photochromic adhesive (PCA5) can be good for orthodontic adhesive removal and therefore has good clinical translation potential.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Angle Orthodontist
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2023


  • Adhesive
  • Ultraviolet
  • Photochromic
  • Enamel


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