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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Investigation of three home-applied bleaching agents on enamel structure and mechanical properties: an in situ study
Author(s): Yue Sa; Zhejun Wang; Xiao Ma; Chang Lei; Shanshan Liang; Lili Sun; Tao Jiang; Yining Wang
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Paper Abstract

The safety of at-home tooth bleaching, based upon carbamide peroxide (CP) or hydrogen peroxide (HP) as the active agent, has been questioned. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of three differently concentrated home-applied bleaching agents on human enamel under in situ conditions. Sixty specimens were divided randomly into four groups and treated with 10% CP, 15% CP, 20% CP, and distilled water, respectively. Raman spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance-infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), microhardness, and fracture toughness (FT) measurements were conducted to determine variations on enamel structure and mechanical properties before and after the bleaching process. Raman revealed little variation of Raman relative intensity after treatment with CP, which was consistent with the results of ATR-IR, AFM, and microhardness analyses. In addition, laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) intensity, and FT showed significant decreases on CP-treated specimens. These findings suggested there were minimal demineralization effects of the three at-home bleaching agents on enamel in situ. However, the decrease of LIF intensity and FT on enamel seemed to be inevitable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2012
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(3) 035002 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.3.035002
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Yue Sa, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Zhejun Wang, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Xiao Ma, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Chang Lei, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Shanshan Liang, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Lili Sun, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Tao Jiang, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Yining Wang, Wuhan Univ. (China)

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