Journal Article

An <i>in vivo</i> study to compare a plasma arc light and a conventional quartz halogen curing light in orthodontic bonding

A. P. Pettemerides, M. Sherriff and A. J. Ireland

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 26, issue 6, pages 573-577
Published in print December 2004 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online December 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
An in vivo study to compare a plasma arc light and a conventional quartz halogen curing light in orthodontic bonding

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The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of a plasma arc lamp with a conventional tungsten quartz halogen lamp in orthodontic bonding. Twenty consecutive patients had their brackets bonded either with Transbond XT (n = 10) or Fuji Ortho LC (n = 10). In total, 352 teeth were bonded, 176 in each group. Using a randomized cross-mouth control study design, where diagonally opposite quadrants were assigned a particular treatment, the bonds were then either cured with the control light, namely a halogen lamp, or a plasma arc lamp. The halogen light was used for 20 seconds per tooth and the plasma arc lamp for 3 seconds per tooth. The measurement parameter used was bond failure and the patients were monitored for a period of 6 months following initial bond placement.

In the Transbond XT group, the proportion of bond failures was 3.41 per cent for both the halogen and the plasma arc lamp. For the Fuji Ortho LC group, the proportions were 11.4 and 10.2 per cent, respectively. No difference was observed with respect to in-service bond failure proportions between bonds cured with the plasma arc or the conventional halogen lamp, irrespective of the bonding agent. Use of the plasma arc lamp could therefore lead to considerable savings in clinical time. However, this must be weighed against the increased purchase price of the plasma arc lamp.

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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