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The Effect of Different Curing Time Regimens on Immediate Postpolymerization Color Changes of Resin Composites

Arash Poorsattar Bejeh Mir, Morvarid Poorsattar Bejeh Mir

Citation Information : Mir AP, Mir MP. The Effect of Different Curing Time Regimens on Immediate Postpolymerization Color Changes of Resin Composites. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012; 13 (4):472-475.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1171

Published Online: 01-12-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).



Light curing of resin composites may considerably change the color of resin composites. The aim of this study was to evaluate the changing pattern of resin composite's color by different curing times.

Materials and methods

Fifteen, 1 mm-thick, samples of each A2 shade Clearfill and Filtek P60 composites were prepared. First five samples were cured for 10s (400 mW/cm2) in each pole of the rectangular samples (right upper, right lower, left lower, left upper plus central zone). Consecutive sets of samples, each consists of five, were irradiated by doubling and tripling the curing time to 20 and 30s. Color change were measured by means of CIE 1976 L*a*b system equation (ΔE) for each digitalized picture of the corresponding sample.


Color of samples was clinically significant changed by increasing the curing time from 10 to 20s and from 20 to 30s for Clearfil (ΔE = 13.86 and 14.11 respectively,) and Filtek P60 (ΔE = 7.68 and 11.66 respectively). The ‘b’ component change was responsible for the most color alteration confirmed by the linear regression model (p < 0.001).


This study revealed the contrasting pattern of resin composite's color change with the different curing times. Our findings support that light curing is accompanied by a higher attained blue chroma and diminished yellowness of resin composites.

Clinical significance

A complete and proper curing of sample resin composites on buccal surface of particular tooth, as a common practice to ensure the maximize concordance composite and tooth color, is reassured according to the considerable differences of undercured and overcured in comparison to normocured composite.

How to cite this article

Poorsattar Bejeh Mir A, Poorsattar Bejeh Mir M. The Effect of Different Curing Time Regimens on Immediate Postpolymerization Color Changes of Resin Composites. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012;13(4):472-475.

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