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Effect of Different Polishing Systems and Drinks on the Color Stability of Resin Composite

Sevil Gurgan, Asll Berber, Filiz Yalcin Cakir, Meserret Baseren

Citation Information : Gurgan S, Berber A, Cakir FY, Baseren M. Effect of Different Polishing Systems and Drinks on the Color Stability of Resin Composite. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013; 14 (4):662-667.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1382

Published Online: 01-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).



The purpose of this study was to evaluate the color stability of resin composit using different finishing systems and drinks.

Materials and methods

Composit disks (5 mm diameter, 2 mm thickness) were prepared for each nanofilled composite using a brass mold. The specimens were divided into 5 finishing system groups Mylar strip (Mylar, DuPont, Wilmington, Del., USA), Soft Lex (3M™ ESPE™ St. Paul, MN, USA), Enhance (Dentsply-DeTrey GmbHD Konstanz, Germany), Hiluster (KerrHawe, Bioggio, Switzerland), Opti Disc (KerrHawe, Bioggio, Switzerland) and each group was divided into 10 subgroups (n = 10) and stored for 24 hours at 37°C in different drinks water coffee, coffee with sugar, tea, tea with sugar, diet coke, coke, light sour cherry juice or sour cherry juice. Color of all specimens was measured before and after exposure with a spectrophotometer using CIE L*a*b* relative, and color changes (ΔE*) were then calculated. The data were analyzed with a twoway analysis of variance (ANOVA), and mean values were compared by the Tukey HSD test (p = 0.05).


For the drinks, the lowest ΔE* values were observed in the water and highest ΔE* values were observed in sour cherry juice. When drinks with and without sugar were compared, all groups with sugar demonstrated a higher color difference than without sugar. For the different finishing systems, Mylar strip group demonstrated signicantly highest color change; Enhance groups demonstrated signicantly lowest color change.


Finishing treatments and storage solutions significantly affect the color stability of resin composite. The presence of sugar in drinks increased the color difference compared to drinks without composit.

Clinical significance

Polishing techniques and drinking drinks with sugar may affect the color of esthetic restorations.

How to cite this article

Berber A, Cakir FY, Baseren M, Gurgan S. Effect of Different Polishing Systems and Drinks on the Color Stability of Resin Composite. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013; 14(4):662-667.

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