J Esthet Restor Dent. 2020 Oct;32(7):634-637. doi: 10.1111/jerd.12618. Epub 2020 Jul 9.


OBJECTIVE: This report describes the fluorescence-aided composite removal during lingual bracket debonding with an ultraviolet light emitting diode flashlight. The purpose of this technique is to help clinicians in composite removal without enamel surface damage.

CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The bracket debonding requires clinical attention in order to remove all composites and resins without enamel surface damage. Different protocols can be used in order to minimize the enamel damages and the excess bonding remnants. The fluorescence-aided composite removal permits to have an immediate visualization of the composites and adhesives, especially for the uneven lingual surfaces, of which the interindividual morphological variability is greater than the buccal surfaces.

CONCLUSIONS: The fluorescence-aided composite removal during lingual brackets debonding minimizes the risks described in literature and it is an easier, more accurate, reliable, noninvasive, inexpensive, and time-saving method.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The application of this technique allows, with inexpensive flashlights, to remove all the composite on the lingual surfaces during debonding, without damaging the tooth and saving time.

PMID:32643229 | DOI:10.1111/jerd.12618