Halogen versus high-intensity light-curing of uncoated and pre-coated brackets: A shear bond strength study

M. F. Sfondrini, V. Cacciafesta, C. Klersy

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Aim: To evaluate the shear bond strengths of adhesive pre-coated brackets (APC) and conventional uncoated brackets (Victory) cured with two different light-curing units: a conventional halogen light (Visilux 2) and a micro-xenon light (Aurys). Setting: Ex vivo study Materials and methods: Sixty freshly extracted bovine permanent mandibular incisors were randomly assigned to one of four groups, each group consisting of 15 specimens. Two groups (one for each type of bracket) were exposed to the halogen light for 20 seconds and used as controls. The remaining two groups were cured with the micro-xenon light for 2 seconds. After 24 hours, all samples were tested in a shear mode on an Instron Machine. Analysis was by twoway ANOVA with Scheffé's test for comparisons, Kaplan-Meier survival estimates, and Cox model. The Chi-square (x2) test was used to determine significant differences in the ARI scores. Results: The mean shear bond strength of the uncoated brackets cured with Visilux 2 was significantly higher than those of all the other groups tested. Both groups cured with Visilux 2 produced significantly higher mean shear bond strengths than those of the corresponding groups cured with Aurys. No statistically significant differences were found between the two groups cured with Aurys. Conclusions: Compared to halogen light-curing, the micro-xenon light enables the clinician to reduce significantly the curing time of both APC and uncoated brackets, and although significantly lower, their shear bond strengths may be clinically acceptable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Orthodontics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002



  • Bond strength
  • Light-curing
  • Orthodontic bonding
  • Orthodontic brackets
  • Xenon arc light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthodontics

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