Original Article

Evaluation of Enamel Roughness in Vitro After Orthodontic Bracket Debonding Using Different Methods of Residual Adhesive Removal


  • José Tarcísio Lima Ferreira
  • Maria Cristina Borsatto
  • Maria Conceição Pereira Saraiva
  • Mírian Aiko Nakane Matsumoto
  • Carolina Paes Torres
  • Fabio Lourenço Romano

Received Date: 12.03.2019 Accepted Date: 28.11.2019 Turk J Orthod 2020;33(1):43-51


The aim of the present study was to compare different techniques for resin remnant removal (RRR) after orthodontic bracket debonding and to evaluate alterations on the dental enamel caused by these methods. The null hypothesis tested was that there is no difference between RRR techniques in relationship the changes caused on the dental enamel.


A total of 75 bovine mandibular permanent incisors were used in the study. Brackets were bonded and debonded in each tooth in two experimental regions. Five RRR techniques were used in the experimental groups (n=15): Group 1-diamond bur (6-bladed), Group 2-diamond bur (12-bladed), Group 3-diamond bur (30-bladed), Group 4-aluminum oxide sandblasting (AOS), and Group 5-Er:YAG laser. Enamel surface was evaluated using profilometry, and surface roughness analysis was performed at three time intervals: before bracket bonding, after RRR techniques, and after final polishing. Qualitative analyses of the enamel surfaces were performed using scanning electron microscopy.


Multiblade burs showed the best results, and the 30-bladed bur created a less irregular enamel surface. AOS caused greater enamel wear, and Er:YAG laser caused more surface irregularity.


The null hypothesis was rejected. The multiblade burs were the least harmful than the other techniques. Enamel surface roughness after using the 30-blade bur was similar to the original enamel. These results indicate that the type of bur tested (30-bladed) can be indicated to remove resin remnants after bracket debonding.

Keywords: Orthodontic debonding, enamel, orthodontic brackets