White spot lesion formation after treatment with full-coverage rapid maxillary expanders

YAĞCI A. , Korkmaz Y. N. , Buyuk S. K. , Yagci F. , ATILLA A. O.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ORTHODONTICS AND DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS, vol.149, no.3, pp.331-338, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 149 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2015.08.015
  • Page Numbers: pp.331-338


Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether treatment with full-coverage bonded acrylic splint expanders causes formation of white spot lesions using quantitative light-induced fluorescence. Methods: The experimental group underwent rapid maxillary expansion (RME) (n = 16; 6 boys, 10 girls; mean age, 14.1 +/- 2.2 years), and the control group received no orthodontic treatment (n = 17; 9 men, 8 women; mean age, 20.7 +/- 1.1 years). Quantitative light-induced fluorescence images of the RME patients were taken before cementation and after decementation of the appliances. The images of the control group comprised quantitative light-induced fluorescence images taken 3 months apart. Four parameters were calculated for 10 anterior teeth. Results: Between cementation and decementation, statistically significant differences were found in all 4 parameters in the RME group, whereas no significant changes were found in any parameters in the control group. A comparison of the measured parameters between the RME and control groups showed statistically significant differences. Conclusions: Patients treated with a full-coverage bonded appliance tended to develop more white spot lesions than did the control subjects.