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Quintessence Int 29 (1998), No. 8     1. Aug. 1998
Quintessence Int 29 (1998), No. 8  (01.08.1998)

Page 503-507


Use of different concentrations of carbamide peroxide for bleaching teeth: An in vitro study
Leonard / Sharma / Haywood
Objective: This in vitro study compared the shade changes in extracted teeth during 2 weeks' whitening with 5%, 10%, or 16% carbamide peroxide. Method and materials: After color calibration, the sole examiner selected 110 extracted unrestored, noncarious teeth, shade A3 or darker on a value-oriented guide. The teeth were randomly distributed into equal color groups. The control group (11 teeth) was treated with 0.9% saline, while the experimental groups (33 teeth each) were treated with 5%, 10%, or 16% carbamide peroxide. The solutions remained on the teeth for 8 hours. The teeth and tray were rinsed with tap water for 2 minutes, then rehydrated in 0.9% saline for 16 hours in the humidifier. The shade was asse ssed, and the process was repeated daily for 2 weeks. Results: Repeated-measures analysis of variance indicated a significant difference in overall shade values between the control and all carbamide peroxide-treated groups at days 8 and 15. A Kaplan-Meier Survival Analysis indicated a quicker two-tab color change for the 10% and 16% groups than the 5% group. However, continuation of the 5% treatment to 3 weeks resulted in shades that approached the 2-week 10% and 16% values. Conclusion: Lower concentrations of carbamide peroxide take longer to whiten teeth but eventually achieve the same result as higher concentrations. Higher concentrations may cause increased sensitivity.