Objective: To determine if a new unfilled experimental self-etching primer (SEP) adhesive system (SBP-40TX + C&B Metabond) that incorporates a methyl methacrylate-based 4-META/TBB (4- methacryloxyethyl trimellitate anhydride tri-n-butyl borane) resin can provide adequate shear bond strength (SBS) when used for bonding orthodontic brackets. Methods and Materials: Forty-eight human maxillary premolars were randomly divided into three groups of 16 specimens each. Brackets were bonded with three bonding systems. A filled Bis- GMA/TEGDM (triethylene glycol dimethacrylate)-based SEP adhesive system (Transbond Plus) and an unfilled conventional etch-and-rinse adhesive system (C&B Metabond) were used for comparison. The SBS for each sample was examined with a universal testing machine, and the Adhesive Remnant Index score was calculated. Enamel surfaces after conditioning were examined using a scanning electron microscope. Data were compared by one-way analysis of variance and a x2 test. Results: The experimental SEP showed a milder etching pattern than Transbond Plus SEP. No statistically significant differences in the mean SBS were found between the specimens bonded with the unfilled experimental SEP adhesive system (10.0 MPa) and the filled SEP adhesive system (8.7 MPa). The unfilled experimental SEP adhesive system showed less residual adhesive than the filled SEP adhesive system. Conclusions: The unfilled experimental SEP adhesive system showed a clinically sufficient SBS that was equivalent to the filled SEP adhesive system.
- Self-etching primer
- Shear bond strength