Color stability of resin composites after immersion in different drinks

Dent Mater J. 2006 Jun;25(2):371-6.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the discoloration of two nanohybrids, two microhybrids, and a posterior composite resin restorative material upon exposure to different drinks--namely tea, cola, coffee, red wine, and water. The colors of all specimens before and after storage in the solutions were measured by a colorimeter based on CIE Lab system, and the color differences thereby calculated. Data were analyzed by two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Tukey's HSD test. According to ANOVA, the restorative material, staining agent, and their interaction were found to play a statistically significant role (P = 0.0001) in color change. Among the staining agents, water consistently showed the lowest deltaE* value for all materials, whereas red wine showed the highest deltaE* value. In other words, for all the materials tested, their color change in staining agents ranked in this increasing order: water < cola < tea < coffee < red wine. In terms of comparison among the five restorative materials, Filtek P60 and Z250 were observed to manifest less color change than the nanohybrids and Quadrant LC.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Beverages*
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Color*
  • Colorimetry
  • Composite Resins* / chemistry
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent
  • Particle Size
  • Polyethylene Glycols / chemistry
  • Polymethacrylic Acids / chemistry
  • Tea
  • Water
  • Wine


  • Coffee
  • Composite Resins
  • Polymethacrylic Acids
  • Tea
  • Water
  • triethylene glycol dimethacrylate
  • Polyethylene Glycols