A comparison of the effectiveness of resin infiltration and microabrasion treatments applied to developmental enamel defects in color masking

Dent Mater J. 2019 Mar 31;38(2):295-302. doi: 10.4012/dmj.2018-074. Epub 2019 Feb 1.


This study aimed to evaluate color masking effect from treatments with resin infiltrant and two different remineralization agents applied with microabrasion to anterior teeth with developmental enamel defects. The incisors of patients aged 8-17 were evaluated. The study involved two groups including fluorosis (Group 1) and hypomineralization (Group 2) cases. These two groups were further divided based on the treatment received: Group A: Icon®, Group B: Opalustre®+Clinpro White Varnish®, and Group C: Opalustre®+Tooth Mousse®. The spectrophotometric values were recorded. Furthermore, the L* and ΔE values were evaluated by repeated measures of ANOVA. The largest increase in L* values over time after treatment was in Group 1A, followed by Group 1C and Group 1B. The largest increase in ΔE values over time after treatment was in Group 1A. Clinically observable difference was achieved as a result of all treatment groups. Especially resin infiltration treatment has been found to be more effective in teeth with fluorosis.

Keywords: Color masking; Microabrasion; Resin infiltration; Spectrophotometer.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Color
  • Dental Caries*
  • Dental Enamel
  • Enamel Microabrasion*
  • Humans
  • Resins, Synthetic


  • Resins, Synthetic