Assessment of surface staining and roughness of direct restorative materials after different polishing systems: in vitro study

Abstract Introduction The aesthetic and technological development of direct restorative composites has increased the search for an aesthetic dentistry. Objective Assess the surface staining and roughness of composites: Filtek Z350 (3M ESPE) and Filtek Bulk Fill (3M ESPE), polished by different systems: Disco SofLex and Disco SofLex diamond spiral (both from 3M ESPE), after repeated exposure to coffee. Material and method This study was carried out together with 80 resin discs were made, 40 articles for each study evaluated. The compounds were divided into groups (n = 10) according to the polishing method - Softex and Softex diamond, storage solution - deionized water (control) and coffee (experimental). After 24 hours of storage in deionized water, a color evaluation was performed initially, as well as the execution of the polishing protocols tested. Subsequently, the specimens were exposed to the staining process in coffee and deionized water for 42 days. After this period, the color and roughness were assessed again. Result The parametric statistical analysis showed that surface staining was affected significantly by the composite and solution factors, but not by the polisher factor or by any interaction among factors. For the composite factor, Filtek Z350 showed greater staining and for the solution factor, coffee showed greater staining. In contrast, the roughness analysis did not show significant differences. Conclusion Regardless of the polishing system, differences in composite composition affect the color stability of the composites; and coffee changes the color of both; the roughness was not altered.