|Year : 2015 | Volume
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Evaluation of the cytotoxicity of fiber reinforced composite bonded retainers and flexible spiral wires retainers in simulated high and low cariogenic environments
Arezoo Jahanbin1, Mostafa Shahabi1, Farzaneh Ahrari1, Yasaman Bozorgnia2, Arezoo Shajiei3, Hooman Shafaee1, Jalil Tavakkol Afshari4
1 Dental Research Center, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2 Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Bojnord University of Medical Sciences, Bojnord, Iran
3 Immunology Research Center, Immunogenetic and Tissue Culture Department, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
4 Bu Ali Research Institute, Immunogenetic and Tissue Culture Department, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
|Date of Web Publication||19-Jan-2015|
Dental Research Center, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Vakil Abad Boulevard, Mashhad
Source of Support: This research was financially supported
by research vice chancellor of Mashhad University of Medical
Sciences,, Conflict of Interest: None
Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the cytotoxic effects of fiber reinforced composite bonded retainers in comparison with flexible spiral wires (FSWs) under high and low cariogenic-simulated environments using human oral fibroblasts.
Materials and Methods: Four types of bonded retainers were evaluated: (1) reinforced with glass fibers: Interlig (Angelus), (2) reinforced with polyethylene fibers: Connect (Kerr), (3) reinforced with quartz fibers: Quartz Splint UD (RTD), and (4) FSW. Twenty specimens of each sample group were prepared with the same surface area and halved. Next, half of them were placed in a high cariogenic environment 60 min in 10% lactic acid 3 times a day and remained in Fusayama Meyer artificial saliva for the rest of the day) and the other half were placed in a low cariogenic environment 20 min in 10% lactic acid 3 times a day and remained in Fusayama Meyer artificial saliva for the rest of the day) for 1, 7 and 30 days. Cell viability was assessed by MTT assay. Data were analyzed using SPSS software (α =0.05).
Results: During the 1 st month, cytotoxicity reduced gradually. In the low cariogenic-simulated environment, the cytotoxicity of all of the groups were reported to be mild at day 30 and the difference between them was significant (P = 0.016). In the same period in the high cariogenic-simulated environment, the cytotoxicity of Connect and Quartz Splint was mild, and they had lower cytotoxicity than the other groups. Meanwhile, Interlig had moderate (52%) and FSW had severe cytotoxicity (22%) and the difference between the groups was also significant (P = 0.000).
Conclusions: FSW retainers are not recommended in those at high-risk for dental caries. However, in those at low-risk, there is no difference from the standpoint of cytotoxicity.
Keywords: Cell viability, cytotoxicity, fiber reinforced composite, retainer
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Jahanbin A, Shahabi M, Ahrari F, Bozorgnia Y, Shajiei A, Shafaee H, Afshari JT. Evaluation of the cytotoxicity of fiber reinforced composite bonded retainers and flexible spiral wires retainers in simulated high and low cariogenic environments. J Orthodont Sci 2015;4:13-8
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Jahanbin A, Shahabi M, Ahrari F, Bozorgnia Y, Shajiei A, Shafaee H, Afshari JT. Evaluation of the cytotoxicity of fiber reinforced composite bonded retainers and flexible spiral wires retainers in simulated high and low cariogenic environments. J Orthodont Sci [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Sep 26];4:13-8. Available from: https://www.jorthodsci.org/text.asp?2015/4/1/13/149610
| Introduction|| |
Many appliances have been introduced to prevent relapse after orthodontic treatment such as the fixed bonded retainer which not depend on patient cooperation. Two conventional fixed retainers widely used are the flexible spiral wire (FSW) and fiber reinforced composite (FRC) retainers.  FRC is composed of silanized fibers that are embedded in a composite matrix.  The most important advantage of FRC retainers compared with FSW retainers is high transparency, which makes these retainers almost invisible. Therefore, it can be bonded closer to the incisal edges of the teeth, which is a benefit from the biological and biomechanical aspects.  One drawback of FRC retainers is the need to cover FRC bars with composite resins, especially in interproximal spaces, making oral hygiene more difficult. , It should be noted that dental material should be biocompatible in addition to strong, esthetic and have ease of application. , Polymerized resins may be cytotoxic due to the release of remaining monomers, initiators, and activators. Moreover, these agents could be released as a result of physical and chemical degradation. , After 1 time eating sucrose the pH of the tooth surface falls under 5.5 for 20 to50 min. However, in individuals eating sweet snacks between meals the pH falls under 5.5 for a longer time.  This reduction in pH may release the composition of FRC retainers and cause cytotoxicity. Therefore, it seems necessary to evaluate cytotoxicity of the retainers under a high cariogenic-simulated environment. Another factor that may cause cytotoxicity is when FRC bars are exposed to the oral cavity after finishing and polishing in interproximal regions.
The MTT (3- [4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5 diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay is a colorimetric test for assessing cell viability. NAD(P) H - dependent cellular oxidoreductase enzymes may, under defined conditions, reflect the number of viable cells. These enzymes are capable of reducing the tetrazolium dye MTT to its insoluble formazan, which has a purple color. MTT assay is a quantitative method, which is its main advantage. 
The aim of this study was to evaluate the cytotoxicity of different FRC retainers in comparison with FSW retainers under a high and low cariogenic-simulated environment using human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs).
| Materials and Methods|| |
Preparation of Specimens
This was an in vitro study. Four types of bonded retainers were selected: (1) Reinforced with glass fibers: Interlig (Angelus, Londrina, PR, Brazil), (2) reinforced with polyethylene fibers: Connect (Kerr, 3M Co, St Paul, MN, USA), (3) reinforced with quartz fibers: Quartz Splint UD (RTD, France), and (4) FSW (19.5 mil multi-strand wire) (Dentaurum, Inspringen, Germany). To compare their cytotoxicity the surface area should be the same. For this purpose, the width, length, and thickness of the retainers were measured by a digital caliper with an accuracy of 0.01 mm. Therefore, all of the FRCs had the same surface area.
Simulating the Environments
For simulating a high cariogenic environment, samples were placed in 10% lactic acid (pH: 5.3) for 60 min, 3 times a day, and then remained in Fusayama Meyer artificial saliva for the duration of the day. Furthermore, for simulating a low cariogenic environment, samples were placed in 10% lactic acid for 20 min, 3 times a day, and then remained in Fusayama Meyer artificial saliva for the duration of the day. The saliva and acid were replaced every 3 days. Each group was divided into seven subgroups, in which 10 samples were placed in each subgroup; three groups for evaluating the low-cariogenic environment and the other three groups for the high-cariogenic and one group as a control. The duration of the test for the first, second, and third group was 1, 7, and 30 days respectively. All the specimens, except for the control group were subsequently thermal cycled (5000 cycles, 5°C -55°C).
The MTT test was carried out based on Edmondson et al.  HGFs (Pasteur Institute, Tehran, Iran) were cultured in DMEM medium, supplemented with penicillin (100 u/ml), streptomycin (100 mg/ml), 4 mM L-glutamine and 5% fetal bovine serum (DAA Laboratories, GmbH, Pasching, Austria). The samples of the groups, from the first to the sixth, were rinsed with artificial saliva and then they were sterilized by ultraviolet-irradiation for 45 min. Each sample was placed in the wells of a 96-well flask and 330 lambda (0.001 ml) DMEM medium was added to each well and then incubated for 24 h. HGFs (8000 cells per well) were cultured in 96-well cell culture clusters containing DMDEM medium and were incubated for 24 h. All wells were aspirated, and 200 lambda extract of FSW or FRCs were added and all of them were then incubated for 24 h. Twenty lambda of MTT solution was then added to each well, followed by 4 h of incubation in darkness. The spectrophotometric absorbance at 570 nm was then measured using the Elisa reader device (VMax, PA, USA). Cytotoxicity was measured based on cell viability as follows:  noncytotoxic >90% cell viability, slightly cytotoxic = 60-90% cell viability, moderately cytotoxic = 30-50% cell viability, and severely cytotoxic ≤30%.
The test was repeated using the same extracts. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was used for evaluating data normality. Data were analyzed by the one-way ANOVA and Tukey's test and independent t-test (P < 0.05).
| Results|| |
The result of the study showed that cell viability of all experimental groups were not statistically significant different on the day 0 (P = 0.18) as is shown in [Table 1].
Cell viability percentages of all experimental groups at days 1, 7, and 30 are presented in [Table 2]. At first, on the seventh and 13 th days the one-way ANOVA test showed significant differences between all of the groups and the Tukey's test was used for measuring inter-group differences [Table 3]. On the 1 st day in the low-cariogenic environment, there was a significant difference in cell viability between the groups (P = 0.016) and the cell viability percentage was greater in the Quartz Splint group. Furthermore, in the high-cariogenic environment the difference between the groups was significant (P = 0.000) and the cell viability percentage was greater in the FSW group. On the 7 th day in the low-cariogenic environment there was a significant difference between the groups and those differences were a result of the Quartz Splint group, in which the cell viability percentage was significantly less than the other groups and the other groups did not have a significant difference with each other. In the high-cariogenic environment, the difference between the groups was significant (P = 0.000) and FSW showed significantly high cell viability compared with the other groups.
After 1-month in the low-cariogenic situation there was a significant difference between the groups (P = 0.000). Connect showed significantly less cell viability percentage compared with the other groups. Also, in the high-cariogenic environment the difference was statistically significant between the groups and FSW had the least cell viability. In the Connect group, the mean of cell viability on the 7 th day was significantly greater than 0 and the 1 st days, although there was no significant difference with the 3 rd day. In the Interlig group, the mean of cell viability at the 7 th day increased significantly in comparison with 0 and the 1 st day. The difference between the seventh and 13 th day was also significant, which indicates improvement in cell viability. In the Quartz splint group, the mean of cell viability showed a descending trend on the 7 th day, although the cell viability was significantly improved on the 13 th day. In the wire group in the low cariogenic environments, the mean of cell viability on the 7 th day was significantly greater than 0 and the 1 st day and on the 13 th day only negligible cytotoxicity was observed. In the high cariogenic environment ton the first and 7 th days the amount of cell viability was higher, but after 1-month it reduced significantly [Table 4] [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4].
|Figure 1: Cell viability in the Connect group,(a) High acidic environment,(b) Low acidic environment|
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|Figure 2: Cell viability in the Interlig group, (a) High acidic environment, (b) Low acidic environment|
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|Figure 3: Cell viability in the Quartz Splint group, (a) High acidic environment, (b) Low acidic environment|
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|Figure 4: Cell viability in the Wire group, (a) High acidic environment, (b) Low acidic environment|
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|Table 2: Cell viability percentage at day 1, 7, and 30 in the low and high acidic environment |
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|Table 4: One-way ANOVA test for evaluating cell viability in the groups at low and high acidic situations |
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An independent t-test was used to evaluate the effect of low or high cariogenic environments in the groups [Table 5]. There was no significant difference between the two environments (low or high cariogenic) after the 1 st and 7 th days in the Connect group, although after 1-month and the more acidic the environment, cell viability was higher. In the Interlig group after day 1 and 7 there was no significant difference between the two environments; however, after 1-month in more acidic environments the cell viability significantly reduced in the FSW and Quartz Splint groups. Moreover, after days 1 and 7 in the more acidic environments cell viability was more, although after 1-month the results become inverted.
|Table 5: Student's u-test for evaluating cell viability in a low and high acidic environment in the experimental groups |
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| Discussion|| |
The biologic characteristics and the toxicity of dental materials are important in clinical dentistry. In vitro assessment of cytotoxicity is a crucial step before applying new material in vivo.  It has been reported that the amount of cytotoxicity varies for different cells.  Therefore, in our study HGFs were used to simulate gingival tissue.
The fully polymerized resins have no harmful biological effect.  However, complete polymerization of orthodontic adhesive resins seems unlikely.  The remnant unpolymerized monomers in the composite are the primary cause of its cytotoxicity.  Ferracane showed that 5-10% of remnant monomers in cured composites were released into the solvent.  Thompson reported that the amount of leaked material from cured orthodontic adhesive during 48 h was 14% of bulk material.  Bis GMA is the main released monomers from dental composites,  which has the most cytotoxic potential among dimethacrylate derivations. ,
The cytotoxic features of dental materials are related to their surface area.  In our study, all of the samples had a similar surface area and the volume of medium was added in proportion to the samples' surface area to minimize errors. In this current study, the cytotoxicity of glass fibers, polyethylene, and Quartz Splint, which were used in FRC retainers were evaluated and compared to conventional stainless steel (SS) multi-strand wires. All the groups on 0 day and 1-day after that, in both low and high cariogenic environments, showed moderate to high cytotoxicity [Table 1] and [Table 2].
Lebfevre et al. examined the effects of released materials from the denture based on Hamster's oral epithelial cells and observed that the released materials caused inhibition of cell proliferation in the first 24 h.  In addition, it has been reported that most of the unpolymerized resins were released in the first 24 h.  Sheridan  and Ozen  reported that the cytotoxicity of acrylic resins was at its maximum 24 h after polymerization and then was reduced. This finding was in accordance with our study groups, with the exception of two of them. The first exception was the Quartz Splint group, in which the cytotoxicity increased significantly after 1-week in both environments and then after 1-month the amount of cytotoxicity decreased significantly [Figure 3].
In one study the effects of quartz on the lung of mice was evaluated and it was determined that the Quartz Splint could cause cell membrane degradation, and this phenomenon occurred from the fourth until the 8 th day.  Similar to this study, we found a comparable increase in cytotoxicity on the 7 th day, which then decreased gradually. The second exception was in the FSW group, in which the high cariogenic environment showed an increase in cytotoxicity after 1-week and the amount of cytotoxicity was reported high on the 13 th day [Figure 4]a.
Saliva, the environmental factor, and microbial flora of the mouth may stimulate a corrosion process. Wataha et al. showed that after much initial release, the amount of released ions from material reduced gradually. This study also indicated that most of the time, ion released from multiphase alloys such as SS occurs after the 1 st week.  The results of our study were similar to this study, because SS wire showed higher cytotoxicity after the 1 st week. Our results showed that in individuals with high caries risk, it would be better not to use FSW retainers and use the alternatives such as FRC retainers, in particular Connect, which had the least cytotoxicity among the groups in the high cariogenic environment [Figure 5].
|Figure 5: Box plot for evaluating cell viability in the high acidic environment on day 7|
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Bishara et al. suggested that thermocycling should be a part of new adhesive test protocols;  therefore, in accordance with the suggestion, the samples in our study were thermocycled. Vakiparta et al. examined the cytotoxicity effect of glass fibers on HGFs. They showed that after 11 days, growth of HGFs returned to normal status; therefore, it was concluded that glass fibers were not cytotoxic. 
Andrade et al.'s study, showed cytotoxicity of glass fibers after 5 and 10 days, were similar to each others (61%).  It has been reported that this amount of cytotoxicity is low, and it is comparable with international standards. , These studies are in accordance with our study, in which the amount of cytotoxicity in the high cariogenic environment on the seventh and 13 th days was 48% and 68% respectively, and in the low cariogenic environment on the seventh and 13 th days was 56% and 10%, respectively. In a study by Meric et al. it was observed that thermal cycled silica glass fibers showed 10% cytotoxicity. Therefore, they concluded polymerized silica glass FRCs did not show toxicity and thermal cycling did not affect this feature.  However, in our study the cytotoxicity of silica glass FRC (Interlig group) after 30 days reached 10%. The cause of lower reported cytotoxicity in Meric et al.'s study may be due to more thermal cycles (9000 cycles) and performing the MTT test on the mouse's lung fibroblast L929. In our study 5000 thermal cycles had been performed, and HGFs were applied, which were more sensitive. Also, we simulated the oral environment by using artificial saliva but in Meric et al.'s study the samples were stored in water. It should be noted that only the cytotoxicity of FRC retainers were evaluated in our study, and the cytotoxicity of adhesive resins around the retainer is another issue. An in vitro study showed no-mix adhesives had moderate cytotoxicity on the 1 st day; whereas, light cure adhesive and flowable composite showed excellent biocompatibility.  Moreover, the primers are a potent source of cytotoxicity. Investigations on the cytotoxicity of conventional orthodontic primers showed that all of the primers were cytotoxic.  In another study, self-etch primers showed a similar amount of cytotoxicity with conventional primers. 
| Conclusion|| |
Flexible spiral wire retainers are not recommended in those at high-risk for dental caries. In this population, it is better to use acid-resistant retainers like Connect and Quartz Splint, due to their low cytotoxicity, but in the low-risk population, there is no difference from the standpoint of cytotoxicity.
| Acknowledgment|| |
The authors would like to thank the Vice-Chancellor for Research of the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences for the financial support of this project. The results described in this paper were part of a M.Sc. student thesis proposal.
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