Clinical Trials

One of the major challenges in orthodontic treatment is long-term stability. Because removable retainers are worn for at least one year, bacteria and fungi may accumulate on the retainers in the form of multi-species plaque biofilms. This may result in increased incidence of proximal dental caries or oral candida infection. Thus, incorporation of antimicrobial activity in orthodontic acrylic resin to achieve plaque biofilm reduction is highly desirable. An antimicrobial and antifungal quaternary ammonium methacryloxy silicate molecule (QAMS) has been synthesized by sol-gel reaction and incorporated into orthodontic acrylic resin.

The QAMS-copolymerized acrylic resin demonstrated contact-killing properties against single-species biofilms in previous in vitro studies and has received US FDA 510(K) clearance for marketing. The objective of the present randomized clinical trial is to determine the in vivo antimicrobial efficacy of the QAMS-containing orthodontic acrylic by using removable retainers that are worn by recruited subjects to create 48-hour multi-species plaque biofilms. The null hypothesis tested is that there is no difference in the antimicrobial activities between QAMS-free and QAMS-containing orthodontic acrylic resin on oral biofilms grown in vivo in human subjects.

This study will evaluate effectiveness of a urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA)-quaternary ammonium methacrylate (K18) resin (UDMA-K18) smooth surface sealant to prevent biofilm attachment to tooth surfaces thereby eliminating the possibility for the tooth to be demineralized. The hypothesis is that UDMA-K18 containing smooth surface sealant will be more effective at reducing enamel demineralization than the UDMA control or no treatment.