AbstractAim: To evaluate the force decay of orthodontic elastomeric chains after immersion in disinfecting solutions. Methods: One-hundred and fifty segments of elastomeric chains were divided in 3 groups: Control group – no disinfection; Chlorhexidine group - disinfection in 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate solution; and Peracetic acid group - disinfection in 0.2% peracetic acid solution. Elastomeric chains of 14 mm were stretched up to 20 mm and the given force (kgf) was evaluated in an Instron universal testing machine at the following intervals: 1 h, 1 day, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days after the immersion in the disinfecting solutions. Data (kgf) were analyzed statistically by Analysis of Variance and Tukey’s test at a 5% significance level. Results: Both groups presented similar force decay along 7 days and remained stable up to 28 days. Force degradation was observed in the first hours of activation (~50%). Conclusions: It may be concluded that there were no significant differences among the investigated groups, in most interval times, indicating that both chemical solutions can be used for previous disinfection of orthodontic elastomeric chains.
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