State of the art of self-etch adhesives

B. Van Meerbeek, K. Yoshihara, Y. Yoshida, A. Mine, J. De Munck, K. L. Van Landuyt

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This paper reflects on the state of the art of self-etch adhesives anno 2010. After presenting the general characteristics of self-etch adhesives, the major shortcomings of the most simple-to-use one-step (self-etch) adhesives are addressed. Special attention is devoted to the AD-concept and the benefit of chemical interfacial interaction with regard to bond durability. Finally, issues like the potential interference of surface smear and the more challenging bond to enamel for 'mild' self-etch adhesives are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalDental Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011



  • Adhesive
  • Bonding
  • Dentin
  • Enamel
  • Review
  • Self-etch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Van Meerbeek, B., Yoshihara, K., Yoshida, Y., Mine, A., De Munck, J., & Van Landuyt, K. L. (2011). State of the art of self-etch adhesives. Dental Materials, 27(1), 17-28.