ROXANA-DIANA VASILIU, SORIN POROJAN, LILIANA POROJAN THE INFLUENCE OF ORAL ENVIRONMENT ON THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF HEAT- PRESSED CERAMICS The interest in aesthetics of dental materials is becoming greater with time and dental ceramics have proven excellent aesthetic properties. The study investigated how does the oral environment and the different surface finishing affect the optical properties and roughness of two types of ceramic, obtained using the heat- pressed method. Results showed that immersion has some influence on the optical and roughness of the two types of ceramics, but the major influence is made by the surface finishing and the type of ceramic. Lithium disilicate ceramic proved to have better optical properties compared to feldspathic ceramic. Roughness values showed that the parameters(Ra and Rz) were influenced by the surface finishing for both type of ceramics.