GLAZING vs. POLISHING

ZIRCONIA:
In her article, published in the 2013-2014 issue of Dentistry Today, entitled “FOCUS ON: Monolithic Crowns,” Dr. Rella Christensen, PhD, who leads TRAC Research Laboratory, which is devoted to clinical research in oral microbiology and dental restorative concepts, offers an insightful summarizing overviews of the ongoing impact of monolithic restorations.

In the article, Dr. Christensen states that “Crowns that are uniformly one material are referred to as “monolithic.” Today, these types of crowns are taking over in the United States. Today major dental laboratories are reporting orders for lithium disilicate and zirconia restorations higher than for PMS’s.”

In responding to the question in her article, “Have any clinical cautions been noted?”, Dr. Christensen wrote, “Yes, several. (1) It is apparent that the glazes used on both materials (lithium disilicate and zirconia) will not be long lasting. Interestingly, the glazes are more abrasive to opposing dentition than the unglazed materials, particularly as the glaze degrades and becomes rough.”

Dr. Christensen offers a summarizing statement that, “In the future, surfaces will probably be polished rather than glazed.”

Page 2 of the June 2014, Vol. 7; Issue 6 publication, published and distributed by Clinicians Report, in response to the question, “Should BruxZir and e.max CAD be final polished or glazed?” states that “After only six months, it was evident the glazes would not last long.”

The information shown below represents a further summarizing of publications regarding the benefits of polishing zirconia versus glazing of both zirconia and lithium disilicate restorations:

1. Sridhar Janyavula, BDS, MS; Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, Phd; et. al; “The Wear of Polished and Glazed Zirconia Against Enamel;” The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry; January 2013; Vol. 109, Issue I; ppg. 22-29.
a. Purpose: The purpose of this in vitro study was to measure the roughness and wear of polished, glazed, and polished then reglazed zirconia against human enamel antagonists and compare the measurements to those of veneering porcelain and natural enamel.
b. Results: Surface roughness ranked in order of least rough to roughest was: polished zirconia, polished then reglazed zirconia, veneering porcelain, and enamel. For enamel antagonists, polished zirconia caused the least wear, and enamel caused moderate wear. Glazed and polished then reglazed zirconia showed significant opposing enamel wear.
c. Conclusions: Within the limitations of the study, polished zirconia is wear-friendly to the opposing tooth. Glazed zirconia causes more material and antagonist wear than polished zirconia. The surface roughness of the zirconia aided in predicting the wear of the opposing dentition.

DISCUSSION: The results of this study indicated significant differences in the wear of zirconia and opposing enamel with different surface treatments. Polished zirconia caused the least amount of enamel wear, glazed zirconia the most, and polished then reglazed zirconia was intermediate. Only polished zirconia caused less wear to enamel than enamel itself.

CONCLUSION: The surface roughness of the zirconia aided in predicting the wear of the opposing dentition. Highly polished zirconia is more desirable than the glazed zirconia, and if the esthetics demands a glazed restoration, polishing the surface before glazing is advised. Examining for any roughened areas and polishing the crowns before insertion are also beneficial.

2. Takashi Miyazaki (DDS, PhD), Takashi Nakamura (DDS, PhD), et al; “Current Status of zirconia restoration”; Journal of Prosthodontic Research; 57 (2013); 236-261.
a. “It has been suggested that the surface roughness of dental ceramics after grinding and polishing depend highly on the microstructure. Therefore, it is concluded that zirconia can be polished to a smooth surface, due to the homogeneous and fine microstructure.”
b. It means that the final gloss of zirconia restoratives is determined whether the final polishing is enough or not.
c. The wear of antagonist enamel is large when the surface roughness of zirconia restoratives is large. Therefore, when zirconia restoratives are ground for occlusal correction, their surface should be sufficiently mirror-polished. Furthermore, glazing is not recommended for the surface finish of zirconia.
d. “According to the current studies, highly polished Zirconia showed the least wear of antagonists among various dental material including enamels. However, the wear of antagonist enamel became enlarged when the surface roughness of zirconia was large. Therefore, surface finishing and polishing procedure of Zirconia full-contour restorations was critical for obtaining clinical success.”

The published literature is abundant with regard to the benefits of polishing traditional porcelain restorations as opposed to glazing them as well. They include publications as listed below:

Al-Wahadni and Martin also offer several statements in the Canadian Dental Association publication, “Glazing and Finishing Dental Porcelain: A Literature Review;” Issue 8; pointing out that “Many ceramists prefer polishing instead of glazing to control the surface lustre,” and Rosentiel et al found that the fracture toughness of polished porcelain was greater than that of glazed porcelain.

Elmaria A, Goldstein G, et. al.. “An evaluation of wear when enamel is opposed by various ceramic materials and gold.” J Prosthetic Dent 2006;95:345-33).

Olivera AB, Matson E, Marques MM. “The effect of glazed and polished ceramics on human enamel wear.” Int J Prosthodont 2006;19:547-8.

Jagger DC, Harrison A. “An in vitro investigation into the wear effects of unglazed, glazed, and polished porcelain on human enamel. J Prosthetic Dent 1994;72:320-3).

Heintze SD, Cavalleri A, Forjanic M, et. al., Dent Mater 2008;24:433-49.

Dental Ventures of America’s “Zircon-Brite,” a product that has been selected as “one of the Top Dental Products of the Year” for three consecutive years, has proven to be a very fast and efficient solution to polish and completely seal tradition Porcelains, Lithium Disilicate and Zirconia. It is also the least expensive polishing product on the market.

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Founding of a Dental Company – Part 5

“Another Start-up; the Vita Porcelain U.S. Program”

The incredible growth, utilization, and acceptance of the Vita Lumin Vacuum Shade Guide system in America has demonstrated that my husband had somehow realized the potential of utilizing this item as a significant asset to his assigned mission to introduce Vita’s porcelain powders into the U.S. market. While ‘efforting’ at that endeavor, my husband, Jerry Honstein, says he ‘got very, very lucky!
As it developed, shortly after the introduction of the product, Jerry was part of the sponsoring team that had organized a seminar to be presented by Dr. John McLean OBE (Order of the British Empire), the man who had developed the alumina-reinforced crown, as well as the author of “The Science and Art of Dental Ceramics.” Mr. McLean and his English ceramist, Mr. Michael Kempton, had been invited to Louisiana State University to lead a full hands-on demonstration of the preparation, fabrication and cementation of an anterior Vitadur all alumina-ceramic crown. An early monolithic crown, if you will. It was during that seminar that Jerry sat beside Mr. Kempton the entire night and witnessed the internal layering of individual characterization during the build-up process of an aluminous porcelain crown. Whereas the norm and accepted manner at the time had been for the ceramist to add stains or characterization on the external surface and then glaze them onto the finished restoration, Jerry watched with an astonished eye as he was exposed to this “new to him” concept.
Jerry had been hit in the head with a significant epiphany! He returned to Unitek, the Vita distributor and company for which he worked, and began totally changing the approach to training all Unitek sales and marketing personnel as well as changing the theme of the courses being offered. Jerry, again, was lucky enough to have the talent of Mr. Ron Humphreys to develop and lead the Vita Education program, which was supported by a group of hard-working technical sales representatives and sales managers who spread the new core approach of “Internal Staining” across the nation. Even more significant was the explosion of technical clinics and courses presented around the country by very talented ceramists, all of whom were discovering (and sharing) the incredible esthetic qualities this “new” Vita powder system offered.
The distribution of the shade guide, and the acceptance of the Vita porcelain powders simply continued to gain traction, and the sales elevated into a significant profit center. That experience served to demonstrate to Jerry how important the quality and benefits a product, and the benefits offers are the keys to the success of a new business. As my husband has always said, “If your product doesn’t offer benefits, no one needs it!”
While the product (or, service) is the first consideration in planning the development of a new business, that element must then be supported by a procedure that provides implementation and support for the marketing, sales, distribution and collection of revenues of the product. Jerry was fortunate that the introduction of the program on behalf of Vita Zahnfabrik’s line of porcelain powders had the support of a great shading system, the development of a national sales and customer training program, a system of regional managers to provide impetus to the program, a well-established manufacturing source, and an economically healthy company to provide all of the logistical support of inventorying, shipping, invoicing and financing the expansion of the efforts of its incredible sales personnel.
My husband was learning about the three absolutes of a successful company: Product (or, service); Operations; and Personnel! This program was fortunate, it appears to have had them all. At the very least, it served as a great basis through which my husband learned a great deal about developing a successful ‘start-up’ business mission.
Judy Dold-Honstein

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Founding of a Dental Company – Part 4

“The U.S. Introduction of Vita Porcelain”

The last segment of the report of my husband’s commercial and business training in the dental industry ended with a promise to share his second area of activity while tasked with “getting Unitek Corporation (now part of the 3-M empire) into the laboratory business,” which began with the introduction of Vita porcelain and the Vita Lumin Vacuum Shade Guide into the United States. Wow, considering he knew absolutely nothing at the time about porcelains, and/or the parts thereof, he was certainly going to be challenged!
First, he needed to develop a marketing plan and then meet with the owner of Vita Zahnfabrik in Saeckingen, West Germany, and convince Herr (Consul) Rauter, the owner of the Vita Company at the time, to agree to Jerry’s plan and allow Unitek to represent his company on an exclusive basis. Jerry, along with Wayne Whitehill, who would serve as the President of Vident a decade later, made his presentation during a large exhibition in Paris. Consul Rauter agreed to the proposal, and reality was about to set in for my husband.
Some examples of reality (?), how about “Jerry had absolutely no experience with either using, marketing or selling porcelain products!” The shade-taking aspect was absolutely dominated by the largest dental company in the country (and, perhaps the world), and virtually every dentist in the country used their shade guide to prescribe porcelain crowns, bridges and denture teeth. While the shade-guides of that company had been distributed FREE to dentists and technicians for years (primarily for selecting denture teeth to cover the basic costs), Unitek was going to charge for the Vita Shade Guide. The porcelain-to-metal market had evolved into a situation wherein over 90% of the market seemed to belong to one company that only sold porcelain; and, as the Vita product had to be imported from Europe, it was going to be more expensive than those typically used. Finally, while the Vita powders offered unknown benefits, using them required some attention to fabrication sensitivities compared to those powders dominating the market.
How does one overcome obstacles like those? Well, Jerry says the success of his plan was birthed in his naiveté; he simply designed a plan that was not contaminated by “what people were doing,” and developed a program based upon some very basic principles. Even to this day, Jerry is invited to give presentations based upon selling the benefits of a product. So, his plan was to discover, and then design a program to disseminate any and all benefits vita lumin vacuum shade guideoffered by the Vita products.
Thus, the plan, that included the unheard of decisions to charge for shade guides; hire regional specialists across the country to organize and present the benefits offered by the Vita Lumin Vacuum Shade Guide; charge a fee for attendance and participation in a three-day hands-on course, payable to the company, and held in hotel rooms; and introduce the powders and techniques that allowed the internal building-in of special effects as an alternative to utilizing surface stains. The powders, coupled with internal characterization provided ceramic restorations with a new level of vitality. It might be added, that the prevailing porcelain furnace at the time sold for $660; and, my husband, again, with his unbridled belief that products offering benefits could be sold at significantly higher price points, introduced the American market to the first successful automatic porcelain furnace that initially sold for the astounding price of $1,750! That was about the price of a VW “Bug” at the time! The industry was about to change, significantly!
The program did include a rather unique aspect to it. Jerry had a built-in plan for laboratories to painlessly distribute the Vita Lumin Vacuum Shade Guide to their dentist clients. He offset the cost of the course a bit by providing 10 shade guides, which originally sold for $5.00 each, at No Charge to all participants. Now laboratories could assist with the growth and familiarization of this innovative improvement of the day – a Shade Guide that looked like real teeth! That shade guide costs over $100 in the U.S. today.
Just for historic value, the first “traveling” Vita course was offered in July 1972 in Bakersfield, California. Jerry says he very clearly remembers driving from Bakersfield to his home town of Fresno for the second Vita course in the U.S. with Mike Clavin, on loan from the agent for Vita in Australia, asking himself the question, “OK, but will we really be able to expand this mission of newness to Keokuk, Iowa?” Another side bit of information, the Bakersfield course was held in a meeting room directly above the frying area of a non-air conditioned restaurant. The outside temperature was 104 degrees. As the Germans say, “All beginnings are difficult!” From such beginnings did the acorn, again, grow into a tree!
Jerry is adamant about giving credit to the incredible group of Unitek representatives who not only had to visit labs to generate interest in the product, but then convince the potential customers to attend a course for which they had to pay to attend. Then, they had to demonstrate an ability to not only introduce new build-up techniques, but also have the skills to generate ovita course guysrders of several thousand dollars as the course drew to a close. Simply flying from course to course with all of the materials and equipment required for the basic ten-participant courses was a challenge beyond reason! Visualize, for example, the representative waiting to board a six-passenger van with 17 pieces of luggage. Now, that’s cruel and unusual punishment; but so did they endure.
What a great training field of experiences in planning, executing and communicating with fellow team members the challenges offered my husband at the time. The experience served to teach him that such hurdles can be overcome with a justifiable plan supported with effective execution. The best lesson learned, “Don’t be afraid to venture into uncharted territory with a new project. “
Having said all of that, if you would want to destroy my husband’s day, ask him how his “plan and execution” worked out with his first attempt to sell Vita denture teeth! He says he really, really learned a lot with the results of that “venture into the unknown!”
I look forward to sharing the final chapter of “The Founding” in our next post,

Judy Dold-Honstein

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The Founding of a Dental Company – Part 3

“Learning the Ropes”

I ended my last short posting leaving Jerry accepting the challenge to complete a mission of which he had no idea of how to accomplish; which is really true! The first day in the Unitek Headquarters he managed to (after a certified effort to AVOID it happening) run into the President of the company; that just so happened to be the world’s largest manufacturer of orthodontic products! Just as Jerry rounded a corner in the main building, he found himself confronted with a man the size of a retired NFL defensive lineman. For anyone of you that might be overseas, for we ethnocentric Americans that is really, really, really BIG! Anyway, as it developed, the first thing his new “bosses Boss” said was, “So, Mr. Honstein, Congratulations, you have just inherited the universe with regard to our expansion into the Laboratory Industry, what are you going to do?” While Jerry had absolutely no idea, he responded with, “Well… I guess I’m going to talk to the salesmen and see what I might do to get them on my side! Then, I’m going to pack a bag and visit every dental laboratory within reason and try to discern what areas might be uncovered.” Mr. Colvin, his “bosses Boss,” responded with an energetic, “Ugh!”
Jerry got lucky! Unitek, one of the largest firms in Europe (if not the world), just happened to have a Dental Division and was looking for a distributor in the United States for their rather new “life-changing impression system and material”. Jerry, who had never been out of the country, was tasked with packing his bags and told to fly to Cologne/Koeln, West Germany (at the time) and see what kind of Company Bayer, Leverskuesen, was! Jerry, a German-Irish kid from Fresno, California, who doesn’t speak any German beyond Achtung, Danke and Bitte Schaan (which he came to discover, as he immersed himself into learning to speak German at 45 years old) was the worst pronunciation of a song’s title imaginable! His only thought was, “Wow, how am I going to do that?” Well, being a dutiful young man that wanted to learn everything about the commercial side of the dental business, Jerry, in September of 1969 boarded a Pan American international flight from Los Angeles to Koeln for what was going to be his first among a hundred flights to some unknown, but fruitful business trips around the world! Jerry was off to learn all he could about Bayer’s impression material, ‘Xantopren’, a material that would totally change the face of “precision impression materials”, and ‘Optosil’, which would certainly change the manner in which crown and bridge impressions were made. From sticky, stinky, slow-setting, difficult to clean Thiokol materials morphed a new ‘King of Impression Materials’, the first dimensional stable silicon impression material. My husband was charged with “making it happen!” Yah, Check out Bayer indeed! All Jerry could say after one year was, “What a great sales force, what a great job, and what a great team he had!” That is what Jerry needed to succeed and that as always, is a great key to success!

See you soon,
Judy

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The Founding of a Dental Company- Part 2

JPH NAVY“A Young Start”

In the first segment of my telling of the history of the founding of Dental Ventures of America, Inc., I mentioned how “happenstance” can impact one’s future. Such an occurrence was crucial in Jerry’s having become involved in dentistry. Upon graduation from high school in Fresno, California, Jerry wanted to be the first individual in his family to attend college. However, finding himself far short of having the financial support system to have that happen, he decided to forego his wish to further his education at that time, and instead opted to fulfill his military obligation by joining the U.S. Navy.
During his enlistment procedures, he was told he was qualified to go to any technical school he might request, and asked which area of training he would Jerrys navy piclike to pursue. Having no actual idea, but having heard many stories from his three Irish-American uncles, who had all served in the Pacific campaigns during WWII. Jerry didn’t relish going to sea. With this factor in play, the young 17-year old merely asked his experienced enlistment officer which guys he didn’t care for. (as in, “Were jealous of?”) “Dental Technicians,” the officer replied, “they have it made! They always get to sleep on large beds, get to wear civilian clothes all the time, never have to stand watches during the night, get cars on the base, and seldom have to go to sea!” Need we guess which Navy technical school Jerry informed the officer he wanted to attend? Not only did the future Founder of Dental Ventures of America become a Dental Technician, he also went on to a second school to become a Navy Prosthetic Technician. There he learned that the enlistment officer was indeed correct!
Following his military service, Jerry trained himself to fabricate orthodontic appliances and opened a small lab in Covina, California, to support his university studies for the next eight years. Interesting though, that while he had been in the business world, Jerry never prepared himself for that area of activity; during all of those years of study, he never enrolled in one business course!
One day, Jerry took it upon himself to pay a visit to the largest manufacturer of orthodontic products to pick up an order he had placed with them. While he was there, thought he, why not take it upon himself to share his thoughts about the company’s lack of marketing their “fine products!” After sharing his words of inexperienced wisdom, regarding Unitek’s (now part of 3M) “obvious failures” at marketing, etc.. A week or so later, Unitek called him and offered him a position to improve things! So began the future Founder’s commercial dental career. Though he knew nothing about, had no experience, and no educational background regarding the mission to which he had been invited; namely, “Get Unitek, the largest manufacturers of orthodontic products (at the time) into the dental laboratory business!” So began the commercial experience of my husband!
More “Happenstance!” A scary position; but a great opportunity for growth and success!
But without any preparation, how was he going to succeed? (Check back for more…)

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The Results Are In….

Dentistry’s most recognized and respected third-party product evaluation group, has reported in their November 2014 issue of “Clinicians Report” the best products and techniques for polishing acrylic appliances.

Acrylic samples where polished to a final, high value finish comparing seven different acrylic polishing products. The surface roughness of all seven of the samples were then measured utilizing an optical profilometer and scanning electron micro-graphs at 2000X magnification.

According to the survey and scientific data, the photos demonstrated a final surface roughness range between 0.677 µm (the roughest value evaluated as a “Fair Shine”) down to the smoothest value of 0.028 µm (evaluated as an “Excellent Shine”), which was assigned to Dental Ventures of America’s “Acryl-Marvel Cream.”

The study also included DVA’s “Acryl-Marvel solid bar, which was tested without using pumice as a pre- polishing procedure, and its one-step, “polishing only,” results were assigned a final surface value of 0.046 µm and a rating of “Excellent Shine.”  Actually, the summary of the report stated that both “Acryl-Marvel Solid and Acryl-Marvel Cream provided excellent results while eliminating the wet pumice step.”

Both of these excellent, very unique polishing products are available either by calling DVA at 951-260-0606, or its Toll Free Number at 800.228.6696.  Acryl-Marvel in either form may also be ordered  directly from DVA’s website at dentalventures.com.  A 10-gram “Testing Sample” will be included to verify the product’s effectiveness in your laboratory, along with a new polishing buff with each order. Order today, and begin to go from “Grind to Shine” in one, easy step, while also obtaining, a faster, cleaner and, according to the comparative study, an extremely smooth, polished surface. As we all know, the smoother the surface the more resistance to plaque build-up and staining of the denture. We might suggest a visit to the following link, http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/04/05/10988431-dirty-dentures-dangerous-mrsa-may-be-lurking-dentists-say might give rise to an increased consideration for this “denture smoothness” factor.

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The Founding of a Dental Company

 

 

DentalVentures of america.Ever wonder how dental companies were, or are, founded? Well, my name is Judy and I’ve been associated with Dental Ventures of America, Inc., since its inception, and I thought it might be interesting to know why, when & how it began for “DVA”. Thus, the initiation of this series of short reports, which we hope will prove interesting, maybe not exciting, but interesting, reading.

 

Dental Ventures of America is a company that was established in 1981 with the thought of the Founder to find, develop and market ‘niche’ products that offered beneficial applications and performance to the dental laboratory industry.  Thus, the development of DVA’s motto, “Products that Perform!”

 

With a background as a dental technician, marketing executive and the first employee of a large, German multi-national company into the U.S. dental market, the eventual founder of DVA, Jerry Honstein, noticed that many small, useful products suffered from a lack of exposure because they simply did not offer the dollar thrust to the manufacturer as did those provided by large dollar volume product lines.  Made sens

e; but also offered an opportunity. Thus, was the concept for the founding of Dental Ventures of America, Inc., with its introduction of ZAPIT, a product that clearly established the “proof of concept” for the founder’s original vision.

 

The path from the Founder’s initial dental experience as a United States Navy Dental Technician, to the establishment of a dental company offers some support for the ultimate direction one’s life can be impacted by random experiences. We’ve all experienced the results of such ‘happenstance,’ and the development of DVA’s history was certainly a result of such a chain of events.

 

I had met the future founder of DVA when he was invited to lecture to my dental assisting class at Citrus College in Glendora, California. My name w

as Judy Cardellicchio at the time, but it is now Judy Honstein. Aha, now we begin to see how I have been “involved” with Dental Ventures of America from the very beginning.  Please join us as I try to share the path from “random events,” opportunities, experiences, failures, successes and some interesting history of the introduction of many new products that have served to change the face of dental laboratory products and procedures.

 

I look forward to meeting you all again soon,

 

Judy

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Acryl-Marvel in the Operatory? Yes, Now it’s Possible!

Our Acryl-Marvel has been incredible in the lab, cutting polishing time of your restorations way down. Some practitioners and lab techs are surprised to get so much from a dental lab product. Now, you don’t have to go back and forth between pumicing and final polishing. Acryl-Marvel will give your acrylic restorations a beautiful shine in one step.

But until recently, there were multiple cross-contamination procedures that had to be followed to use this product in the operatory. And it might be necessary for the dentist to move back and forth between the dental lab and the operatory to get the final adjustments made and a final smoothing and polishing done. That all ended when we created the Acryl-Marvel Adjustment Kit.

Stay Chairside and Save Time

If you could just smooth and polish a final adjustment of a restoration chairside and NOT have to go through elaborate (and required by law) cross-contamination prevention steps, that would save motion and save time, both for the dentist and the patient who is sitting there waiting. Now there are Acyrl-Marvel individual case ingots for your use.

Trim the denture with carbide or other cutting instrument and get it just right. Then you don’t have to use pumice to make the initial smoothing of the cut surfaces. Just apply Acryl-Marvel to the wooly you get with the kit, and polish the denture. No wet work needed, no pumicing, no moving to the lab.

You can get the same effect by going to the lab, but why would you want to?

A Great Use of Acryl-Marvel Ingots

I can provide these ingots – and others, like the Ceramo-Dotz for ceramics, lithium disilicate and other materials – in small plastic bags, ready for labs to send out with the finished work. When the customer gets the package, there’s the final polishing compound and a polishing wooly. All the customer has to do is make final adjustments, use the Acryl-Marvel and polishing wooly to smooth the trimmed edges and provide a final shine and they are done. They don’t have to think about stocking materials for the work done in the operatory.

When the lab includes a thank-you message with the delivery, this little gift acts as a powerful promotional message to customers.

By the Way, Any Problems with Acrylics?

I’ve been reading about people’s problems with acrylic pours. There’s shrinkage, there’s changes of colors between the time the material is cast and when it is cured. If you are having these problems, then you should look at another of our dental lab supplies, DVA Perfect Pour. As usual, our understanding of these materials has enabled us to manufacture a superior product that eliminates time in manufacture. If you are having to remanufacture acrylic products – ever! – then you should try our Perfect Pour. I think you will find that it makes your job so much easier.

And then, of course, when the restoration has been created, you have our Acryl-Marvel to do the perfect finishing with!

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We Love Our Friends and Customers

We don’t really see a difference between our friends and our customers. We so appreciate the dentists, dental lab owners and dental techs who use our products. We have something special in common with them – we both know a good product when we see it. When they call us and tell us they have recognized the time and money savings they can achieve by using our products, well, I guess you could say it creates a bond. We work hard to offer just that kind of product so part of our reward comes when someone notices.

Like the call we have on our website from David Andrews about Waxie Paste. He didn’t think it was going to work when he first saw it. But he knows our product line and knows what we have been able to achieve for him up to this time. So he set his doubts aside for a moment.

He found that Waxie Paste gave him a great way to mark an implant case with a cantilever pontic. The indicating paper he had been using would get marks all over the place and as a result, there would be too much grinding away of material, which would leave a space underneath it. With the Waxie Paste, he got an accurate record of the interference.

When the Waxie Paste was brushed on, it went on evenly and he got an excellent indication of the exact adjustments that were needed. It didn’t take up any room to speak of so it was easy to get an accurate measurement. He said it was so much easier to use than similar products from our competitors and washed off easily.

He Practically Comparison-Tested Our Zircon-Brite

In a way, he did us a big favor with regard to our Zircon-Brite. He had a polishing compound he liked to use, but when he ran out of it, he couldn’t find where to get more. He began to buy and try one polish after another to find something comparable to the compound he ran out of. “I was on a mission,” he said. He ordered some from every manufacturer he could find. Some worked okay and some hardly worked at all.

In the end, he had gone through fourteen different products.

When he found Zircon-Brite, it was just what he was looking for so he could quit. It turned out that it was far more affordable than most of these other products. It’s not too surprising that he called me up to tell me that he loves these products.

If you’re already using our products, help us reach more people. Tell other technicians or dentists about our products and help them save time and money like you’re able to do. It may be hard to see the profit in sharing like this but it might just win you more friends in the long run. We know how valuable those friends are.

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Hygiene in the Dental Lab and Chairside

While we are known as polishing gurus, we have not forgotten about your need for help with matters of hygiene. There are a few different dental lab products we provide that support your hygiene procedures.

Seal & Shine

When you deliver a denture, you want it to have a pleasant appearance and you want it to be sealed against any bacteria growth. This enables your patients to have a healthier environment in their mouths and keep down the growth of bacteria that could produce bad odors. A simple application of Seal & Shine on an acrylic denture and you will get the result you’re looking for. And your patient will see the beautifully finished denture they were expecting.

Ceramo-Dotz

When you are working with ceramic restorations, Ceramo-Dotz enables you to finish and polish these restorations in just about record time. Because these compounds come in individual ingots, you can work chairside without cross-contamination. Fast, one-step process eliminates the need for multiple steps and multiple polishing and shaping tools at this final step. Ceramo-Dotz will work with any ceramics, lithium disilicate or zirconia.

Compo-Dotz

This is the same type of product, but formulated for composite restorations. And again, it comes in ingots for operatory work.

Perfect Pour

We provide a complete kit for manufacturing full dentures, partial dentures, flippers, night guards and other items. The unique molecular structure of Perfect Pour eliminates porosity for less shrinkage and better protection against bacteria. Together with Shine & Seal, you offer your patients all the features they are looking for in dentures or night guards.

Our customers who stock our dental lab supplies love Perfect Pour. For that reason, we offer this product in a ten kilo bucket (that translates to 22 pounds) with five one-liter bottles of the liquid component. The is an economic way to stock Perfect Pour.

Acryl-Marvel

This is another fine operatory product. Many dental labs will send an acrylic bridge to a dental practice with a small amount of Acryl-Mavel. Then the practice can use Acryl-Marvel to restore the polish after a fitting.

For this purpose, Acryl-Marvel also comes in small ingots – these are shaped like a tooth. If the acrylic restoration needs any final polish after a fitting – and you know it happens frequently – then the practice has the individuals-sized supply of Acryl-Marvel right to hand. Here again, no cross-contamination.

We stay pretty familiar with the procedures you need to follow as you protect your patients from contamination issues. If you have an idea of a new product that would make your life simpler or improve hygiene in your practice even more, let us know. We are always interested in how we can help you streamline your processes even further. And frankly, we enjoy a good challenge.

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