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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Star Porcelain Brushes

Description & Application

Being in a position to introduce product that virtually takes a technique to another level is very exciting. That is exactly what the STAR BRUSH Line does! They provide a level of performance with regard to the tip integrity, moisture management, porcelain manipulation, and durability far beyond any other brush on the market.
As our brush motto indicates, “Brushes are brushes, but ours are STARS!”

Dental ceramists build porcelain to shape, prior to placement into the firing furnace, either using a brush or they “stack” porcelain utilizing a metal instrument. For those that build with a brush, their “tool of choice” becomes very, very significant as in ‘of critical importance.’ It would not be incorrect to state, “their search for the ideal brush is a life-long endeavor.”

The evolution of the acceptance and popularity of ceramic brushes has ‘pretty much been dependent and driven by the
ability of brushes to display these features. In general, the more expensive brushes, supposedly manufactured in Germany have grown to be accepted as the standard.

However, those customers having tried DVA’s new “STAR BRUSHES” report they excel in all areas of performance! Hence, we enter the market with a great opportunity, always keeping in mind, the acceptance of any dental product, and brushes would certainly be included, is a very personal decision. We probably cannot please everyone, but we certainly can please most!

Types of Brushes

Brushes traditionally could be divided into two general classifications:
1. Synthetic (Mostly made from nylon)

2. Natural (Produced from the hair fibers of animals) The ‘natural’ brushes have evolved into the acceptance of two general classifications of brushes – Red Sable and Kolinsky Sable. Red Sable brushes, so referred to because of their ‘reddish-brown color,’ are produced from the weasel animal; while the Kolinsky brush is made from a mink (also of the weasel family) that is native to Siberia and northeastern China, where the extremely cold weather causes the development of a thick, long coat of hair. Only hairs from the tail of these animals are used in making dental brushes.

Comparative physical characteristics of the two types of brushes can be described as follows:

Hair Fiber Thick; good tip; ‘spindle’ shape Thin; better tip; ‘belly shape’
Color Rather Dark More ‘yellowish’
Flexibility/”Bounce-back” Best Good
Liquid Retention Good Better
Luster Good Better
Shape of Head “Spindle-like” “Barrel-like”
Smoothness Good Better, shiny and smooth

It is IMPORTANT TO NOTE that while the KOLINSKY brushes are, in general, more expensive, the acceptance of any ceramic brush is a function of its performance as perceived by the individual using it!

DVA offers those brushes as perceived as the ‘most critical’ with respect t building porcelain in the highest quality of Kolinsky fibers available. Most importantly, the source of the fibers for our manufacturer, based upon their generations of involvement with the manufacturing of fine brushes, is consistent.

There is one other brush that is included in our line – a rather large brush, shaped in a thick, somewhat ‘shovel-like shape” that is used to ‘withdraw’ moisture from the porcelain prior to placement into the firing oven. This brush is used in a ‘whipping motion’ to cause any moisture to come to the surface and be ‘whipped away.’ This action also condenses or packs the porcelain to some degree.

Again, reports from our testing customers have indicated this particular DVA brush, made from the hairs of the GRAY SQUIRREL, is much more effective and works faster than the brushes previously available. It seems to be somewhat firmer and thicker than the competitive brushes. It is fast, quick and effective!

It is very important to note that while many, many different brushes are on the market, DVA’s focus must not be on competitive brushes, but rather the PERFORMANCE of our “STAR LINE!” They just do what porcelain brushes should do – “They Perform,” and they do so like STARS, and they are PRICED COMPETITIVELY! THAT is what we need to sell! Just provide the customer with ASSURANCE, ASSURANCE, ASSURANCE that they are going to be happy with DVA’s STAR brushes.

Descriptions & Prices

Dental Ventures will offer a broad line of brushes to meet all of the demands of the ceramist. We will NOT offer every size, but we will offer a variety that seems to fulfill the needs of most technicians.

We will offer sizes 00/0/6 in RED SABLE, and the numbers 8 and 10 in the Kolinsky style.

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