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How are Dental Ventures and 3M Similar?

There’s an interesting relationship that exists between 3M and us. Plenty of dentists and labs use their dental lab products, like the Lava line of zirconia for restoratives and crowns. 

3M’s existence is really founded on research and innovation. And one other factor. They know how to look at how their products are being used. Then they use that observation to come up with an innovation that makes those processes smoother and easier.

This is the company that brought the world Scotch tape (their brand name), waterproof sandpaper and the Post-It (also their brand name). Items we completely take for granted.

I like the fact that we work in very similar ways.

3M’s Innovation

Here’s an example of how we are similar. 3M watched consumers using their products and came up with two different adaptations of those products that better suited the way their consumers operated. (It’s amazing how some companies can’t do this.)

They watched people wrapping a stack of presents to see how they use Scotch tape. If you’ve ever done this, you probably did the same thing as these consumers: you tore off a whole bunch of two or three inch strips of tape and stuck them to something slick or smooth that they could be removed from easily. Then as you wrapped presents, you pulled off the prepared tape strips and applied them to the presents.

So 3M came up with a tape dispenser “bracelet.” It has an elastic band that fits around one’s wrist. A tab of tape sticks out of the dispenser and when you pull on it, it’s a few inches long just like you would prepare for yourself.

In the other example, they watched students studying, and noted that they shift back and forth between tabbing pages for review and highlighting text. So, very intuitively, they created a highlighter that has tiny Post-Its flags packaged at the other end.

Just Like 3M, We Watch

We watch our clients shaping, polishing and finishing dental restorations. We note the exact steps they go through. Then time and time again, we develop a product that incorporates multiple steps into one easy process. Like students who don’t have to switch back and forth between study tools, our customers don’t have to switch back and forth between wet and dry workstations or different tools or processes.

Like our HYBrite Polish. You can use this to polish a 3M Ultimate Crown in one step, removing the scratches and bringing out a beautiful shine, all in one step.

We don’t plan to stop any time soon. We’re going to continue to innovate, bringing you new dental lab supplies to make your life easier and your results more pleasing to your patients and customers.

We welcome your input. If you are an innovator like we are, and you have an idea about how to make your work processes faster, give us a call or drop us an email. That could be the birth of a whole new dental product to make another process easier and faster! 

The Magic of Today’s Dentistry

It might not surprise you to learn that the first successful American dental lab was started by a partnership of a dentist and a tool and die maker. In Boston shortly after the Civil War, Dr. Stowe and Frank Eddy became highly successful at relieving dentists of the tedious chore of carving restorations. If you go to the intersection of Winter and Tremont Streets in Boston, you’ll see a plaque commemorating their first dental lab. In those days, either gold or porcelain crowns were being delivered.

Of course, gold restorations reached as far back as the Roman Empire. As fond as the Romans were of beautifully carved gold ornaments, this is hardly surprising.

In the 1700s in France, a goldsmith began accepting wax impressions directly from patients. He would make gold teeth and send them back. A gold spring clasp would hold the teeth in place.

Back in the US, even Paul Revere even got into the act, advertising that he could fix artificial teeth, and there are records that he provided high-quality restorations for dentists.

The next trend was dentures carved out of a single chunk of elephant ivory. This was followed by dentures made out of vulcanized rubber. And then Dr. Stowe and his friend Frank arrived on the scene.

Fast Forward to the Present

The technology of the dental lab has changed rapidly over the last hundred years. I have to tell you, the amazing changes that arrived on the scene with the successful development of the Sirona dental system have been revolutionary. The speed and accuracy of these systems is remarkable. (Compare the capability of a Sirona system with Paul Revere tinkering with gold or a goldsmith in France making a tooth from a wax impression someone bit into.)

Every time the technology in this industry raves forward, as it did when the Sirona systems began to be commercially available, we all have to retrain just to keep up.

This is just as true for Dental Ventures as it is any lab or dentist’s office. There are new dental lab supplies, new materials like e.max and zirconia. We provide a lot of different lab supplies, with a specialty in polishing. We have to know every new material as soon as it hits the market – well, preferably before, which is why we keep our ears to the ground, so to speak. We want to help streamline your procedures, no matter what materials you are using.

I think there’s a tendency for many of us to think that what we have now is the be all and end all of technology. The great minds out there continue to think far in advance of the dental lab products we have now. Those new developments are going continue to arrive at high speed and we are going to continue to keep pace with them. No matter what materials you are using, we’ll have the products you need to keep your production line running at speed. That’s our commitment at Dental Ventures of America.

Sirona

Decreasing Lab Time by a Ratio of Ten to One? Yes, it Can Happen

When you’re delivering a flexible partial, the finishing procedure calls for it to be pumiced and then polished before the patient sees it. The usual procedure used for these steps can take a lot of lab time.

Just for fun, I looked around for someone who was describing his method of getting through these final steps. It made my head ache just to see all the work he was going to when if he just had known, that final polish step could have been so much faster if he had used our Acryl-Marvel.

I’m paraphrasing his description for polishing a flexible partial made of Valplast.

First, you polish with pumice, getting rid of all the scratches and then rinse.

Then use a new brush wheel with a buffing agent. Start buffing but keep the Valplast wet by dunking it in water over and over as you polish.

Keep the partial moving. In a minute or two, the flange you are polishing will be shiny and then you can start polishing the next flange.

Video Evidence Proves How Fast this Step Should be

I’ve got one of my very popular demonstration videos uploaded to YouTube that shows how this exact procedure can be shortened down to one minute for the whole partial. Not just one segment but the whole thing. All remaining scratches gone and a high shine delivered, ready to go to your patient. And no more dunking after the initial step of cleaning off the pumice.

Doesn’t that sound easier? Instead of ten or more minutes, you’ve got one minute in the lab devoted to this step.

Bringing a high shine to a partial used to take a long time but it doesn’t have to any more. You should see this video if you’re taking more than a minute on this step.

Here’s the link to the video showing a one-minute polish step, using Acryl-Marvel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ziXodCX6I&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL019642CE888B2175

What Else Do You Want to See on Video?

If there are any product demonstrations you want to see, let me know. Or if you see a need for a product to save lab time, or if you want to know more about a product – contact me for any of these reasons.

We are pretty unique in the field of dental laboratory supplies and products. People get so used to doing things just one particular way that sometimes when they see a dental lab supply that is new and better, it might not sink in right away.

We continue innovating so we can save you time. With all the changes in labs in the last few years, with so many dentists and labs alike adding Sirona Systems, it’s one of those times that you have to innovate just to keep up. Let us know of any innovations that you think might be needed. I’d love to hear from you. Email me at matts@dentalventures.com.

Sirona

Saving Steps in Seating and Adjusting Restorations – and Preserving Patient Comfort

When you are checking a restoration for fit, there’s plenty of products out there you can use. In line with our philosophy of saving you time and steps, we offer Waxie-Paste for this purpose. How is it different from similar dental lab products?

It’s different enough that one of our customers called a Dental Ventures employee on a Sunday night and said, “You just saved my life.”

Wow, that’s pretty profound praise! Waxie-Paste provides a very accurate representation of any problem contacts between restorations and the models – or your patients’ mouths. The better the fit, the smaller the chance that you will get the patient back in your office, complaining about the fit (or if you’re a lab, getting the restorations back for adjustment).

Easier and Cleaner in Use

I was looking at a video from a Florida dentist on how he checks the seating of a restoration. This fellow was taking the model away and spray-painting it to check for these problem areas. With Waxie-Paste, you don’t have to move the model away to spray paint it. It is a clean paste that you apply with a fairly stiff, small brush. No overspray and less motion mean saved time, less cleanup and a cleaner lab atmosphere.

Fewer Moving Pieces (So to Speak)

Some dentists do their fit adjustments is with articulating paper or ribbon. You have to hold these papers in place while testing the contact of the restoration, which can be tricky. You practically need a third hand to control all these moving pieces. It’s not that you can’t do it – it’s just that Waxie-Paste makes it so much easier.

Waxie-Paste works as well when testing interferences between a crown and the adjacent interproximal wall of the adjacent tooth, or checking for occlusal interferences.

Once you are finished with the fit adjustment, you can simply and easily wash the remaining Waxie-Paste away. It’s water soluble.

Here’s the link to our product demo page so you can see the steps of using Waxie-Paste and see for yourself how much easier it makes your job. https://www.dentalventures.com/waxie-paste/#demo

With our Products, We Aim to Solve Your Problems

That’s really our philosophy. We deconstruct your procedures to see where ingenuity in developing new dental lab supplies can save steps. It’s like taking out a big, blank sheet of paper each time. We don’t just make a slightly better version of the dental lab products that you need. We rethink each one and then research the materials that are available to make that procedure less time consuming.

Our First Dental Show!

By the time you read this, we will have attended our first dental show! We’ll be at CDA Presents in San Francisco from the 15th to the 17th of August, Booth #2239. We expect to learn a lot, in addition to meeting hundreds, maybe even thousands of new people in this industry. We’re excited about this, and expect to be doing more of this in the future.

Rethinking Dental Lab Products – Our Specialty

We have not achieved the success we’ve had by thinking like everyone else. We got successful offering products that are configured differently, that work differently than the other products on the market. You might say our specialty is making it possible to eliminate steps in the manufacture of your removable appliances. Many of our products have this characteristic. It just means that we didn’t accept the usual procedures in the lab but kept working with the materials available on the market to come up with something simpler and better.

But we realize that this means you have to learn new procedures. That’s why we have posted so many YouTube videos and will be posting more. We know your lab procedures are going to have to change.

Like the video for Acryl-Marvel. When you switch from your usual pumice to Acryl-Marvel, you have to get your staff accustomed to the one-step polishing process rather than the three-step pumice process. They no longer have to pumice the denture, then pre-polish and then do the last high-shine step.

This conversion becomes a lot easier if you just have them watch the video on YouTube in which the process is being done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bpRUhtjTSw&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL019642CE888B2175

Critical Changes in the Polishing Steps

Your staff are going to have to forget a lot of what they already know to work with Acryl-Marvel. You just can’t use these products in exactly the same way as your old products. For example, many labs soften up the rag wheel by cutting the stitching. You don’t need to do this with Acryl-Marvel. A firm wheel is needed to be effective.

Your staff will need to get used to working one single area, or quadrant, of a removable appliance at a time, going all the way from polishing out scratches to completing the shining step, without adding more Acryl-Marvel to the wheel or moving to a new area. They’ll have to resist the impulse to move all over the appliance before that one area has been polished to a high shine.

Speeding Up the Production Line

In many in-house labs, the polishing step of the manufacture process is where things can get slowed down. You can’t deliver appliances to your patients unless you can get any scratches buffed out and the surface brought to a high shine. When three steps turn into one, and you don’t need to continually add pumice to the wheel throughout the polishing process, this area of manufacturing can move quite a bit faster.

It’s a very different product. If you have not tried it yet, you are losing time that could be spent sending more appliances through the lab. If you are using it, make sure your staff are using it correctly by having them study our online videos. It’s worth the short time required (this one is less than ten minutes) so that you get the best result from your investment. 

Listening and Educating

Dental Ventures’ Success Based on Listening and Educating – Yours Can be Too

We’ve been providing superior products to the dental restoration industry for thirty years now and we’ve been able to carve out a very special niche for ourselves. Our customers know that we save them steps and thus save them time which increases profitability.

But our successful position in this industry didn’t just happen. It was largely the result of many years of listening. We listened as we stood next to dentists in their practices and technicians in labs. We listened in trade show booths. We watched and analyzed the steps involved in making a single restoration. And then we went home and analyzed them further. We found ways to create new materials that would eliminate some of those steps.

Then came the educating steps. We went back to our friends and colleagues and showed them the new materials and educated them on the way they make their jobs easier. And we listened again as they pointed out things we had missed or flaws in the processes. And we finally ended up with products you can count on to increase your productivity.

The Same Tools Work at the Other End of the Business

At the production end of this line, we know our subject so well that we can forget that the patients do not. By taking a little more time to listen and educate, you can make your practice more popular with your patients and that means more word of mouth.

Your patients accustomed to multiple visits to fit a restoration may have concerns about getting the same quality product in just one visit. Training your staff to take a few minutes to listen and then educate can turn their concerns into praise and word of mouth.

There are other channels of listening and educating. Provide an email address your patients to ask questions or air concerns. Don’t forget to assign a staff member to acquire and relay answers. Also answer commonly asked questions in printed or emailed newsletters. Schedule workshops in the evenings to cover these same points. You don’t have to do the workshops yourself if you have an experienced staff member who knows the technical side of your business.

Things are Moving Fast in this Industry

You and your staff may be having trouble keeping up with the speed of change happening all around you. You’re not alone. Whether or not to invest in CAD/CAM, what system to invest in, which materials will give the result that is satisfactory to you. You’ve probably been hard pressed to keep up and to train your staff in all these new procedures. Don’t overlook the fact that your patients have not been had the advantages you have had. Especially older patients have been accustomed to very different methods of dentistry.

When you or key, trained staff take the time to familiarize your patients with new methods of manufacturing restorations, their precision and speed, you build loyalty and even word of mouth. When you excite your patients with your advanced technical skills, some of them will pass the word along to friends.

CAD/CAM is a big decision and big investment, and I figure our job is to help you recoup your investment by lowering your steps and speeding up your delivery. We do it well.

Outsource to China

In-House Labs Eliminate Possibility of Covert Outsourcing to China

I don’t know if you have come across this news yet, but some dentists who use dental labs are discovering that the products they ordered were being sent to China for manufacture. The dentists were never notified that their orders were being outsourced out of the country. Manufacturing standards are different in China. If a lab doesn’t provide notification, then you may not know what you are getting.

I’m sure there are some labs in China that do fine work but the point is that your quality control weakens when you are not in the loop. You don’t know if the lab who is selling you the product you need is working with a carefully controlled Chinese business or one with a sweatshop mentality.

I was reading one report that noted two specific problems with Chinese lab products. One was a crown that was contaminated with lead and the other was an implant that was contaminated with fecal matter. One dental tech complained that when his lab began outsourcing to China, they lost 50% of their customers due to the number of remakes needed.

Another report stated that Chinese manufacture may use the material you would expect, like Vita, on the outside of a restoration and a cheaper material for the core. This saves them money but it’s not what you intend to buy for obvious reasons.

Looking at the comments flying back and forth online, I would say that international outsourcing is a highly emotional subject. Some people claim it’s great and some say the quality degrades harm patients.

The good news is that when you have your own in-house lab, the products are fully under your control. You know exactly what your patients are getting. No one is sending out your work and getting back a crown that cost them $13 from a Chinese manufacturer. You’re never told.

I am proud that we contribute to your being able to control your quality by giving you dental lab supplies that enhance your lab speed and quality control. When our dental lab products streamline your procedures, reducing the number of steps to product a restoration, for example, the more viable you are.

You’re also free from quality or contamination concerns because you know exactly what materials are being used. I know that in-house labs are considerable investments and that it takes some work for you and your staff to keep up with changes in this industry. But the fact is, you know what you’re getting and know what you’re giving your patients. They love what they see – which is getting the job done in one visit. And if they knew more about the quality control you offer, they would love that too.

Simple and Efficient

The Common Denominator of Our Products

If you are familiar at all with our products, you may have noticed that there’s a few remarkable qualities they have in common.

  1. They are simple.

  2. They are efficient.

  3. They save you time.

  4. They therefore save you money.

Last week, I wrote about Hy-Brite. I know exactly how much faster and easier it is to polish restorations made of hybrid materials with Hy-Brite compared to the other products on the market. One fast step, less than a minute. I don’t see why anyone would use anything else.

And then there’s something as simple as our Waxie-Paste. Rather than having to hold a strip of paper or ribbon or focus a spray marking solution on just the right area, Waxie-Paste goes on cleanly with a small brush. It stays right where you want it. You don’t need to grow a new hand to use it. And when you’ve made your adjustments, you just wash it away. You won’t have remnants of a marking solution dirtying up your restorations because it washes away clean.

All Our Products Have the Same Simple Basis

Take a look at our ULTRA Twin-Tray System. This product also combines what used to be multiple steps into one fast operation. We’ve got one lab that told us that their speed at producing models increased more than one-third. You’ll see when you add this system to your lab – there are just fewer steps involved. Since some of our products involve a whole new way of operating, we have provided many demonstration videos that help you grasp your savings. Here’s the video for the ULTRA Twin-Tray system: https://www.dentalventures.com/ultra-twin-tray-model-systems/#demo

We like to help dentists and labs work smarter, not longer. With economics the way they are now, working smarter is a sheer necessity.

I Want to Add You to My Testimonial Page

I am collecting stories from dentists and labs that are using our products and I’d like to add yours. Here’s the page on which our testimonials appear: https://www.dentalventures.com/testimonials/

If you are already a customer, send your testimonial to us at matts@dentalventures.com.

Whether you are a customer or not, you can become a product evaluator for us. We’re not stopping with the product line we’ve got. We always have new products in development and to ensure they are as simple and time-saving as the ones we already offer, we need people to try them out. Fill out the form on this page to apply: https://www.dentalventures.com/index.php/become-a-product-evaluator.

We are very proud of the track record we’ve accumulated over the last several years. We’ve repeatedly had products selected as top dental products of the year and we plan to win this recognition in the future as well.

Baby boomers

The Right Offering at the Right Time

For dentists with labs providing restorations, it’s really the right time to be in business. Some people might not be so convinced but there is one major reason why.

Baby boomers are some of the best educated people in the country when it comes to knowing how to take care of their teeth. So many of them have maintained their teeth all their lives and realize that they may need a little more work done as they age. Statistics reported by the ADA note that despite lower spending across the boards, when it comes to the older Boomers, they are spending more.

One of the reasons for this is that these older patients often need more restorations than younger ones. And that is where you come in.

Don’t neglect this public when you are working on your marketing. I know that so much of today’s promotion is electronic but sometimes printed materials and a purchased mailing list still work wonders. At any list broker’s, you can purchase a list within nearby zip codes, with an age specification. Since this older demographic is so very often in the market for crowns, bridges and other restorations, this is a prime group for you to promote to.

A simple mailing to this list could enable you to zero in on a group that is ready for the kind of service you offer.

Keeping it Real

My suggestion though – feature a photograph of work you have actually done. And say so on the postcard, brochure or whatever it is you mail. Why?

Because if you go to a shop and have them prepare a mailer for you, chances are really good that they are going to pick up a stock (purchased off a website inventory) photo and drop it into your mailer layout. There’s two problems with this that would be improved by using a photo of your own work.

  1. Stock photos usually LOOK like stock photos. Too polished, too perfect.

  2. And sometimes the same stock photo is used for multiple dentists in your town. If you have the same photo in your mailer as the fellow a few blocks away, it could give people a poor impression.

Restoration dentists are normally equipped with good cameras already, so call in an attractive patient, male or female, and take a nice smiling shot. Maybe one of your staff has had restoration work done and will stand for a photo. Just make sure they fit the age bracket of the type of patient you are trying to appeal to.

Then make sure your brochure or postcard clearly states that this image is from your practice, that this image shows your handiwork.

If you also make some kind of appealing offer to get people in the door, you will see more results from your investment. If you are comfortable educating a group, offer to explain the kind of care an older population needs. This age group usually knows that they have dental issues that need to be taken care of.

An offer of a free workshop can give them something they really value – a way to end their mystery about what might lie in store for them as they age. And of course, it puts them in your practice so you can consult with them about what you offer. A good result for both you and your neighbors who come to your workshop.

Hybrite

I Just Love Saving People Time and Complexity

We’re in the business of manufacturing and selling dental products – sort of. If you take another look at what we do, we’re actually in the business of saving our customers time and complexity. And of course, that results in financial savings.

I was just watching a training video of someone polishing a crown using a competitive product. The procedure went on and on and the person doing the polishing had to use three different tools. Talk about tedious!

Our YouTube Channel

Did you know we have a lot of videos that show you how easy it is to use our products? If you’ve never been to our YouTube channel, you should try it. Just go to:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DentalVentures?feature=watch. We’ve got nearly two dozen videos there and I’ll be adding more as soon as I can get them filmed and done!

At this web address – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyc8RiAuLh0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUgij2-2o41W4qmURHT3WVHg – you’ll see what it’s like to polish a 3M Lava Ultimate crown using our Hy-Brite product. There’s really no comparison between Hy-Brite and this other product I was looking at. The average crown can be polished in less than a minute. You’ll see it right in front of your eyes if you watch the video.

And the brush we provide with the Hy-Brite does the job in one step. That’s quite a comparison to the other product line, where the person doing the work had to stop and change tools twice to make that crown look as lustrous and natural as the patient’s other teeth.

Speeding Up the Process

It sure makes me wonder why anyone would use anything else. Unless, of course, they just hadn’t heard yet how easy we can make their job. I figure that practices using these other products are taking about three times as long to complete their polishing. That means they take their ability to get crowns out of the lab down to one-third. I’m happy to help them speed things up.

This is a very fast-changing industry. These new materials by 3M are a remarkable advancement over the materials we had just a short time ago. But they provide a great improvement in durability, absorption of chewing forces and adjustability. Providing you with the tools and materials you need to make your use of these new materials fast and easy is a satisfying job for me. It’s easy to see that advancements are not going to stop coming along any time soon. We’re going to continue to supply the materials you need to make your job a breeze.

Better, faster, easier, simpler! These are all words that mean more profit for you.

The Common Denominator of Our Products

If you are familiar at all with our products, you may have noticed that there’s a few remarkable qualities they have in common.

  1. They are simple.

  2. They are efficient.

  3. They save you time.

  4. They therefore save you money.

Last week, I wrote about Hy-Brite. I know exactly how much faster and easier it is to polish restorations made of hybrid materials with Hy-Brite compared to the other products on the market. One fast step, less than a minute. I don’t see why anyone would use anything else.

And then there’s something as simple as our Waxie-Paste. Rather than having to hold a strip of paper or ribbon or focus a spray marking solution on just the right area, Waxie-Paste goes on cleanly with a small brush. It stays right where you want it. You don’t need to grow a new hand to use it. And when you’ve made your adjustments, you just wash it away. You won’t have remnants of a marking solution dirtying up your restorations because it washes away clean.

All Our Products Have the Same Simple Basis

Take a look at our ULTRA Twin-Tray System. This product also combines what used to be multiple steps into one fast operation. We’ve got one lab that told us that their speed at producing models increased more than one-third. You’ll see when you add this system to your lab – there are just fewer steps involved. Since some of our products involve a whole new way of operating, we have provided many demonstration videos that help you grasp your savings. Here’s the video for the ULTRA Twin-Tray system: https://www.dentalventures.com/ultra-twin-tray-model-systems/#demo

We like to help dentists and labs work smarter, not longer. With economics the way they are now, working smarter is a sheer necessity.

I Want to Add You to My Testimonial Page

I am collecting stories from dentists and labs that are using our products and I’d like to add yours. Here’s the page on which our testimonials appear: https://www.dentalventures.com/testimonials/

If you are already a customer, send your testimonial to us at matts@dentalventures.com.

Whether you are a customer or not, you can become a product evaluator for us. We’re not stopping with the product line we’ve got. We always have new products in development and to ensure they are as simple and time-saving as the ones we already offer, we need people to try them out. Fill out the form on this page to apply: https://www.dentalventures.com/index.php/become-a-product-evaluator.

We are very proud of the track record we’ve accumulated over the last several years. We’ve repeatedly had products selected as top dental products of the year and we plan to win this recognition in the future as well.

Re-sealing polish For An Adjusted Cerec Zirconia Restoration

Sirona’s Cerec ceramic milling system is one of the most coveted systems in both dental laboratories and dental operatories across the globe. This system has become so popular that if you were to ask any dentist in the world to name the top 3 milling systems, Cerec would most definitely be on their list.

But with all of the notoriety that the Cerec system carries, and as with all CAD/CAM and traditionally fabricated restorations, there is a constant need for various types of adjustments to ensure proper fitting of the restoration.

While many other companies offer inefficient paint on or spray on glazing techniques to re-seal and re-polish CAD/CAM generated restorations, such as Cerec or pressed and porcelain fused to metal types, they seem to appear to provide a surface smoothness that is safe for the opposing dentition but don’t seem to offer a long term solution.

There have been two recent studies exposing the quickest and most effective method of re-polishing a Cerec restoration. Both offer a final result that is easy to accomplish and extremely safe for the patient.

The first, a recent abstract published by Dr. D. Nathanson, Department of Restorative Sciences Bio Materials, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, reported that “at 600,000 strokes, the polished zirconia caused significantly less wear to enamel than either glazed Zirconia, Ceramco porcelain or Cerec MarkII. The polished zirconia remained unchanged, but the glazed zirconia showed significant loss of the glazed layer.”

It was reported that the polish used in the Boston University study was Dental Ventures Zircon-Brite.

The second, a study conducted in Kobe, Japan, showed that polishing adjusted areas on Cerec zirconia restorations using Zircon-Brite with a soft bristle brush reduced surface roughness DRASTICALLY in no more than 15 seconds of polishing time. All while providing a safe, non-damaging surface smoothness.

Zircon-Brite, the polishing product reportedly used in both studies offers advantages outside of re-sealing and re-polishing the adjusted areas of a Cerec type or other restoration.

Zircon-Brite has been recognized as the perfect companion to all types of ceramic restorations including Zirconia, Lithium Disilicate and Composites. This product also offers a significant simplification of technique for Cerec type or pressed IPS e.max® users by eliminating the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th glaze cycle that is typically required to complete an IPS e.max® restoration.

In other words…

Zircon-Brite provides ideal surface texture and high shine to under-glazed Lithium Disilicate restorations. Zircon-Brite has also been selected by one of the most prestigious third party evaluators as one of the TOP DENTAL PRODUCTS OF 2010 and recognized as a proven classic of 2011.

Dr. Tony Soileau of Lafayette, Louisiana says:

“Having to adjust ceramic and remove it’s beautiful glaze is very disappointing. Having the ability to easily polish it back to a glaze-like shine is incredible. Now being able to use Dental Ventures of America’s Zircon-Brite on all ceramics including Lithium Disilicate, Composite and Temporaries is miraculous. Zircon-Brite does all of this and is extremely affordable.”

Zircon-Brite is available in a 20 gram jar designed for laboratory use and a 6 gram syringe for use in chair-side applications. Contact Dental Ventures of America to order or learn more about it’s application and use or click here to order from our web store.