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What Makes Our Waxes Different?

What Makes Our Waxes Different from Other Dental Lab Supplies?

There’s plenty of waxes on the dental lap supply market. Just like we do with all our other products, we try to give you not only the best product on the market, we try to think outside the box when we engineer our products. Our idea of product development is to give you something a little different, a little more advanced (sometimes a LOT more). Not just another version of the same old wax or polishing compound.

This is the way we approached our formula for Dip N’ Cast waxes. We offer you four colors of Dip N’ Cast waxes in two consistencies. You can choose a firm consistency or a flexible consistency. There are two colors of each, allowing you to distinguish margins clearly.

As the name implies, it can be used to coat the surface of a die. Our waxes enable you to count on less shrinkage so that you don’t have to reseal die margins. You can remove the wax pattern and then replace and reseat it without then needing to seal the margins again.

On every job you do with Dip N’ Cast, you will see a consistent thickness to each dip. You’ll know what to expect each time which makes your job faster and you don’t need to make so many adjustments.

Have you Seen our Hotstikz?

We are very proud of our HotStikz product. If you look at other sticky wax products, they’ve got you using burners and open flames to melt the wax for adhesion purposes. We took the model of a glue gun and adapted it to sticky wax. You have greater safety without the open flame and greater precision with our heating element in our gun-like applicator keeping the wax at a consistent temperature. This means you know what the wax is going to do every time. It’s not going to be hotter one time and then less hot (and therefore thicker) the next time like it would be if it was just being melted in a flame.

When other sticky wax is heated, it gets all runny which decreases your control of where it goes and how much of the wax gets applied. Hotstikz will give you a consistent amount of wax in a consistent pattern. Like so many of our products, this is going to save you time. It will cleanly peel away from the work surface, too. These two qualities mean that you are going to save time on the production line. Your dies will be stabler, and then when the wax is removed, they will be cleaner. You can expect this wax to have a short cooling cycle, another time-saving feature.

These are not all the waxes we manufacture for you but these are all I have time for today. Next time, we’ll talk about Wonder Wax and some of the other products we make to use when you’re working with our waxes. 

Hy-Brite Works & Latest Dental Technology

If you have been working in dentistry for a while, then you have seen this industry change dramatically. I’m glad for all these changes. These new technologies provide excellent products with amazingly fast turnarounds.

For example, we have a lot of customers who are using the Sirona Dental System. It’s that end of our technology where the most changes are happening. With this in mind, I was looking at the Dental Compare blog today. I enjoy the scope of their reporting.

In a December 2013 post, they reported on the top ten products of the year. There’s a few scanners for digital impressions, a camera, a couple of lasers and a hybrid ceramic block for use in CAD/CAM. This new block from VITA ENAMIC incorporates the best qualities from both ceramics and polymers so that the finished restoration offers great results for your patients.

There’s not that many industries that play such a critical role in patients’ lives. Of course, medicine does, but patients rely on these onlays, crowns, bridges and dentures for the remainder of their lives. If these products fail, there’s discomfort and expense as well and the potential for more serious problems to develop. So the developments that let us offer faster service, great appearance and the durability patients want are all moves in the right direction.

We Work Hard to Keep Up

As technologies change, we have to keep up. If we only provided polishing agents for ceramic or metals, we would miss the chance to help our customers who are working with these hybrid materials. So that’s why I work hard to monitor the changes in the industry. When the next generation of materials comes out, I want to be able to provide the dental lab supplies you need to excel.

On the Dental Compare site, there is an article about these new technologies. This article makes the point that some people think this new technology fails to offer as good a result as more traditional dental lab technology. I agree with his conclusion: In the hands of well-trained people, the results are every bit as accurate, pleasing to the patient and durable.

When Hybrid Materials Hit the Market, We Developed Hy-Brite

It was the advancement of our industry that led us to develop Hy-Brite, our polishing product for these hybrid materials we were talking about. If you try to fire this material, the composite part of the combination will be destroyed. But this material is perfectly suited to the CAD/CAM systems.

Hy-Brite is the perfect polishing product for use with these materials. It comes with its own special soft-bristle brush. Just like many of our other polishing products, it will turn a milled restoration into a polished, beautifully finished product in seconds.

We’re going to continue to monitor the industry so we can provide you with the dental lab supplies and equipment you need to keep your operation profitable. If you’re working on something new that might require new dental products for finishing, polishing or operatory use, let us know. 

How the Right Dental Lab Supplies Can Result in Precision Modeling

I know I usually talk about our dental lab supplies related to polishing and sometimes waxes and such, but the fact is that our model system is widely accepted. If you have not heard about our precision system, then I guess it’s time I should talk about it.

The major advantage of our system is its accuracy. But that is, of course, a huge consideration. Your patients may be living with your restoration for the remainder of their lives.

We have developed a remarkably stable, accurate system for models. It took thinking through the problems with model-making from the very bottom to the top. Many people talk about problems in accuracy stemming from linear distortion coming from the setting expansion of stone.

Our system provides improvement of final linear cross-arch expansion. It’s been used for more than twenty years – that’s plenty of time to work out any bugs! The key to the accuracy of our system is a stable foundation that eliminates the moving or shifting of dowel pin locations. You just have to pre-determine the location of these pins relative to the impression before you pour the die.

Multiple studies have noted that a stable base eliminates this distortion. Our system uses this datum as the foundation of our process.

With our system, you don’t have to glue your pins into the dies. You start by relating the pre-manufactured base to the impression. You then drill precise pinholes in each location and then drop the pins into the holes. You used to have to pre-mark the location of each pin but now we have a new Alignment Fixture that eliminates this requirement. I’ll talk about that another time.

No glue is needed as the pinholes are tapered. Friction will do the work. That will save you time and money.

When you drop the pins into place, you don’t have to use a lot of pressure. That would tend to lock things together and you will need to remove and replace some of these pins.

Cutting the Model

Now, your model is stable. You can saw your arch into the segmented parts you need and the pins mean that your base is completely stable. There will be no expansion or distortion. The pins will return to their original locations with respect to the dies.

This system will save you so much production time and make the fits of the final restorations extremely accurate. That, of course, makes your patients very happy. And it means that you won’t have to do this work twice.

We’ve got a video on our website that will show you the whole process. You can see it by visiting https://www.dentalventures.com/precision-model-system/#demo. Let me know if we can answer any questions for you.

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!

We’re About Helping You Deliver Dental Lab Products to Make the Both Patient and You Happy

Whatever service you’re providing, the faster you can make the patient happy, the more viable your practice will be. Yes, of course there are other considerations, like the functionality of the restorations. And the patient’s health is the paramount concern. But when those points are covered well and you’re ready to place the restoration you’ve either prepared in your dental lab or had manufactured for you, the patient is still not going to be happy until the restoration looks perfect.

Even if it fits well and does its intended job, if it doesn’t look right, the patient is going to come back. Each repeat visit is going to slow up the patient volume through your office and down goes your profitability.

We recently talked about speeding things up chairside with our products, and in the past we’ve talked about speeding up the production line by sometimes eliminating steps or making processes faster. In this realm, appearance, we also excel.

Delivering Ni-Cr or Cr-Co Alloys, Porcelain and even Hard Gold Alloy

When you’re going to place a restoration like a hard gold alloy crown, you’ll find your polishing time cut much shorter than you might expect with our product called Brilliance. There are plenty of polishing pastes on the market but as usual, we’ve made this one different and better. It’s made of specially designed diamond particles in a very unique matrix. It’s formulated to make the most of the contact between the soft bristle brush you’ll be using and the restoration. It’s also formulated to minimize flyaway. That’s not necessarily a quality concern but if there’s less mess, your vision of the restoration is better and that should save you even more time.

Your polishing movements get the biggest result in the shortest time.

So how does this make the patient happy? You can produce beautifully polished restorations in no time. When the patient sees them in their perfectly finished state, there will be no concerns about appearance. You ensure that the fit and function are perfect and that patient is done.

And happy.

You can’t always measure the return on investment for every dental lab supply you have on hand, but in the case of Brilliance, you might. If you are able to polish each restoration for a shorter time, and you run ten cases a day through your lab, you save perhaps five hours of work each week. That’s up to 260 hours of personnel time per year. Times whatever you pay your skilled staff. This is definitely a product that is going to return far more, in financial terms, than it could ever cost.

So you become more profitable at each end – in the lab, with faster production and chairside, with instant patient happiness with brilliant appearance of restorations your providing. 

Dental Labs and the Need for Dental Lab Supplies – Not Dying Out Any Time Soon

It’s easy to find people talking about the virtual death of the dental labs in this country. Many dental schools no longer include dental lab programs in their curricula. And many dentists are now outsourcing their dental lab work overseas. We talked about that in an earlier blog. There are some quality shops overseas, I’m sure, but there are more complaints, at least that’s what I saw in my research on the subject.

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We Help With Dental Products When You’re Working Chairside, Too

Most of our products are meant for the lab, during manufacturing and finishing. But as any dental practice knows, there’s a certain amount of work that has to be done chairside. We have not overlooked this end of the production line. We have a whole range of products that help during those last few steps in the operatory.

Sure, you’re going to get the best fit possible in the manufacturing step, polish off any roughness and give an appliance or restoration a great shine. But in many cases, there’s a little bit of adjustment needed in the operatory. You need the dental lab supplies that work at this stage too, enabling you to re-smooth, re-polish a variety of materials. We’ve got what you need.

And just like with our other products that are used in the earlier steps of production, they save you time and steps which means everything goes faster. The patient is out the door sooner, with a great looking result.

Acryl-Marvel Adjustment Kit

When you have dentures that need refinishing, our Acryl-Marvel polishing compound can help. We provide this polish in small individual shapes that prevent any cross-contamination, once you have fit the denture to the patient. One small ingot per case. Minimal cost to you, no transference of contaminants.

You won’t have to pumice a piece that you are finishing and re-polishing. Acryl-Marvel will do the whole job. The final result will be so smooth and silky, it will resist the build-up of calculus.

Ceramo-Dotz

Here again, you avoid any cross-contamination by getting material in small dots. When the materials being used are lithium disilicate, lucite-based ceramics, zirconia or porcelains, this is what you want to use. It will do the same job as Acryl-Marvel, re-smoothing and re-polishing restorations in the operatory. You can get these in a jar of sixty individual ingots, one use per patient.

This product is often sent by a dental lab to an practice with the final ceramic restoration. We sell Ceramo-Dotz kits with just an individual ingot of material that a lab can send as a “thank you” gift to a practice that uses their services. It’s a nice touch.

First Step

This water-soluble gel adhesive comes in a handy syringe that enables you to put this adhesive right where you need it for a final try-in or adjustment procedure. Because it washes away, cleanup is simple and fast. And we made it colorless so you can get the true effect of laminate restoration and determine that the coloring is correct.

We provide this product in two syringes that each hold ten grams. This will get you through hundreds of restorations before you need to restock.

If there were enough of me, I could show you firsthand how much time our products can save you. As it is, I have to invite you to watch the video demonstrations we’ve got on our website. You’ll know immediately how much time we can save you and my work will then be done. Best wishes for your success.

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The Problems with Sticky Wax

Any dental lab knows what sticky wax is. It comes in lumps or bars and is used to protect, seal or connect items. If you’ve got a dental lab, then you’ve got sticky wax. (Unless you’re a customer of mine.)

Wonder Wax – Cervical

DVA’s Cervical Wax is non-rebounding and totally tension free formula offering increased transparency allowing for visual control of the cervical margin. One will find that our Cervical Wax totally eliminates the flooding of a margin to the overheated wax. DVA’s formula is not temperature sensitive as it can be applied accurately at various temperatures. Customers have reported that this unique wax formula offers enhanced mold-ability when forming and bonds incredibly well to other casting waxes; especially DVA’s Wonder Wax Sculpting formula. It is a high-functioning yet economically priced product.  DVA’s Cervical Wax is sold in 70 grams tins and is available in a very popular ‘Red’ color. The increased tin size reduces the number of annual shipments, thus reducing annual shipping costs, etc.Benefits:

 

  1. Zero temperature sensitivity, which eliminates flooding of wax
  2. Non-rebounding and completely tension free.
  3. Increased transparency allowing for visual control of cervical margin
  4. Enhanced Mold-ability
  5. Bonds exceptionally well to all casting waxes

 

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We’ve Got You Covered

Maybe you’re just familiar with our most popular products, like Acryl-Marvel, Zircon-Brite or Waxie-Paste. These products have plenty of fans. And our polishing products as a category are pretty well known.

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