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    Diamonds of their days: Products that are team members' best friends

    How these gems of products are really the team members’ best friends and deliver gifts to their patients on a daily basis.

    While the dentist may be the person who gets the most attention at dental trade shows, it’s frequently the hygienists and assistants who use the products in the practice and often have a lot of say in what might or might not be used on a daily basis and in the future.

    Knowing that, we asked assistants and hygienists from around the nation, including editorial opinion leaders from Modern Dental Assistant and Modern Hygienist, to tell us what products made their days easier and made their patients happier. Here’s what they said:

    Tija Hunter CDA, EFDA, CDIA, FADAA

    Hunter works at a busy, growing practice in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, and says that three products from Ivoclar Vivadent help make her day go smoothly.

    OptraSculpt“I love OptraSculpt Pads and OptraSculpt,” Hunter said. “Ivoclar Vivadent knows how to sculpt composites. I love both of these little inventions. First, OptraSculpt Pads are little foam pads that attach to a handle. They are interchangeable and come in two sizes. These soft little pads are perfect for sculpting composite restorations. They leave no marks and they won’t stick. There is no pullback on these. They are absolutely perfect for use in shaping and contouring composites. For anterior composite work, there is nothing better.

    “Next there is OptraSculpt. This is a modeling instrument that makes working with anterior or posterior composites a breeze. The handle holds one of six different working ends that are disposable. These elastic tips range from anything to a spatula to a point, making sculpting and contouring composites easy. And just like OptraSculpt Pads, these won’t stick or allow any pullback. Use either of these products once and you’ll be hooked!

    “I also love Optragate. It’s a retractor that allows for easy access when scanning, placing bands or brackets, cementing anterior restorations, placing anterior composites or a number of other procedures! It’s made of a soft, latex-free material that is comfortable for the patient to wear. It’s easy to put into place and it stays put. I love it because I can place cotton rolls in it or use dry angles to help with isolation. It’s a simple little product that allows for big help in the operatory!”

    For more information, visit ivoclarvivadent.com.


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    Kevin Henry
    Kevin Henry is the group editorial director for Advanstar Dental Media and has more than 15 years of experience in the dental ...


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