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    Garrison FitStrips

    When it comes to interproximal finishing of composite restorations, we are often given several less-than-optimal choices. We can use long metal strips, but these need to be used judiciously to avoid cutting the lip. There are the tiny strips with C-shaped handles, but sometimes those are too short and difficult to tease into the interproximal area.

    To help solve this situation, Garrison Dental Solutions created the FitStrip. The device has a strip about the size of the C-shaped devices, but with a long handle, making them look sort of like a mini toothbrush with a finishing strip in place of the bristles. The great thing about these is the handle provides very nice leverage when placing or using the strip. Additionally, the handle is detachable for the times you don’t need it.

    The handle also twists and, as it does, the curvature of the band changes, making adaptation of the band a very easy process. From broad to narrow contacts, the FitStrip can adapt to make finishing them a simplified process.

    The bands are very durable and hold up well even after multiple uses. Whether you are finishing composites, doing interproximal reduction for ortho, or removing leftover cement, I’ve found FitStrips work well.

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...


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