Used to provide a high luster on finished dental restorations, dental stain and glaze systems can be applied to crowns, bridges, and veneers. Many stains and glazes are clear liquids that are brushed on to a restoration and then must be fired at specific temperatures to take effect. Generally, applying a stain or glaze is the last step of processing a restoration in the laboratory.
Staining provides a natural tint to blend in with surrounding dentition while adding natural characteristics to the tooth surface. Glazing produces a smooth, glossy texture to the restoration, which helps prevent plaque and bacteria from adhering to the tooth surface. Both are suitable for use in either dental laboratories or chairside CAD/CAM restorations and are generally applied in similar ways.
Here is a look at several stain and glaze systems.
InSync® Stain and Glaze Paste
This paste is a universal system that offers an efficient method for creating color effects on all zirconia, lithium disilicate /IPS e.max, and layered and pressed restorations. Offers a high luster with a shiny appearance. Easy to use, won’t streak, puddle, or run, and gives complete coverage in just 1 firing. Fires clear and transparent with no cloudy or gray effect. Available in shades that match all VITA® Classic A1 through D4 shades. Offers a fluorescence that mimics natural teeth. Jensen Dental 800-243-2000 | jensendental.com Vintage Art Universal Stains and Glazes
A universal powder stain and glaze designed for monolithic restorations and layered ceramics. Its YAMAMOTO LIQUID is formulated to produce a 3D effect that gives lithium disilicate or zirconia restorations a lifelike appearance, which reflects its final color before firing. Features powder stains and glazes with 2 different mixing liquids that offer a wider range of options compared to ready-to-use pastes. Its 2 glazes allow users to finish restorations with or without fluorescence. SHOFU Dental 800-827-4638 | shofu.com Glaze & Stain Medium
Features a smooth texture that is designed to carry stains and glaze powder.
Its nonrunny formulation allows for precise application and fine characterization. It is compatible with all common stains and glaze powder and can be mixed with porcelain to build-up margins. Available in 1-oz or 4-oz bottles. American Dental Supply, Inc. 610-252-1464 | americandentalsupply.net QuickGlaze™
Can be used as both a finished and bonding agent for all temporary materials. Users can brush on and it is light curable. Seals out bacteria. Formulated to resist stains and abrasions. All Dental Prodx 877-647-7639 | adprodx.com Minute Stain Acrylic Resin Stains
Quick-setting, colored acrylic liquids for the color modification of provisional and permanent acrylic and composite restorations. The stains cure and bond to all dental resins, including ethyl and methyl methacrylates, bis-acryl resins, polycarbonates, vinyl methacrylate copolymers, resin crowns, denture bases, acrylic denture teeth, and composite resins. Available in a 3- or 7-color kits including individual colors brown, yellow, cervical blend, pink, gray, blue, and white. The individual colors are available in ¼-oz, ½-oz, or 2-oz jars. TAUB Products 800-828-2634 | taubdental.com Enamelite™ Low-fusing Ceramic Spray Glaze
Designed to be compatible with all porcelain systems, Enamelite is formulated to increase efficiency and productivity by allowing technicians to stain, add on contacts, and glaze in a single bake. The Spray Glaze can be applied to single or multiple units in less than 10 seconds without distorting characterization stains or anatomical details. Reportedly features a faster drying time than brush-on applications. Available in 2-oz or 3.9-oz cans. Keystone Industries 800-333-3131 | keystoneindustries.com CERABIEN ZR FC Paste Stain
CERABIEN ZR FC Paste Stain allows for the easy characterization of full zirconia, as well as layered and pressed zirconia. Available in 27 shades for the reproduction of a variety of colors. The use of the Fluoro shade allows for an achievable natural fluorescence to the restoration. Kuraray Noritake 800-879-1676 | kuraraydental.com Solera™ Porcelain Glaze
Part of the Solera High Fusion European Porcelain system for dental ceramics, dental veneers, dental porcelain, and dental reconstruction. Its “Injection Precision Cut” grain structure is designed to make Solera one of the fastest building porcelains available. Available in shades A1 through D4 and a wide range of opacities. ARGEN® 800-255-5524 | argen.com VITA INTERNO
VITA INTERNO ceramics are formulated to achieve the reproduction of in-depth shade effects. Designed to produce outstanding results with INTERNO ceramics, particularly when reproducing color effects occurring in the incisal area of natural teeth. In certain cases, INTERNO can be used to create an additional impression of depth when space is lacking. Features a high fluorescence, which means shades with increased luminosity and brighter transmission that looks just as natural as dentition. Said to be compatible with all VITA veneering ceramics. VITA North America 800-828-3839 | vitanorthamerica.com Biomic Stain/Glaze
A stain/glaze that is suitable for all types of ceramic restorations, including zirconia, glass-ceramic, and porcelain. Features a universal coloration system for all restorations. Its coloration pastes are designed for ease of use, allowing technicians to achieve esthetic results. Formulated with 2D paste color to mimic the colors of natural teeth—the 3D paste combination then creates esthetic effects. The 3D pastes can be used to adjust the tooth surface morphology and add slight contour distinctions. Aidite® 704-942-8414 | aiditeus.com IPS Ivocolor
A universal range of stain and glaze materials for the press, CAD, and layering ceramics that is designed to allow dental technicians to customize and glaze their restorations. Ivocolor is suitable for characterizing and glazing both high- and low-fusing ceramic materials that fall within a CTE range between 9.5 and 16.6 by 10-6/K. The glazes provide reliable firing results with exact shades. A high-gloss finish is obtainable at firing temperatures as low as 710 oF with untainted results and no gray or white discoloration. Ivoclar Vivadent 800-533-6825 | ivoclarvivadent.com CGI Universal Fluorescent Glaze
A paste and powder that is designed for use in glazing all types of ceramic restorative materials, including lithium disilicate, lithium silicate, and zirconia. Its level of fluorescence enhances the optical properties of the restoration to mimic the look of natural teeth under all lighting conditions. CGI Dental Porcelain 954-670-0208 | cgiporcelain.com All-Ceramic Modeling Liquid
Designed to be used with all porcelain materials. Formulated to make powders easier to handle for improved control and productivity. Porcelain particles condense and slide together naturally, which is said to enhance color, vitality, and translucency. Master Ceramist 985-662-3313 | masterceramist.com GC Initial® IQ Lustre Pastes NF
These 3D lustre pastes are formulated to create color depth and translucency with a single paint-on application. Its New Formula (NF) gives crowns and bridges a lifelike appearance. The dedicated Lustre Paste Set can create an optimal match to both low and high CTE ceramics. Based on fine ceramic particles and can be applied in a thicker layer where they exhibit vitality and add a natural glaze to restorations. Available in ready-to-use consistencies—Neutral, Value, Body Shades, and Enamel Effect Shades. GC America 800-323-7063 | gcamerica.com DC Ceram conceptArt Paste Stains
Features a fluorescent and light-amplifying effect that maintains the natural appearance of the dentition. Maintains the natural appearance of color and chroma in any lighting without any darkening or graying. For use in individual characterization as an internal or external stain. Requires little effort to achieve excellent results with pressed, milled, or layered ceramics. Its consistency and viscosities allow for smooth application and homogeneous appearance with large coverage. Zubler USA, LLC. 770-921-2131 | zublerusa.com True to Life Stains and Fluorescent Glazes
Designed for use on all ceramic, zirconia, and lithium disilicate materials. The self-glazing paste stains are formulated to reduce thermal stress after cooling. The glaze’s CTE is designed to match the CTE of zirconia. Comes in 18 colors; the Assortment Kit includes A, B, and C and accent/modifier colors in black, blue, pink, violet, and white, a Fluorescent Glaze, and a bottle of mixing medium. Indenco Dental Products, Inc. 877-500-0081 | indenco.com Previous Next