Live WebinarDental volunteering in Africa—Professional vs. human ethics
03 Apr 2020, 07:00 PM Dubai
Cristina Rizea DMD, PhD
Having a clear and precise diagnosis is needed in order to correctly plan the necessary treatment and sight is the first sense that every clinician uses, therefore having the best possible vision is crucial.
With this in mind, Hu-Friedy, the global leader in dental instrument manufacturing and infection prevention solutions, leveraged the success of HD Mirrors, Blackline and XTS product lines, to create HD Black Line Mirrors. This innovation was engineered to optimize clinical outcomes by delivering superior visibility throughout any dental procedure.
Designed for enhanced performance, Hu-Friedy’s HD Black Line Mirrors have a Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating, which reduces glare up to 80%** compared to a standard metal mirror heads and handles. This helps to reduce strain and fatigue, creating a more ergonomic mirror, as the user does not need to adapt their viewing position due to unwanted shine produced by traditional metal mirror handles or frames.
Additionally, the black matte finish provides enhanced contrast and visual acuity within the oral cavity. This creates a distinct contrast between the instrument, the tooth and/or the surrounding tissue allowing for easy identification intraorally.
So, the DLC coating in combination with the superior brilliance and color of Hu-Friedy’s proprietary HD Mirror glass facilitates quicker and more accurate visibility of the mouth. Tami Wanless, RDH, MED, from USA, states about the product: “I wear loupes with a LED light and noticed a significant difference in the amount of glare reflecting back into my field of vision during patient care, allowing me to see more detail. I realized, at the end of my clinical day, I had less eye strain when I used the HD Black Line Mirrors.” (Fig. 1).
Dr. Carlo Poggio, from Italy, is also using HD Black Line Mirrors in his digital dentistry cases: “A very simple “digital dentistry” issue: when dealing with intraoral scans in the posterior areas, it is often necessary to retract the tongue. Unfortunately, our usual retractor, the dental mirror, has a metal reflective back surface, which is not ideal for light reflection; scanning may be interrupted or get distorted. By using Hu-Friedy’s new HD Black Line Mirror I definitely solved the light reflection issues.” he quoted (Fig.2).
Beautiful smile is what patients demand to clinicians every day and therefore highly aesthetic restorations are the standard request in each practice.
“In looking to enhance our product offering for aesthetic dentistry, we identified the need for a resilient composite instrument which would allow clinicians to use brush-like strokes as they create superfine details during biomimetic restorative dentistry,” said Jennifer Nemeth, Senior Product Manager at Hu-Friedy. “By introducing NiTi into the design, we were able to create an extraordinarily flexible, wafer-thin composite instrument unlike anything we currently offer. We are beyond excited for clinicians to experience the flex of Akro-Flex™!”.
Akro-Flex™, is an innovative, incredibly flexible spatula for restorative dentistry. The unique composite instrument features hyper-thin working ends made from Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) – an alloy known for its super elasticity. The thin, ductile instrument fits easily into narrow interproximal spaces allow for better visibility as compared to traditional composite instruments. (Fig.3).
The resilient working ends rebound back to its original shape after use and are excellent for creating fine anatomical detail with delicate, artistic strokes during aesthetic restorations (Fig.4).
In addition to its slender profile and innovative NiTi working ends, the handle of the Akro-Flex™ composite instrument was designed with the clinician in mind. The sleek, smooth finish prevents buildup of excess composite material while the lightweight, ergonomic design allows for an enhanced grip with less hand fatigue.