Simplifying Composite Restorations with Bluephase® Style
LED technology provides flexible, efficient curing
When it comes to producing products and providing services, Ivoclar Vivadent relies on three distinct guiding principles—passion, vision, and innovation, says George Tysowsky, DDS, MPH, vice president of technology. With this in mind, the company has consistently developed and manufactured top-of-the-line dental products, including clinical instruments, adhesives, restorative materials, ceramics—and curing lights.
Over the years, the curing light market has shifted to become more of a “one-size-fits-all” environment, as manufacturers have strived to accommodate customers seeking a light that is able to cure all dental materials and indications. Moreover, users want curing lights that are reliable and durable.
Known for its Bluephase® line, Ivoclar Vivadent has invested considerable research and development in creating curing lights that simplify the process of curing composite restorations. The company uses the latest technology available when developing its products, and its research and development (R&D) team actively taps the minds of highly qualified external partners and suppliers for ideas and guidance. This approach, Tysowsky says, has enabled Ivoclar Vivadent to see the trend in curing-light innovation towards the manufacture of smaller lights that offer multifaceted functionality.
The latest member of the Bluephase line, the Bluephase® Style features a unique polywave light-emitting diode (LED) (designed and developed by Ivoclar Vivadent) that emits a halogen-like emission spectrum ranging from 385 nm to 515 nm, enabling it to polymerize the entire range of photoinitiators and materials currently used in dentistry, providing flexibility to clinicians who perform all manner of dental procedures.
Along with its “Click & Cure®” corded battery backup option, the Bluephase Style also features energy-efficient LED technology, which provides users continuous curing with no clinical limitations. This saves clinicians time, as they do not have to be concerned about their light shutting off during a procedure due to overheating.
In addition to creating a product like the Bluephase Style that meets market demand, Ivoclar Vivadent is cognizant of the importance of customer education. “We employ the best and most knowledgeable field sales and customer service teams in the industry. They are always available to our customers to answer questions, offer instruction, and provide support,” Tysowsky explains.
Looking forward, clinicians should expect to see an increasing number of broad-spectrum LED curing lights available on the market, Tysowsky suggests. “Studies are showing that these lights provide harder and better cured resins, and this reliability is extremely important to clinicians,” he explains. He adds that manufacturers will continue to shrink the size of their curing lights while increasing light intensity, which will make curing times shorter, thus improving office efficiencies. This is the advancement that Tysowsky finds most exciting. “The ability to have smaller electronics while boosting light intensity higher points to a more efficient workflow for the dental team,” he says.
For each pink Bluephase Style curing light sold during the month of October, $100 will be donated to breast cancer research. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ivoclar Vivadent will show its support by distributing buttons and tearpads among its dealer representatives. The pink Bluephase Style will also be highlighted at the Ivoclar Vivadent booth during the 2013 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session in New Orleans, LA, from October 31 through November 3.
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