February 2014, Volume 10, Issue 2
Published by AEGIS Communications
Bluephase® Style Simplifies Composite Restorations
Ergonomic design and unique light probe create efficiency
According to George Tysowsky, DDS, MPH, vice president of technology for Ivoclar Vivadent, the company relies on three distinct guiding principles—passion, vision, and innovation—when it comes to producing products and providing services. 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 latest member of the Bluephase line, the Bluephase® Style, features a slim and ergonomic design that makes it comfortable for all hands. The newly designed light probe provides easy access to posterior teeth.
Bluephase Style features a 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. This enables it to polymerize the entire range of photoinitiators and materials currently used in dentistry, providing flexibility to clinicians who perform all types 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. The specially designed light probe maximizes posterior access, and the 10-mm diameter of the probe allows dentists to cure even the largest restorations in just 10 seconds. The combination of polywave technology, a unique probe design, and excellent ergonomics makes the Bluephase Style unique in the marketplace.
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 LED polywave curing lights provide a high degree of polymerization of resin-based materials compared to conventional lights, 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 leads to a more efficient workflow for the dental team,” he says.
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