Introducing 3M ESPE Sof-Lex spiral finishing and polishing wheels

April 15, 2013
One unique shape for dental finishing and polishing in anterior and posterior, convex and concave surfaces

ST. PAUL, Minn. – 3M ESPE introduces Sof-Lex™ spiral finishing and polishing wheels, a new way to put the final natural-looking gloss on restorations. With an innovative spiral shape that adapts to all tooth surfaces, Sof-Lex dental finishing and polishing wheels give dentists a versatile and simple alternative to traditional points, cups, discs, and brushes.

“These dental finishing and polishing wheels allow dentists to finish and polish multiple surfaces from any angle,” said Christina Rego, marketing manager, 3M ESPE. “Their versatility and simple procedure make the dental finishing and polishing process quick and straightforward to produce natural, lifelike results.”

These new dental finishing and polishing wheels are designed with flexible spiral “fingers” that adapt to all anterior and posterior surfaces. The fingers of the wheels conform to convex and concave surfaces as they move across the restoration, so there is no need to switch shapes during the procedure to fit various contours. Abrasive particles are embedded throughout the dental finishing and polishing wheels, so effective dental finishing and polishing can be achieved from any side — top, bottom, or edge. With just one shape, and with no water-cooling necessary, dentists can use the wheels from any angle and quickly achieve a lifelike luster.

The single-use wheels have a simple two-step system. Dentists can use the fine Sof-Lex spiral finishing wheel to remove minor scratches and prepare the surface for high gloss polishing. Then, the superfine Sof-Lex spiral polishing wheel can be used tocomplete the procedure, creating a smooth, high-gloss, natural-looking surface.

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Dental finishing and polishing wheels are ideal for use with composites such as 3M ESPE Filtek Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative, resin-modified glass ionomers, bisacrylic temporary materials, and precious and semi-precious metal. With the addition of these wheels, 3M ESPE’s industry-leading Sof-Lex finishing and polishing family now offers a comprehensive system for contouring, finishing, and high-gloss polishing.

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