Soft-Face 3D500 separator rings from Garrison Dental Solutions have been upgraded. The improvements include a smaller body and increased longevity. The ring retains the soft silicone “pads” that adapt matrix bands to the tooth for virtually zero flash. These pads were in place when the ring was introduced in 2008.Use of a new, specialized plastic to reinforce the stainless steel ring has allowed for a 35% reduction in the size of the critical ring body while maintaining proper tooth-separating force. Visibility and ring placement are improved while spring fatigue is minimized. The new ring body is also more chemical and heat-resistant to improve longevity.Line of transparent matrices introducedThe improved ring is used in connection with Garrison’s sectional matrix bands to produce a tight, anatomically accurate contact at the tooth’s natural height of contour. It is the cornerstone of the Composi-Tight 3D Sectional Matrix System. The ring is available in refill packs or as part of a complete introductory kit that includes Slick Bands non-stick sectional matrix bands. For more information, call (888) 437-0032 or visit www.garrisondental.com.To comment on this product, go to community.pennwelldentalgroup.com/.