Leveraging decades of instrument-making experience, Hu-Friedy developed EverEdge 2.0 using a proprietary heat-treatment process and enhanced finishing techniques. According to the manufacturer, the optimized steel of EverEdge 2.0 has superior edge retention and wear characteristics that will last the entire life of the instrument. Since the EverEdge 2.0 scalers do not have a superficial coating, these characteristics cannot be removed through usage or sharpening. EverEdge 2.0 scalers can be resharpened at any point to extend their life and value.
“Hu-Friedy introduced our original EverEdge scalers 10 years ago to satisfy practitioners’ desire for a sharper instrument that lasts longer,” shares Ron Saslow, Hu-Friedy CEO and chairman of the board. “While EverEdge scalers quickly became, and remain, the top-selling scaler brand in the world, we challenged ourselves to develop an even more advanced instrument to help practitioners perform at their best. We are very proud of the result, EverEdge 2.0, which allows clinicians to deliver the best possible outcomes for their patients.”
Understanding the critical importance of scientific evidence in supporting product performance, Hu-Friedy engaged an independent third-party laboratory specializing in blade technology, CATRA, to conduct a detailed scientific sharpness test. The independent test evaluated EverEdge 2.0 and several competitive scalers with two criteria: sharpness of the scalers when brand new and sharpness after repeated use.
According to a press release issued by the manufacturer, the test results show that Hu-Friedy EverEdge 2.0 is 72% sharper out of the box than the next closest competitor. After repeated use (500 strokes), EverEdge 2.0 remains 50% sharper than the next closest competitor.
“The goal of this scientific study was to provide objective information about which scaler starts sharper and stays sharper longer because that is what clinicians need in order to provide the best patient experience,” shared Ken Serota, president of Hu-Friedy. “The research on EverEdge 2.0 both validates and supports that goal.”
Dental hygiene textbooks and educators acknowledge that sharper scalers are critical for effective removal of deposits during oral prophylaxis procedures.
A sharper scaler is better because it is more:
• Clinically effective since calculus is easily removed, not burnished;
• Comfortable for clinicians, causing less hand and wrist fatigue;
• Comfortable for patients due to less pressure needed for calculus removal; and
• Efficient as less time is needed to scale.
EverEdge 2.0 instruments are available with the original EverEdge diamond-knurled, large-diameter handle, as well as with the Resin 8 Colors handle, a lightweight resin handle featuring a color-coded system to easily identify scalers and curettes that correspond to areas of the mouth. The new purple grips allow for easy identification of the EverEdge 2.0 scalers in each setup.
During the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, DentistryIQ Products Editor Erin Robinson interviewed Kevin Stein, product manager for Hu-Friedy, to learn more about EverEdge 2.0 scalers. Watch their conversation here to find out more about the scalers: