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Heraeus masters the whole ball of wax

June 7, 2012
Market leader blends the best natural ingredients, machinery, and processes to achieve the industry’s most consistent dental waxes.

South Bend, Ind.— Achieving truly exceptional consistency is a significant challenge for virtually any product category. The challenge is particularly steep, however, for dental waxes, which are vulnerable to uncontrollable variables ranging from the weather in South America to the behavior of bumble bees. Yet despite tthe worldwide leader in dental esthetics, has set the standard for dental wax consistency for over 50 years.

Manufacturing consistently exceptional dental waxes requires not only the highest quality raw materials, but state-of-the-art machinery and very tightly controlled processes. Modern Materials is unsurpassed at all three facets.

First of all, its waxes are made from the finest natural materials the planet has to offer. Rather than settling for domestic beeswax, which fails to give the finished wax the toughness and resiliency that meets Modern Materials’ unrelenting standards, the company insists on using only South American beeswax. Another type of wax that goes into Modern Materials’ base wax is carnauba wax, which comes from the underside of the palm leaves on the Copernice Cerfera tree (called “Tree of Life”) from the village of Ceara in northeastern Brazil.

In addition to having the finest natural ingredients, Modern Materials enjoys the benefit of the most advanced processing equipment. This includes double-jacketed steam kettles to ensure a perfect melt, and gravity-fed pouring to ensure a densely-poured billet that allows no air in the mixture.

But the finest natural ingredients and most advanced machinery will still not produce the highest quality finished wax without uncompromising production processes. Two other keys to exceptional quality are to ensure that the waxes are aged for exactly the right time, and to keep the manufacturing environment spotless. In short, extensive production management expertise and tightly controlled manufacturing processes are essential to achieving the desired result.

“We don’t have a magic formula for making the world’s best dental wax," said Lesley Melvin, Heraeus’ Product Manager for the Modern Materials Division. "The fact is that all manufacturers use essentially the same formula. What we have that no one else has been able to touch is an unmatched blend of the best possible natural ingredients, the best machinery, and the best manufacturing processes.”

For more information on Modern Materials, Heraeus, or its other products, call 800-431-1785or visit