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The Importance of Polishing Nanocomposites

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I know there are some fisherman/woman dentists out there (I’ve met a few!). It’s a gorgeous afternoon, the sun is warming up the winter landscape, and I’m already thinking about fishing in just a few months from now. That’s what I like about the Minnow Polishers logo—the little fish that evokes the Microcopy product line’s nickname: “The Go-Anywhere” nanocomposite polisher. You can picture it gently darting in and out of the pits and fissures of tooth anatomy, going where bigger fish just can’t get. What dentists will like about them is that these miniature polishers give you the flexibility of angling between restorations and soft tissue, composite and enamel, and easily reaching, for example, Class Is and Vs, that are difficult with larger polishers. Polishing composite is a critical final step to protect the restoration with a smooth surface so bacteria cannot find a foothold to attach and begin its decay process. It is also the only way to leave a stain-resistant, light-reflecting, more esthetic, natural-looking tooth behind. There is little point in taking the time to create a gorgeous restoration for a patient who can hardly believe it’s possible, and then leave it unprotected from plaque and stains from coffee, tea, cola, and red wine.

 

With a choice between a point and a cup, you can access nooks and crevices with either system. Minnow Satin (aluminum oxide) polishers remove scratches, surface striations, and other imperfections, leaving behind a smooth shiny surface, sufficient for posterior esthetics. The Minnow Hi-Gloss (with diamond particles) buffs the composite to a “liquid luster” when using feather-light pressure. This makes it ideal in anterior teeth. Designed to work together, one should always use the Satin polisher before using the Hi-Gloss if using both.

Minnow Polishers are sterilized and disposable, saving time before and after use. They don’t require polishing paste, and won’t crumble or break down during use, so there’s no fishing around for broken bits. I think you could call a drawer full of Minnows a fine catch!

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