EVALUATION DETAILS

GC America

Universal Light-Cured Nano Composite

New monomer technology from DuPont, patented fillers, and the resulting interface technologies give KALORE superior handling, esthetics, and durability.

After decades of reliance on the same basic monomer technology, GC America’s KALORE universal light-cured nano composite utilizes an exclusive new monomer technology from DuPont. This, along with GC America’s new high-density radiopaque (HDR) prepolymerized fillers and its interface between the filler and matrix, combine for a composite with superior handling, esthetics, and durability.

The manufacturer cites 3 key benefits derived from KALORE’s technology:

• Superior handling: HDR prepolymerized fillers make the material non-sticky and the monomer’s stiff core creates putty-like properties for easy sculpting without slumping.

• Exceptional esthetics: The monomer’s long chain and reduced shrinkage stress minimize the risk of filler drop-out and maximize sustained gloss; nearperfect color matching optimizes final results.

• Significant longevity and durability: Lower levels of polymerization shrinkage stress, guarding against loss of form, function, and esthetics.

The 14 dentists who participated in this Dental Product Shopper evaluation of KALORE have experience ranging from 1 to 30 years. They evaluated such features as placement, handling, and final esthetics.

Ease of Use (Placement and Working Time)

Ease of use of KALORE was rated as excellent by 8 evaluators, as very good by 4, and as good by 2. Comments on ease of use ranged from “nice thickness… condensable” to “easy to use.” One dentist, in practice for 7 years, called it “the best compared to many other composites.”

Ease of placement was rated as excellent by 8 evaluators, as very good by 5, and as good by 1. One dentist reported “good adaptability.”

Seven dentists rated working time as excellent, 4 rated it as very good, 2 rated it as good, and 1 rated it as fair. A Barnsboro, NJ dentist with 30 years of experience reported “good working time, not fast-setting.” Three evaluators—with 1, 25, and 28 years of experience—said it “sets a bit too fast.”

Handling (Viscosity and Sculptability)

Seven evaluators rated KALORE’s handling as excellent, 6 rated it as very good, and 1 rated it as good. “Upon placement,” said 1 evaluator, “I found areas chalky (next to where I separated the material from the plastic instrument). This cleared up when I touched the areas with the bond brush.” Another evaluator described handling as “really easy when packing.”

The evaluators also rated viscosity; 9 rated it as excellent, 3 rated it as very good, and 2 rated it as good or fair. Two evaluators said it was “a bit thick” or “doesn’t flow” and a third described it as “just right…not too stiff or flowing.”

When asked about sculptability, comments ranged from “sets up too fast…hard to sculpt” to “easily sculpted” and “easy, packs well, excellent!” Sculptability was rated as excellent by 8 evaluators, as very good by 5, and as good by 1.

Esthetics

KALORE offers a simplified shade system with 3 opacities for precision shade-matching. Shade options and final shade/esthetics were both rated as excellent by 11 evaluators and as very good or good by 3. “I love the shade options. They’re the best I’ve seen yet!” said a Utah dentist in practice for 25 years who reported “excellent results.”

When asked about polishability, 9 evaluators rated it as excellent, 4 rated it as very good, and 1 rated it as good. One dentist called it “the very best I’ve ever used…excellent shine” and another said it “polishes to a very high shine with routine polishers.” A New Jersey dentist described it as “easy to finish and polish, providing excellent esthetics,” and another evaluator reported “very good blend with the tooth structure.”

Overall Satisfaction

Ten evaluators said they would definitely or probably recommend KALORE to colleagues, and 9 said they would definitely or probably purchase it. Overall satisfaction was rated as excellent by 6 evaluators, as very good by 5, as good by 2, and as fair by 1.

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