A High Luster Polish in Less Time
When we conduct product evaluations at Dental Product Shopper, we always ask the clinicians involved in the review to offer constructive criticism about where the product might fall short. When a group of dentists evaluated the A.S.A.P. All Surface Access Polishers from Clinician’s Choice™, they were hard-pressed to find a flaw. Well, one doctor did have a problem—his colleagues kept taking the polishers from him throughout the evaluation period.
"I work with 2 other dentists," he shared, “and they kept trying to steal the polishers and use them because they liked them!" Why? Put simply, they made polishing easier and quicker, and the result was a very high shine.
So what are these polishers and what makes them so in demand? A.S.A.P. Polishers are diamond-impregnated, flexible polishing wheels designed for optimal adaptation to any surface, including difficult-to-reach areas.
The Composite Polish Challenge
A.S.A.P. Polishers have addressed a longstanding challenge for many dentists, and that’s the efficient and effective polishing of a composite resin. Time is money, and when dentists are able to quickly achieve better results, they’re doing themselves and their patients a favor.
The technique involves a simple 2-step polishing method: First, the A.S.A.P. Pre-Polisher (purple), which is embedded with diamond particles of 44 microns, is used to gently diminish small defects without affecting the anatomy. Then, the A.S.A.P. Final High Shine Polisher (peach), which is embedded with much smaller, finer diamond particles, provides a life-like polish in as little as 20 seconds.
Marc Geissberger, DDS, who splits his time between his practice in Greenbrae, CA, and educating practicing clinicians, said he recommends the polishers to fellow dentists because of the way they establish a luster. “They’re designed in such a way that they really get into the grooves and the anatomy that you’ve established without obliterating it,” he said. “They produce a very fast, efficient, high luster, mirroring that of enamel, and it’s a brilliant way to get a great shine.”
A Better, Faster Outcome
But the efficiency of the A.S.A.P. polishers doesn’t end with the creation of an amazing shine in less than 1 minute—or even that a single shape can access all areas of the arch. They are also autoclavable 30 times or more, and that’s something that evaluators appreciated. "The polisher is sturdy and withstands autoclave conditions," Dr. John Lee reported.
While they are ideal for use on all composite surfaces, they can also be used on lithium disilicate, zirconia, bisacryl, and some ceramic materials to gain a high luster polish in under a minute.
During the A.S.A.P. Polisher evaluation, which resulted in a Best Product rating, more than a dozen dentists also used these polishers on harder substrates, including zirconia, lithium disilicate, and porcelain. They discovered that the polishers delivered a fast, high-gloss shine that returned the restoration to a lab-fabricated polish after adjustment. “Polishing e.max monolithic restorations intraorally after bite adjustment works great, giving the glaze back to the restoration,” Dr. Steve Taborda said. Meanwhile, Dr. Kevin Clemmons said he was able to achieve a “nice, smooth finish to adjusted zirconia crowns.” Dr. Irene Renieris found that the polishers “shined the crown up as if it just came out of the lab box for delivery.”
At DPS, our job is to find out what challenges clinicians are facing and what products might be able to help them solve those problems. For many of them, the greatest battle is simply running a business and managing a team on top of performing clinical dentistry. By simplifying a routine procedure like polishing, doctors can achieve a better and faster outcome multiple times a day.