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Refined Finishing with GripStrips and ProxiDiscs


I’ve been looking at this interesting tool, the GripStrip from Centrix, thinking about using one to remove every last trace of a sweet and sticky afternoon treat from between my teeth. I did brush and floss since to make up for the transgression, but am not convinced bigger guns aren’t required to find every last bit.

The GripStrip is an interproximal finishing and polishing tool that is coated with diamond grit for quick and efficient removal of restorative materials as well as polishing to a smooth gloss. Each strip features two diamond-grit combinations: more abrasive for faster finishing on one end, and less abrasive for smoother polishing on the other. These flexible strips have easy-to-“grip” handles for extra control while shaping, finishing, and polishing interproximal surfaces in hard to reach areas. Each also has an “abrasive-free zone” in the middle of the front side and is smooth on reverse side so it can slide through contacts without damaging intact enamel. There are four strips to choose from, including a newer Medium Mini, designed for anterior teeth. The strips are stainless steel and autoclavable. For practical tips, clinical case examples, and more information on GripStip, click here.

ProxiDiscs are autoclavable, stainless-steel interproximal separators that can be used to create space by opening up tight contacts, or removing cement or other excess materials that have hardened. They are available in two versions—one with a fine diamond coating on one side (smooth on the reverse), and one that is smooth on both sides. ProxiDiscs are designed without any serrated edges and are easy to “roll” through tight areas, breaking through excess materials and pulling them out of the interproximal space. Smooth ProxiDiscs can be used to break contacts or settle teeth. All that’s required is a firm rocking motion to remove debris gently and painlessly. ProxiDiscs can also be used to make placing matrix bands easier. For more information on ProxiDiscs, click here.


For more information on ProxiDiscs and Clinical Cases, click here.

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