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Ceramists and lab owners, we are using conventional 4' ballasts with daylight flourescents (3050 lumen output at...See more 6500k temp) and it is not helping to translate proper shades in our restorations. What are you using in your porcelain department/ceramic benches?
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The AESTHETIC-PRESS System includes quality wax patterns that offer fast results. The patterns are pressable on all types of crowns, including metal or zirconia, as well as veneers and inlays. This feldspathic...See more porcelain system is easy to use and allows you to increase productivity, cut working time, raise quality and improve customer satisfaction.
Strauss has added new Swiss Made CeraGloss diamond porcelain polishers to its line of products. The CeraGloss 300001HP wheel shape diamond-polishing system for working on all types of ceramics crowns and...See more bridges without heat generation. A new binding component as well as the natural diamonds allow for optimum polishing results, achieved high shine without any polishing paste.
AMERICAN DENTAL SUPPLY's Ceramic-7 Modeling Liquid replaces distilled water in all porcelain techniques, forming a denser mix to minimize air bubbles and segregation. It eliminates frequent re-wetting,...See more makes porcelain easier to work with and carve, increases coverage and reduces working time. Producing more even, truer colors, Ceramic-7 is compatible with all major brands and types of porcelain and is used with dentine, enamel, incisal, shoulder as well as porcelain applied over zirconia. It is ideal for use with Sensation SL™ Low-Fusing Porcelain and Silhouette™ Porcelain. Samples are available upon request.
Specially developed for the two-layer buildup technique for PFM restorations, the Noritake EX-3 Speed Enamel creates a beautiful opalescent effect and precise shades similar to natural enamel. Esthetic...See more restorations are easily completed with a simple application method. Delivering consistent performance in a shorter time for custom restoration cases, EX-3 Speed Enamel is ideal for mass-production as well. Contact Zahn Dental, the exclusive U.S. partner of Noritake Products for KURARAY AMERICA.
From MIRAGE DENTAL SYSTEMS, Fortress Porcelain is an all-ceramic system for crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. It's a high-strength porcelain with leucite particles from 3- to 4-microns in size, making...See more for a smooth, low-abrasive ceramic. Fortress offers excellent translucency, lifelike vitality and provides superb esthetics.
GC Initial IQ POM (Press Over Metal) from GC AMERICA is a feldspar-based, pressable ceramic system for conventional porcelain alloys (CTE/WAK range of 13.8-14.9). It's part of a new concept of pre-blended...See more effect ingots in combination with the three-dimensional Lustre Pastes that exhibit vitality and a natural glaze in one bake. The standardized, compact system is easy to use, offers high accuracy and productivity and reduces remakes.
GC Initial from GC AMERICA consists of six ceramics in one integrated product line with one color system and can be used for metal-ceramic and full-ceramic restorations. No longer does the ceramist have...See more to spend valuable time learning to use a myriad of different ceramics to create a variety of restorations. The CTE and other properties of each GC Initial ceramic is adapted to its particular fabrication process and framework.
ZIRKONZAHN's ICE Zirconia Ceramic has a flexural strength of approximately 90MPa and a CTE value of 9.6 that doesn't change even after repeated firings, eliminating the danger of cracks. The set contains...See more all the materials required to fabricate natural, esthetic restorations: 16 Classic VITA® shades, four enamel materials, 17 modifiers for individual characterization, six tissue shades, 16 Dentin+ shades, and 21 Dynamik Dentin and intensive shades.
TALLADIUM's Luminesse HF high-fusing porcelain offers excellent translucency and color to produce optical properties that mimic natural teeth. The organic pigments allow you to precisely layer the correct...See more amount of body and incisal for a very lifelike restoration. Luminesse HF is an extremely versatile porcelain with a CTE that provides compatibility for a wide range of alloys.
TALLADIUM's Luminesse ZR is a high feldspathic-content veneering porcelain and an ideal match for all zirconia or lithium disilicate substructures. The translucency, brightness and opalescence of this...See more porcelain make it easy for your lab to produce beautiful and intricate work. The new translucents and spot-on shades allow you to create the ideal restoration every time.
The new DENTSPLY NeyFire T porcelain furnace delivers mobile, touch-command screen functionality and ceramic fire-power in a small footprint. Manage the 1,600-program capacity on a USB stick, which allows...See more for easy program additions and transfers between furnaces. A stationary firing platform—with a muffle that moves up and down—ensures zero vibration and reduced chance of damage to the crown or bridge. The unit is pre-programmed for DENTSPLY Ceramco and DeguDent® porcelains and includes a complimentary vacuum pump.
OneShot Unilayer Porcelain, from SHOFU DENTAL, is a next-generation ceramic material that improves productivity and esthetic outcomes with a simplified, single-powder build-up process. An extension to...See more the Vintage MP and ZR product lines, just one baking cycle provides excellent color match for any VITA shade. The densely packed homogeneous material yields reduced shrinking verses multiple firing-cycle techniques while allowing one powder to build to full contour.
PEARSON DENTAL SUPPLY's Pearson II Porcelain offers ease of handling and modeling and immediate, accurate shades with translucency and color depth. It offers an extremely stable CTE of 13.8, and is compatible...See more with non-precious alloys with a CTE of 14.1-14.8 at 500°F. The opaques come in powder or paste that offer creamy results. There are high- and low-fusing glazes.
Press-i-dent Pressable Ceramics is an affordable product for fabricating all-ceramic restorations and allows the technician to use staining, three-quarter buildup or full buildup. Porcelain can be applied...See more using one or more firings without risk of strength loss or deformation. From AURIDENT, INC., Press-i-dent comes in the most popular VITA® shades and opacities for fabricating crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays.
Prismatik NetPress, from GLIDEWELL LABORATORIES, is a pressed ceramic system for metal-based restorations offering a flexural strength of 110 MPa. The incisal is pre-blended with dentin to save valuable...See more production time and improve shade fidelity. You can produce consistent restoration contours via hand waxing, netshape molds or CAD-designed and digitally printed restorations. Prismatik NetPress is available in 17 different shade ingots to match all standard and bleach VITA® shades.
GLIDEWELL LABORATORIES' Prismatik ThinPress is a pre-blended leucite-reinforced pressed ceramic, ideal for minimal-prep and no-prep veneers. An extra-high-strength ceramic blend offering a flexural strength...See more of 167 MPa (±16 MPa), ThinPress allows for the fabrication of veneers as thin as 0.3mm. It can also be used for prepped veneers, inlays, onlays and all-ceramic crowns that are bonded into place. Prismatik ThinPress is available in 12 shades that correspond with the most popular bleach and shade guides.
The Pro 200 Porcelain Furnace from WHIP MIX is affordable and designed with cutting-edge technology. It has advanced cycles for IPS e.max®, In-Ceram®, Wol-Ceram®, Captek™, sintered alloys...See more and advanced porcelain products. The furnace is completely lead-free in compliance with the international RoHS directive. It comes standard with a vacuum pump and a three-year warranty or 3,750 muffle hours on the unit (U.S. & Canada only).
With Radiance Porcelain from AURIDENT, INC., ceramists achieve realistic restorations with minimum effort. Technicians appreciate Radiance's ease of application, its consistent hue and chroma fidelity...See more and its broad range of fluorescent modifiers. The porcelain is designed to work with a wide variety of ceramic alloys and pressable ceramics.
The Screw-Retained BruxZir and BioZX2 Crowns from DENTAL ARTS LABORATORIES combine the abutment and crown into one solid restoration, providing a one-piece alternative to cemented implant restorations....See more There is no crown margin and therefore no concerns about excess cement. They offer easy retrievability and, because the crowns are all zirconia, there's no possibility of porcelain fracturing off. The Screw-Retained Crown is compatible with the following implant systems: Neoss, NobelReplace, NobelActive, Biomet 3i Certain, Brånemark System RP, Straumann Bone Level and Zimmer Screw-Vent.
AMERICAN DENTAL SUPPLY's Sensation SL is a multi-purpose porcelain system designed for high CTE alloys as well as the popular Cerpress SL® Pressable Ceramic System. It is a low-fusing, leucite-reinforced...See more glass ceramic made from the same components as Cerpress SL with the same coefficient of thermal expansion, providing harmony between the two materials. The high content of leucite and small crystal size provides increased strength and light reflection qualities. The porcelain balances fluorescent elements enabling the restoration to duplicate natural dentition in all lighting conditions. It's wear compatible with natural dentition and doesn't green or discolor.
From AMERICAN DENTAL SUPPLY, Silhouette Porcelain System's fine grain structure and CTE of 13.5-13.9 (25°C-500°C) allow it to be fired on a wide range of alloys. Its handling characteristics and non-greening...See more formula make it an ideal choice for silver-containing alloys and the powders exhibit natural fluorescence under a variety of lighting conditions. The system is available in 16 VITA® Lumin® shades, as well as Hollywood shades and opaques (both powder and paste), dentines, enamels and modifiers. The Silhouette System also offers Silhouette Secret, Whisper, SuperTrue Opalescent Enamels and Stains.
With its Radiance Ring muffle design, the Summit porcelain furnace from IBEX DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES delivers an even, homogenous band of energy within its chamber to provide consistent shade fidelity in fired...See more porcelains. State-of-the-art electronics eliminate the need for temperature calibrations, and the tangential cooling fan lowers cool-down rates by up to 50%. The user-friendly, intuitive design of the touchscreen control panel gives users the ability to edit program parameters mid-cycle. The Summit is made in the U.S. with American-made and -sourced components.
SCHÜTZ DENTAL GROUP's TiZian porcelain can be used on zirconium or titanium substructures and is free of feldspar for high transparency and esthetics, even after multiple firings. The combination of particle...See more sizes between .3 and 60 microns results in extremely low firing shrinkage. The surface texture is homogenous and compact even after the first bake, and the resulting hardness is similar to that of natural dentition. Both simple ceramic restorations and high-end veneers can be layered easily. TiZian is highly polishable, even intraorally; has high bonding strength; and is available in kits or individually in 10- and 50-g bottles.
DENTAURUM's Triceram Ceramic for zirconia and titanium offers a high bond strength and short, simple firing without slow cooling to save time and money. Restorations retain their high stability of shape...See more and shade during firing. The material offers natural shades with excellent luminescence, vitality and brilliance of color and is now available with bleach and chroma concept shades.
Vintage Art from SHOFU is a highly fluorescent, ready-to-use porcelain stain for internal and external staining techniques. It offers excellent application and cover characteristics due to its ultra-fine...See more particle structure and a simple staining technique for pressed ceramics or CAD/CAM restorations in color groups A, B, C, D and R. It features a logically structured color concept with foundation shade stains, shade stains and esthetic color stains. Foundation Shade Stains offer a colored foundation for all-ceramic frameworks or opaques. It has a firing temperature range of 830°C (internal staining) to 920°C.
The "Injection Precision Cut" grain structure makes Solera from VISION USA a fast-building porcelain for ceramic restorations, including veneers. This high-fusing porcelain is ideal for use with silver-containing...See more alloys; it's non-greening with a CTE of 13.8-15.2 and produces shade-perfect restorations.
VISION USA's Vision Zirkon Porcelain for milled zirconia copings provides excellent shade matching accuracy. Its exact CTE settings and excellent adhesion result in optimum performance on different zirconium...See more oxide frameworks, protecting restorations from cracks, checks and fractures. The material offers shade accuracy, natural esthetics, easy handling, great stacking/carving abilities and excellent bonding strength.
VITA VM 9 from VIDENT is a high-fusing, fine-structure feldspar ceramic for zirconia substructures available in VITA Classical and 3D-Master shades. The CTE is precisely adjusted to zirconium dioxide materials,...See more guaranteeing optimum bonding. The three-layer process includes a base dentine, transpa dentine and enamel powder for high esthetics. VM9 features excellent milling and polishing properties, especially in situ. A comprehensive range of additional modifier porcelains is available for esthetic individualization.
Ideal for ceramists of all skill levels, VITA's micro-particle VM porcelains are available for metal and all-ceramic frameworks. The material features very low shrinkage, requires minimal overbuilding...See more and takes less than one minute of grinding per occlusal surface. VM porcelain also provides high esthetics with simple two- and three-powder buildups that are routinely finished with one bake. From VIDENT, it's available in VITA Classical and 3D-Master® shades.
VITA VMK Master from VIDENT is a metal ceramic porcelain suitable for veneering all types of alloys, including non-precious, and is available in VITA Classical and 3D-Master shades. The layering process...See more of VMK Master has been simplified to provide high esthetics with a standard two-layer buildup technique. A complete range of modifier porcelains is available in 12- and 50-gm bottles, including window, luminary, translucent and gingiva powders.
JENSEN DENTAL's Willi Geller Creation porcelain offers a high level of esthetics. The powders handle well, offer exact shade matching and simulate many of the same optical properties found in natural teeth....See more Most importantly, the system can be used in a production setting or by those who customize their buildups using multiple powders. The porcelain is available for traditional metal ceramics, zirconia, alumina, low-fusing, all-ceramic pressed and pressed-to-zirconia applications.
JENSEN DENTAL's Creation ZI CT porcelain, Willi Geller's newest product addition, makes it easy to achieve excellent zirconia results even with challenging cases. Use the material to produce ideal all-ceramic...See more restorations with excellent strength and biocompatibility, or preserve vitality through multiple firings. Creation ZI CT porcelain offers esthetics, quality and patient satisfaction.
ZEO CE Light from XPDENT CORP. is a user-friendly PFM porcelain system from Japan. It's ideal for use with the latest CO/CR alloys due to its wide CTE range, lifelike fluorescence and ample range of porcelain...See more accent effects/modifiers. ZEO CE Light is also very durable and crack resistant. Contact XPdent to order a sample.
Zirlux LC porcelain from ZAHN DENTAL is a lower-firing feldspathic/leucite ceramic indicated for use with zirconia frameworks. Indicated for single crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays and veneers, it offers...See more fluorescence that resembles natural teeth, opalescence that creates vitality and translucency that blends well under a variety of light sources. Promoting a natural match to adjacent dentition, Zirlux LC can be used with two fabrication techniques: the Stain & Glaze Technique for Zirlux LC Pressable Pellets that feature a flexural strength of 130MPa and the Layering Technique for Zirlux LC Porcelain Powders that have a flexural strength of 125MPa.