John W. Farah, DDS, PhD
The editors of THE DENTAL ADVISOR™ proudly bring you the "Shared Secrets" column. Every other month we will feature dental products and equipment that have received top ratings in THE DENTAL ADVISOR. Take your practice to the next level with the help of our "Shared Secrets."
Sopro/Acteon Group (800) 289-6367
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Sopro 575 is a fiberoptic, intraoral camera system that provides crisp, natural-color images. Focal length settings allow for four different views — portrait, smile, dental arch, and macro. The size of the wand head is thin and compact for access to all areas of the mouth. Either one or four images may be captured on the screen with the use of a foot pedal. Focusing is automatic and maximum magnification is 60X. The camera easily unplugs from its docking station for transport among operatories.
DenMat (800) 433-6628
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Rembrandt Allegro is a cordless, high-power, broad-spectrum LED curing light. Light density is 1,200-1,800 mW/cm2 in the 410-490 nm range. The life of the high-capacity, lithium ion batteries is very good, powering the unit for 300 10-second cures. Two batteries and a charger with built-in radiometer are included with each unit. The handpiece features a digital display window for timer countdown. Curing time selections are five, 10, 15, and 20 seconds. The unit is quiet, lightweight, and well-balanced, making it a pleasure to use. A flat base on the handle of the unit allows it to stand neatly on the countertop when not in use.
Genie Ultra Hydrophilic Impression Material
Sultan Chemists, Inc. (800) 637-8582
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Genie is a berry-scented, addition silicone impression material intended for all impression techniques. The berry scent is pleasant and appeals to patients. Genie is available in putty, heavy, regular, light, and extra-light viscosities in both rapid set (2 min. 10 sec.) and standard set (4 min. 30 sec.). The putty is supplied in jars, is very easy to mix, and seats in the mouth without excessive pressure. The remaining viscosities are supplied in 50 ml automix cartridges. The varieties of viscosities and set-times make Genie a versatile impression material. Resulting impressions have excellent detail, and the purple/green colors offer good contrast and are easy to read.
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John W. Farah, DDS, PhD, and Editor, maintains a full-time dental practice in Ann Arbor, Mich., and lectures internationally on dental products and materials.
John M. Powers, PhD and Editor, is a Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials at UT Health Science Center at Houston. He also is Director of the Houston Biomaterials Research Center.