Dr Elaine Halley invited to pre-IDS meeting with Ivoclar Vivadent

By Phil / April 27th, 2015

Dr Elaine Halley is a clinical opinion leader for Ivoclar Vivadent, a global dental company that offers innovative products and systems for dentists and dental technicians.

She is regularly invited over to their headquarters in Schaan, Lichtenstein for updates on the latest materials and techniques incorporated within their product range. Dr Halley then makes sure that Cherrybank Dental Spa’s patients benefit from the new science and materials, and she is also able to teach this to other dentists back in the United Kingdom.

In March 2015 Elaine was invited to a pre-International Dental Show (IDS) meeting – the IDS is the largest dental trade show in Europe and takes place in Cologne in Germany every two years. At this show companies from around the world showcase the latest in technology and dental materials, everything ranging from dental implants to new porcelain veneers and digital technology.

Ivoclar Vivadent invest heavily in research and development and they brought together their opinion leaders from across Europe to update them on the new technologies in advance of IDS. After the meeting, Elaine reported back with some interesting and exciting news regarding advances in dental chemistry and digital protocols:

‘This year there was a lot of excitement about some new chemistry which is being integrated into white filings and cements for bonding porcelain veneers or crowns to teeth.

The chemistry is a new activator which means that the resin materials can set faster and deeper. This means that the ‘clean up’ after bonding porcelain veneers or crowns is easier – and has also lead to the development of a new brand of white filling called a ‘bulk fill’.

Bulk fill means that less increments of filling need to be placed. This speeds up the filling procedure and is useful for children or for back teeth where it can be difficult for someone to keep their mouth open wide for long periods of time.’

‘There was also a lot of talk about the Emax porcelain system which is a lithium disilicate porcelain that is very life-like in appearance but also very strong. Many dental laboratories are integrating this system and there are digital protocols which will be used in the future to avoid the need for messy impressions.’

‘Other areas of research for the future include white fillings which have antiseptic properties, killing bacteria which prevents secondary decay. It is always fascinating to hear the research direct from the chemists and scientists who carry out the testing, development and experiments.’


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