Tools of the trade: Optrasculpt

contouring instrument

by Dr Melissa Giddings, Striking Smile, Rose Bay, NSW

I use Optrasculpt for all of my anterior composite work as well as some posterior occlusal anatomy. It’s a regular flat plastic at one end but the other end can fit a removable foam pad that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

What’s good about it

A small amount of non-stick bond is used with the foam pad to help shape and form the composite. The design and sponginess of the pad allows you to create better contours and a more realistic-looking restoration. There’s a bit of flex in the Optrasculpt as opposed to metal flat plastics, and that helps form and shape too. I definitely get a better aesthetic outcome for anterior composites.

As the instrument creates an even surface with no marks, much less time is spent polishing. It’s a great tool that’s more efficient when shaping the restoration and saves time during the polishing procedure.

When we were considering purchasing the Optrasculpt from Ivoclar, their rep let us have a try before you buy. It was really useful to know exactly what the instrument could do and we were able to purchase with confidence.

Optrasculpt will help you achieve a better aesthetic result in less time.

What’s not so good

The instrument is autoclaveable but the pad on the end is disposable. Refill packs of pads are available from Ivoclar Vivadent so there’s an ongoing cost to using the instrument. It would be wonderful if the whole thing was autoclaveable.

Where did you get it

Ivoclar Vivadent

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