By Nick Gilbert
Kettenbach has created an innovative material called Vinylsiloxanether (VSXE) for one step impression techniques. The company unveiled the new material under its ‘Identium’ product line.
The novel material integrates the benefits of the most tried and tested materials, polyether and A-silicone, in one. CR Foundation, a non-profit vocational training and research institute, conducted a comparative test. The test findings demonstrating superior hydrophilic and flow properties have appeared in the CLINICIANS REPORT volume 5, Issue 3. The product has been rated as good or excellent by 96% of the CR evaluators and 63% of them said that they may use Identium in their applications.
Studying products of key players was an integral part of the test conducted by the laboratory. Various maerials such as hybrid materials, polyether and A-silicone were tested and assessed. Identium has illustrated superior flowing and hydrophilic properties (a contact angle of below 10° after 1s), thus ensuring maximum inflow in a humid condition, and even in the smallest sulcus crevices. Thus, the institute demonstrated the high level of accuracy and viscosity as positive. Moreover, the material has no odor or taste and is easily removable. These qualities attested to be clear benefits in the comparative test.
Kettenbach’s Product Management & Communication, Markus Knetsch stated that the company is happy that a neutral body has accredited the superior qualities of VSXE. This verifies that Identium offers real added value to patients and dentists. In addition to its superior properties, the new product is user-friendly, thus offering savings potentials.