3M ESPE Filtek Marks Ten-Year Evolution

ST. PAUL, Minn. – October 4, 2012 – 3M ESPE is celebrating ten years since the introduction of its groundbreaking Filtek™ Supreme Universal line of dental composite. First introduced in 2002, the Filtek Supreme line of dental composite has come to be prized in practices around the world for its true nanotechnology, which enables dentists to use the dental composite to easily create restorations with exceptional esthetics. After ten years, over 400 million restorations have been placed using these products.

Over the past decade, the Filtek Supreme line has been the market-leading nanocomposite in the U.S. and dentists around the world have seen how they can help change patients' lives with this dental composite. In fact, over the past year, 3M ESPE's "Share Your Story" campaign has encouraged dentists to submit their own personal experiences and anecdotes about improving patients' smiles with this dental composite.

"We are proud to celebrate a decade of helping dentists create beautiful smiles and lasting restorations with this product," said Drew Hoopes, marketing manager. "It is a true testament to 3M ESPE's innovative technology that Filtek remains such a popular and trusted material in so many practices."

By incorporating true nanotechnology into the composite, the Filtek Supreme line provides the polish and polish retention of a microfill, while maintaining the strength and wear properties of a modern hybrid dental composite. Since the dental composite's initial introduction, 3M ESPE has refined the Filtek formula through three generations, and today's formula, 3M™ ESPE™ Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative, makes it easier for dentists to produce beautiful lifelike results—with exceptional handling, lasting polish and single-shade simplicity. For more information about the dental composite, visit www.EveryoneHasAShade.com.

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M's six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at www.3MESPE.com or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

3M, ESPE and Filtek are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2012. All rights reserved.

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