Ivoclar Vivadent Updates IPS e.max Lithium Disilicate

Dentistry Today


More than 10 years ago, Ivoclar Vivadent introduced the IPS e.max system with lithium disilicates, zirconium-oxide materials, and a universal layering ceramic. Used for indirect restoratives, the Lithium Disilicate comes in multiple translucencies and a variety of shades for veneers, inlays, onlays, crowns, bridges, and implant abutments. Now, the lineup is getting an update with new recommendations for usage.

After 10 years of continuous quality testing, Ivoclar Vivadent reports that IPS e.max Lithium Disilicate produces an average biaxial flexural strength of 500 MPa. With this figure in mind, the company now recommends as little as 1.0 mm of reduction for IPS e.max minimally invasive restorations when adhesively cemented.

“We felt it was important to communicate this information to you so that the next time you reach for an IPS e.max Lithium Disilicate product, you can rest assured that the success you’ve enjoyed in the past is now further supported by its history of strength and durability,” said John Stack, vice president of technical sales and national accounts at Ivoclar Vivadent.

The company also has updated the aesthetic options for IPS e.max with its IPS Ivocolor universal shade and stain system. In the next few months, Ivoclar Vivadent additionally will introduce IPS e.max Ceram Selection powders designed to add greater depth and realism to IPS e.max restorations. These powders will complement the IPS e.max Ceram Powder introduced in early 2016 for increased value and brightness while using more translucent framework materials, the company states.

New digital workflow options will be available as well with the introduction of the 3Shape IPS e.max Wax Tree Design Software, which is designed to speed the waxing and spruing process and increase production efficiency for digitally equipped laboratories. The software also complements the IPS e.max Press Multi Digital Press Design software, which supports the aesthetic shade transition and the spruing of unique polychromatic monolithic IPS e.max Lithium Disilicate restorations.

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