Since BruxZir Zirconia’s introduction in 2009, dentists have relied on traditional shade guides to select shades for zirconia restorations, Glidewell said. But traditional shade guides are typically made from porcelain or acrylic, which have optical characteristics that differ from zirconia. These optical dissimilarities increase the risk of metamerism, or incorrectly perceiving a color match, Glidewell said, and can contribute to diminished aesthetic results for patients.
The BruxZir Shade Guide enables clinicians to determine shades for BruxZir crowns and bridges with increased precision, simplicity, and speed, the company said. Its shade taps are created from genuine BruxZir Zirconia and feature the translucency characteristics of the BruxZir Esthetic formulation. This composition ensures and optimal match between the shade tab and the definitive BruxZir restoration, according to Glidewell.
The shade system comprises eight tabs. Seven of them, Z2 through Z8, are equivalent to the most popular shades from the VITA shade system. The final tab, Z1, is bleach-colored to ensure a more complete selection lineup. Also, each tab features a glazed and unglazed side, enabling dentists to assess both final and stump shades with a single tool.
“I’m confident that the new BruxZir Shade Guide will enhance the quality of restorative work for dentists and delight their patients, or I wouldn’t have put my name on it,” said Jim Glidewell, CDT, president and CEO of Glidewell.