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Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels

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Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels are a unique two-step, single use finishing and polishing system. The flexible shape of the wheels allows them to adjust to the contours of a tooth surface – even if the tooth surface is irregular, concave or convex in shape. This means you can now polish anterior and posterior restorations with one versatile tool... So why use points, cups, discs and brushes when one shape will do?

Sof-Lex spiral wheels…

  • Adapt to all tooth surfaces1, work from any angle2
  • Are effective at reaching anterior and posterior restorations
  • Quickly achieve a life-like lustre3

Find out more about:

1. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Surface Adaptation, 2012, Claim Number 05528
2. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Product Perfomance Study, 2012, Claim Number 05540
3. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Surface Roughness, 2012, Claim Number 05644

 
 

Product information

 

Features & Benefits

Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels are the versatile tools after contouring! Their innovative new product design makes dental finishing and polishing easy and convenient1.

  • Their unique, flexible shape easily adapts to irregular, convex and concave tooth surfaces2.
  • Anterior and posterior restorations can be finished and polished with one tool for each step, no need to switch between points, cups, discs and brushes.
  • All parts of the spiral wheel can be used: side, top, bottom and edge. Therefore, the spiral wheels are effective from any angle3.
  • The fine finishing wheel (beige) smoothes and removes scratches in restorations that develop during contouring, and prepares the surface for high gloss polishing.
  • The superfine polishing wheel (white) creates a very smooth, high-gloss polish4.
  • Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels are for single use and work without paste and water cooling.
Figure 1

Occlusal

Figure 2

Buccal

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Lingual Posterior

Figure 4

Lingual Anterior

Figure 5a

Facial

Figure 5b

Interproximal

1. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Application Testing, 2012, Claim Number 05684
2. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Surface Adaptation, 2012, Claim Number 05529
3. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Product Perfomance Study, 2012, Claim Number 05528
4. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Surface Roughness, 2012, Claim Number 05644

 

Indications

Abrasive Grades for Finishing & Polishing Wheels

Abrasive grades

Indicated to finish and polish a variety of direct and indirect restorations:

  • Composites
  • Resin-modified glass ionomers
  • Bisacrylic temporary materials
  • Resin nano ceramic – Lava™ Ultimate CAD/CAM Restorative
  • Precious and semi-precious metal
 

Technical Data

Convincing Performance

Performance for finishing and polishing systems is typically evaluated by measuring surface gloss, surface roughness and heat generation.

Gloss Attainment

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Caption: Samples of Filtek™ Supreme XTE Universal were prepared and then treated with 320 Grit Sandpaper to obtain a uniform and typical clinically relevant finished surface prior to polishing. They were then treated with the various polishing systems.

Surface gloss or reflectance indicates how polished or shiny the surface can become after treatment. A high gloss attainment indicates a shiny, more reflective surface.The study shows Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels produce a smooth gloss surface better than or equal to the industry’s leading products1.

1. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Gloss Attainment, Sof-Lex Spiral Technical Product Profile (2013), page 4

Surface Roughness

Surface roughness actually measures how rough or smooth the surface is before and after treatment. Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels produce a smoother or similar surface roughness compared to the industry-leading products.

  • The surface roughness can be quantified using surface profilometers. A profilometer drags a stylus over the surface. In this case, Ra (average surface roughness expressed in units of height) is the parameter reported. The lower the Ra (average surface roughness), the smoother the surface.
  • SEM micrographs can be used to observe the actual surface roughness.
Figure 1

Figure 1. Initial Situation

Figure 2

Figure 2. After Polish with
Sof-Lex Spiral


Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels produce a smooth surface better than or equal to other leading products2. The left picture shows the unpolished material while the material on the right has been polished using Sof-Lex spiral finishing and polishing wheels.

2. 3M ESPE Internal Data, Surface Roughness, Sof-Lex Spiral Technical Product Profile (2013), page 4.

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Product S

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Product E/P

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Product O

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Sof-Lex™ XT Discs

Heat Generation

Many finishing and polishing devices generate heat during use. Manufacturers may recommend water cooling or intermittent pressure to ensure excessive heat does not build up.

Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels generate less heat on the surface compared to a leading rubberised system3.

  • The surface temperature was measured before and during treatment.

3.3M ESPE Internal Data, Heat Generation, Sof-Lex Spiral Technical Product Profile (2013), page 5.

 

Ordering Information

Item No. Product Information
Trial / Intro Kits for Pentamix™ 3
Sof-Lex™ Spiral Wheels Introductory Kit 5082I Sof-Lex™ Spiral Wheels Introductory Kit
10 Sof-Lex Spiral Finishing Wheels (beige), 10 Sof-Lex Spiral Polishing Wheels (white); 1 RA Mandrel
Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive Refill 5080 Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing Wheels Refill
30 Sof-Lex Spiral Finishing Wheels (beige)
Sof-Lex™ Spiral Polishing Wheels Refill 5081 Sof-Lex™ Spiral Polishing Wheels Refill
30 Sof-Lex Spiral Polishing Wheels (white)
Sof-Lex™ Spiral Wheels, Discs & Strips System Kit 5082SK Sof-Lex™ Spiral Wheels, Discs & Strips System Kit
10 Sof-Lex Spiral Finishing Wheels (beige), 10 Sof-Lex Spiral Polishing Wheels (white), Sof-Lex™ Extra-Thin Polishing Discs 12.7mm: 30 each of 2382C (Coarse); 2382M (Medium); 2382F (Fine); 2382SF (Superfine), Sof-Lex™ Extra-Thin Polishing Discs 9.5mm: 30 each of 2381C (Coarse); 2381M (Medium); 2381F (Fine); 2381SF (Superfine), Sof-Lex™ Finishing Strips: 15 of 1954C/M (Coarse/Medium), 1 RA Mandrel
 
 

The Sof-Lex System

Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels are designed to fit perfectly into the Sof-Lex™ System.They use the same mandrel as the discs. Sof-Lex™ discs, strips and spiral wheels are colour-coded from dark (coarse) to light (superfine) for an easy to follow step-by-step process.

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