Metal-ceramic material with style
Interview with Martin Frontull and Domenika Diesing, both product managers at Ivoclar Vivadent.
Ivoclar Vivadent has introduced a new metal-ceramic: IPS Style. Dan Krammer, Editor-in-Chief of the German trade journal Dental Dialogue, invited product managers Martin Frontull and Domenika Diesing to a talk with him.
Why have you launched another metal-ceramic?
Domenika Diesing: Fabricating metal-ceramic restorations is still part of the day-to-day work in the dental lab. Metal-ceramics still account for the lion's share of fixed prosthetics. Worldwide, still more than 60% of the restorations are made of metal-ceramics. Overall, the market figures show a stable global trend for this business segment. The requirements of the market, particularly in view of the continuous advances in CAD/CAM technology, are changing, so that IPS Style marks the beginning of a new era in metal-ceramics.
What exactly is new or different about IPS Style?
Martin Frontull: IPS Style is the first metal-ceramic material to
contain patented oxyapatite. Oxyapatite crystals have never been used in a dental ceramic before. They have a high capacity for reflecting incident light. This means that they reflect a high amount of light or, the other way round, they do not absorb it. Oxyapatite crystals are contained in all shaded components of the IPS Style range, which means that the translucency or opacity of the material can be directly controlled. The material’s excellent inherent brightness leads to results that look very natural in their oral settings. They maintain their shade regardless of how many times they are fired.
Optimized shrinkage behaviour and minimized rounding at the edges during firing are further essential aspects that give IPS Style its special edge. Users arrive at the desired result in a short time. The number of corrective firings is reduced.
For what type of restoration is IPS Style particularly suitable?
Martin Frontull: IPS Style is suitable for any metal-ceramic restoration, ranging from single crowns to multiple-unit bridges, veneers and restorations involving gingival parts. IPS Style can be perfectly matched with restorations made of IPS e.max because the ceramic blends with the overall oral surroundings in terms of function and esthetics.
Restoration by Benjamin Votteler, MDT, Germany.
IPS Style in combination with IPS e.max.
What do users need to know before they use IPS Style for the first time?
Martin Frontull: Even though it is an entirely new material, IPS Style can be processed in the customary procedure. The product is easy to handle - and this is true for both the layering materials and the opaquer. The idea behind IPS Style is to give users as much freedom as possible in applying it. IPS Style does not restrict users in any way – they can continue to use their preferred working style. This inspired the product’s slogan: “Make it your style”.
Who is the new metal-ceramic designed for?
Domenika Diesing: For everybody, from beginner to experienced user. It is equally suitable for those who use an elaborate conventional layering technique and for those who prefer a straightforward, streamlined method to fabricate restorations. Because of these criteria, IPS Style is suitable for all laboratories, small or large. It does not matter whether a laboratory predominantly manufactures metal- or all-ceramic restorations. IPS Style meets the needs of both types of labs. Since it is compatible with the IPS Style range, IPS Ivocolor, the new stains and glaze assortment from Ivoclar Vivadent, bridges the gap between these ceramics.
Please briefly summarize once again the features that make IPS Style so special.
Domenika Diesing: IPS Style combines productivity, product performance and esthetics in a single product. It is fast, easy and faithful to nature. Users can fabricate the restorations using the method that suits them best in line with the given clinical situation without having to make compromises. IPS Style has been designed to liberate dental technicians from annoying restrictions - in keeping with the product’s slogan: "Make it your Style!"
The complete interview can be found in issue 9/2015 of Dental Dialogue and here: www.dentaldialogue.de