QwikStrip Serrated Strips: A Solution for Veneer Problems?

Dr. M. asks:

qwikstrips-fades.jpgI do a lot of veneers. One of the problems I occasionally have is when cement hardens interproximally before I can remove it. What I like to do is remove the cement when it enters its gel state. If I am not fast enough, this turns into a real nightmare sometimes where I have to use very narrow diamonds and finishing strips. I saw the advertisements for the QwikStrip Serrated Strips (Axis) and I am wondering if this is the answer to this problem. It looks like the plastic bow that holds the strip will limit cervical penetration so I do not have to worry as much about tearing up the interproximal papilla. What have you found with this product?

Editor’s Note:

According to Axis: “QwikStrip™ Serrated Strips are designed to make crown and bridge clean-up quick, safe and simple after cementation of crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays or onlays…The depth limiting design prevents soft tissue irritation, while the unique handle provides a comfortable grip for optimal tactile control, giving easy access to interproximal spaces. No more cutting of the patients’ lips or gums with the firmly embedded strips.”

9 thoughts on “QwikStrip Serrated Strips: A Solution for Veneer Problems?

  1. there are some serrated strips made by Brassler that work fine. Just saw thru gently, they are very sharp. Good times !

  2. Do these serrated strips create a gap between the proximal surfaces? Will I have to go back in and re-create the proximal contact after I use one of these strips?

  3. i have the aixs strip way too agressive, they sell a white serrated one which works but it is too thick, I do lots of veneers and onlays and always swear by my cerisaw!
    enjoy

  4. Dentistry is full of very expensive gadgets and you will find most of them at the bottom of every dentists draw (especially true of implants)
    Clear resin with a Scalpel to seperate teeth and to provide a starting groove.
    Then work a scalloped metal matrix into the crack, carefully but firmly move the band towards the scallop. The teeth will seperate and the composite can be removed

  5. Have you tried using a light cured only resin cement instead of a dual cure resin cement? I find it helps making clean up easier and you won’t need to saw in between your veneers.

  6. Dr. Wat on May 12th. 2008.
    Use a flat , stiff cosmatic brush that lady use for painting lipstick. Sterilised in alcohol. Remove the cement in the gel stage by inserting the brush(wet) interproximally. Remove the rest with a #12 scalpel blade working with both hands carefully. Do not kill yourself trying to remove any cement at the contacts. Tell the patient not to floss for a few days. Any excess can be easily removed then.
    Good luck

  7. I had veneers placed about 4 years ago. A Cerisaw was used to open the contacts. It created open contacts that are not visible but are definitely present. I have never used a Cerisaw, and after my experience, I never will.

  8. If you are doing a procedure as technique sensitive and esthetic as veneers, only time and firm preparation will provide predictable results. Why rush to place all eight or ten veneers at once? Your patients will display your veneers much more broadly than the posterior all ceramic crown you place, thus, take the time to do it right the first time. Use a longer setting dual cure resin, tack cure mid facial, shredded un-waxed floss interproximally, excess and margins with a 12B blade and fine brush, final cure, and margin finishing (if necessary). An interproximal saw or strips are only used as a last resort.

  9. Clear resin with a Scalpel to seperate teeth and to provide a starting groove. Then work a scalloped metal matrix into the crack, carefully but firmly move the band towards the scallop. The teeth will seperate and the composite can be removed.

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