Glidewell Laboratories Launches BruxZir™ Shaded Milling Blanks

New Pre-Shaded BruxZir Milling Blanks from Glidewell Dental Lab Provide Improved Shade Consistency, While Increasing Efficiency and Lowering Costs in the Manufacture of BruxZir Solid Zirconia Restorations 

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2013
Glidewell Laboratories, industry-leading provider of dental laboratory products and services, announced today the release of BruxZir™ Shaded Milling Blanks for the milling of authentic BruxZir Solid Zirconia crowns & bridges. These pre-shaded milling blanks feature homogenous shading throughout the entire zirconia blank, providing dental labs with improved shade consistency, while saving them time and money.
Dental laboratories will now be able to produce BruxZir crowns & bridges with increased efficiency and lowered costs because they will no longer have to invest in coloring liquids or the labor required for the coloring process. BruxZir restorations milled from these pre-shaded blocks just need to be sintered before being finished using simple staining and glazing techniques. Compared to zirconia restorations that have been colored using the dipping technique, the BruxZir Shaded Milling Blank formulation provides total color penetration throughout the entire milling block, eliminating the possibility of white "show-through" after adjustment.
According to Robin Carden, vice president of research and development at Glidewell, the new BruxZir Shaded material also shows an increase in translucency. "Our team of chemists have worked very hard on this innovation," says Carden, "and have added a group of shading agents that work well with our patent-pending colloidal process. These proprietary shading agents do not leave any organic binders, such as carbon impurities, in the grain boundaries, so we are left with a very clean material that transmits the warm colors of the mouth through the BruxZir zirconia better than the dipped variety." Carden explains that when a full-contour zirconia restoration achieves translucency in the high color wavelength range (500-850 nanometers), or what is called the "warm color region," it makes a disappearing act in the mouth.
BruxZir Shaded Milling Blanks come in four base shades (100, 200, 300, 400) that can be stained to provide a lifelike match to all 16 shades in Vident’s VITA Classical Shade Guide range. Blank 100 provides base shades for A1, B1 and C1 VITA Classical shades; blank 200 provides base shades for A2, A3 and B2 VITA Classical shades; blank 300 provides base shades for A3.5, B3, C2, D2, D3 and D4 shades; and blank 400 provides base shades for A4, B4, C3 and C4 VITA Classical shades. Nearly 50 percent of all BruxZir restorations produced at Glidewell are made from the blank 200 shade group.
Like the original BruxZir Milling Blanks, BruxZir Shaded Milling Blanks are 98 mm in diameter and are available in 12 mm, 15 mm, 20 mm and 25 mm thicknesses. They can be used in many popular milling systems, including Glidewell’s BruxZir™ Milling System and milling units from Intelitek, Haas, VHF, Wieland Dental, Röders, Digital Dental Lab, imes-icore and B&D Dental Technologies.
For BruxZir Shaded Milling Blank pricing, more information or to place an order, call Glidewell Direct at 888-303-3975. To learn more about the BruxZir Authorized Lab program, visit
Glidewell Laboratories is a privately owned corporation that has more than 42 years of history as a provider of high-quality services and products to dental laboratories nationwide. It has its own R&D and manufacturing teams comprising 161 experienced professionals focused on Inclusive Dental Implant Solutions and BruxZir Solid Zirconia and is one of the most resourceful dental laboratories in the world. Its newly developed CAD/CAM processing capabilities are recognized as among the most advanced in the industry. To view our large selection of products and services, visit the Glidewell Laboratories website,


jessedictor said…
Of all the blogs I follow yours always leaves me the most exposed about the fact I don't know enough about dentistry.

To get past the first 4 sentences I have to google everything and research what everything is, with new terms that leave more questions then answers. I'm going to have to learn about this stuff and write about it just so I can keep up.

Good stuff! Thanks for inspiring me to keep learning!

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