Introducing 3M™ ESPE™ Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels

Introducing 3M™ ESPE™ Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels
One unique shape for dental finishing and polishing in anterior and posterior,
convex and concave surfaces

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 5, 2013; Please EMBARGO ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 11, IN PRINT IN MAY PUBLICATIONS) – 3M ESPE introduces Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels, a new way to put the final natural-looking gloss on restorations. With an innovative spiral shape that adapts to all tooth surfaces, Sof-Lex dental finishing and polishing wheels give dentists a versatile and simple alternative to traditional points, cups, discs and brushes.
These new dental finishing and polishing wheels are designed with flexible spiral “fingers” that adapt to all anterior and posterior surfaces. The fingers of the dental finishing and polishing wheels conform to convex and concave surfaces as they move across the restoration, so there is no need to switch shapes during the procedure to fit various contours. Abrasive particles are embedded throughout the dental finishing and polishing wheels, so effective dental finishing and polishing can be achieved from any side—top, bottom or edge. With just one shape, and with no water-cooling necessary, dentists can use dental finishing and polishing wheels from any angle and quickly achieve a lifelike luster.
The single-use dental finishing and polishing wheels have a simple two-step system. Dentists can use the fine Sof-Lex Spiral Finishing Wheel to remove minor scratches and prepare the surface for high gloss polishing. Then, the superfine Sof-Lex Spiral Polishing Wheel can be used to complete the procedure, creating a smooth, high-gloss, natural-looking surface.
Dental finishing and polishing wheels are ideal for use with composites such as 3M™ ESPE™ Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative, resin-modified glass ionomers, bisacrylic temporary materials, precious and semi-precious metal. With the addition of these dental finishing and polishing wheels, 3M ESPE’s industry-leading Sof-Lex™ Finishing and Polishing family now offers a comprehensive system for contouring, finishing, and high-gloss polishing.
“These dental finishing and polishing wheels allow dentists to finish and polish multiple surfaces from any angle,” said Christina Rego, marketing manager, 3M ESPE. “Their versatility and simple procedure make the dental finishing and polishing process quick and straightforward to produce natural, lifelike results.”
For more information, call 1-800-634-2249 or visit

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M’s five Business Groups, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

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