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Greater Curve Tofflemire Bands

Why use the Greater Curve system for composites?

Most interproximal composite techniques have one thing in common. Force teeth apart with a wedge and separating spring combination. Moving teeth to restore interproximal decay presents problems:

  1. Wedging teeth produces inconsistent contacts. Especially MOD's. One side tight- the opposite side not so tight. The dentist loses time redoing the contact.
  2. A wedge can create a contact with excellent buccal to lingual width but the wedge prevents a contact with depth. A thin marginal ridge contact appears clinically complete, but permits food impaction. Short teeth are particularly difficult. Simply not enough room for hardware.
  3. A wedge on anterior teeth yields straight line emergence contours resulting in unsightly black triangles. Furthermore, the traditional mylar strip – wedge combo are deplorable at achieving moisture control.

The Greater Curve system addresses these concerns. The solution is simple. Restore teeth in a neutral position. Eliminate the need for wedging.

  • Hardware greatly simplified. A retainer and band is all that is needed.
  • Build tight contacts with width and depth.
  • Teeth with wide interproximal embrasures are easily restored.
  • Fabricate anterior restorations with rounded emergence contours.
  • Greater Curve hardware is minimal, hence you save money.
Dennis Brown, DDS

Dennis Brown, DDS, Developer of the Greater Curve matrix system.

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