Monday, April 12, 2021

Umbrella Retractor from Ultradent


In the world of clinical dentistry, sometimes there are products that flat out make your job easier, just by being there.  These are what I call "better mousetrap" products and I classify those as the kind that when you use them you smack yourself in the forehead and say, "Why didn't *I* think of this?"

The Umbrella Retractor from Ultradent is one of those products.  While I think the name is pretty goofy, the product itself is something I'm crazy about.  I've done some consulting on different products for Ultradent over the years and I've seen the Umbrella grow from an idea in an engineer's mind to a full  fledged workable product over the last 3-4 years.  That design time may seem to be excessive, but that is one of the great things about Ultradent.  They work diligently on a product and do not bring something to market until they feel it is ready.  I've seen this with other products as well.  They truly believe in getting it *right* before it is sold to dentists.

I watched this product good through many design changes before they finally developed a design that the engineers thought was *spot on*.  I was lucky enough to receive some of the prototypes and I am truly happy with what they came up with for the final design.

The Umbrella is handy because it can be used for a variety of applications.  In the clinical photo above it is being used as a lip retractor for a cosmetic shade matching, but it can also be used to provide isolation for placement of composite restorations, to perform crown preparations, even to provide good and adequate retraction of the buccal mucosa to perform scaling and root planing.

The product is disposable, but can also be given to the patient.  For patients that we see on a regular basis, we put theirs in a Zip Lock baggie and let them take it home.  They can bring it back for other appointments which obviously lets them use the same one which is better for the environment helps us save money.

The Umbrella has small pillows that cushion and keep the device from putting too much pressure on the alveolar ridges.  It does an incredible job of keeping the tongue, cheeks, and lips out of the field for almost any procedure.  These little retractors are *highly recommended*!!!  They are also very affordable.

If you would like to learn more about them or to place an order, this link will take you to the company web page.  If you are already a user, I'd love to have you place some feedback in the comments section of the blog.  Thanks!

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