Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Ultradent Unveils New Universal Shade Composite


Here is some pretty exciting news!  Ultradent is announcing the release of their single shade composite called Transcend™.  We are now in a phase of clinical aesthetics where shade matching is not nearly as subjective as it once was.  In the "good ol' days" of dentistry, there was often the need to mix or layer different shades to achieve the proper clinical appearance.  For those dentists who had "the gift" of good color perception, it was a fun endeavor.  However for doctors that didn't have that gift, shade matching could be frustrating.  Now with the advent of single shade systems we are seeing terrific results without the work and angst.  I have not yet had the chance to work with Transcend™, but if the material is similar to other Ultradent products I've worked with, I'm anticipating being impressed.  Here is what the company has to say about it: 

Ultradent Products, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, is announcing the launch of Transcend™ universal composite, a new composite material providing unmatched esthetics and handling properties. Transcend composite is designed to simplify the restorative process by allowing dentists to complete most restorations with just one shade of composite. 

Thanks to Ultradent's Resin Particle MatchTM technology, Transcend composite offers high levels of translucency, allowing for ideal pigmentation and opacification to match the surrounding dentition. The Universal Body shade also has optimal opacity to help block the underlying tooth color, eliminating the need for a blocker shade. 

"Transcend composite enables dentists to achieve excellent esthetic results with ease," says Ultradent Sr. VP of Research & Development, Neil Jessop. "Its unique formulation offers the perfect balance of flexibility, strength, and gloss retention to ensure the long-lasting results patients are seeking." 

Transcend composite is a nanohybrid formula that combines high strength and easy sculptability, making it ideal for both posterior and anterior composite restorations. The handling properties of Transcend composite have been finely tuned to be firm but malleable, allowing it to stay in place without drooping or slumping during manipulation. The material is highly wear-resistant, but also less abrasive to opposing dentition than other composites on the market. 

In addition to the Universal Body shade, Transcend composite features four dentin shades and two enamel shades for cases when a layering technique is appropriate. These layering shades were handpicked to include only the most popular shades from Ultradent's esthetic composite lines to ensure dentists have the shades needed to accomplish restorative work done on a regular basis. 

About Ultradent Products, Inc. 

Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. 

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