Quality Matters

We are passionate about achieving high levels of quality and have rather a lot to say…

A common measure for comparison, used by technicians and laboratories, frequently centres around quantity. The ‘best’ technicians are often perceived as the most productive and rewarded accordingly. We believe that rewarding productivity in this way encourages the technician to rush, cut corners, and to ignore unobvious errors in the pursuit of speed.

At Labwise every task receives the necessary time to ensure that quality is never compromised. Every procedure, from the receipt of goods to dispatch is proficiently executed with due diligence, expertise and care, without time constraints.

Casting Matters

The casting of impressions to produce precise working models is important. Plaster work is not just a matter of producing neat castings; a full understanding of the appliance to be made and what is required of the model is vital. We believe the assumption that plaster work is a low skilled job for trainee and low skilled staff is dangerous.

It is for these reasons that all our impressions are only cast by qualified technicians. Some might say ‘That’s a waste of money’, we say casting requires understanding, skill and expertise to ensure the job’s done right.
We also believe if a technician is responsible for your work in its entirety they are accountable and benefit from the satisfaction of a job well done.

Models - Labwise Dental

Silicone or alginate?

Although alginate impressions can produce reliable results they are somewhat delicate and inherently unstable due to their water content. If an impression is distorted the model and appliance made from it will also be distorted and likely be unsatisfactory.

Silicone Impression materials (light or medium with a wash) are more stable than alginate and can be re-cast without distortion. The opportunity to produce replica models helps us to ensure your products fit correctly.

Although more expensive, silicone impressions are less likely to tear when removing from the patients mouth and don’t dry out, shrink, or distort once set.

If alginate is preferred we would recommend using a brand that guarantees an extended period of stability.

Quality Impressions - Labwise Dental

Bite Matters

In essence the ‘Ideal bite’ should mimic the thickness of the anticipated appliance. This is particularly relevant when prescribing Michigans/Tanners, PCRs, Silensors, BRAs and Nightguards. Incorrect bites; especially thin, can severely reduce function, wear and patient compliance.

Fully adjustable articulators (Denar preferred) do provide consistent results. Unfortunately without the full data, the articulator’s average values do introduce an element of chance if the patient doesn’t share the same ‘average’ parameters.

We know the ‘prefect bite’ is not always achievable but the list below may help.

  • Some waxes and silicones are brittle and can fragment during manufacture.
  • Consider the anticipated material thickness of the appliance.
  • Some bite materials can be brittle, extremely fragile and fragment during positioning.
  • Tiny bites may save money but can be difficult to locate and remain in place during articulation, manufacture and final inspection.
  • For thicker bite; inserting a resistant material of a known thickness can be useful.
  • For many night wear appliances protrusive bites are important to ensure that the patient’s full unconscious movement is catered for.
  • Snoring products require a comfortable protrusive bite; excessive protrusion is likely to reduce patient compliance.