Where can I use BurtonBands?

The BurtonBands Anterior Matrix System can be used to restore any interproximal Class III or class IV cavitation. The BurtonBands² Posterior Matrix System can be used to restore any Class II cavitation.


Does BurtonBands² require a ring?

No. The Force Wedge applies pressure to the wings of the Split Wedge, which creates separation and seals the gingival margin for a tight proximal contact.


Can I use my current ring system with BurtonBands products?

Yes. The BurtonBands² Posterior Matrix System was engineered to accommodate most ring systems. The streamlined matrix band and wedge allow the ring to be easily placed. Furthermore, the ring interacts with the wings of the Split Wedge, creating optimal contour and gingival seal.


Can I restore adjacent Class II cavitations with BurtonBands²?

Your kits will include 8 "matrix-free" Split Wedges. These are intended to be used for MO-DO cases.  Simply place two sectional matrices of your choice in the embrasure. With the sectional matrices in place, insert the Split Wedge from either the buccal or lingual. Once the Split Wedge is in position, firmly place the force wedge until the wedges lock into place. Complete the MO-DO restorations.  Remove and discard the wedges and matrix bands. Shape and polish as needed.   NOTE:  For best results, it is recommended that the traditional Burton Bands Posterior System be used and one restoration be placed at a time. This will ensure ideal results.


Can BurtonBands² be used in tight embrasures?

Yes. If needed, you can cut off the split side of the wedge not attached to the band. This allows the remaining band and wedge to easily slide into place, even in the tightest situations. A Force Wedge may then be placed to ensure proximal contact. Force Wedges can be used right side up or upside down depending on the embrasure size and desired contact.


How are BurtonBands² different?


  • Include appropriately-sized and better-contoured matrix bands, which allow for a simplified restoration procedure, while achieving superior results
  • Incorporate a unique wedge design that allows the band and restoration to maintain their contour
  • Create separation through a ringless, dual-wedge system, which improves practitioner access and the outcome of the restoration
  • Streamlines matrix and wedge placement

Can I restore difficult sub-gingival lesions?

Yes. The BurtonBands Anterior Matrix System and BurtonBands² Posterior Matrix System are designed to handle the most difficult and challenging sub-gingival Class III and Class II restorations. An important feature of both systems is the band/wedge combination. This ensures that both pieces move together and do not work against one another like other products can.


Can I use BurtonBands² in Class II restorations involving a wide preparation or broken cusp?

Yes. Your kits will include 8 "matrix-free" Split Wedges. Place a sectional matrix of your choice in the embrasure. With the sectional matrix in place, insert the Split Wedge from either the buccal or lingual. Once the Split Wedge is in position, firmly place the Force Wedge until the wedges lock into place. Complete the restoration.  Remove and discard the wedges and matrix band. Shape and polish as needed.


How do BurtonBands decrease my finishing time?

  • The band and wedge shape improves the gingival and axial wall seals, which decreases flash and extra material.
  • Lower matrix heights allow for proper marginal ridge height placement, which greatly reduces post-polymerization occlusal adjustment.
  • The band contour provides a properly placed and properly sized inter-proximal contact, which decreases risky, time-consuming embrasure adjustments.
  • The ringless system improves access to the working field allowing you to shape and sculpt the restoration prior to polymerization. This minimizes gross reduction and finishing of the newly restored tooth. 
  • The band/wedge combination consistently seals the gingival margin. Removing overhanging margins in the gingival portion of the restoration is difficult, time-consuming, unpredictable, and often times uncomfortable for the patient.


Why is it called BurtonBands²?

The 2 is a reference to Class II restorations for the posterior matrix system.


What are the advantages of BurtonBands²?

Proper matrix and wedge setup plays a vital role in both the effectiveness and longevity of the restoration. However, setup continues to be complicated and unpredictable. Current systems require matrix placement to be performed in multiple tedious steps, which makes the process lengthy and stressful. The BurtonBands² Posterior Matrix System simplifies placement with its unique dual wedge design. The flexible wedge wings provide a guide for the matrix band to be inserted from a lateral direction. This allows the matrix to hug the tooth around the line angles, which leads to restorations that are properly shaped and contoured.  Additionally, the Split Wedge acts to stabilize the matrix, which gives the practitioner freedom to restore the tooth using their technique of choice. Although other systems have combined the matrix and wedge, they are only useful in extreme situations. BurtonBands² Posterior Matrix System is designed to be effective in any variation of cavity size and depth. 


 What can I use to insert BurtonBands?

The unique handle shape and design can be gripped with fingers or cotton tweezers. The square head allows for 360 degree rotation of the wedge by only having to move your fingers and not your entire hand. This feature aids in wedge placement, including hard-to-reach areas.


How do I remove BurtonBands after the restoration is complete?

The square handles are designed to be gripped with cotton tweezers. Light pressure should be applied to slowly remove the wedge and matrix. It may be necessary to dislodge the matrix from the tooth being restored, as the bonding agent may create a temporary bond between the metal and the tooth or restoration.


Should I use a rubber dam when using BurtonBands?

Yes. Rubber dams should always be used to avoid contamination or inhalation/ingestion of any materials.


What should I do if the matrix band bumps into the axial wall of the cavitation during insertion?

 There are two solutions to overcome this:

  • Gently push the handle of the Split Wedge in a gingival direction, which allows the base of the matrix to slide by the line angle. Once the base is past the axial wall line angle, the top portion of the matrix will glide into place.
  • Remove the Split Wedge and using the handle of a mirror, gently bend the top corner of the matrix band towards the center of the opposite wing of the Split Wedge. This will allow the matrix band to slide into position without interference.


What if I insert the split wedge and the wings do not split on the lingual?

Remove the split wedge.  When you reinsert, be sure that the tips of the wings are pitched downward into the gingival sulcus.  Angling the split wedge down ensures that the wings will follow the sulcus for the two teeth and will split on the lingual side.


What if I am having trouble with the matrix-split wedge unit sliding into position?

In some cases, the matrix curvature may want to bump into the axial wall of the preparation.  The simple solution is to gently rock the split wedge-matrix unit in an up and down motion while inserting.  This will allow the matrix and wedge to gently slide into position without damaging the matrix.


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