There are a lot of resin cements on the market, but Variolink is one name I’ve come to trust. I’ve used several generations of this cement for bonding my all-ceramic restorations, especially veneers. Ivoclar Vivadent now offers Variolink Esthetic DC, a light and dual-cure resin cement for esthetic indirect composite and ceramic restorations. This is the next generation to its predecessors, Variolink II and Variolink Veneer cements. Variolink DC may be used for permanent cementation of glass-ceramic, lithium disilicate and composite restorations.
I like this cement because it’s value based and not dependent on one shade guide. Most of the time it’s easy to select a suitable hue or chroma, but there are times when we are slightly off on value when seating a restoration. If that happens, it’s possible to correct the discrepancy with the cement. Variolink Esthetic DC allows simple shade balancing with its light, neutral and warm shades. The try-in pastes are helpful if a correction is required.
I usually start my try-in with water and then the neutral shade try-in paste. If the value needs to shift slightly, I’ll move to a light or warm shade as required. The “Neutral” shade has the highest translucency, enabling color-neutral cementation of the restoration. The shades “Light” and “Light+” produce a gradual brightening effect, whereas the shades “Warm” and “Warm+” result in gradual darkening. The shades are named based on their effects, simplifying the selectionprocess.
Variolink Esthetic DC is 100% amine-free, which ensures color stability over time. This is because of its patented light initiator, Ivocerin. Ivocerin allows forquick pre-polymerization which, combined with its viscosity, makes it easy to clean. I also like the fact it has more natural fluorescence and shows up quite well on a radiograph.
I’d definitely recommend giving Variolink Esthetic DC a try for your indirect cementation needs.
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