Anodization & Analogs designed for today’s lab
One thoughtfully designed analog for digital or traditional models
By Carrie Cokely CDT/TE
Anodizing is a widely used technique used in many different applications. Many things that you see everyday are anodized such as skyscrapers, flashlights, tools, and construction materials. Anodizing is an electrochemical process in which an oxide layer is chemically built to change the surface color of the metal. There are a handful of materials that can be anodized, one of which is titanium. The release of our new anodized analogs got me thinking more about this amazing material and how this will better help our customers.
I remembered our anodizing machine from back when I worked at CAP and how magical it was to turn something instantaneously from a grey color to a beautiful yellow that looked like gold. We used it to color our custom abutments, as many labs do. This worked well for cases that had little room and a need to eliminate the gray hue that may have come through the crown. The machine used voltage to manipulate the oxide layer and turn the metal a different color on the surface. Changing the voltage to a different value changes the color that you see on the surface. Anodized parts also helps lab techs more easily identify platforms.
Some analogs on the market are available in aluminum, which is a cheaper material than other options. It can be anodized, however, a big consideration in using these products is the durability of that material, as aluminum is a soft metal. Screwing in an abutment improperly or repeatedly can alter the screw threads and the interface. It can destroy the indexing of an aluminum hex and complicate laboratory fabrication. Compared to steel or titanium, it’s just not as strong and for something as important as the interface, we don’t want to mess with the accuracy needed.
Open Implants components are developed by dental technicians, for dental technicians. Improving upon these products to meet today’s needs is essential and obvious to our entire product line. We operate in a digital and traditional world simultaneously, so having an analog that works in both workflows simplifies things for the lab. Open Implants analogs are made out of durable titanium or steel and have some thoughtful features that technicians appreciate.
Recently, Open Implants has released anodized analogs for many popular platforms. These anodized analogs are made out of titanium. Some of our platforms are available in steel, which is also a highly durable material that protects the interface. Steel is a material that cannot be anodized so if you see a color, it is in titanium, which is also highly durable.
To find out which analogs are available in which materials, the most up to date information is available on our e-store or give us a call at 1-888-800-8369.
For information about the great design of these analogs, check out this short video.