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Are Dental Sandblasters Better than Microetchers?

We compare orthodontic sandblasters to intraoral sandblasters or microetchers, to see which one is ideal for surface prep and adhesive removal.

A dental microetcher.

Dental Microetchers

Walk into any orthodontic lab or office and you shouldn’t be surprised to find an intraoral microetcher. It’s portable, decent on surface prep, and autoclavable for intraoral use making it a useful tool in the field.

Orthodontists primarily choose Microetchers as their primary tool for intraoral abrasion however when they are used to roughen surfaces or remove adhesive material, such as crowns, inlays, and appliances for bonding or adhesive removal, there can be limitations which begs the question;

Are Sandblasters better than Microetchers and intraoral sandblasters ?

Major limitations with using a microetcher.

  • Small Media Tank – Limited to short use. Frequent refilling
  • Low Power – Can take minutes to remove tough adhesive and prep surfaces.
  • Poor Air Quality – Ejected dust leads to issues in air quality standards.
  • Mess -Frequent use builds up excessive dust which can damage tools & instruments.
  • Expensive Replacement Parts – Parts and options become costly over time.
Vaniman dental sandblaster: Sandstorm Professional

Dental Sandblasters

Sandblasters have been around for awhile. And for over 30 years, Vaniman has been an industry leader in creating products that improve the productivity of orthodontic labs and offices.

Sandblasters are versatile right out of the box and require little training to use effectively. 

When it comes to adhesive removal and surface prep for orthodontics, the dental sandblasters have no equal.

Both powerful and precise, a Sandblaster massively cuts use-time by removing bonding material in seconds which saves valuable time compared to using a microetcher which runs into issues with tougher adhesive (not to mention adding abrasive to to media tank over and over) . 

Dental sandblasters truly shine when prepping multiple appliances and brackets at a sitting.

Since application of use is clearly the defining factor when comparing microetchers and sandblasters, it’s only fair to mention the limitations of a counter-top unit such as the Sandstorm.

Major limitations with using a dental sandblaster.

  • Non-Portable – The sandblasting box is ideal for counter/benches but not moving from room to room.
  • Not Autoclavable – No Intraoral use. 

Each unit has limitations but how do they stack up when it comes to their benefits?

Micro Etcher Benefits

  • AutoClavable
  • Intraoral Use
  • Portable 

Dental Sandblaster Benefits

  • Much Faster Surface Prep & Removal
  • Reliable & Long Lasting
  • Low-Maintenance 
  • Self-Contained System Means No Mess
  • Built-In Vacuum System 
  • Easy to Use-Staff can use with minimal training
  • 1000ml Tank requires much less re-filling

At Vaniman, we’ve designed a dental sandblaster that is ideal for orthodontist offices and use called our Sandstorm Professional. It’s an all in one dental sandblaster designed to save your time.

If time is important to you, a dental sandblaster such as our Sandstorm Professional is the clear winner for adhesive removal and surface prep.

The device easily returns it’s investment cost as a stationary system thanks to hours of time-savings.

The SandStorm gets work done quickly and keeps your office clean since by using it’s included vacuum system which frees your office of air pollutants and dust. 

Considering long term value, sandblasters have much less maintenance than microetchers which increases cumulative ROI. 

Microetchers will always be great tool for intraoral use however their lack of power and efficiency makes them a poor choice in the long run.

If you’re an Orthodontist with a reasonable amount of volume, a dental sandblaster is a must have piece of equipment for your orthodontic office. 

To view a full line of dental sandblasters and etching cabinets visit our dental sandblaster page.

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