Dental Tribune Middle East & Africa Edition | 4/2016 30 interview Interview: A precise sharpening solution for curettes and scalers ByDTI As a world première, Swiss-based company BADECO presented two devices for sharper dental instru- ments at DENTAL BERN, the Swiss dental trade fair, in Bern last week. With decades of experience in the jewellery and dental industries, BADECO showcased appliances that sharpen instruments with outstand- ing accuracy and speed. Dental Trib- une Online spoke to BADECO CEO Amir Hoveyda and Arnold R. Dep- peler, designer and former Manag- ingDirectorofthedentalinstrument manufacturer Deppeler, about the devices and the need for sharp scal- ersandcurettes. Dental Tribune Online: Mr Hoveyda, BADECO may not be well known to our international readers. Could you tell us more about the company and itshistory? AmirHoveyda:BADECOwasfounded in 1945 in Switzerland and has been manufacturing dental instruments ever since then. In the 1960s, we expanded our product portfolio to jewellery and watches using micro- motors. When one works with these products, one develops a clear un- derstanding of precision, accuracy, robustness and performance. This is alsothereasonforthehighqualityof ourdentalinstrumentsandsharpen- ing machines. No matter the indus- try, the company has always looked to produce the most reliable, accu- rate and lightweight instruments. Today, we are the leading manufac- turer of super-premium jewellery and watches in the world. In recent years, we have achieved ongoing in- novation in the development, qual- ity and reliability of BADECO dental tools. In 2009, I started to lead the research and development depart- ment.Sincethen,wehavedeveloped newtoolsandaccessoriesatcompet- itive prices. Our production plant is located in Geneva and all of our elec- troniccomponentsareSwiss-made. Mr Deppeler, you designed the two devices for the sharpening of dental instruments. How did you come up withtheidea? Arnold R. Deppeler: First of all, I have been in this industry for decades. Deppeler is an established manu- facturer of premium dental instru- ments. Currently, the Swiss-based company offers more than 500 models of hand instruments. For ex- ample, the M23 universal scaler can be found in many dental practices acrosstheworld.WhileIhavealways been eager to provide dentists with the best instruments, I also saw the need for a superior sharpening de- vice. After all, every dentist wants to work with sharp instruments to re- movedepositscompletelyandmini- misepatientdiscomfort.Sharpening of periodontal scalers and curettes requiresknowledgeaboutthedegree of angulation and the sharpening stone. With too great an angle or too small an angle, blades become either weak or bulky. It is also necessary to understand how to determine when thebladeisactuallysharp.Wewould recommendsharpeningonaregular basisratherthanoccasionally. What makes your sharpening devices sounique? Arnold R. Deppeler: Micromotors are very precise and easy to use for pol- ishing, drilling, engraving and, most importantly, sharpening of dental instruments. We offer two powerful micromotor-based devices with a manual speed of up to 5,000 rpm. Our Opti Sharp allows for quick and accurate sharpening of universal dental curettes, scalers and Gracey curettes. The new machine is our solution for soft and rotary sharpen- ing for optimum stability, comfort and precision. The guide plates dis- play the three angles to be observed during sharpening: an angle of 10 degrees for universal curettes, 20 degrees for scalers and 30 degrees for Gracey curettes. The practitioner has to place the last shaft before the blade of the curette parallel to the line on the plate and gently rotate the grip on its axis, the blade always resting on the sharpening disk. We also offer the Speedy Sharp, our soft- touch sharpener for dental curettes. It only takes seconds to sharpen the instrument. The grinding wheel plate is made out of ceramic or diamond and is self-adhesive. This allows for a beautiful form of the blade. There are also a magnifying glass and a test stick. Our Opti Sharp and Speedy Sharp machines offer a preciseandfastsolution. Thank you very much for the inter- view.