Manufacturer: Ivoclar Vivadent
Variolink Esthetic is a light- and dual-curing luting composite for the esthetic and permanent cementation of ceramic and composite resin restorations. This material represents the next generation of the well-established, esthetic cements Variolink II and Variolink Veneer.
Variolink Esthetic DC
Variolink Esthetic is available in the following five shade gradations:
Translucency approx. 5% (opaque)
Translucency approx. 10%
Translucency approx. 17%
Translucency approx. 12%
Translucency approx. 8.5% (opaque)
Lighter / more whitish
Light Neutral Warm
The gradation of Variolink Esthetic shades is based on the effect that a luting composite exerts on the brightness value of the final restoration. Variolink Esthetic Neutral does not affect the brightness value. At the same time, it demonstrates the highest translucency and is thus neutral in shade. Light and Light + make the restorations lighter, while Warm and Warm + create a darker overall shade impression. In order to evaluate the overall effect of the restoration in conjunction with the various Variolink Esthetic shades prior to permanent cementation, we recommend using the Variolink Esthetic try-in pastes.
The working and curing times depend on the ambient temperature.
The following times apply as soon as Variolink Esthetic DC has been extruded from the automix syringe:
Room temperature 23°C ± 1°C/
Intraoral 37°C ± 1°C/
Working time approx. 5 min approx. 2 min
(incl. working time)
approx. 8 min approx. 4 min
Variolink Esthetic DC is always dispensed from the automix syringe in the optimum ratio.
The monomer matrix of Variolink Esthetic is composed of urethane dimethacrylate and further methacrylate monomers. The inorganic fillers are ytterbium trifluoride and spheroid mixed oxide. Initiators, stabilizers and pigments are additional ingredients.
The particle size is 0.04–0.2 μm. The mean particle size is 0.1 µm. The total volume of inorganic fillers is approx. 38%.
Variolink® Esthetic DC
Inlays / Onlays
Crowns / Bridges
no shade effect
slightly darkens/ more yellowish
considerably darkens/ more yellowish
The application of Variolink Esthetic is contraindicated
Systemic side effects are not known to date. In individual cases, allergic reactions to individual components have been reported.
Phenolic substances (e.g. eugenol, wintergreen oil) inhibit polymerization. Consequently, the application of products containing these components, e.g. mouth rinses and temporary cements, must be avoided.
Disinfectants with an oxidative effect (e.g. hydrogen peroxide) may interact with the initiator system, which in turn may impair the curing process.
Therefore, do not disinfect the preparation and the syringe using oxidative agents. Disinfection may be carried out, for instance, by wiping with medical alcohol.
Alkaline jet mediums applied on dentin (e.g. Airflow) may compromise the effect of self-etching adhesives.
Hemostatic substances may inhibit polymerization and/or lead to discolouration. Therefore, the directions for use of these substances must be observed.
For more detailed information also refer to the Instructions for Use of the products used in conjunction with Variolink Esthetic.
Subsequently, dry with oil- and moisture-free air. Avoid overdrying.
Cleaning with alcohol can lead to dehydration of dentin.
Seat the restoration using the desired Variolink Esthetic try-in paste and check the shade, fit and occlusion of the restoration.
Care should be taken when checking the occlusion of fragile and brittle ceramic objects before they are permanently cemented, as there is a risk of fracture.
If necessary, make adjustments with fine diamonds at medium speed and with slight pressure and adequate water cooling. Polish ground surfaces.
Adequate relative or absolute isolation using suitable auxiliaries, such as OptraGate® or OptraDam® Plus, is required.
If the dental hard tissue is contaminated with saliva or blood during try-in, it needs to be cleaned again as described in section 1.
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