Being able to alleviate gagging is a huge win for any doctor. Patients have that instinctual reaction and it calls for an instinctive solution.
The balance of easy placement with carefree stability—so the patient has a serene, relaxing experience—is no meager task. It took years of work by Ultradent’s R&D team to replicate an architecture that adapts to different anatomies. That’s what gives the instant custom feel when placed.
Plus, an Umbrella retractor opens the space between the teeth, lips, and cheeks in a way that encourages saliva to accumulate away from dentition—thus improving access for HVE and decreasing concern of contamination.
“There is room for everything you need; it is open, it is wide, so it’s easy to do suction,” Beolchi says, noting the additional benefits of Umbrella retractor’s built-in tongue guard. “And another thing the awesome, awesome tongue retractor it comes with—we didn’t even notice it at first, it was that comfortable for the patient.” The tongue segment on the Umbrella retractor was of particular importance when the R&D team was approaching design.
Patients often comment that they know where to place their tongue, and clinicians end up fighting the tongue out of the way during the procedure—the Umbrella retractor’s tongue guard guides the patient’s tongue into place, eliminating any confusion.