Matrix Comparison Guide

Being the Matrix Company, one of the most frequent questions we get is “which matrix do I use where?”  While personal preference will drive much of the decision process, below is a chart that can provide a good starting point.
 
Procedure Recommended Materials Special Notes

Distal of canine, short or malpositioned

Composi-Tight 3D Fusion Sectional Matrix Kit

BEST - IMPROVED! Most popular choice; Superior contacts with minimal flash.
Reel Matrix

BETTER - Tofflemire-style with contoured matrix; Easy to apply; Cure through option available.

Pinch Matrices

GOOD - Built-in tensioning device; Requires buccal and lingual wedges to allow placement past contact points.

Slick Bands Tofflemire Non-Stick Matrices

GOOD - Traditional Tofflemire-style with a new non-stick coating for easy removal.

     
Conservative Class II

Composi-Tight 3D Fusion Sectional Matrix Kit

BEST - IMPROVED! Most popular choice; Superior contacts with minimal flash.
Reel Matrix BETTER - Tofflemire-style with contoured matrix; Easy to apply; Cure through option available.
Pinch Matrices GOOD - Built-in tensioning device; Requires buccal and lingual wedges to allow placement past contact points.
Slick Bands Tofflemire Non-Stick Matrices GOOD - Traditional Tofflemire with a new non-stick coating for easier removal.

 

   
Slightly Wide and/or Deep

Composi-Tight 3D Fusion Sectional Matrix Kit

BEST - IMPROVED! Great choice even if the preparation is wide; Use Wide Prep ring with subgingival matrix bands.

Reel Matrix

BETTER - Handles wider preparations that aren’t too deep; Use with 3D/3D XR ring for improved results.

Pinch Matrices

GOOD - Handles wider preparations that aren’t too deep; Use with 3D/3D XR ring for improved results.

Slick Bands Tofflemire Non-Stick Matrices

GOOD - #2 Subgingival bands handle both very wide and very deep restorations.

   
Large Class II
Composi-Tight 3D Fusion Sectional Matrix Kit BEST - IMPROVED! Great choice even if the preparation is wide; Use Wide Prep ring with subgingival matrix bands.
Reel Matrix BETTER - Use clear version to improve visualization of overall restoration.
Pinch Matrices BETTER - Use Blue View version to improve visulization of overall restoration.
Slick Bands Tofflemire Non-Stick Matrices GOOD - Use Right-Curve matrix to improve anatomy of extremely wide preps.
     
Small to medium size

BEST - Pre-contoured in three dimensions AND tapered to provide the band height and contour.

   
   
     
Large Class III or Class IV
VariStrip Contour Anterior Matrices BEST - Pre-contoured in three dimensions AND tapered to provide the band height and contour.
   
   
     
Class V
Blue View Cervical Matrix BEST - Contours and directly compresses resin while eliminating air-inhibited layer.
     
Crown build-ups, post and core
Reel Matrix BEST - Best choice if you want a cure-through matrix for a core build-up.
Pinch Matrices BETTER - Very fast; May not provide as tight a cervical seal as other matrices.
Slick Bands Tofflemire Non-Stick Matrices GOOD - A popular choice; Use Right-Curve gray (regular) matrix for the tightest possible cervical seal.