Inside Dentistry
December 2016
Volume 12, Issue 12

Select HV ETCH

Finding the Ideal Product

Sheri B. Doniger, DDS, is a leading dental clinician, author, educator, international speaker, consultant, and prominent advocate for women dentists, who currently practices dentistry in Lincolnwood, Illinois. She is an active member of numerous professional societies, including the ADA, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, and the American Association of Women Dentists.  

Figure 1 | The three top reasons I use Bisco SELECT HV ETCH are the vivid blue color, the viscosity for precise placement, and the added benefit of an antimicrobial agent. It’s the only etch we need in our practice, and I have been using it since it was introduced in 2011.

I first noticed the product at a dental meeting because the electric blue color caught my eye. The addition of benzalkonium chloride in this product gives me extra assurance because it can be effective against Streptococcus mutans, though further research is needed.1,2 Another great aspect of this product is its high viscous nature. It stays where it is placed, so you do not have to worry about runny messes or etching the wrong area. The electric blue color stands out and provides excellent contrast with the tooth. I am able to use it for any etching technique—select or complete etch.

Additionally, Bisco SELECT HV ETCH is removed from the tooth quickly and efficiently, without leaving a residue. Even with dental sealant placement, I am able to see the etchant placed into the grooves, knowing that the addition of the antimicrobial agent is also going to lead to a cleaner field for sealant retention and a better overall outcome.

Etching the gingival enamel margin of any posterior restoration is sometimes difficult. With the small amount of enamel present near the cervical area in class II or class III restorations, you need to be both specific and highly precise. We have been consistently using SELECT HV ETCH for this purpose. The high viscosity ensures that we won’t have etch spilling out over the dentin. Similarly, etching the thin gingival enamel on class V restorations needs accurate placement.

My dental assistant loves this etch for so many reasons. Aside from the fact that it is easily visualized, the working time is very quick. We only need 15 seconds for etch and 30 seconds to rinse. She likes the ease of storage and inventory control. We have a small office, so storing many boxes of product becomes cumbersome. We purchase the large bulk system kits with the syringes and refill them as needed. We find this is a more “green” way to use the product, as you are refilling the syringes. SELECT HV ETCH is also available in packages of four prefilled syringes. It is indispensable in our practice because it’s highly viscous, has a vibrant color for precise placement, and inclusion of an antimicrobial agent.


1. Özel E, Yurdagüven H, Can Say E, Kocagöz S. Eval­u­ation of the Antibacterial Activity of Disinfectant Solutions with Phosphoric Acids Against Streptococcus Mutans. Journal of Hacettepe Faculty of Dentistry. 2005;29(4):8-14.

2. Turkun M, Ergucu Z, Turkun LS, et al. Is Phosphoric Acid Sufficiently Antibacterial? J Dent Res. 2006;85 (Spec Iss B):abstract number 1605.

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