Inside Dentistry
October 2018
Volume 14, Issue 10

Beautifil® II LS

Everyday proactive dentistry with Giomer technology

In my everyday clinical practice, I incorporate the concept of "proactive intervention dentistry." The progression of dental disease is a multifactorial downward spiral; therefore, it is vital to proactively intervene to slow its progress before more extensive treatment becomes necessary. There are now dental restorative materials that can help us achieve this task, "bioactively."

Developed with proprietary Giomer technology, Shofu's Beautifil family of restorative materials combine the benefits of glass ionomers, particularly fluoride release and recharge, with the benefits of composite resins, which include ease of use, high strength, and lifelike esthetics.

Giomer restoratives have the ability to release and recharge fluoride, which facilitates ongoing protection of the tooth. Studies show that dentin remineralization occurs at the preparation surface adjacent to the Giomer material1 and that the presence of specific ions in the Giomer creates an effect that makes it difficult for plaque to settle on the restorative surface.2

Flowable Giomers (eg, Beautifil® Flow Plus, Shofu Dental) have been introduced with physical properties that equate with traditional hybrid materials, but provide the added advantage of really easy handling.

Although many flowables lack radiopacity, flowable Giomer restoratives are radiopaque and can be easily detected on an x-ray image. They are self-leveling, not sticky, and hold their shape with or without a matrix band. Most flowables create surface irregularities that must be removed with a bur. Beautifil Flow Plus stays put without drips. The tip can be used like a paintbrush to produce a smooth, ideal surface with no irregularities.

According to an 8-year clinical research study, Shofu's Beautifil II® material achieved a 100% retention rate with intact esthetics, no secondary caries, no failures, and no postoperative sensitivity.3

Recently, Shofu has introduced a new Giomer restorative to the family-Beautifil® II LS (Low Shrink). It has been formulated to minimize polymerization shrinkage, thereby reducing shrinkage stress. Like all of the other Giomer restoratives, this newest addition combines the healing benefits of glass ionomers with the strength and esthetics of composite resin, providing an ideal restorative material for everyday proactive restorative dentistry.


1. Miyauchi T. The effect of giomer restorative materials on demineralized dentin. 2010. IADR Abstract 135006.

2. Honda T, Yamamoto K, Hirose M, et al. Study on the film substance produced from S-PRG filler. Japanese Journal of Conservative Dentistry. 2002;45(Autumn):42-51.

3. Gordan VV, Mondragon E, Watson RE, et al. A clinical evaluation of a self-etching primer and a giomer restorative material: results at eight years. J Am Dent Assoc. 2007;138(5):621-627.

Key Takeaways

1. The lowest volumetric shrinkage (ie, 0.80%) among all universal composites

2. The lowest polymerization shrinkage stress (ie, 2.72 MPa ) among all universal composites

3. Tooth-like esthetics with natural fluorescence and chameleon effect

4. Sustained fluoride release/recharge with bioactive Giomer chemistry

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Toronto, Ontario

Manufacturer information
Shofu Dental

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