Which simple, cost-effective and necessary material can be found at any dental practice? Points if you guessed alginate.

The catch: few can make alginate impressions right the first time. Mess-free? That’s asking a lot.

Or not.

Howard Strassler, DMD, a professor and the Director of Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School who practices in Pikesville, Md., shares what he labels as “a wonderful technique for mixing alginate.” A Fellow in the Academy of Dental Materials and the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Strassler  labels The Reading Orthodontic Group’s video, which offers an easier, bowl-free, mess-free way to mix the magnificent material “very intriguing.”

Read Dr. Strassler’s most recent  column in Incisal Edge magazine, where he recommends a measured mix of assurance and informed skepticism regarding new dental techniques and materials.