“WHAT’S IN A NAME?” asked William Shakespeare. “Here’s what, Willie,” reply the good folks at Hu-Friedy, as their latest air-polishing marvels make their way to the hands of grateful dentists everywhere.

The first is called the Air-Flow Handy 3.0, and handy it is — with a slender handpiece that offers superior grip and rotation, the result of an exhaustive design process done in collaboration with a team of ergonomic specialists.

The Handy’s a beaut, too; its sleek minimalism calls to mind the look of the original iMac. It offers unencumbered access to the treatment area, and its powder chamber is positioned to enable maximum visibility into the nookiest nooks and cranniest crannies of your patient’s mouth. (It also comes with a one-year repair-or-replace warranty, should said patient bite down hard on it in a moment of anxiety.)

Hu-Friedy recently introduced as well the Handy 3.0 Perio, designed for both supragingival and subgingival applications. Unique to this unit are a special perio handpiece and nozzles for easy biofilm removal in pockets up to 5 millimeters.

Both devices go easily from operatory to operatory, giving you flawless air polishing throughout your practice. That’s the kind of precision and quality that would have appealed to a man like Shakespeare. As Donalbain says in Macbeth, after all, “There’s daggers in men’s smiles.” We suspect this pair of Handy air polishers would have made quick work of that.

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