Why the Color of Your Instrument Matters

| 07-07-2021
Why the Color of Your Instrument Matters

Exploring the Complete Black Line Collection

In the world of dentistry, small improvements can make a big difference. The same can be said for dental instrumentation - a small detail may have a major impact on your ability to conduct a procedure with ease and efficiency. Consider the decisions you make when selecting the appropriate hand instrument for a procedure – the shape of the working end is certainly important, but so is the weight of the instrument, the surface of the handle which you feel while gripping it, and more.

When small improvements make a big difference, every element of the design matters. This includes the instrument finish. When operating in the mouth, visual acuity is critical, and glare from bright operatory lights or headlamps can be detrimental to your accuracy and outcomes.

This is one of the many reasons why we developed the Black Line Collection of instruments. The product portfolio has grown tremendously over the years. Not only does it include surgical instruments, but diagnostic, endodontic, and restorative instruments as well. You may be curious how much of an impact the dark coating can truly have, and here’s how:

The Science behind the Black Line Collection

Black Line instruments are engineered to optimize clinical outcomes by delivering efficiency throughout the entire procedure. The unique matte black coatings, which have been applied to a plethora of HuFriedyGroup instruments, reduce light reflection and enrich visual contrast. This is a game-changer when it comes to improving accuracy and patient care. The following sections explore the impact of our Black Line Collection in each area where they have been introduced.

Surgical Instrumentation


The surgical Black Line collection is comprised of scissors, atraumatic extraction instruments, periodontal instruments, and implant instruments.

The dark coating provides supreme contrast and allows for increased visual acuity while reducing light reflection. The ability to see the instruments through tissue during surgical procedures helps you gain even more confidence about the precise movements you are making. The performance engineered coating also provides enhanced edge retention. Black Line scissors, for example, feature a razor-sharp blade and serrated edge for reduced tissue slippage.

In addition, surgical Black Line instruments improve accuracy and enhance control thanks to their smooth, lightweight, ergonomic handle.

Endodontic Instrumentation

Rubber Dam Clamps

The sense of precision and accuracy that Black Line instruments provide to surgical instrumentation is perhaps even more evident when it comes to endodontic instruments. The precise nature of endodontic procedures necessitates instruments that exhibit exceptional attention to detail while still being durable enough to accommodate various endodontic procedures – from basic endodontic procedures to complex microsurgery. Endo Black Line instruments feature the same performance engineered coating which increases lubricity, reduces light reflection under harsh lighting, and optimizes edge retention.

Black Line Rubber Dam Clamps are another fantastic way to further reduce light reflection while increasing visual acuity. This is achieved thanks to the extreme contrast the dark clamp provides throughout the procedure.

Diagnostic Instrumentation

Black line mirror

The HD Black Line Mirrors are the latest addition to the Black Line collection, and they underscore the benefits that the black matte coating provides to instruments since visual acuity is a critical component to accurate diagnoses. The frames and handles of HD Black Line Mirrors are created using a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating engineered to optimize clinical outcomes by delivering superior visibility throughout any dental procedure. The durable black matte coating reduces the glare by up to 80% compared to a standard metal mirror head and handle.[1] The black color of the coating creates a distinct contrast between the instrument, the tooth and/or the surrounding tissue allowing for easy identification intraorally* and facilitating quicker and more accurate visibility. The reduction in glare can also help improve 3D intraoral scan accuracy for better modeling.

Don’t miss a diagnosis. It’s also worth pointing out that the material used in a dental mirror plays an important role in visibility, as well. Most mirrors are coated in rhodium or feature a resin (plastic) casing. In contrast, the High-Definition Mirror Glass used in the HD Black Line Mirror is 38.5% brighter than rhodium-coated mirror glass and 50% brighter than other front-surface mirror glass and offers true to life color accuracy. The matte finish means this brightness does not increase glare and instead facilitates a sharper, distortion-free image for quicker and more accurate visibility.

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

If this review of the Black Line Collection makes one thing clear, it’s that small innovations, like the dark coating on these instruments, can make a world of difference in the operatory. Whether you’re a specialist focusing on oral surgery or endodontic procedures or a general dentist or hygienist performing diagnostics, the quality of your instrument can vastly improve your experience.

[1] When comparing the HuFriedyGroup DLC coated mirror head and handle to the HuFriedyGroup non-coated stainless-steel mirror head and handle. Data on file and available upon request.