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Consultants’ Comments

  • “The packaging was terrific, once we figured out the best way to break through the foils and mix it.”
  • “A very simple procedure.”
  • “None of my patients reported post-operative sensitivity.”
  • “Very nice material with lots of uses.”
  • “The application time of 30 seconds, which is long.”
  • “The unit dose is very nice but is wasteful for single teeth.”
  • “I would like a wider and shallower well for better brush access and easier dispensing.”

Clinical Tips

  • Make sure you break though both layers of the foil and mix it for about 15 seconds prior to bonding.
  • Use the back end of a microbrush to break through foil packaging, and then mix with the brush end.
  • Use an instrument to punch the seals and then swirl instrument around to help create more of an opening.
  • Watch film thickness on adjacent cusps.
  • Take care when placing the microbrush back in and out of the dispenser to avoid the foil layers getting in the way and wiping the bonding agent off the brush.
  • Use for quadrant dentistry, there is plenty of bonding agent in the vial.

Evaluation Highlights

Shotbond was evaluated by 24 consultants, with an average of 21 uses per consultant.

  • Unit dose packaging is convenient, well designed and stands nicely on the tray.
  • Easy to use and good viscosity.
  • Great wettability.
  • Self-etching makes treatment easier for patients.
  • Lack of post-operative sensitivity.
  • A thin clear liquid with good film thickness, and has a pleasant odor.


Shotbond is a self-etch, dual-cured bonding agent for direct restorative and adhesive procedures. It is mixed for 10 seconds, followed by application involving a 30-second scrub, 10-second air drying and 20-second dual-cure. Self-curing alone may be performed if preferred, taking between 3 and 5 minutes to achieve final cure. Shotbond is available in unit doses, packaged as 35 unit doses together with 35 disposable microbrushes.


  • Direct composite restorations (self-cured, light-cured and dual-cured).
  • Direct light-cured compomer restorations.
  • Core build-ups.
  • Fiber post cementation with self-cured or dual-cured composite cements.
  • Bonding crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays.

Unique Features

When tested independently in THE DENTAL ADVISOR Biomaterials Laboratory we measured a bond strength of 36 MPa to dentin and 21 MPa to enamel when tested according to manufacturer’s instructions.