Watch the Bioclear™ Method in action


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Bioclear™, powered by 3M Oral Care

A revolutionary approach to composite restorative dentistry

  • 3M Filtek Restorative ready to inject composite into Bioclear Black Triangle Matrices on maxillary typodont
    Typodont for demonstration purposes only.

    What do you get when you combine the cutting-edge procedural advances of Bioclear™ Matrix Systems with 3M’s science-based, clinically proven oral care products? Consistency. Control. Confidence. That’s the power of the Bioclear™ Method: together, intuitive methods and innovative materials make it easier for you to achieve beautifully transformative, long-lasting restorations that you and your patients will love.

    The Bioclear™ Method uses a standardized five-step process, clear anatomic matrices and trusted materials like 3M™ Filtek™ Dental Restoratives to deliver consistently spectacular results. This suite of procedures makes it easier than ever to consistently treat “black triangle” cases, close diastemas and create natural, anatomically sound contacts in Class II restorations.


Seeing is believing

Achieve beautiful, transformative results – consistently and predictably

  • two front teeth with a gap shaped like black triangles on the left compared to the same teeth post-restoration on the right, where the gap has been filled in
    Maxillary Restoration

    Black triangle case, before (left) and after treatment using the Bioclear™ Method (right).

    Photo courtesy of Dr. Charles Regalado

  • lower front teeth with gaps shaped like black triangles on the left compared to the same teeth post-restoration on the right, where the gaps have been filled in
    Mandibular Restoration

    Black triangle case, before (left) and after treatment using the Bioclear™ Method (right).

    Photo courtesy of Dr. Charles Regalado

  • posterior teeth with blocky, sharp-angled contacts on the left compared to smooth, naturally curved contacts on the right
    Posterior Restoration

    Traditional metal matrix contact (left) vs. Bioclear™ Method contact (right).

    Photo courtesy of Dr. David Clark


Watch the Bioclear™ Method in action

  • DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen graphic: Logo in upper screen right corner reads: BIOCLEAR Powered by 3M | Oral Care On-screen visual: Lightning flashes in a stormy night sky. Text animates on-screen to reveal a model of several teeth. In one of the center teeth is a gap shaped like a black triangle. On screen text reads: When black triangles loom LARGE Close them with 3M™ Filtek Dental Restoratives and the Bioclear ™ Method Typodont for demonstration purposes only. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The tip of the Black Triangle Matrix Gauge is inserted into the tooth gap. On screen text reads: Step 1 Use the Black Triangle Matrix Gauge to measure… DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A round container holds color-coded matrices On screen text reads: then select the corresponding color-coded matrices. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Two yellow matrices slide onto the teeth. On screen text reads: Step 2 Place Bioclear™ BT matrices interproximally and subgingivally. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A small brush applies adhesive onto the teeth. On screen text reads: Step 3 Apply 3M™ Scotchbond™ Universal Plus Adhesive for 20 seconds and air thin for 5 seconds. Do not cure. Not all steps are show. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. Adhesive should be applied to both the lingual and buccal portions of the teeth. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A flowable composite is injected under the matrix onto the teeth. On screen text reads: Step 4 Inject warm 3M™ Filtek™ Supreme Flowable Restorative along the margin and up the incisal edge. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. All steps should be performed on the lingual of both teeth to properly close the black triangle. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Composite paste is injected on to the teeth. On screen text reads: Step 5 Inject warm 3M™ Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative into the uncured flowable until the matrix is filled. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. All steps should be performed on the lingual of both teeth to properly close the black triangle. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A purple and blue light cures the injected composite on the teeth. On screen text reads: Step 6 Light cure for 10 seconds on the buccal and lingual. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. All steps should be repeated on the buccal side of each tooth. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The matrices are removed from the teeth. On screen text reads: Step 7 Remove the matrices. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A round sanding disc smooths out the cured composite on teeth. On screen text reads: Step 8 Contour teeth using 3M™ Sof-Lex™ Contouring and Polishing Discs. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A box of Rockstar Polisher and jar of Magic Mix are shown. On screen text reads: Step 9 Floss, finish, and polish. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The tooth that once had a large gap is now show with the gap filled. On screen text reads: Patients will enjoy beautiful, long-lasting results – without the appearance of black triangles. Stable Stain resistant Esthetic DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Logo graphic in upper screen right corner reads: BIOCLEAR Powered by 3M | Oral Care On-screen URL reads: 3M.com/Bioclear DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: 3M Science. Applied to Life. logo animates on. On-screen text reads: 3M, Filtek, Scotchbond, and Sof-Lex are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Bioclear is a trademark of Bioclear Matrix Systems LLC. © 3M 2023. All rights reserved.

  • DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Scenic misty mountainous landscape. On-screen graphic: Logo in upper screen right corner reads: BIOCLEAR Powered by 3M | Oral Care DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Text slides out from behind the mountains. On screen text reads: We're changing the landscape of Class II Restorations DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Text animates to reveal a model of several bottom teeth. They are restored and have no gaps. Text reads: Together, 3M™ Filtek™ Dental Restoratives and Bioclear™ are blazing new trails. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen text reads: Natural contacts Infinity edge margins DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A hand of a timer animates to show 17 minutes. On-screen text reads: Time Savings Using 3M™ Filtek™ One Bulk Fill Restorative in your Class II restorations can reduce composite placement time by up to 50–60% (17 minutes!) over layering – without increasing the risk or intensity of post-op sensitivity. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The model of several bottom teeth shows a center tooth with a hole from a cavity. On-screen text reads: Step 1 Prepare the tooth with a Bioclear™ Class II cavity preparation. Not all steps are shown. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A height indicator is inserted into the hole in the tooth. Next, a blue matrix slides onto the center tooth lining the side of the cavity. On-screen text reads: Step 2 Place the Bioclear™ Evolve Matrix Height Indicator to depth of prep. Add 1-2 mm to select a Bioclear ™ Evolve Matrix.” Place the Bioclear™ Evolve Matrix subgingivally. Not all steps are shown. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A wedge is pushed between the tooth with the cavity and the one to the right of it. On-screen text reads: Step 3 Insert the Bioclear™ Diamond Wedge. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The grips of the Twin Ring are placed over the wedge. On-screen text reads: Step 4 Place the Bioclear™ TwinRing over the Bioclear™ Diamond Wedge. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A small brush applies adhesive to the cavity. On-screen text reads: Step 5 Apply 3M™ Scotchbond™ Universal Plus Adhesive and scrub for 20 seconds. Air thin for 5 seconds. Do not light cure. Not all steps are shown. Refer to Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete product information. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Flowable composite is injected onto the corners of the matrix. A blue light then lightly cures the flowable composite. On-screen text reads: Step 6 Inject room temperature 3M™ Filtek™ Bulk Fill Flowable Restorative onto the corners of the Bioclear™ matrix to perform the spot weld/push-pull technique. Light cure the flowable spot welds. Remove Push-Pull instrument and light cure adhesive within cavity preparation. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A small brush applies adhesive to the cavity. The cavity is then partially filled with flowable composite. On-screen text reads: Step 7 Reapply adhesive as a surfactant, air thin, inject warm 3M™ Filtek™ Bulk Fill Flowable Restorative into gingival, buccal and lingual margins. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The cavity is filled the rest of the way with more composite paste. On-screen text reads: Step 8 Inject warm 3M™ Filtek™ One Bulk Fill Restorative into the uncured flowable until the Bioclear™ matrix is filled. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A blue light cures the product on the top of the tooth. On-screen text reads: Step 9 Light cure for 10 seconds on the occlusal surface. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A blue light cures the product on the front and back of the tooth. On-screen text reads: Step 10 Remove the Bioclear™ TwinRing and light cure 10 seconds each on both buccal and lingual to complete 3-point curing. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The wedge and matrix are removed from the tooth. On-screen text reads: Step 11 Remove the Bioclear™ Diamond Wedge and Bioclear™ Evolve Matrix. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A round sanding disc smooths out cured composite on teeth. On-screen text reads: Step 12 Contour teeth using 3M™ Sof-Lex™ Contouring and Polishing Discs. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: A box of Rockstar Polisher and jar of Magic Mix are shown. On-screen text reads: Step 13 Floss, finish, and polish. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: The final result is revealed. The cavity is filled and the tooth is restored. On-screen text reads: The result: long-lasting Class II restorations with natural contacts and infinity edge margins. DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: Logo graphic in upper screen right corner reads: BIOCLEAR Powered by 3M | Oral Care On-screen URL reads: 3M.com/Bioclear DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO: On-screen visual: 3M Science. Applied to Life. logo animates on. On-screen text reads: 3M, Filtek, Scotchbond, and Sof-Lex are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Bioclear is a trademark of Bioclear Matrix Systems LLC. © 3M 2023. All rights reserved.


The 5 steps of the Bioclear™ Method

A straightforward, standardized procedure to predictably create beautiful restorations

  • Step 1 biofilm removal tool
    Biofilm Removal
  • Step 2 Bioclear cavity prep
    Preparation Design
  • Step 3 Bioclear Matrix and Bioclear Twin Ring
    Bioclear™ Matrix Placement
  • Step 4 composite warmer device with 3M Filtek Dental Restoratives
    Injection Molding
  • 3M Sof-Lex Finishing and Polishing Discs and Bioclear Magic Mix Pre-Polisher Paste
    Shaping and Polishing

Training and Educational Opportunities

Learn how to incorporate the Bioclear™ Method into your practice

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    Webinars

    Watch a free webinar to learn about the latest advances in modern composite dentistry. See cases showcasing the Bioclear™ Method and find tips on injection molding, curing with translucent matrices and more.

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    Lunch & Learn

    Request a Lunch & Learn presentation at your practice. Your staff will learn about the foundational principles of the Bioclear™ Method, including the unique, anatomically shaped matrices and the use of 3M materials.

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    Bioclear™ Hands-on Courses

    Attend an interactive hands-on course to learn the Bioclear™ Method. Start with a virtual or in-person introductory course to learn the basics or take a multi-day certification course to learn more specialized anterior or posterior techniques.


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Date City Venue
Friday, February 15, 2019 Denver, CO Metro Denver Dental Society
Friday, March 01, 2019 Nashville, TN Hilton Franklin Cool Springs
Friday, March 08, 2019 Washington DC 3M Innovation Center (DC)
Saturday, March 30, 2019 Scottsdale, AZ Dr. Sara Vizcarra Training Facility
Friday, April 5, 2019 St. Paul, MN 3M Innovation Center
Friday, April 12, 2019 Dallas, TX Courtyard by Marriott Flower Mound
Friday, May 03, 2019 Anaheim, CA Marriott Courtyard Anaheim Resort Convention Center
Friday, May 03, 2019 Orlando, FL Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown
Friday, May 17, 2019 Hartford, CT Marriott Downtown
Friday, June 07, 2019 Foster City, CA Crowne Plaza Foster City
Friday, June 07, 2019 Manhattan/NYC, NY First District Dental Society - New York
Friday, June 14, 2019 Atlanta, GA Hilton Atlanta Downtown
Friday, August 09, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West
Friday, August 16, 2019 Chicago, IL Omni Chicago Hotel
Friday, September 13, 2019 Portland, OR Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Friday, September 13, 2019 Charlotte, NC Hilton Garden Inn Southpark
Friday, September 20, 2019 Mt. Laurel, NJ (Philadelphia area) Courtyard by Marriott Cherry Hill
Friday, October 25, 2019 Houston, TX DoubleTree Houston Intercontinental Airport
Friday, October 25, 2019 Boston, MA Renaissance Waterfront
Friday, November 1, 2019 St. Louis, MO Marriott Grand
Friday, November 8, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
Friday, November 8, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT Marriott Downtown at City Creek