The Jiffy polishers for composite have been around for 20+ years and for fairly basic cups, points, and disks, they work fine. However, if you want to achieve a high gloss, then you need to move to Jiffy HiShine, which looks like the originals but incorporates diamond particles for an enamel-like gloss. Now the Jiffy system has another upgrade with the introduction of Jiffy Naturals.
Following the trending spiral disk design of their ceramic siblings, the Jiffy Naturals for composite on latch-type mandrels also incorporate diamond particles (instead of the aluminum oxide and silicon carbide abrasives in regular Jiffy) that promise to approach the high gloss of Jiffy HiShine. As we noted with the ceramic versions, these wheels bring enhanced flexibility to the smoothing and polishing steps, which allow you to reach areas such as occlusal surfaces more effectively.
The yellow medium grit wheel is supposed to be used at 5,000-8,000 rpm, while the white fine grit wheel should be used at a slower 2,000-4,000 rpm. The lower speed for the final polish is somewhat counter-intuitive since buffing is usually done at a higher speed and with light pressure.
So how do the Natural polishers compare to other, diamond-impregnated competitors? Very well, indeed. Using Ultradent’s own Mosaic composite, we were able to achieve a very high gloss. However, it was easier to produce this gloss when we increased the speed of the fine grit from 4,000 to 10,000 rpm. And although Ultradent’s site recommends using Jiffy HiShine “to provide an extra smooth and highly polished surface”, we really don’t think this is necessary if you use the fine white Natural at 10,000 rpm.
Note that these wheels, just like Jiffy Brushes, can be tough on soft tissue. So be very careful using them on Class V restorations. In addition, it’s questionable that you need to use them to polish Class I and II restorations. Jiffy Brushes are quite effective on posterior teeth that are typically covered with saliva anyway. When you consider that the cost of a Jiffy Brush is about one-third the cost of Naturals, this is almost a no-brainer.
Nevertheless, if you want a higher gloss than a Jiffy Brush can create, the Natural instruments, especially the fine grit, can be your ticket to success.