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New standards for dental products now available

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products has published three new specifications for members.

  • American National Standard/American Dental Association Specification No. 48-2 for LED Curing Lights details requirements and test methods for powered polymerization activators with light-emitting diodes intended for chair-side use in polymerization of dental polymer-based restorative materials.
  • ANSI/ADA Specification No. 105 for Orthodontic Elastomeric Materials covers requirements for elastomeric auxiliaries, including orthodontic elastics, elastomeric bands, chains, links, thread and ligatures used for orthodontics both inside and outside the mouth.
  • ANSI/ADA Specification No. 116 for Oral Rinses defines the chemical and physical properties of oral rinses. This specification is not applicable to other delivery systems (e.g. mouthsprays, foams, powders). It is not applicable to oral rinses that are available by prescription only.

The ADA SCDP also published revisions of ANSI/ADA Specification No. 74 for Dental Operator's Stool; and ANSI/ADA Specification No. 58 for Root Canal Files, Type H (Hedstrom).

ADA specifications and technical reports assist ADA members in choosing safe and effective materials, instruments, equipment and information systems and are available for download purchase or hard copy from the ADA Catalog at or by calling 1-800-947-4746. International callers may call 1-312-440-2500.

For more information about ADA standards, call the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2506, or e-mail