I work at Gesswein in the Technical Services Dept. Colorit is
basically the same material that dentists use to fill gaps such as
the gap between receding gums and teeth. You may have had this
done or know someone who has. The dentist will color match the
material to your tooth color, fill the gap and then direct a
special light at the material to cure it. When it cures and if the
dentist has done a good job, you can't tell that there was ever a
gap. It looks like part of your teeth and it's just as hard.
(This has been a bit of a simplication of course but it's accurate
enough for our purposes.)
The Colorit that we sell has additional material added to produce a
range of colors. Colorit is very low on the scale of toxicity but
the MSDS says that direct skin contact can be irritating. You can
easily avoid touching the Colorit liquid but if skin irritation is
a concern, thin latex gloves will protect your hands. Of course it
goes without saying that you won't want to drink the liquid Colorit
or get it in your eyes. In other words, normal shop safety
precautions will suffice.
The light which cures the Colorit has a UV component so you won't
want to look directly at the lightbulb. However the lamp is
designed so that the light is shielded from the sides. You'd have
to make a real effort to harm your eyes with it.
If you'll email me your address I'd be happy to send you the MSDS
(Material Safety Data Sheets) on Colorit. In fact, whenever you
are concerned about the safety of a product and would like details
on safe handling, precautions and emergency info in the event of an
accident, ask your supplier for an MSDS on the product.
For details on working with Colorit and what it can and cannot do,
you can give us a call at 1-800-544-2043 and ask for Chuck Duncan.
Chuck is the Colorit expert here and would be happy to discuss it
with you. If you'd like to talk to me, please ask for extension
287. I am always happy to meet Orchid members -- a great group of
VP Technical Services
Gesswein Co. Inc.
Tel: 1-800-544-2043 x287