Why Colour Code In Your Dental Practice?

Clinician John C Comisi explains how Zirc’s colour coded organisation system can enhance procedural efficiency and infection control.


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Dr. Comisi has been in the private practice of General Dentistry in Ithaca, NY, since 1983. He is a graduate of North­western University Dental School and received his Bach­elor of Science in Biology at Fordham University. Dr. Comisi lectures nationally and internationally on various dental topics and procedures, and has been published in many dental journals and health care magazines. He is a Clinical Instructor of Dentistry at the Uni­versity of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and is also a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry.


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Zirc are providers of innovative products with a focus on increased efficiency, sterilisation, and storage of instruments and materials in the dental practice. Established in 1967, Zirc’s cutting-edge colour-coded products are developed to deliver increased productivity, reduce stress and improve infection control. With a wide range of colour options and product types for office organisation – by procedure, practitioner or both; their convenient, easy-to use color-coded system allows for increased efficiency with less stress and confusion. Their main Headquarters is in Minnesota, USA and their European distribution centre is based in Germany. 


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John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD, believes that the Zirc Color-Coded Organization System aids in dental office organisation and infection control, and adds a measure of cleanliness by inhibiting the growth of bacteria that causes stains and odours.


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“We were using metallic and hard white plastic instrument cassettes, and we found that the devices were not as effective as we would like since the clos­ing apparatus failed to effectively hold the cassettes closed. Over time they started to rust in our steril­isation process. When we learned about the color-coded organization instrument products by Zirc, our office staff were really excited because now we could get the sizes needed for hygiene and the various procedures I perform, and could colour code them for those procedures. It makes tracking very easy, and we know that when we open up the sterile wrap we have the correct instruments for that procedure.”




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“We have been using Zirc’s colour-coded organis­ing products for more than a year now, and one of the greatest benefits has definitely been the efficiencies in having the right instrumentation for the procedure being done. We know by sight, when the sterile wrap is open, that we have what we need right there in front of us for the procedure, which makes our lives very easy.“


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“In prepping instruments for sterilisation, Zirc’s locking covered tubs and trays for transport from the treatment room to sterilisation are very impor­tant for the safety of my staff and our patients. The risk of a sharps accident is significantly reduced, and the way that the instruments “lock” into the organiz­ing cassettes enables us to have secure transfer of instruments and preparation for sterilisation. The instrument cassettes can then be loaded into our instrument washer, cleaned, dried, and wrapped for sterilisation. Everything we will use for that pro­cedure is in that cassette, which is great peace of mind for my staff members and me.“




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Inhibits Bacteria Growth

“Having the antimicrobial agent in Zirc products is an extremely important added benefit. Because the an­timicrobial protection inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause stains and odours, it provides an added measure of cleanliness. For that reason, I would highly recommend that every practice takes a close look at what Zirc brings to the dental office.”

Many of Zirc’s products have an antimicrobial agent built into the resin of their products, registered with the FDA and CE (holding ISO: 9001 and ISO: 13485 certifications). This antimicrobial product protection helps resist the growth of odour and stain-causing bacteria and mould.


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Where to start? Follow these simple steps:


  1. Select a colour for each procedure you practice.

           Example: Crown and Bridge = Neon Orange, Endo = Teal, Composite = Neon Blue


  • If you are a group practice, select a colour for each doctor and or surgery (for a solo practice skip this step).

          Example: Dr. Smith = Neon Purple, Dr Khan = Neon Pink


  • Assess the number of procedures you do weekly (on average).

          Example: Crown and Bridge = 10 per week, Endodontics = 20 per week, Composite = 12 per week


  1. Determine quantity of trays you will need for each procedure. Take your configured numbers from step 3 and divide them by the number of days your practice is open (always round your numbers up).

           Example: 20 patients are seen in one working week for endo procedures and the surgery is open 5 days a week. Divide 20                by 5 to determine how many trays, cassettes and bur/endo holders are needed to organise for the endo procedure. Repeat                these steps for all other procedures.


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For an in-surgery demo on the full range of Zirc products including storage solutions, identification systems and organisers, call 01943 605050, email or visit



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