7+ Year Member
Nov 13, 2011
Dental Student
Hello, I'm almost finished with my first month in dental school and it's been a bit of a whirlwind. The good kind of course. In regards to waxing teeth, I have been given consistent advice on investing in a "baby explorer" to help wax teeth. The specific model is the Hu-Friedy #6 SE Explorer EXS6. I looked up the site and they're giving me a lot of options when I typed this in:

Do you guys know which one of these I should get? I even clicked on one ( and they gave me a whole assortment of handles. What is the benefit of a thinner handle vs a thicker one? Should I buy a 6A, 6L, or some other variation?

Also in regards to loupes, I hear there will be some event when vendors come to our school to make some pitches. What should I look for in loupes? I hear from a friend that I should get one that lights up by tapping my elbow, etc. Also, I'm wary about the prices since I always regarded in-person vendors to always upsell their products. Should I buy the loupes at these events or should I buy them online?

Ps. Any other suggestions on helpful instruments for D1 through D4 would be appreciated!


Articulating Disc Jockey
7+ Year Member
Jun 20, 2012
What tools came in your waxing kit? All I used was PKT 1, 2, 3, and 4. Also a cleoid-discoid and a wax spatula. That was it. The PKT are similar to that "baby exporer" but curved instead of straight.
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