This is one of the participants at Advanced Restorative Design loading a copyplast matrix for a temporary.
Are you a copyplast temporary maker or a silicone temporary maker? I know dentists who swear by one or the other. It's much like the direct temporary / indirect temporary argument; people have strong feelings. I've always believed that the more tools you have, the better.
Copyplast is clear, and permits a complete view when seating in the mouth or on a model. Silicone is much more rigid and has less potential for distortion when seating. Copyplast will let you add characterization with light cure composites, because you can reposition the matrix after adding material, and then you can light cure through it. We teach both methods in the course.
If you don't make temporaries, but delegate that responsibility to a team member, you will soon have the opportunity to have her (or him) spend some time with us learning to work with both matrices, as well as direct and indirect fabrication at the assistant course. (The course is currently in our heads (mine and Lee's) and I'd love to hear from you with ideas for what should be covered if you would be interested in sending your assistant to spend time with us.
Other topics that we thought would help your team support you at an even higher level than they do now are: photography, photo management, impressions, pouring and trimming models, mounting models, simple wax-ups, and creation of the copyplast and silicone matrices.
We also believe it helps team members talk with patients when they understand the way the doctor thinks about diagnosis and making patients aware of findings, so we would plan to coach them in those areas too. If you would be interested in having your team member attend something like this I would love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just comment following this post.