3M Oral Care Introduces Next-Generation Clear Aligner System

Posted on July 12, 2021

3M™ Clarity™ Aligners Flex + Force allow orthodontists to fully customize treatment designs.

- Based on data, Clarity Aligners Flex + Force fit well and aren't noticeable when wearing.

- Provides the ability to customize treatment for simple to complex cases.

- Integrates seamlessly into 3M™ Oral Care Portal, enabling advanced treatment design for patients.

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- 3M Oral Care has introduced Clarity Aligners Flex + Force: a new aligner system that empowers orthodontists to choose from two unique aligner materials in one treatment design and gives patients a customized treatment experience.

3M™ Clarity™ Aligners Flex has a proprietary 5-layer construction. The outer layers resist staining and scratching while the inner layers provide flexibility and resilience. The overall structure provides durability even with reduced thickness.

This next-generation aligner system elevates 3M's powerful portfolio of advanced digital solutions by offering Advanced Tx Design through the 3M Oral Care Portal, which provides treatment from simple to complex cases. 3M Clarity Aligners are also indicated for the alignment of teeth during orthodontic treatment of malocclusion and can be used to address patients with mixed dentition.

Inspired by orthodontists, the new Clarity Aligners Flex material complements the existing Clarity Aligners Force material by incorporating desirable aligner characteristics that enable orthodontists to tailor treatment. Clarity Aligners Flex also delivers for patients, providing an aligner material that fits well and isn't noticeable when wearing.

"At 3M, we see Clarity Aligners Flex + Force as a delivery on our ongoing promise to provide innovative solutions to our customers," says Steve Vander Louw, president of 3M Oral Care. "3M is a science company and we're thrilled to be putting our science to work for customers."

3M™ Clarity Aligners Flex: innovation through 3M expertise and technology

Clarity Aligners Flex is made of a proprietary five-layer blend of materials, each chosen for their properties to deliver a synergistic effect greater than any single 3M material can achieve. 3M scientists developed Clarity Aligners Flex to provide:

Excellent force persistence

Stain and scratch resistance

Easy insertion and removal

Good engagement with attachments

Outer layers resist staining and scratching

Inner layers provide flexibility and resilience

Overall structure provides durability while reducing thickness

Unlocking the power of a seamless integrated workflow

Clarity Aligners Flex + Force fits seamlessly into 3M's Oral Care Portal, giving orthodontists one integrated workflow for two-material Tx Designs. The Oral Care Portal, a cloud-based software solution for Advanced Tx Design, provides convenient access to one platform to plan and refine aligner, digital bonding or combination treatment.

"Advanced Tx Design in the Oral Care Portal allows orthodontists to plan aligner, bracket or combination treatment via a single digital experience," says Thomas Worm, global portfolio leader for 3M Oral Care. "Our goal in creating this integrated digital experience was to make it easier than ever to customize treatment and to support orthodontists in providing lifelong oral health for patients."

To learn more, visit 3M.com/ClarityAligners.

About 3M

At 3M (NYSE: MMM), we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 96,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M's creative solutions to the world's problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews


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Incisal Edge announces 2021 recipients of the magazine’s signature ‘40 Under 40’ award for young dentists

Posted on July 12, 2021

PITTSTON, PA — July 14, 2021 — For an 11th consecutive year, Incisal Edge dental magazine recognizes brilliant achievers, ages 40 and under, with its signature award. Among this year’s Incisal Edge “40 Under 40” honorees, announced today, are 46 women and 40 men from 30 states.

The magazine, published by Benco Dental since 1997, will celebrate award recipients through a series of profiles in its fall "40 Under 40" editorial coverage. Fewer than 600 of America’s best young dentists have earned this prestigious designation, including the 2021 inductees listed below. View the complete list in digital format at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com.

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Rosemary Ahanor, DDS, Reston, Virginia

Hannah Isabel Alexander, DDS, Smyrna, Georgia

Ahmed Alkholeidi, DDS, Friendswood, Texas

Ryan Allen, DDS, FAGD, Farmington, Utah

Brian Baliwas, DDS, San Francisco, California

Czarina Baloy, DDS, MHPE, Los Angeles, California

Cody Boals, DMD, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and

Alexa Johnson, DMD, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stephen Brand, DMD, Kingston, Pennsylvania

Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, Phoenix, Arizona

Michael A. Brooks, Jr., DDS, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Katharine Ann Burton, DMD, North Providence, Rhode Island

Courtney Cleary, DMD, Haddonfield, New Jersey

Tiffany Danyal, DDS, Clarkston, Michigan

Jeremiah C. Davis, DDS, MBA, FAGD, FICOI, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Viraj Desai, DMD, Austin, Texas

Taher Dhoon, DMD, Greeley, Colorado

Bansi Mithani Doescher, DMD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Roger Flippen, DDS, Houston, Texas

Jonah Foutz, DDS, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kevin Groth, DDS, FAGD, Bingham Farms, Michigan

Jordyn Hollingsworth, DMD, Scottsdale, Arizona

Tesa Jolly, DDS, Pulaski, Tennessee

Adam Koppelman, DMD, MICOI, New York, New York

John Kurzawa, DDS, Akron, Ohio

Jennifer Loveland, DMD, High Point, Cornelius, Mooresville, North Carolina

Tanya Sue Maestas, DDS, El Paso, Texas, Chaparral, New Mexico

Abhishek Pandit, DMD, MPH, Royersford, Pennsylvania

Juhee Park, DDS, Laguna Beach, California

Joshua A. Parry, DMD, Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Keleigh Quimby Lascari, DDS, Covington, Louisiana

Tyler Scott, DDS, Loudonville, Ohio

Priyanka Seekand, DMD, Marietta, Conyers, Georgia

Amanda M. Sheehan, DDS, DICOI, MAGD, D.ABDSM, Waterford, Michigan

Ryan Skale, DDS, ABCDSM, FAACP, Northbrook, Illinois

Charles Sutera, DMD, FAGD, Waltham, Massachusetts

Andrew Swiatowicz, DDS, DABDSM, FAGD, Wilmington, Delaware

James R. Tejada, DDS, Spring, Texas and

Samantha L. Tejada, DDS, Spring, Texas

Anchita Venkatesh, DMD, Oakland, California

Alex Yen, DDS, Palo Alto, California

Justin Yun, DMD, Rootstown, Ohio

Caroline Zeller, DDS, Salem, Milwaukee, Portland, Beaverton, Tillamook, Oregon

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Jaclyn Bae, DDS, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Laura Barunas, MD, DMD, MS, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lacey Bowen, DDS, Centennial, Colorado

Anna Brunetti, DMD, MDS, Livingston, New Jersey

Nabeel Cajee, DDS, MICOI, Manteca, California

Antonina Capurro, DMD, MPH, MBA, Las Vegas, Nevada

Norman Chen, DDS, Burbank, California

Stella Chukwu, DDS, MS, Washington, DC

Tripp Cockerham, DDS, MSD, Charlotte, North Carolina

Krystle Dean-Duru, DDS, Ashburn, Virginia

Joseph K. Diminick, DMD, MS, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

J. Dylan Everett, DDS, MS, Lubbock, Texas

Karin Grinbaum, DDS, New York, New York

Liel Grinbaum, DMD, New York, New York

Emily Hahn, DDS, Town and Country, Missouri

Tyler D. Hanks, DMD, MPH, Salt Lake City, Utah

Misee Harris, DMD, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Jason Hsieh, DDS, MBA, Katy, Texas and

Heather Luong, DDS, MBA, Katy, Texas

Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc, Joplin, Missouri

Edmund, Khoo, BDSc (Hons), ABO, FICD, FACD, New York, New York

Bob Kumra DDS, Washington, DC, Stafford, Virginia

Gabriela F. Lagreca, DDS, FACP, Boston, Massachusetts

Megan Lenahan, DDS, MDS, St. Louis, Missouri

Rebekah Lucier Pryles, DMD, White River Junction, Vermont

Denise Maniakouras, DDS, MS, Frankfort, Illinois

Daniel Narain, DMD, Brooklyn, New York, South Orange, New Jersey, New York, New York, Oranjestad, Aruba

Noah P. Orenstein, DMD, MDSc, FACP, Newton, Massachusetts

Vanessa Peterson, DDS, MS, Rancho Cucamonga, California

Catherine Pham, DDS, MPH, Los Angeles, California

Sarunphorn Rasamimari, DMD, Queens, New York

Tatiya Ungphakorn, DDS, Queens, New York

Brad W. Ray, DDS, FRCD(C), Plattsburgh, New York

Chad Rebhun, DMD, Mullica Hill, Moorestown, Voorhees, New Jersey

Dzhuliya Servetnik, DMD and

Chun Yin Wong, DMD, Cypress, Texas

Joey Sessums, DMD, Brookhaven, Mississippi

Michael D. Sock, DMD, MD, FACS, Doylestown, Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Jeremiah Sturgill, DMD, MPH, DHED, Johnson City, Tennessee and

Riley Sturgill, DMD, MSD, Johnson City, Tennessee

Neil Uffner, DMD, MS, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Laura J. Westover, DDS, MSBS, Mentor, Ohio

Jacqueline E. Zamani, DDS, New York, New York

"Despite the increasing demands on doctors, coupled with the pandemic's unique challenges, each of this year's honorees has managed to excel and bring something special to the practice of dentistry," said Terry J. Barrett, chief marketing officer for the magazine's publisher, Benco Dental.

"It's an honor to spotlight such a wide range of achievement in clinical skill, vision, advocacy, leadership and community involvement."

The final “40 Under 40” list includes innovative and passionate young professionals in dentistry across the United States. Hundreds of individuals are nominated by industry experts and vetted by an independent panel to select the final honorees. Whether renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy, or simply a commitment to outstanding patient care, these award recipients represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

Incisal Edge is focused on helping readers get an edge—and keep it—in the fast-changing worlds of healthcare and business. To applaud excellence in dentistry, the magazine will profile the winners of its 11th annual “40 Under 40” competition in its fall print and digital editions. In 2019, the volume of nominations resulted in an expansion of the awards to two categories, General Dentists and Dental Specialists.

For additional information regarding the magazine, visit: www.incisaledgemagazine.com and view a database of Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees here.


For an 11th consecutive year, Incisal Edge dental magazine recognizes brilliant achievers, ages 40 and under, with its signature award. This year’s Incisal Edge “40 Under 40” dentists will be spotlighted in the magazine’s fall print and digital editions, published by Benco Dental. A complete list of honorees can be viewed here.

Entries for the 2022 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 competition will be accepted through February 21, 2022. For details and to enter, visit: https://www.judgify.me/40Under40-2022

About Incisal Edge

Incisal Edge magazine is the dedicated to helping readers get an edge—and keep it—in the fast-changing world of healthcare and business. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge curates the industry's most progressive thought leadership to concisely and compellingly deliver the latest in dental innovations and the people behind them. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content includes “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry,” plus columns and features packed with sharp advice, expert success tips on everything from marketing to operations, and the latest clinical advances and essential tools for practicing and living smarter. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Incisaledgemagazine.com leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental is Driving Dentistry Forward® with innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Industry firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip® customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates, including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians, serve customers at locations nationwide. Independent since 1930, Benco Dental is one of Fortune's Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 15 prior years. 

TeamSmile Serves 40,000th Patient, Brings Smiles to Children Across the United States

Posted on July 9, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 8, 2021) – Forty thousand children are smiling today thanks to one nonprofit organization, TeamSmile, whose mission is to provide a life-changing dental experience through the power of sports. Since its inception in 2007, TeamSmile has surpassed 200 programs, served more than 40,000 children and provided more than $17 million in free dental care and health education.

TeamSmile has worked over the last 14 years alongside key partners, professional sports organizations, dental professionals and community volunteers to provide free dental care and oral health education to underserved children across the United States. Using the power of sports, TeamSmile works to create a lifetime memory and reinforces the importance of good oral health care.

“Many people don’t realize that tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease,” said John McCarthy, TeamSmile executive director. “We are fortunate to have committed and generous community sponsors, like our friends at Colgate, who have helped us from day one care for and treat 40,000 kids. We know this is just the beginning of our impact and look forward to making 40,000 more kids smile in the future.”

Over the years, TeamSmile has hosted an array of events, each of which has played a key role in helping children across the U.S. get the dental care they deserve. The nonprofit partners with professional sports organizations, from the Los Angeles Chargers to the New Orleans Saints, and from the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz and the Kansas City Chiefs (and so many more), making dental education fun by hosting events inside sports stadiums with appearances from players, mascots and cheerleaders.

"The TeamSmile model of providing dental care and oral health education in partnership with sports teams, is unique and helps create a very positive experience for the children. The events have a great atmosphere and the smiles on the children's faces say it all! Colgate is proud to have partnered with TeamSmile to reach this milestone," said Dr. Barbara Shearer, Colgate’s director of scientific affairs.

Even through the pandemic, TeamSmile has continued to make a difference. The organization launched a series of Virtual Oral Health Education Programs in conjunction with the University of Buffalo Dental School, where students from across the country actively participate in fun and entertaining activities on the importance of oral health.

The work of TeamSmile would not be possible without help from its many national partners, including: Henry Schein, Colgate, Midmark, DentaQuest, Acteon, Henry Schein One, Dentsply Sirona, GOJO, Young Innovations, and the CAPTRUST Community Foundation.

For more information about TeamSmile, or to view upcoming events, visit https://teamsmile.org/.


Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, TeamSmile is the nation’s premier dental advocacy group that partners oral health professionals with professional athletic organizations to provide life-changing dental care to underserved children in surrounding communities. By partnering with professional sports organizations, TeamSmile creates an experience that develops bonds between children’s organizations, oral health professionals, surrounding communities, and the athletes that solidify the message that oral health care is vitally important to long-term health. Through this experience, children receive free oral health care and education, and are taught that the mouth and body are linked for overall health. For more information or news on upcoming events, visit https://teamsmile.org/.


Advocacy For A Digital Oral Health That Leaves No One Behind

Posted on July 8, 2021

Alexandria, Va., USA — The health, social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have already had a dramatic impact on the prevailing oral health care model and will continue to do so. The paper “Advocacy for a Digital Oral Health That Leaves No One Behind,” published in the JDR Clinical & Translational Research (JDR CTR), promotes the use of digital tools to offer opportunities to improve healthy behavior, lower risk factors common to oral diseases and other noncommunicable diseases and contribute to reducing oral health inequalities.

To mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, systems were quickly put in place in most countries to respond to dental emergencies, giving priority to distance screening, advice to patients by remote means and treatment of urgent cases while ensuring continuous care. Digital health was widely adopted as a central component of this new approach, leading to new practices and tools that, in turn, demonstrated their potential, limitations and possible excesses.

Authors Nicolas Giraudeau, University of Montpellier, France, and Benoit Varenne, World Health Organization (WHO), Oral Health Programme, Geneva, Switzerland, believe that digital tools can accelerate the implementation of universal health coverage and help achieve the World Health Organization 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, leaving no one behind. TheWHO mOralHealth program is structured in four modules (literacy, training, early detection, and surveillance). “Digital oral health should be one of the pillars of oral healthcare post-COVID-19. Universal access to digital oral health should be promoted globally. The WHO’s mOralHealth programme aims to do that.”

“The use of digital health has led to a new way of understanding both general and oral health,” said JDR CTR Editor-in-Chief Jocelyne S. Feine, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. “This paper calls for political leaders to be made aware of the universal availability of digital technology and make use of it as a safe and equitable means of delivering oral health care to the public.” 

About the JDR Clinical and Translational Research

The JDR Clinical & Translational Research is a quarterly publication. This peer-reviewed journal is dedicated to publishing original dental, oral and craniofacial research at the interface between discovery science and clinical application with the translation of research into healthcare delivery systems at the individual patient, clinical practice and community levels. The JDR CTR has been accepted for inclusion in MEDLINE. Follow the JDR CTR on Twitter @JDRClinTransRes.

International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org. The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR with 3,100 members in the United States. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.


National Cleft Awareness Month: Operation Smile Leads Groundbreaking Research

Posted on July 8, 2021

July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness and improve understanding of orofacial clefts and other conditions of the head and face.

Worldwide, it's estimated every 3 minutes a child is born with a cleft condition which can drastically affect their ability to breathe, eat, and speak. The specific causes of cleft conditions are still unknown, but Operation Smile is committed to learning more about genetic and environmental factors that likely cause cleft in order to help treat more people.

In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, Operation Smile’s Vice President of Research has offered to share the details of the groundbreaking research the organization is leading to help people with cleft conditions in low- and middle- income countries.

Allyn Auslander, PhD MPH, is the Associate Vice President of Research at Operation Smile. Part of her job entails planning studies, designing data collection tools, analyzing data, and writing scientific manuscripts.

“I believe that data and research is extremely powerful, so everything I do I try to make sure I can see the connection between that work and how it will improve a child’s life,” said Auslander. “Whether that is interpreting outcomes data to improve care, or researching potential environmental risk factors of cleft to prevent disease.”

Auslander’s background in both statistics and epidemiology allow her to pursue her passion for global health, specifically her current work in global surgery.

“There is nothing I enjoy more than traversing the globe meeting and working with other passionate individuals and organizations aimed at creating a global community and improving lives around the world,” said Auslander.

Operation Smile revolutionized cleft surgery globally in 1982. With nearly four decades of experience as one of the largest surgical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile staff, its private-public partnerships and thousands of volunteers have improved the health and dignity of patients with cleft conditions, helping them to better breathe, eat, speak and live lives of greater quality and confidence.

Operation Smile is leading cleft research through its International Family Study (IFS) with the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As of 2020, the IFS team has collected more than 17,000 individual saliva samples representing more than 7,200 families, creating the largest and most diverse genetic repository of cleft samples globally.

“There is a lot of research happening at Operation Smile. There is research around outcomes, barriers to care, health systems strengthening, education and prevention to name a few,”Auslander explained.

Most cleft research to date has focused on people from high-income countries where care is accessible and available. Operation Smile’s research is groundbreaking in that it’s focused on analyzing genetic and environmental factors affecting people that have not been historically included in these types of studies.

“If you look at cleft research, the most commonly cited risk factor is women smoking during pregnancy. However, this is much more relevant in high income countries and smoking rates for women are extremely low in the countries where Operation Smile works,” said Auslander. “That’s why in our study we looked at exposure to smoke from cooking over an open fire, which we found increased the risk of cleft by 50%! If we never studied cleft in low- and middle- income countries, we wouldn’t be able to look at risk factors that don’t exist in high income countries.”

While one cleft surgery can bring immediate transformation to a child’s life in as little as 45 minutes, Operation Smile is committed to providing patients with health that lasts—being there to offer patients additional surgeries, dentistry, psychological services, speech therapy and other essential cleft treatments. Its training and education programs elevate local surgical standards and entire health systems to aid safe surgery and strengthen a global network to reach more people earlier in their lives. You can learn more about its transformative and healing work by visiting operationsmile.org or by following @operationsmile on social media.


America's ToothFairy Smile Drive Program Receives a Boost from Crest and Oral-B

Posted on July 6, 2021

(Charlotte, NC – July 6, 2021) Although they’re preventable, cavities are the leading chronic childhood disease in America. Unfortunately, many low-income families lack basic dental hygiene products in their homes. When kids can’t brush every day to keep their smiles healthy, the pain of tooth decay can keep them from eating, sleeping, and attending school. Their poor oral hygiene habits contribute to the vicious cycle of poverty.

Every child should have what they need to prevent tooth decay. That’s why America’s ToothFairy has teamed up with Crest and Oral-B to help kids in underprivileged communities access the hygiene products they need to keep their smiles healthy. Through their Smile Drive program, America’s ToothFairy helps kids protect their teeth from cavities by mobilizing volunteers to collect oral care products for families in need and teach their communities about the importance of healthy dental hygiene habits. Crest and Oral-B are this year’s sponsors of the Smile Drive program, which has distributed more than two million oral care products to families in need since 2014.

“It breaks my heart every time a child tells me they don’t have a toothbrush at home,” America’s ToothFairy Executive Director, Jill Malmgren remarked. “Throughout this challenging year, Crest and Oral-B have generously provided financial contributions in addition to 40,000 toothbrushes and toothpaste to our nonprofit dental partners that serve our nation’s disadvantaged kids. We are exceedingly grateful for their support and are thrilled to partner with them to help grow our Smile Drive program this year.”

To kick-off the partnership, this spring the organizations encouraged families to Conquer Cavities 2Gether by pledging to brush for two minutes, two times a day with fluoride toothpaste. For every pledge received, Crest and Oral-B donated a Conquer Cavities 2Gether kit for a child in need through America’s ToothFairy. By the end of the campaign, kits containing Crest toothpaste, Oral-B toothbrushes, two-minute timers, and educational materials were distributed to 10,000 kids across the country.

To learn more about the Smile Drive program and how to help kids in your community, visit SmileDrive.org.

About Crest

A trusted leader in oral health, Crest was the first oral care brand to secure the ADA Seal of Acceptance for a clinically proven fluoride toothpaste. Since first introducing fluoride toothpaste 65 years ago, it is estimated that Crest has helped prevent countless cavities in the United States.

About Oral-B

Oral-B is the worldwide leader in the over $5 billion brushing market. Part of the Procter & Gamble Company, the brand includes manual and electric toothbrushes for children and adults, oral irrigators, and interdental products, such as dental floss.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit https://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands. For other P&G news, visit us at https://www.pg.com/news.

About America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation

As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy increases access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention, and treatment services for underserved children. Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $22 million in donated products, educational materials, and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit AmericasToothFairy.org.


Exocad Announces Its Largest Ever Presence at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021

Posted on July 6, 2021

DARMSTADT, Germany – July 6, 2021 -- exocad GmbH (exocad), an Align Technology, Inc. company, today announced its expanded presence at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021, taking place between September 22-25 in Cologne, Germany. exocad will showcase its newest software releases and innovations for dental technicians and dentists on 360m² at booth A-020 in hall 3 with a multitude of demo stations.

IDS is one of the most important dates on exocad’s calendar. The international trade show is held bi-annually in Cologne and offers additional opportunities for the company to connect with new partners and deepen long-standing relationships.

“Proximity to dental technicians and clinicians is key for us at exocad, and for that reason we are delighted to finally reconnect in person. It was always clear for us that we'd participate in IDS, but noticing how keen our users and partners are for trade shows, we've decided to extend our presence at this year’s event,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, exocad CEO. “At IDS 2021, we will showcase our wide spectrum of innovative solutions for labs and practices, inviting them to discover these at our interactive demo stations.”

Participants can experience exocad’s variety of software solutions—DentalCAD, ChairsideCAD, and exoplan—and meet exocad’s very own experts as well as the renowned dental trailblazers Waldo Zarco Nosti and Dr. Gulshan Murgai.

exocad will present a new booth design at IDS 2021, reflecting the company’s continued innovation and growth.

For those who will not be able to attend IDS 2021, the trade show will offer a virtual experience that will feature many exocad highlights.

exocad can be found at booth A-020 in hall 3.

Additional information is available at exocad.com/ids

About exocad GmbH

exocad GmbH, an Align Technology, Inc. company, is one of the leading dental CAD software providers worldwide. exocad vigorously pushes the boundaries of digital dentistry, providing flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use CAD/CAM software for dental labs and dental practices. More than 40,000 valued customers plan implants and create functional and refined restorations with exocad’s DentalCAD, ChairsideCAD and exoplan software. For more information and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit exocad.com. 


IPS e.max® ZirCAD® LT: More Shades, More Options

Posted on July 6, 2021

Versatile and popular, the IPS e.max® ZirCAD® LT discs are now available in an extended portfolio that includes nine new shades. The high-strength zirconium oxide material is suitable for single-tooth restorations and long-span bridges.

Effective immediately, the IPS e.max ZirCAD LT discs are available in the following nine additional shades: A3.5, A4, B3, B4, C1, C3, C4, D3, and D4. The new shades are available in three thicknesses: 14 mm, 18 mm, and 25 mm. With the extended portfolio, it has never been easier to select a disc that matches the thickness and desired shade of the clinical case at hand.

Versatile and flexible

The IPS e.max ZirCAD LT discs offer high mechanical strength (1200 MPa1) and are therefore ideally suited for the fabrication of stable multi-unit framework structures. The material can also be used for minimally invasive single-tooth restorations. The restorations can be completed using a variety of techniques, including monolithic, infiltration, partial, and full-coverage veneering procedures.

1 Typical mean value of biaxial flexural strength in relation to the degree of translucency, R&D Ivoclar Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein

Yxoss CBR® - First Customized 3D Printed Bone Regeneration Solution

Posted on July 6, 2021

June 9th, 2021 - Princeton, NJ –Geistlich Biomaterials is pleased to annouce the exclusive marketing partnership for the ground-breaking product Yxoss CBR® - a customized 3D printed titanium scaffold developed to regenerate complex alveolar bone defects that can be combined with our leading biomaterials Geistlich Bio-Oss® and Geistlich Bio-Gide®. Using a digital workflow to fit the individual anatomy of each patient, Yxoss CBR® has revolutionized the utilization of titanium mesh in complex bone augmentation procedures.

The manufacturer, ReOss® uses the most up-to-date CAD/CAM technology available to satisfy patient-specific requirements regarding a planned bone augmentation. In a patented process, a contoured, form-stable scaffold is 3D printed out of the purest titanium based on CT or CBCT images, allowing for customized bone regeneration (CBR®).

To learn more about Yxoss CBR®, please visit: https://dental.geistlich-na.com/dental/3d-customized-titanium-mesh/yxoss-cbr/user-benefits/

Yxoss CBR® offers the following:

• Innovative solution for regenerating complex alveolar bone defects by taking advantage of CBCT data combined with 3D printing technology.

• Opportunity to reduce surgery time without complex adaptations.

• Easy Removal Design® with pre-defined breaking points for easy removal of Yxoss CBR® on re-entry.

• High stability and space maintenance.

• Bone volume augmentation calculation for case planning, provided by ReOss®.

• Optional: Unique integrated implant positioning in the surgical planning – Yxoss CBR® backward

To learn more about Yxoss CBR®, please visit: https://dental.geistlich-na.com/dental/3d-customized-titanium-mesh/yxoss-cbr/user-benefits/

About Geistlich Biomaterials:

With 170 years of devoted collagen expertise, Geistlich Biomaterials continues to lead oral regeneration with an expanding portfolio of intentionally designed and clinically proven biomaterials. This begins with our world-class bone substitute Geistlich Bio-Oss® and its full line of sizes and formulations. Resorbable collagen membrane Geistlich Bio-Gide® extends its reach with two new products: Geistlich Bio-Gide® Compressed for an alternative handling experience; and uniquely pre-cut Geistlich Bio-Gide® Shape designed for the treatment of non-intact extraction sockets. Finally, our collagen matrix Geistlich Mucograft® is ideal for soft-tissue regeneration, and our volume-stable collagen matrix breakthrough Geistlich Fibro-Gide®, providing an alternative to connective tissue grafts.

Our dedication to scientific collaboration and commitment to successful treatment outcomes are what makes Geistlich Biomaterials, Exactly Like No Other.



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EMS Dental and Coastal Carolina Community College Team Up to Train the Next Generation of Biofilm Warriors

Posted on July 6, 2021

Nyon, Switzerland – July 2, 2021 – EMS Dental, the inventor and manufacturer of the synergistic components of the Guided Biofilm Therapy protocol (GBT®) recently installed seven AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master units at Coastal Carolina Community College in Onslow County, North Carolina. In addition, EMS has provided extensive “train the Trainers’ support of the college’s hygiene school faculty.

“Coastal Carolina’s investment in AIRFLOW® technology and adoption of the GBT protocol is a testament to its commitment to providing the highest level of hygiene education,” said Mehdi Sbouaï, EMS Dental’s Head of Business Development & Product Management. “This forward-thinking institution is ensuring that its RDH graduates can improve the quality of oral care and overall health of their patients.”

Specifically, GBT includes critical elements of the traditional dental hygiene process of care such as assessment, disclosing and patient-motivation. Too often in the real world, these elements get left out because of time constraints. The GBT approach allows critical debridement techniques to be performed quickly, comfortably, and efficiently, making it possible to bring all the critical elements of care back to the operatory.

According to Warren F, Gabarée, DDS, Coastal Carolina Community College’s Department Head of

Dental Programs, “I consider GBT to be the ground-breaking protocol and technology that will enable

us to graduate an elite group of hygienists who are highly qualified to use this modern biofilm management modality and also become advocates for its broader adoption.”

The AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master device applies EMS’ super fine Erythritol AIRFLOW® PLUS powder via the AIRFLOW® MAX handpiece to thoroughly remove biofilm in the sulcus area and shallow pockets up to 4 mm, on the tongue and gingiva, as well as on the palate. When used with EMS-Dental’s Guided

Biofilm Therapy Protocol, AIRFLOW safely and comfortably removes biofilm, stains and young calculus deposits on natural teeth, restorations, and implants.

“As a clinical hygienist and educator, I believe GBT has the ability to impact the future of dental hygiene and have a positive impact on the patients we see not only for their oral health but their systemic health as well,” explained Erika Spring, RDH, BSDH, MEd, a full-time hygiene instructor at the college.

Gabarée and Spring say fewer patients are requiring local anesthesia for periodontal treatment and that their patients are more comfortable and relaxed. The deployment of seven AIRFLOW PROPHYLAXIS MASTER units is just the beginning of the EMS-Dental / Carolina Coastal Community College partnership, as the school continues to train more faculty and thereby treat more patients.

For more information of Guided Biofilm Therapy and the AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master, visit www.ems-dental.com. To schedule a demo or training, contact Debra Zafiropoulos at dzafiropoulos@ems-na.com.

About EMS Dental

EMS Dental is a division of Electro Medical Systems (EMS), the leading manufacturer of precision medical devices for dental prophylaxis and non-surgical periodontal treatments, pain therapy, and urology. EMS Dental is the inventor and manufacturer of the synergistic components of the Guided Biofilm Therapy protocol (GBT®). EMS is dedicated to further improving its products and services every day – at its corporate headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and around the world. The company’s goal is absolute perfection. With this philosophy, EMS is continuing a more than 200-year-old tradition of the Swiss Vallée de Joux. This is the region where EMS was founded – as well as numerous other brands, which are known around the world for precision down to the smallest detail.


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