Last week, Ivoclar senior technical consultant Bill Barton, MBA, BS, CDT, TE, presented a lecture and two hands-on courses for the Air Force ADL symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The workshop, "Prime Time" Esthetics, featured IPS e.max Prime and Prime Esthetic, and the lecture, "Zirconia Deep Dive," discussed material science, physical properties, and zirconia tips and tricks.
Direct Diagnostics is thrilled to announce its membership with the Center for Research & Education in Technology (CRET). By joining this esteemed non-profit organization, Direct Diagnostics is taking a major step in furthering its mission to improve oral health and promote the latest advancements in dental education.
CRET is a leading provider of technology-based education for dental students and healthcare professionals. Their innovative programs are designed to connect education and technology, fostering the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a member of CRET, Direct Diagnostics is able to contribute to the organization's commitment to excellence by providing access to its HR5® test, which tests for the top 5 high-risk oral pathogens. This allows students to learn about the latest advancements in salivary diagnostics and helps to prepare them for the future of periodontal healthcare.
"We are thrilled to join CRET and to be able to contribute to their mission of enhancing dental education and bringing new technology to dental schools," said Dr. Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD, founder of salivary diagnostic testing using DNA PCR, and Chief of Oral Systemic Medicine for Direct Diagnostics. "We share their passion for advancing the future of healthcare and look forward to collaborating with them to continue advancing dental education."
Direct Diagnostics' HR5® test is an innovative, non-invasive diagnostic tool that enables healthcare professionals to detect and personalize treatment of high-risk oral pathogens. By providing this cutting-edge technology to dental schools, Direct Diagnostics is helping to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals for the future of oral healthcare.
"We are excited to welcome Direct Diagnostics to our organization," said Edward F. Rossomando, DDS, PhD, MS, Founder and President of CRET, "and we look forward to working together to promote excellence in dental education."
"We are proud to support CRET's commitment to excellence and to continue making salivary diagnostics more accessible," said Jeffrey Sopko, President and CEO of Direct Diagnostics. "By collaborating with CRET, we are excited to help foster the next generation of healthcare professionals and advance dental education for a better tomorrow."
From Julia Roberts to Kim Kardashian, which celebrity smile do we find most attractive?
To help solve this question, dental experts from Badge Clinic scouted out 75 famous faces and extracted global Google search volume data, discovering the top 10 celebrities with the sexiest smiles and set of pearly whites!
Key points of interest
● Tom Cruise is the only male to feature in the top 10, whilst taking the top spot with more than 100k combined searches for his smile!
● Julia Roberts has the sexiest smile among all female celebrities.
● Kate Middleton takes seventh place with her iconic royal smile with nearly 5k searches having visited world-renowned French dentist Dr Didier Fillion who created her perfectly imperfect smile.
Out of 75 celebrities, there are 22 males and 53 females claiming the title for the most attractive smile. See full data for all 75 celebrities here.
Burak Ersoy, the Founder of Badge Clinic with medical credentials including Associate Professor of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, FACS, FEBOPRAS comments:
“Humans are inherently drawn to smiles, and when those smiles belong to celebrities, the fascination is amplified. Celebrity smiles hold a unique allure because they often embody the ideals of beauty, confidence, and joy that we aspire to. From the celebrities in this list, we can see that not only are people searching for the most attractive smiles but there is a wide selection of different smiles, showing that each and every individual smile is loved and wanted.
From the data, we can see that Tom Cruise has the ‘sexiest’ smile, and whilst his teeth haven’t always been perfect, his smile is clearly famous enough to leave a lasting impression on audiences worldwide, whilst playing an iconic part in his on-screen presence.
The same can be said for Julia Roberts, whose smile is considered the most attractive among all other celebrity women. Her dazzling, mega-watt grin can light up many rooms and has featured in several (if not all) of her films. They are perfectly white, symmetrical and well proportioned, giving her that perfectly flawless smile we’ve come to love.”
EASE CLASS and AIRTOOL convince top-class jury
The globally recognized German Design Council has honored vhf with the German Innovation Award 2023 in the category Medical Technologies in Gold. The jury awarded the innovative dental milling machines E5 and E4 of the new EASE CLASS by vhf in combination with the patent pending AIR-TOOL. The official award ceremony took place on May 23, 2023 in Berlin and was celebrated in the presence of numerous representatives from politics, business and society.
The EASE CLASS was presented to the world public by vhf only a few weeks ago and can already boast a highly esteemed and widely known award with the German Innovation Award 2023 in Gold. Looking at 650 entries from 22 countries, vhf succeeds in making an excellent start for the new E5 and E4 dental milling machines. “We were aware that the new product line in combination with the novel AIRTOOL would be a groundbreaking innovation for the dental industry,” says Lucas Kehl, Head of Product at vhf camfacture AG. “We are all the more pleased that this was also assessed by the independent expert jury of the German Innovation Awards and honored accordingly. For vhf and the EASE CLASS, this is a huge success and a great recognition for the development work of several years. We are all really proud of this. Furthermore, the award is another proof for the innovative strength of vhf and at the same time incentive and motivation for us to develop many more innovations made in Germany, true to our motto Creating Perfection”.
The EASE CLASS from vhf stands for high-quality dental restorations in combination with simplicity. The special feature of the five-axis circular milling machine E5 and the four-axis wet grinding machine E4 is that the two dental milling machines do not require any compressed air at all. This is made possible by the innovative AIRTOOL, for which vhf has applied for a patent: a dental milling tool equipped with turbine blades that generates a strong air flow due to the high speeds of the high-frequency spindle. In this way, the workpiece remains free of chips and dust. The absence of an external compressed air connection or built-in compressor gives the E5 and E4 dental milling machines several advantages at once: they are comparatively light and compact. They offer maximum freedom in the choice of installation location. And they prove cost-efficient to purchase and operate without compromising on quality. In combination with the intuitively operated DENTALCAM software, the vhf E5 and E4, together with the ingenious AIRTOOL, represent an all-round successful entry for dental technicians, practice labs and laboratories and enable an easy digital workflow.
LMU-CDM and Direct Diagnostics Advance Dental Education Through Salivary Diagnostics
Direct Diagnostics (Direct Dx) is proud to announce their partnership with Lincoln Memorial University-College of Dental Medicine (LMU-CDM), a renowned educational institution dedicated to preparing future healthcare professionals for success in their fields. As a leader in salivary diagnostics, Direct Dx is thrilled to join forces with LMU-CDM to enhance their curriculum and provide students with cutting-edge tools and technology.
"The primary goal of this partnership is to integrate the science of salivary diagnostics into the educational curriculum of Lincoln Memorial University-College of Dental Medicine, allowing students to gain first-hand experience in utilizing the HR5® tests in their university clinics. By merging medicine and dentistry, students will learn how to implement oral systemic care into practice, ensuring that they graduate ready to practice at the highest level of care," said Jeffrey Sopko, President and CEO of Direct Diagnostics.
"We are excited to collaborate with Direct Diagnostics to provide our students with access to cutting-edge salivary diagnostic testing technology," said Denise Terese-Koch, DDS, BS, MBA, EdD, Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Dental Medicine. "This partnership aligns with our mission to produce competent oral health care providers who are committed to delivering the highest level of care to their patients. We look forward to working together to advance dental education and improve the future of healthcare."
As part of their commitment to serving the underserved Appalachian population, this collaboration will enable the university to provide salivary diagnostic care to those in need through their clinics.
Direct Diagnostics will contribute to the university's commitment to facilitating the growth and development of dental and medical education by providing access to its HR5® test, which tests for the top 5 high-risk oral pathogens. This will allow students to learn about the latest advancements in salivary diagnostics and help prepare them for the future of preventative healthcare.
"We are thrilled to partner with Lincoln Memorial University-College of Dental Medicine and to be able to contribute to their mission of growth and development of graduate dental education," said Dr. Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD, founder of salivary diagnostic testing using DNA PCR, and Chief of Oral Systemic Medicine for Direct Diagnostics. "We are excited to collaborate with a team that shares our passion for advancing the future of healthcare through diagnostic science and evidence."
This partnership represents an exciting opportunity for Direct Diagnostics and Lincoln Memorial University-College of Dental Medicine to work together to advance the field of healthcare and improve the lives of patients. Through this partnership, Direct Dx and LMU-CDM will be able to nurture the next generation of healthcare professionals and promote the advancement of dental education for a brighter future.
The United States Patent & Trademark Office has granted Balanced Pharma, Inc. (BPI) a second patent for its cartridge technology, which enables the long-sought ability to deliver acid-free local anesthetics in a standard dental cartridge. The company believes its new cartridge will enable dentists to administer numbing injections that are less painful, fast-acting, and more reliable.
Balanced Pharma is a pharmaceutical company headquartered near Charlotte, North Carolina, developing technology to make local anesthetic injections more comfortable for patients and more efficient for healthcare providers. BPI-001, the company’s flagship new drug candidate, is a local anesthetic intended specifically for the dental market and will be supplied in a standard dental cartridge to provide a seamless replacement for existing products, with no new training, equipment, or protocols required. The proposed investigational product’s buffered lidocaine/epinephrine formulation is free from the acid normally present in local anesthetics.
A large body of research shows that removing the acid from local anesthetics produces faster onset, less injection pain, and increased reliability, including an April 2023 study1 published in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery that is especially notable because of the large number of patients and statistical power of the results.
Balanced Pharma’s new drug candidate comes at a time when market research suggests that 9 out of 10 dentists would prefer a better anesthetic, and more than half of patients surveyed said the injection is the worst part of the dental experience.2 “We commissioned Olson Research Group to survey 181 dentists and 140 dental patients across the U.S., and it was hard to tell who is more excited about this product—patients or dentists,” notes Dr. Scott Keadle, BPI’s CEO.
More than 150 dentists and other providers participated in early funding rounds to help capitalize Balanced Pharma. “We’re proud to be a company founded by practicing clinicians, working to deliver a product to provide patients more comfort,” adds Dr. Keadle. “We knew if we could provide acid-free anesthetic in a standard cartridge, that would be a huge win for providers and patients, and we’re well-poised to deliver on that promise. Stay tuned.”
About Balanced Pharma, Inc.
Balanced Pharma, Inc. (BPI) is a pharmaceutical company based in Cornelius, North Carolina. BPI intends to reduce injection pain, speed the onset of anesthesia, and increase the success rate of local anesthetic injections by developing and seeking FDA drug approval for a pH-balanced formulation of lidocaine with epinephrine, the most common local anesthetic in dental and medical procedures.
BPI’s products are currently in development. They have not been approved by FDA, and are not available for marketing and sale in the United States.
1 “Effectiveness of buffered and non-buffered local anaesthetic in inferior alveolar nerve block: A randomised study”, M. Bala, A.O. Taiwo, A.A. Ibikunle, H.O. Olasoji, A.O. Sulaiman, B.C. Chukwuma, R.O. Braimah, B.O. Ile-Ogedengbe; Published in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, April 21, 2023; https://www.bjoms.com/article/S0266-4356(23)00108-0/fulltext
2 “58% of patients believe the injection is the worst part of the dental experience,” Olson Research Group, “Patient Dental Care Study Quantitative Report, Conducted for Balanced Pharma, May 7, 2021,” Fielding: March 30–April 23, 2021, total sample size: n=140 (includes 40 parents/caregivers);
“Over 90% of dentists report a desire for current anesthetics to be more reliable, less painful, or faster acting,” Olson Research Group, “Dentist Quantitative Report, Conducted for Balanced Pharma, August 13, 2021,” Fielding: June 18–July 19, 2021, total sample size: n=181;
Premier® Dental Products Company is pleased to introduce Two Striper® Pro Packs. These exciting new procedural diamond bur packs will be available June 1, 2023. For 110 years, dental professionals have turned to Premier Dental as a leader in bringing innovative products to market that improve their daily procedures, practices, and patient outcomes.
Choose from four diamond bur procedure packs. Each pack contains five of the most popular diamond bur shapes for crown & bridge, inlay/onlay, veneers, and operative procedures. Pro Packs are attractively priced – take this opportunity to experience the superior performance and feel of a Two Striper diamond while offering the benefit of procedural efficiency.
Two Striper, distributed by Premier Dental, is preferred by dentists because it stays sharp longer and delivers faster cutting than electroplated brands. Which means a more efficient workflow and happier patients. Two Striper diamond burs are made from a select grade of natural diamonds with the proprietary P.B.S.® brazing process—the best bonding system in the industry.
Two Striper® and P.B.S® are registered trademarks of the manufacturer, Abrasive Technology, LLC.
Leading dental laboratory to incorporate revolutionary performance-and-wellness tracking technology from U.K. startup into its patient-specific appliances.
California-based Glidewell, a global leader in custom dental solutions, has announced the acquisition of ORB Innovations Limited, a U.K. company that has developed patented technology to measure a wearer's physiological and biomechanical activities within an oral appliance.
Glidewell has a formidable record of technological innovation over its 53-year history, with 94 U.S. patents awarded and 68 more pending. This acquisition marks the company's first investment in smart dental products.
"We see the platform the ORB team has developed as an exciting evolution for the sports market," said Glidewell CEO Stephenie Goddard. "And it's easy to envision application in other wellness-related areas, in line with Glidewell's mission to bring innovative solutions to dentists and their patients throughout the world."
In 2010, Robert Paterson, CEO and cofounder of ORB Innovations, suffered a severe head injury (subdural hematoma) during a rugby game. The injury was misdiagnosed, and Robert's health deteriorated, leaving him bed-bound for weeks. Wanting to prevent others from experiencing the same fate, Paterson teamed with Thomas Quinn, CTO, to found ORB Innovations in 2017. Based in London, England, ORB's value offering later expanded to enable both performance and wellness monitoring with its patented technology.
"We are thrilled to join the Glidewell family," said Paterson. "As one of the largest dental companies in the world, with a 50-year track record of pioneering new technology, we feel we have found a natural home. The acquisition will allow us to accelerate the launch of our unique platform in the U.S. and to increase the pace of our research and development in other areas. Together, ORB Innovations and Glidewell will bring to market a whole range of smart oral products that will provide flexible new options for health-conscious consumers."
Specific products and timelines have yet to be announced, but athletes and their dental providers can join a waitlist and learn more about the ORB technology platform at www.orbinnovations.com.
The eighth annual volunteer event brought together 26 local dental practices and served more than 375 patients at no cost on Sunday, May 21.
Benevis is proud to share that 26 of its supported practices across 11 states provided free dental care to over 375 children and adults during its eighth annual Sharing Smiles Day. The event featured 315 volunteers including clinicians, hygienists, and dental practice support staff and executives that dedicated their time to serving uninsured or underserved children and their families.
“This annual event has become a highlight of the year for me and many others in the Benevis community as it embodies the mission of our organization to improve access to essential dental care in underserved communities,” said Bryan Carey, CEO of Benevis. “We are thankful for our doctors and staff who volunteered their time and gave back to our communities through this day, but who also serve them throughout the year by creating dental homes for families whose insurance can make it difficult to find care.”
Across the 26 practices, 35 doctors and 280 staff participated in Sharing Smiles Day this year. Treatments were provided at no cost and included dental exams and cleanings, emergency care, extractions, and restorative care. Over the previous seven years, Sharing Smiles Day has provided dental relief that impacted more than 2,500 patients across 13 states and the District of Columbia to help combat lack of dependable oral health care in children and educate families on healthy dental habits.
“The event is another way for Benevis to reach children and families in disadvantaged communities that are often overlooked by general dentists,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, DMD, chief dental officer of Benevis. “Oral health is healthcare too. It is imperative that we do our part to close dental health disparity gaps, and Sharing Smiles Day is just one of the many ways we support that effort.”
Since 2002, Benevis has treated almost five million patients in underserved communities, including 82% who are enrolled in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). To deliver on its mission, Benevis supports a network of like-minded, community-focused dentists that prioritize patient health to make a national impact. In addition to providing compassionate care, clinical teams prioritize educating children and families about daily brushing, flossing, and the importance of good nutrition for a healthy smile and improved oral health.
To learn more about Sharing Smiles Day, visit sharingsmilesday.com.
PDS-supported dentist's leadership recognized for advancing dental care in New Mexico
Pacific Dental Services® (PDS), one of the nation’s leading dental support organizations (DSOs), commends Kelley Ryals, DDS for her year of service as the president of the New Mexico Dental Association (NMDA). As a PDS-supported dentist and practice owner, Dr. Ryals' leadership of the NMDA over the last year is a testament to the strong partnership between PDS and exceptional dental professionals. Notably, Dr. Ryals was the second supported dentist in PDS history to hold the prestigious seat of the state dental authority president.
“I am honored to have been selected by my peers to serve as President of the New Mexico Dental Association,” stated Dr. Ryals. “I’m pleased to have been able to contribute to the advancement of dental care in our state, and proud to have provided leadership over the last year to ensure the highest standards of oral health for all New Mexicans.”
Dr. Ryals served as president of the 600-member NMDA from May 2022 through May 2023. Her term was highlighted by many accomplishments, including the passage of a comprehensive insurance reform bill in the New Mexico legislature. Additionally, she was a strong advocate for the understanding and acceptance of DSO-supported dentists, a champion of dentist wellness, fought for improved dental coverage under Medicaid, and played an inspiring role for women’s leadership in dentistry.
“Dr. Ryals' term as president of the New Mexico Dental Association is a testament to her exceptional expertise, unwavering commitment to oral health, and exceptional leadership abilities,” said NMDA Executive Director Dr. Tom Schripsema. “Over the last year she has played a pivotal role in the ongoing advancement and excellence of dental care in the state.”
A native of Santa Fe, Dr. Ryals graduated cum laude from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree before earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Returning to her hometown, she joined Pacific Dental Services and opened Santa Fe Modern Dentistry in 2011, which has become a thriving practice that has had a profound impact on the local community under her leadership. Dr. Ryals' close partnership with Pacific Dental Services has resulted in the successful opening of multiple dental offices in the area, expanding access to high-quality oral healthcare for countless individuals.
Dr. Ryals' dedication to the field extends far beyond her practice. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the New Mexico National Guard, she serves her country by ensuring the oral health of service members. She participates in the Board of Alpha Dental of New Mexico and the Quality Assurance Committee for Delta Dental. Her tireless dedication to accessible dental care led her to volunteer as event chairperson for the upcoming 2024 Mission of Mercy clinic in Santa Fe, providing much-needed dental services to underserved populations.
Pictured above: Dr. Kelley Ryals (center) celebrates her service as President of the New Mexico Dental Association, accompanied by Pacific Dental Services regional manager Cynthia Grado (left) and regional partner Stephanie Wootan (right).