Portable whitening products for home use deliver practice growth with menial investment
Zest Dental Solutions, the only manufacturer of the Zest LOCATOR® Family of Abutment Systems, including the Zest LOCATOR Overdenture Implant System, and provider of clinician-trusted dental materials and small equipment, has partnered with Smile Source, L.P. to develop ClariSmile whitening products, available exclusively to Smile Source® members. Available now for preorder, ClariSmile products will begin shipping October 22, 2021.
The exclusive ClariSmile suite of whitening products includes an all-in-one take home Whitening Speed Kit, Syringe Refills, and Whitening Pens for on-the-go. Together, these professional-grade whitening offerings help to create patient confidence and are cost-effective solutions to help generate practice growth. Because the ClariSmile products are designed for use outside of the dental office, they are an outstanding way to grow revenue without giving up valuable chair time.
The ClariSmile line stems from an ongoing partnership between Zest Dental Solutions and Smile Source®, a family of over 1,000 dentists and 600 private dental practices working together to provide world-class patient care. Sold exclusively by Zest and available only to Smile Source® members, a portion of the ClariSmile proceeds benefits the Smile Source Foundation. The Foundation’s charter allows for contributions received by the Foundation to be disbursed, as determined by the Board of Directors, to dentists and their family members who have been impacted by catastrophic events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires or from health-related events such as death, cancer, and stroke.
“ClariSmile is a great way to catalyze practice growth with virtually zero chairtime investment,” said Tom Stratton, Zest Dental Solutions CEO. “The ClariSmile products are highly effective and designed to be used by patients outside the dental office to create confident, bright smiles. Zest is particularly pleased to be partnering with Smile Source® to launch a product that will help to give back through the Smile Source Foundation.”
“Smile Source is proud to partner with Zest Dental to bring our members a top of the line experience in teeth whitening at a fraction of the price. We’re looking forward to changing the game in whitening speed kits with ClariSmile and Zest,” said Dan Walker, Smile Source COO.
Smile Source® members can preorder ClariSmile by going to www.zestdent.com/clari-smile. To learn more about how Zest Dental Solutions can help you exceed patient expectations and grow your practice, call 800-262-2310 or visit www.zestdent.com.
Coveted Education Awards Honor the Timeless Legacy of William J. Gies, Ph.D.
Today the ADEAGies Foundation® announced recipients of the 2022 William J. Gies Awards (the Gies Awards) for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.
“The 2022 Gies Awardees are contributing solutions to a variety of challenges in dental education and oral health, from serving marginalized communities to supporting advanced disciplines,” said Marsha Pyle, D.D.S., M.Ed., President of the ADEAGies Foundation and ADEA Senior Scholar in Residence. “They are advancing dental education and elevating the dental professions.”
The seven honorees were chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts, including the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees.
The 2022 Gies Awards recipients are (in alphabetical order):
Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner
Patricia Blanton, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Gies Award for Vision – Educator
Sylvia Frazier-Bowers, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Gies Award for Innovation – Educator
Jessica A. Rickert, D.D.S.
Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner
Leo Rouse, D.D.S.
Gies Award for Achievement – Educator
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine
Gies Award for Vision – Institution
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics
Gies Award for Achievement – Institution
The 2022 Gies Awards will be presented on March 21, 2022, in tandem with the 2022 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.
About the ADEAGies Foundation: As the only philanthropy dedicated solely to dental education, the ADEAGies Foundation’s mission is to enhance the oral health of the public by funding programs that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition. To achieve its mission, the Foundation awards grants (over $1.8 million to date) and holds The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement each year. Building on these successes, the ADEAGies Foundation has committed to increase funding for innovations within academic dentistry, and to ensure that those ideas are disseminated throughout the profession to reach their full potential for change. The Foundation’s funding will support leadership programs and transformational advances throughout dental education to improve oral and systemic health.
About William J. Gies, Ph.D. and the Gies Report: William J. Gies was a Columbia University biochemistry professor and founder of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University. In 1926, funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dr. Gies published a landmark report that established the importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component of higher education in the health professions. The Gies Report remains to this day the most relevant survey of dental education and critical issues within the field.
About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. For more information, visit adea.org.
The American Laser Study Club (ALSC), a specialty laser surgery and laser dentistry training organization, is pleased to become a Collaboration Cures Affiliate at the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD). The ALSC is joining an outstanding group of organizations focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and education for optimal airway growth and function.
“We appreciate AAPMD for inviting us to become a Collaboration Cures Affiliate. As dental professions start to focus more on airway disorders, the ALSC is seeking to partner with like-minded professional organizations that put airway health at the forefront of patient care. We will continue to focus our efforts on supporting dentists and other health care professionals with science-based laser surgery, laser dentistry, and laser safety education that is required to provide optimal patient care” stated Dr. Peter Vitruk, ALSC founder.
About the ALSC
The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) was founded in 2017 with the goal to fill the void in current Laser Surgery and Laser Dentistry Education (i.e., the physics of laser-tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and help Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Practice Staff Members to excel at the efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice. The American Laser Study Club designed its curriculum based on peer-reviewed physics reviews and on the foundations of laser-tissue interaction and laser surgery. The ALSC’s upcoming 2022 Annual “Breathe and Thrive” Symposium takes place February 11-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more about the ALSC at www.americanlaserstudyclub.org
About the AAPMD
Founded in 2012, the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing its professional membership tools and ability to recognize the role and importance of optimal airway physiology and sleep in the areas of health, development, performance, and function. You are invited to join us at the Collaboration Cures 2022: Linking Medicine & Dentistry to Deliver Optimal Health. This event is held September 15-18, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about the AAPMD at www.aapmd.org
Software update for greater efficiency and clarity
With the Ceramill 4.0 update, Amann Girrbach integrates the Exocad Galway Update and numerous other functions. Users can now work more intelligently and with greater clarity and efficiency in a uniform workflow - from the Ceramill Scan software and the Ceramill Mind through to the Ceramill Match 2 and Ceramill Motion.
With the Auto-Morphing and Auto-Antagonist features, Amann Girrbach comes yet another step closer to Auto-Design. First, the Auto-Antagonist function determines the exact alignment of the two jaws based on an algorithm. Then the Auto-Morphing function automatically adapts the tooth anatomy to the antagonist and the surrounding area, as well as automatically changing the spacing and fissures. And finally, the result is harmonious integration into the patient's dentition.
The update offers a number of additional functions. For example, the insertion direction can be adjusted intuitively and conveniently. And an improved view on the indication provides the opportunity for an immediate assessment of the impact. Scaling, rotating, modifying as well as copying the connectors is possible from three different perspectives due to the Multi-View feature enabling their adaptation to the restoration with perfect precision. The M-Smile feature not only recognizes the eyes and lip lines, but also allows fabricating the matching mock-up for the patient with the aid of the 3D printer for a direct fitting - even before the final restoration.
Other new features include the option of saving full dentures as standard libraries, the time-saving Auto-Articulation, as well as a more efficient algorithm which can reduce matching time by 37 percent (when using the Ceramill Map 600+) or up to 65 percent (when using the Ceramill Map 200+).
An overview of the new update is presented in this video: https://www.amanngirrbach.com/mind-update-2021/
SprintRay to provide industry-leading digital 3D printing ecosystem to more than 900 Aspen Dental locations nationwide
Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (ADMI), a national network of more than 900 dental practices, and SprintRay Inc., an industry leader in digital dentistry and dental 3D printing solutions, today announced a multi-year strategic partnership that will equip every Aspen Dental practice with SprintRay's state-of-the-art 3D printing technology. SprintRay's innovative 3D printing technology will be added to Aspen Dental facilities across 45 states.
"Innovation in dentistry is about leveraging technology, new biocompatible materials and big data to enhance the speed of high-quality treatment," said SprintRay CEO and Co-Founder Amir Mansouri. "By equipping every Aspen Dental practice with SprintRay's industry-leading, frictionless 3D printing workflow, more patients will have access to transformative, high-quality dental care, delivered arm's length from the patient and chairside in each Aspen dental practice."
"As part of Aspen Dental's ongoing effort to integrate technological innovations into our care delivery process, we are excited to partner with SprintRay to embed their end-to-end 3D printing ecosystem in every Aspen Dental practice nationwide," said Aspen Dental Management, Inc. Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Arwinder Judge.
The companies share a mutual commitment to equipping dentists with leading-edge technologies that support the delivery of high-quality dental care for more patients.
Last Friday, SprintRay announced its multi-year partnership with eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt, who will represent SprintRay as its Global Brand Ambassador. In addition, SprintRay Foundation, in association with Bolt Foundation, will launch Bolt Labs Powered by SprintRay – an initiative with a mission to make world-class digital dental care accessible and affordable to patients across the world, starting with Jamaica.
MEDIT is pleased to announce that its i700 intraoral scanner was chosen as a 2021 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award. The i700 was selected by a panel of the most prominent technology leaders in dentistry. This prestigious award is given to select new products that demonstrate groundbreaking technological innovation and the potential to positively change the course of dentistry for the better.
“During what is once again proving to be a very challenging year for the dental industry, each of these extraordinary companies and their award-winning technologies have earned the right to celebrate. I strongly encourage dentists to take the opportunity to engage with these companies and their innovations both virtually and in person,” said Dr. Lou Shuman, CEO of Cellerant and founder of the Best of Class Technology Awards. “Our panel spent many hours in close discussion in order to identify these standout products. Pay close attention to our winners as they are truly leading the way to provide you what is best in today’s contemporary practice.”
Paul Feuerstein, DMD, Editor-In-Chief for Dentistry Today and one of the product evaluators on Cellerant’s panel of experts says this about the i700: “The new i700 model is lightning fast, accurate and is loaded with new features. And its price point makes it even more attractive. New features such as direct USB connections, a detachable cable and UV-C LED disinfection are only some of the advancements. Its Medit Link software allows totally open access to all digital products for treatment planning, design and manufacturing. Their website has technical information as well as videos of some very interesting cases.”
Brian Connolly, VP of Business Development for Medit USA, has this to say about the award: “I’m grateful for the acknowledgement and further validation from dental industry experts regarding the merits of the i700 intraoral scanner,“ states Mr. Connolly, “Medit’s commitment to innovation and offering dental professionals the solutions they need to provide patients with exemplary dentistry and optimal outcomes is the driving force behind everything we do.”
Powering the i700 is a super-fast camera that captures up to 70 frames per second. This means more data with each pass resulting in a smooth and quick scanning experience with realistic colors and a crisp image. The camera and other internal components have been reduced in size creating a new handpiece that is smaller and lighter, weighing just 245g (8.64oz). The tips have been redesigned and are now reversible and autoclavable 100 times, increasing comfort of use and ease of maintenance. The cable is also now detachable for easy maintenance and improved portability.
More information about the i700 intraoral scanner can be found at www.medit.com.
MEISINGER's High Altitude Comprehensive Implant Symposium (HACIS), in Vail, CO, from Jan. 19th - 23rd, 2022 delivers three days of hands-on learning, intimate presentations from over 15 world-renowned speakers, and entertainment for everyone. Located within the snow-capped mountains of Vail, Colorado, this symposium will explore the entire process of Bone Management in implantology- from initial planning to final restorations. Topics will include: Bone grafting techniques, full arch implant therapy, peri-implantitis, and many more (up to 19.5 CE credits). To learn more, call (303) 268-5400 or visit meisingerusa.com/hacis
Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. (“Vivos” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: VVOS), a medical technology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative diagnostic and treatment modalities for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring, and Candid Care Co. (“Candid”), a digital platform for oral healthcare, today announced a new collaboration that will seek to provide patients with a comprehensive, whole-mouth solution to diagnose and treat OSA in adult patients and provide orthodontic treatment from the same provider network.
At the core of this collaboration, Vivos and Candid will market each company’s products and areas of expertise to deliver a comprehensive sleep and oral health solution to patients in the United States and Canada. The focus of the collaboration will be Candid’s CandidPro clear aligner for straightening teeth and the Vivos System for treating OSA. The two companies will also share educational resources, training, and key opinion leaders to bridge the gap between airway health and orthodontic therapy.
“By teaming with Candid, we are aiming to provide patients with access not only to our highly effective Vivos System, but also simultaneous access to CandidPro’s novel orthodontic treatment. We believe the Vivos-Candid collaboration will provide for the first solution that seamlessly integrates sleep and orthodontic therapy to create better patient outcomes for treating OSA and enhance overall health and wellness across the board.” said Kirk Huntsman, Vivos Chairman and CEO. “We are hopeful that this joint effort will increase market penetration and accelerate revenue growth for both companies as we each attract and expand our respective North American dental and healthcare networks.”
Additionally, under the terms of the agreement, Vivos and Candid will join forces to explore new research and development opportunities for device development and other alliances related to orthodontics, OSA, and snoring. Candid will also conduct specialized training sessions at the Vivos Institute, the Company’s new state-of-the-art international training center in Denver, Colorado, as well as semi-annual seminars for both dentists and medical doctors to provide additional learning opportunities. The parties will act on a non-exclusive basis, although during the term of the agreement, Candid’s aligners will become the official clear aligner of Vivos and Vivos’ oral devices and proprietary protocols will become the official sleep therapy program of Candid.
“Candid was built on a foundation of clinical excellence and has always put patient health first. Since launching Candid in 2017, my co-founders and I have strived to shine a light on the correlation between teeth alignment, oral health, and chronic illnesses, like obstructive sleep apnea. Vivos Therapeutics and Candid are where airway and sleep, oral health, and orthodontic therapy come together for the first time,” added Nick Greenfield, Candid Co-Founder and CEO. “By combining Vivos’ therapeutic protocol for OSA and its VIP doctor network with Candid's treatment methodology and CandidPro network, together we look forward to offering a full-service solution for patients suffering from OSA.”
“As someone who focuses his practice on combining sleep-disordered breathing, orthodontics and comprehensive dentistry, I know how important it is to treat all oral health conditions as part of one comprehensive solution,” concluded Dr. Ben Miraglia, DDS, Chief Clinical Consultant of Airway Health Solutions, Vivos Provider and recognized thought leader in sleep-disordered breathing, clear aligner therapy and craniofacial development. “The Vivos-Candid alliance is a true win-win for patients who are looking to improve their sleep, oral health and confidence all at the same time.”
About Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.
Vivos Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VVOS) is a medical technology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative diagnostic and treatment modalities for adult patients suffering from mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Vivos treatment involves customized oral appliances and treatment protocols called the Vivos System. Vivos believes that its Vivos System oral appliance technology represents the first clinically effective non-surgical, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical and cost-effective solution for adults with mild-to-moderate OSA. Vivos also sells orthodontic appliances for adults and children. Vivos’ oral appliances have proven effective in over 19,000 patients treated worldwide by more than 1,250 trained dentists.
Combining proprietary technologies and protocols that alter the size, shape and position of the tissues that comprise a patient’s upper airway, the Vivos System opens airway space and may significantly reduce symptoms and conditions associated with mild-to-moderate OSA, such as lowering Apnea Hypopnea Index scores. Vivos also markets and distributes VivosScore, powered by the SleepImage diagnostic technology, for Home Sleep Testing in adults and children. The Vivos Integrated Practice (VIP) program offers dentists training and other value-added services in connection with using the Vivos System.
For more information, visit www.vivoslife.com.
About Candid Care Co.
Candid is a digital platform for oral healthcare. Coupling the expertise and attention of private practice orthodontics with the convenience and affordability of telehealth, Candid delivers the best of both worlds. Our patent-pending approach to treatment planning and our intuitive ecosystem of hardware and software offer superior care and outcomes. Our recently launched professional product, CandidPro, provides enhanced features and services exclusively available for cases started and finished inside the dental practice. We are on a mission to redefine orthodontics and unlock self-expression for all patients across the Candid ecosystem.
For more information, visit https://www.candidco.com/candid-professional
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release and statements of the Company’s management made in connection therewith contain “forward-looking statements” (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events, particularly with respect to the public offering described herein. Words such as “aim”, “may”, “could”, “expects”, “projects,” “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “predicts”, “anticipates”, “hopes”, “estimates” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon several assumptions and estimates, which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond Vivos’ control. Actual results (including the anticipated benefits of the Company’s collaboration with Candid Care as described herein) may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in Vivos’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Vivos’ filings can be obtained free of charge on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Except to the extent required by law, Vivos expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Vivos' expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any statement is based.
Program Targets Oral Health Inequality and is Set to Transform the face of the Dental Profession
Today, the National Dental Association (NDA), the world’s largest and oldest organization of minority oral health professionals, and SmileDirectClub (SDC), the next generation oral care company with the first medtech platform for teeth straightening, are pleased to announce the establishment of the SmileDirectClub-National Dental Association Achievement Scholarship.
“Throughout its 108 years, the National Dental Association has always been dedicated to advancing the concept of health equity. The establishment of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in health care, and the education of future healthcare providers, what we now refer to as ‘JEDI’, is paramount in our mission. For without ‘JEDI’ we become participants in the perpetuation of a system of systemic oppression that has historically had a deleterious effect on health outcomes and healthcare delivery in historically underserved communities. Cultivating and introducing a diverse cadre of new dentists from largely underserved communities into a system, which has to date produced a paltry 3% African American dentists in the United States, is both supremely disruptive and potentially transformational. SmileDirectClub is a bold and sincere ally in this work, and because of their generous investment in the future of health equity, the SmileDirectClub-National Dental Association Achievement Scholarship will be that disruptive and transformational force and a key element to dismantling structural inequality in oral health care for years to come,” said Keith Andrew Perry, Executive Director of the National Dental Association. “SmileDirectClub’s visionary corporate citizenship is worthy of emulation,” he continued.
The National Dental Association (NDA) and SmileDirectClub (SDC) have embarked on a new partnership to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in dentistry and dismantle barriers to health equity. There is a critical shortage of ethnic minority dentists in the US, where less than 4% are African American. SDC will award 28 Student National Dental Association members with a one-time $7,500 scholarship. Eligible applicants must be 2nd, 3rd or 4th year dental students and post-graduate Public Health students. All candidates must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service.
Together, we share a common ideology. Health is a matter of civil rights and social justice. Reducing the education debt burden for oral health professional students will allow them to serve in communities where they are needed most.
Today’s students are the hope for tomorrow.
Scholarship Applicant Criteria:
1. Must be currently enrolled in dental school or attending public health residency program
2. Must be a US Citizen or have permanent residence in the US
3. Must be a member of SNDA (D2, D3, D4 awards applicants) or NDA (Post-doctoral Public Health residency program awards applicants)
4. Must be in good financial standing with school/institution and SNDA/NDA
5. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above
6. Incomplete applications will not be accepted
“As part of our mission to ensure each and every person has access to a smile that they love, SmileDirectClub has launched this scholarship program with the NDA to help underrepresented dental practitioners and underserved communities of color,” said Dr. Riddhi Gangoli, Sr. Director of Professional Education and Marketing, SmileDirectClub. “We are proud to join with the NDA to empower the next generation of African American oral health professionals to remove barriers, so everyone has access to safe, effective, and high-quality oral care.”
Apply online at https://ndaonline.org/smiledirect-club-nda-achievement-scholarship/.
Deadline for submission is November 1, 2021, at 11:59pm EST
Theresa Cheng, D.D.S., of Issaquah, Wash., is the recipient of the 2021 American Dental Association (ADA) Humanitarian Award. Each year, the Humanitarian Award honors an ADA member for improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals in the U.S. and internationally over a period of 10 years or more. Dr. Cheng will be honored at ADA SmileCon™ in Las Vegas on October 13.
Dr. Cheng, a retired periodontist, is the founder of Everyone for Veterans (EV4), which aims to improve the quality of life of low-income combat veterans by connecting them to their communities for goods and services, including access to dental care from qualified dental professionals across the country.
Prior to her retirement in 2014, Dr. Cheng provided free dental care to family members caring for veterans returning from combat after hearing the story of a local veteran gravely injured in Iraq and his mother’s experience as his caretaker. Years later, in 2016, Cheng founded EV4 with the goal of expanding comprehensive care to low-income veterans and those returning from war zones.
“I learned quickly that most veterans do not get dental benefits,” said Dr. Cheng. “At EV4, we call dentists around the country where the qualified veterans live and let them know about what we do, and many have answered our calls.” She added, “For these veterans, dentists and staff are not just fixing their teeth, we are feeding their souls.”
As a result of EV4’s community outreach efforts, more than 480 low-income, combat veterans in more than 30 states have received free comprehensive dental treatment to date. EV4 also networks with dozens of specialists and dental labs across the U.S. that have agreed to provide volunteer services to low-income veterans. In addition, dental schools from the University of Iowa to the University of Washington serve veterans through EV4.
First established in 2008, the ADA Humanitarian Award annually honors an ADA member for creating a legacy of volunteer works, and is one of the ADA’s highest honors. Criteria for the Humanitarian Award include significantly improving the quality of life and oral health, demonstrating significant leadership and serving as an inspiration to others both in the dental profession and the general population.
“Dr. Cheng’s program has touched the lives of veterans across the country,” said ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D. “I am impressed by how she has inspired her dental colleagues, dental students and community members to get involved. The American Dental Association is proud to honor Dr. Cheng for selflessly serving those who have served our country so loyally.”
“It's great to be able to use our skills to give back to those that have made such great sacrifices for our country,” said Warren Libman, D.D.S., a prosthodontist in Bellevue, Wash., involved with the program. “The ADA Humanitarian Award almost seems like it was created with Theresa Cheng in mind, and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient.”
For more information about the ADA Humanitarian Award, please visit https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/humanitarian-award.