Align Technology to Award Research Programs Advancing Orthodontic and Dental Patient Care

Posted on November 12, 2019

2020 Grant Application Process Now Open for Up to $300,000 in Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced the opening of its 2020 Research Award Program to support clinical and scientific dental research in universities across the globe. This year, up to $300,000 will be awarded to university faculty for scientific and technological research initiatives to advance patient care in the fields of orthodontics and dentistry.

Through its Research Award Program, Align Technology has funded approximately $2 million in research awards since its inception in 2010, providing insights that include intra-oral scanning and patient experience, quality of life changes, as well as insights into the biochemical markers of bone metabolism during early orthodontic tooth movement with clear aligners.

Research awards have been provided to 28 North American and 65 international research institutions. Universities that have received the most research awards from Align Technology to-date include:

--Sichuan University (China): [1 publication/1 poster]

--Baylor College of Dentistry: [1 publication/ 3 posters]

--University of Illinois-Chicago: [2 publications/ 1 poster presentation]

--University of Texas at Houston: [1 publication/1 presentation]

--University of the Pacific: [1 poster/1 presentation]

“Align is committed to partnering with academic research institutions to advance the fields of orthodontics and dentistry with the goal to ultimately improve treatment outcomes,” said Zelko Relic, Chief Technology Officer and senior vice president, Global Research & Development,  Align Technology. “We are proud of the research findings that have been shared in peer reviewed journals, scientific conferences and presentations as a result of Align’s Research Award Program and look forward to reviewing this year’s submissions.”

Awards available for dental research at universities are available in the following regions:

--Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America): Four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each

--EMEA: Four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each

--APAC: Four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each

Eligible applicants for  dental research awards include full- and part-time faculty involved in dental or scientific research at universities at which Invisalign® treatment is available. All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwards its recommendations to Align Technology for final selection. Program details, instructions, and application forms for prospective applicants can be found at https://learn.invisalign.com/researchawards (for Americas applicants) and https://learn.invisalign.com/internationalresearch (for EMEA and APAC applicants). Research proposals and completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 6, 2020. Award recipients will be notified by June 1, 2020.

About Align Technology, Inc.

Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign® system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, and iTero® intraoral scanners and services. Align’s products help dental professionals achieve the clinical results they expect and deliver effective, cutting-edge dental options to their patients. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.

For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about iTero digital scanning system, please visit www.itero.com.

Secrets to Successful Communication Shared by AACD 2020 Orlando’s General Session Speakers

Posted on November 12, 2019

The 36th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Scientific Session in Orlando April 22 – 25 will feature two empowering speakers: Kindra Hall and Dave Weber. Kindra will speak at the Opening General Session on Wednesday, April 24, which runs from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and Dave will present on Friday, April 22, from 7:45 am – 8:45 am. These general sessions are part of the all-inclusive tuition package, and all conference attendees are encouraged to attend.

The AACD knows that achieving goals and dreams requires more than just clinical knowledge and skills, which is why they have chosen to bring in Kindra Hall, champion storyteller, columnist, and author and Dave Weber, internationally recognized speaker, author and leadership guru to help AACD  2019 attendees navigate the “soft skills” side of success—the side that is often overlooked and undervalued.

Kindra Hall is an expert in communication and strategic storytelling. Kindra is President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling to today’s communication challenges. Kindra’s work has been seen at Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com and as a contributing editor for SUCCESS Magazine. A former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication & Management, Kindra now teaches innovative brands and executives to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up brands with the irresistible power of strategic storytelling.

Kindra Hall will be speaking during AACD 2020 Orlando’s opening General Session and will help attendees understand the best ways to communicate the value of their dental practices. This general session is for anyone looking to be inspired, educated and excited about obtaining the ability to differentiate their practice from others in a way that captures their target audience and elevates their business.

The second general session speaker, Dave Weber, is known for his high energy and insightfulness. His is President and CEO of Weber Associates, Inc., a training and speaking firm in Atlanta, Georgia, the author/creator of the LifeTime Organizer, as well as author of the best-selling book, Sticks and Stones Exposed: The Power of Our Words.

Weber will be speaking during the final General Session and will discuss how, “some days you’re the pigeon, some days the statue”.  Dave helps you discover the secret to making progress on purpose within relationships and shows the impact communication has on the culture and the climate of any practice or home. He will also share with AACD 2020 Orlando attendees the six most powerful words in the English language and show them how and when to use them.

The 36th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session General Sessions will ultimately open the minds of attendees so they can challenge themselves to be their best and reach their goals.  

For more information or to register for the 36th Annual AACD Scientific Session, visit www.aacdconference.com

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 5,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

Ultradent Announces Global Warranty Extension for VALO™ Curing Lights

Posted on November 12, 2019

Ultradent Products, Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of dental materials and equipment, is extending its manufacturer warranty to five years on all VALO dental curing lights.

“VALO lights are the industry standard for dependable, reliable dental curing lights and this warranty extension reflects ongoing efforts to refine their design and functionality,” says Ultradent Vice President of Research and Development Neil Jessop. “Ultradent has been progressing curing light technology for more than two decades, centering our focus on producing sturdy and predictable lights. VALO curing lights showcase the best of our innovation.”

VALO curing lights continually earn prestigious industry honors, including: Dentistry Today Readers’ Choice Top 50 Technology Products (x3), Cellerant “Best of Class” Technology Award (x2), Pride Institute “Best of Class” Technology Award (x4), Townie Choice Award (x4), Reality Five Star Award (x5), and Clinician’s Report “Best Products Evaluated”.

For more information on VALO lights, please visit https://www.ultradent.com/products/categories/equipment

About Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.


Young Innovations Announces Acquisition of PuraGraft

Posted on November 12, 2019

Young Innovations, a leading global supplier of dental products, today announced the acquisition of PuraGraft, LLC. Based in Kingwood, TX, PuraGraft is a leading supplier of biomaterial solutions for bone and tissue regeneration as well as pharmaceutical and other supplies that meet the needs of the growing oral surgery and dental implant markets.

“PuraGraft takes great pride in delivering an exceptional customer experience to oral surgeons, periodontists and other doctors placing implants with a robust product line specifically designed to address this specialty segment,” said Dave Sproat, CEO of Young Innovations. “We are excited to support the continued growth of PuraGraft with the PuraGraft team, management and business partners as a part of our broader global portfolio.”

“Our acquisition of PuraGraft reflects our continued commitment to invest in high-growth specialty markets that serve the unique needs of dental specialists including orthodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons and periodontists,” added Dan Garrick, Vice President of Corporate Development at Young Innovations. “The leadership team at PuraGraft has built a fantastic business in an attractive segment of the dental market; we look forward to driving additional value together and accelerating their already strong growth trajectory.”

"We are incredibly excited to join the Young Innovations team,” said Lee Majerus, Co-Founder of PuraGraft. “We view this as an opportunity to provide PuraGraft’s branded regenerative products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices on a national level. Joining forces with an industry leader will benefit our customers and our employees, and will support our continued growth.”

BRG Capital Advisors, LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to PuraGraft. Young Innovations, Inc. is a portfolio company of The Jordan Company.

About Young Innovations, Inc.

Young Innovations (www.younginnovations.com) is a leading global provider of supplies and equipment used by dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and consumers. Our portfolio of brands includes leading products in the preventive, restorative, orthodontic and endodontic segments. With its mission of Creating Smiles, Creating Possibilities, Young focuses on delivering innovative, high-quality products and solutions to clinicians and their patients. We seek out opportunities to enhance our portfolio of brands and products through organic growth and acquisitions.

About The Jordan Company

TJC (www.thejordancompany.com), founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm with original capital commitments in excess of $8 billion and a 35-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries. The senior investment team has been investing together for over 20 years and is supported by the Operations Management Group, which was established in 1988 to initiate and support operational improvements in portfolio companies. Headquartered in New York, NY, TJC also has an office in Chicago, IL.


New Center for Specialty Dentistry at the National University of Singapore Is Officially Open

Posted on November 12, 2019

Bensheim/Salzburg, November 12th, 2019. Following an extensive planning and consultation phase carried out by its International Special Clinic Solutions business division (ISCS), Dentsply Sirona was awarded the contract to install the modern Sinius treatment centers in 2017. This was implemented together with Fondaco, Singapore and included extensive training of the teaching staff and students on how to use the Sinius centers.

"In January this year, the final treatment centers for the NUCOHS left the warehouse," explained Jörg Vogel, Vice President of the ISCS. "We arevery pleased and proud that we have successfully implemented a project of unmatched size for us for one of the most renowned dental faculties in the Asia-Pacific region."

Dental treatments on a larger scale

Since July, up to 500 patients a day can be treated at the NUCOHS. The center also offers the population a number of treatment options with advanced technologies – from general dental treatments to subsidized, highly specialized procedures. A focal point here is the growing need for dental care among older patients and those with special needs. As a result, all treatment rooms are wheelchair accessible, with some of them designed so that even patients with severely limited mobility can access the treatment centers easily.

Education closely linked to community

In addition to providing outstanding clinical care for its patients, the NUCOHS is primarily committed to excellence in research and education. The center is home to Singapore's only Chair of Dentistry at the NUS. By integrating the Chair in the center, students can be trained on a larger scale than before. Furthermore, the faculty focuses on the advantages of education within the community. Thanks to direct contact with the patients, students should already become familiar with their needs for dental care and treatments early on in their career.

Modern technologies for a high standard of education

"We would like to offer our students first-class education in the field of dentistry and thus prepare them as well as possible for their practice routine," said the Dean of Faculty, Professor Patrick F. Allen. "In addition to community-based training, we focused on innovative teaching methods and the use of high-quality technologies."

This is reflected not only in the high standard of equipment in the treatment rooms; the NUS also offers its students the possibility of learning the basics of clinical procedures with the help of virtual reality and haptic simulation.


Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with over a century of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better and safer dental care. Dentsply Sirona’s headquarter is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit www.dentsplysirona.com for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.


Formlabs Launches New Dental Business Unit: Formlabs Dental

Posted on November 12, 2019

 Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, has today announced it is strengthening its commitment to the dental market. According to a Key Group survey, Formlabs is the most installed 3D printer for small, medium and large sized dental labs. Formlabs Dental, the company’s newly announced dental business unit, is made up of a team of dental professionals dedicated to providing the best 3D printing solutions in the industry. The new Form 3B printer and platform will have the next generation of dental materials, dedicated service team, and software to help streamline workflows.

“Since launching the Form 2, 3D printing adoption within the dental industry has increased significantly," said Dr. Jay Burton, DMD, MBA, Board Certified Orthodontist at SmileMaker Orthodontics. "By bringing down the cost for entry, Formlabs revolutionized the dental market. Today’s announcement of the Form 3B will continue to grow the technology’s adoption and help to provide dental products you’d be proud to deliver. The incredibly accurate Form 3B produces crisp and consistent dental parts and Dental Service Plan provides the confidence to go digital.”

Formlabs has over 50 materials scientists and print process engineers to back Formlabs Dental products with the strongest team in 3D printing. Formlabs has a robust offering of 7 dental materials that are available to be used on the new Form 3B printer, including in-house developed biocompatible Surgical Guide Resin Formlabs is also now offering four new shades in the Dentures material library. The company continues to improve and launch new print settings for its legacy Dental SG and Dental LT materials.

This one printer allows for a growing list of more than 10+ dental applications. Users can switch seamlessly between a library of resins with a no-hassle cartridge system. Each application is validated and tested by a team of dental experts to ensure quality and accuracy, including;

● Crown and bridge models

● Clear aligner and retainer models

● Diagnostic models

● Surgical guides

● Occlusal splints

● Patterns for casting and pressing

● Dentures with 4 base and 6 tooth shades

To support market adoption, the new Formlabs Dental Service Plan is backed by a dedicated team of certified dental specialists providing self-serve learning pathways and specialized trainings. The Dental Service Plan includes;

● Personalized in-person or video training

● Priority email and phone support with dental specialists

● Hot swapping printers for nonstop production

“When patients visit the dentist they want a fast, customized solution for their teeth,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO and co-founder of Formlabs. “Our new Form 3B printer is uniquely tailored to seamlessly digitize, streamline and expedite workflow so dentists and technicians can focus on providing patients with the outcomes they expect and deserve. We have already touched the lives of over hundreds of thousands of patients, having printed 13 million dental parts on the Form 2 and, with the launch of Form 3B, aim to expand that reach even further to ensure all dental care providers can bring an exceptional level of attention to their patients.”

In addition, Formlabs Dental is announcing the Formlabs Materials Partner Platform for the Form 3B. The Formlabs Materials Partner Platform allows 3rd party manufacturers to work together with Formlabs bringing the best and most cutting edge materials to the market on the popular and affordable Formlabs system. Interested manufacturers that would like to make their materials available on the Form 3B should contact Formlabs.

About Formlabs

Formlabs is expanding access to digital fabrication, so anyone can make anything. Headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts with offices in Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Hungary, and North Carolina, Formlabs is the professional 3D printer of choice for engineers, designers, manufacturers, and decision makers around the globe. Formlabs products include the Form 3, Form 3B and Form 3L, powered by an advanced form of stereolithography (SLA) called Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)™ 3D printing, Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Form Wash and Form Cure post-processing solutions, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, and Form Cell manufacturing solution. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials that continue to push the boundaries for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software.

First adult molars are “living fossils” that hold a health record dating back to the womb, researchers find

Posted on November 11, 2019

Researchers at McMaster University have found that a person’s first permanent molars carry a life-long record of health information dating back to the womb, storing vital information that can connect maternal health to a child’s health, even hundreds of years later.

Dentin, the material under the enamel that makes up the bulk of a tooth, forms in microscopic layers that compare to the rings of a tree. Adequate formation of those layers is dependent on Vitamin D. Dark streaks develop in periods when the body is deprived of the critical nutrient, usually because of a lack of sunlight.

The researchers, led by anthropologist Megan Brickley, had previously established that such microscopic defects remain in place and can be read later, in the same way a tree trunk can show years of good and poor growth. Because teeth do not decay as rapidly as flesh and bone, they can retain such information for hundreds of years post-mortem.

Combined with other data, Brickley says, patterns in dentin can create rich banks of knowledge about past conditions, including the health impacts of living in low-light environments.

“It’s a living fossil of your life, starting in utero,” Brickley says. “Conceivably, it would be possible to remove the molar of anyone and compare their health to the evidence in the tooth.”

Early colonial settlers in Canada, for example, who were often wrapped head to toe, even in summer, commonly developed conditions such as rickets, or died prematurely from other conditions related to poor access to vitamin D.

Now the same team of researchers has established the value of such records, which begin during the original formation of teeth in the fetal stage, for reflecting the health of the mother during pregnancy. All of the body’s primary or “baby” teeth, which start forming in utero, are lost in childhood.

The first permanent molars – which emerge around age 6 – also start forming in utero and stay in the mouth throughout one’s adult life, where they retain a record of Vitamin D intake dating back to the mother’s pregnancy.

That record provides a critical intergenerational link that can offer valuable clues connecting maternal health to the eventual fate of a child.

“We’ve been able to set out really clear evidence that there is part of the first permanent molar that records what happened in the life of the mother,” Brickley says. “This is a tool that people can use. It can be used in current health research, and in bio-archaeological research.”

The researchers examined modern and archaeological tooth samples, including teeth taken from two skeletons from 19th century Quebec – one from a three-year-old girl who had survived rickets as a toddler, and one from a young man. The toddler’s undescended molar showed that her mother had suffered a Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy – a possible clue to the child’s early death. The young man’s molar also showed his mother had suffered Vitamin D deficiency, raising the possibility of a connection between his mother’s health and his early death.

In that time, Brickley explained, social practices and weather conditions meant that pregnant women in particular would have had very little exposure to the sun, before it became clear how necessary sunlight or substitute sources of Vitamin D are to good health.

Henry Schein Launches Revealâ„¢ Clear Aligners Consumer Education Website

Posted on November 11, 2019

New Website Provides Patients a Comprehensive Guide to the Reveal Clear Aligner Experience

Henry Schein Inc., the world's largest provider of health care solutions to office-based dental and medical practitioners,today announced the launch of the Reveal Clear Aligners consumer education website, which provides a comprehensive summary of the Company’s proprietary Reveal product, frequently asked questions, and a step-by-step guide of the Reveal process.

Market data shows there are more than two million web searches for aligner solutions every month. Reveal Clear Aligners represent a convenient solution for patients looking to enhance their smile, with a treatment plan approved by a dentist of their choosing. Designed with patient comfort and aesthetics in mind, Reveal Clear Aligners are clearer than other aligners in the market. Reveal Clear Aligners also eliminate the need for attachments in class one malocclusion cases, featuring a smooth scalloped edge that enhances patient comfort.

“We are so pleased to offer general practitioners a clear aligner solution that not only allows for patient comfort and aesthetics, but also provides excellent customer support with our unique array of marketing materials,” said AJ Caffentzis, President, US Dental Distribution, Henry Schein Inc. “Our customers can rely on us for best-in-class solutions that help practitioners expand their practice offerings, and patients can rely on their dentists to help enhance their smiles with Reveal Clear Aligners.”

For general practitioners, Reveal easily integrates into the dental practice workflow. Henry Schein’s Exclusive Product Specialists provide in-practice support of the system, supplemented by an array of marketing solutions to help dentists drive patient demand through Henry Schein One, the Company’s practice management and marketing software subsidiary. Reveal cases are also transmitted within Henry Schein One’s Digital Dental Exchange (DDX®), a web-based portal that enables practitioners to submit, review, and track aligner cases. Dental professionals upload digital impression images or traditional impressions if they prefer. Once all patient information is uploaded, the Reveal lab will generate a recommended treatment plan promptly for the practitioner to approve. The practitioner reviews and approves the treatment, then tracks the progress of the case and makes any necessary adjustments.

For more information about Reveal Clear Aligners, please call a Henry Schein Exclusives Specialist at 888-313-3511 or visit https://www.henryscheindental.com/revealaligners.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With approximately 19,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 32 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $9.4 billion in 2018, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.comFacebook.com/HenrySchein, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

Practicon expands Cool Cassette 2 line with new size, new color

Posted on November 11, 2019

Practicon’s Cool Cassette 2 sterilization trays now come in five sizes with the addition of a seven-instrument version that is ideal for doctor’s examination kits, periodontal hygiene sets, or endo instrument kits. The solid silicone trays hold instruments up to 7-3/8” long and are fully sterilizable to 375°F. Cool Cassette 2s contain no metal, have no sharp edges, dissipate heat quickly, and cost up to 50% less than metal cassettes. And the new gray color brings the total available colors to five for more color-coding flexibility.

For over 35 years, Practicon has partnered with dental professionals to advance patient care, increase productivity and profitability, and heighten professional enjoyment by bringing “practical innovations” to dentistry. Practicon’s growing product line ranges from hard-to-find problem solvers to cost-effective everyday supplies. For more information, visit www.Practicon.com or telephone (800) 959-9505.

Brighter Way Institute opens new oral surgery center for the homeless and working poor

Posted on November 11, 2019

There is a large underserved dental population in the Phoenix area. Brighter Way Institute was formed to provide comprehensive oral health care for homeless adults, children and veterans at no cost. On November 13, Brighter Way, with generous donations by several dental companies will open their first center to provide full mouth restorations to those in need.

There are over 37 million Americans who could benefit from full mouth implant treatment. Many of these individuals do not have the financial ability to afford these procedures. Many live with poor oral health and therefore, an increased risk for multiple diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and impaired cognitive function. The full-arch restoration procedure greatly improves chewing capacity. After a short healing period, patients receiving treatment can eat a complete diet which can lead to a reduced risk for additional health issues. These two new surgical suites at Brighter Way are innovative and can handle complex oral surgery cases including full mouth implant restoration.

Dr. Kris Volcheck, the founder of Brighter Way Institute, is excited about the possibilities ahead. “Since we began our Mission in 2001, our goal at Brighter Way Institute has been to provide the best possible oral healthcare to our Veterans, Homeless, and Working Poor.   Now, that we are beginning our partnership with ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, an iconic network of doctors with a big heart, Brighter Way is able to provide transformational oral healthcare to the underserved.” 

ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers has donated significant time and resources as Brighter Way expands their reach to those in need of dental implant treatment. There are also several leading names in the dental field that have donated materials for the surgical suites. Henry Schein, Kavo Kerr, Mr. Crashcart, NSK America Corp., PhotoMed, and The Straumann Group all have generously donated to the Brighter Way Institute to make sure that these surgical suites will have the necessary equipment for the doctors and staff treating patients.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the Brighter Way Institute campus on November 13 at 11:30 am at 230 South 12th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

For more information contact Dustin Marshall at dmarshall@brighterwaydental.org or Mark Macaulay at mmacaulay@clearchoice.com.

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