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exocad Introduces Partialcad 3.2 Elefsina for more Design Flexibility for Partial Dentures

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

exocad, an Align Technology, Inc. company and a leading dental CAD/CAM software provider, today announced the release of PartialCAD 3.2 Elefsina for the design of high-quality removable partial dentures. PartialCAD 3.2 Elefsina introduces QuickSnap, a new workflow to design the first complete digital partial dentures, to all users. Additionally, the new release enables the streamlined design of screw-retained hybrid dentures, as well as the design of clasps with a single click, to save valuable design time.

“PartialCAD 3.2 Elefsina is the latest evolution of software development in removable partial dentures. We aim to provide designers freedom and flexibility when tackling the challenging work of partial denture design,” said exocad CEO Tillmann Steinbrecher.

Former beta feature QuickSnap for more production efficiency now available to all users

“Labs can now 3D print the framework, gingiva, and teeth in parallel, increasing production efficiency,” said Steinbrecher. “The printed parts can be assembled in a few minutes with a light-cure assembly process, saving valuable time.”

PartialCAD 3.2 Elefsina is now available in all markets where exocad software is sold.

PartialCAD 3.2 Elefsina is an essential part of the Align Digital Platform™, Align’s integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services delivered as a seamless, end-to-end solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and GP dentists, and lab/partners.

exocad names its releases after current EU “European Capitals of Culture” and selected the city of Elefsina for this year’s release.

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About exocad

exocad GmbH, an Align Technology, Inc. company, is a leading dental CAD/CAM software provider. exocad vigorously pushes the boundaries of digital dentistry, providing flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use CAD/CAM software for dental labs and dental practices worldwide. More than 60,000 valued customers plan implants and create functional and refined restorations with exocad’s DentalCAD, ChairsideCAD and exoplan software. exocad and DentalCAD, among others, are trademarks of exocad GmbH or one of its subsidiaries or affiliated companies, and are registered in the U.S. and other countries. For more information and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit

exocad announced the release of PartialCAD 3.2 Elefsina for the design of high-quality removable partial dentures. (Source: exocad) 


Hartzell™ Cone Socket Scalers and Curettes Now Available Through Nordent®

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Nordent®, a leading dental instrument innovator, is pleased to announce a new addition to their product line-up — the original Hartzell™ Cone Socket Scalers and Curettes. The industry-proven line now features 40 new tips with Nordent’s proven, tried-and-true signature stainless steel or long-lasting, sharpen-free titanium nitride (TiN) infused tips for a unique, customizable experience.

“We are excited to reintroduce Hartzell’s renowned designs to the dental industry, now backed by Nordent’s well-known quality manufacturing processes,” said Chad Cochrane, President of Nordent. “Hartzell’s unique cone socket design has long been a favorite of dental professionals, and we are so proud to make these popular, sought-after products available once again.”

Nordent partnered with dental industry veteran Andrew McIver-Hartzell on the re-introduction of the popular cone socket instruments. “I’m thrilled to partner with the Nordent Team to reintroduce the iconic Hartzell designs to the dental industry,” said Andrew McIver-Hartzell.

With the reintroduction of the Hartzell Cone Socket Scalers and Curettes, Nordent brings back the high-quality, detachable tips and compatible Hartzell handle with the added bonus of being masterfully produced by the craftspeople at Nordent. Dental professionals can replace individual tips one at a time and dispose of end-of-life tips, cutting down on office waste and costs. Hartzell’s 9.5-mm diameter, lightweight and ergonomically designed handle provides a secure handle grip with interchangeable tips that allow dental professionals to customize for their needs.

Hartzell cone socket instruments are now available through Nordent authorized distributors. For more information, please visit

About Nordent Manufacturing

A passion for premium craftsmanship and industry-leading innovations has transformed Nordent over the last 55 years into the market leader you know today. Behind the sharpest name in dentistry is a team of trusted advisors dedicated to your success and ready to provide you with unbeatable support.

“I’m thrilled to partner with the Nordent Team to reintroduce the iconic Hartzell designs to the dental industry,” said Andrew McIver-Hartzell (pictured).


Carbon Introduces AO Stack, Enhancing 3D Printing Capabilities with Increased Unattended Model Throughput for M2 and M3 Printers

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

Carbon, a leader in product development and additive manufacturing technology, proudly announces the launch of AO Stack, the newest addition to its Automatic Operation suite of solutions. Specifically designed for the Carbon M2 and M3 printers, AO Stack is another software tool designed to increase printing capabilities, allowing dental labs to print multiple builds worth of DPR10 models in one print run without supervision.

AO Stack allows Carbon users to produce up to three times more models in a single unattended print cycle, perfect for the last print of the day. This underscores Carbon’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of dental lab technology and continuing the innovation within the Automatic Operation suite of solutions launched earlier this year.

“The introduction of AO Stack is a milestone in our ongoing quest to innovate and provide transformative solutions to our customers,” said Brice Harkey, Senior Product Manager of Oral Health at Carbon. “By allowing up to three builds worth of models on a single unattended print, AO Stack offers the opportunity for an increase in overnight production capabilities without additional hardware or oversight.”

Key Features of AO Stack Include:

Increased Unattended Throughput: Capable of producing up to three times more models in a single print run than traditional single-layer printing, while unattended.

Ease of Integration: AO Stack is designed for seamless incorporation into daily operations, supported by comprehensive resources from Carbon Academy.

AO Stack Availability and Integration:

Starting May 17, 2024, AO Stack will be accessible to Carbon M2 and M3 customers utilizing DPR10 as part of their subscription.

For access, please reach out to Customers must be on a software release version 1.41 or above to access this feature.

For more information about AO Stack and the AO Suite from Carbon, visit or contact your local Carbon representative.

About Carbon:

Carbon is a 3D printing technology company that empowers businesses to develop superior products and bring them to market faster. Utilizing its proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ technology, Carbon offers versatile printers, advanced software, and high-quality materials that converge to deliver exceptional functional parts. From prototyping to mass production, global enterprises rely on Carbon's solutions to deliver products that surpass performance and aesthetic expectations. Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, Carbon is at the forefront of 3D printing innovation and continues to evolve its capabilities across various industries. Follow Carbon on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to stay updated on the latest developments.


orthobrain Awarded Product of the Year for its simplyclear Aligners

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

orthobrain®, the company that offers orthodontics to dentists, proudly announces that its simplyclear® aligners were recently awarded Product of the Year by Benco, a national, family-owned dental distributor.

The simplyclear aligner system provides patients with an easy, effective way to achieve healthier, straighter smiles.

“We started offering simplyclear aligners because of patients’ and dentists’ desire for high-quality and affordable aligners. And we go beyond the plastic. Our products come with concierge-level clinical support. That means with orthobrain, dentists are never alone when it comes to providing orthodontic care,” explained Richard Uria, President of orthobrain.

“What orthobrain offers aligns with Benco’s mission and purpose,” said Julie Radzyminski, Vice President, Business Development, at Benco Dental. “orthobrain is helping revolutionize the industry, by delivering a great product that works for the practice and their patients. The product, technology, and partnership are ways we can drive dentistry forward, together and deliver results for years to come.”

Only orthobrain offers a virtual ortho team offering access to US-based experts in business optimization and clinical support from start to finish. The brand’s Perfect Smile Plan™ features orthodontist-written diagnoses, treatment plans, aligner designs, and personalized assessment videos of patients by orthodontists. To help dentists increase revenue, orthobrain works with dentists to provide quality care that results in fewer refinements, lower costs, and ultimately increased profitability.

About orthobrain

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Dan German, an orthodontist who treated over 30,000 patients in one of the country's top teen aligner practices, orthobrain® is committed to providing confidence and opportunity to the dental community. The company offers a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable. This total solution combines digital technology, proprietary AI, learning systems, simplyclear® aligners or, and case management provided by US-based orthodontists.

About simplyclear

There are a lot of aligners on the market, but until SimplyClear® (launched in 2022), none were designed to support doctors beyond the plastic. orthobrain’s breakthrough aligner system provides dentists with everything needed to help them deliver orthodontics with confidence. For more information, please visit simplyclear aligners.

About Benco Dental

Benco is a national, family-owned dental distributor offering curated products and solutions and a committed, caring team that makes it easy for dental providers to grow more successful businesses and deliver better patient outcomes.


Planmeca Strategic Expansion of CBCT Imaging with New Product Release

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

Planmeca announces the expansion of the superior imaging line to include the Planmeca Viso® G3 for the North American market—a multifunctional CBCT device to meet all 2D to 3D extraoral imaging needs. The Planmeca Viso® G3 completes Planmeca’s next-generation CBCT units alongside Planmeca Viso® G7 and Planmeca Viso® G5—all powered by all-in-one Planmeca Romexis® dental software.

“We are thrilled to offer this addition to our highly regarded Viso product line,” stated Glen Kendrick, Planmeca USA President. With all the benefits of Planmeca Viso technology, the Viso G3 allows clinics desiring a 3D with fantastic usability and outstanding image quality to be introduced to the superiority of Planmeca CBCT imaging.”

Planmeca Viso® G3 brings industry-leading usability and visibility for diverse clinics and clinical needs, from endodontics to implantology. With a Field of View (FOV) ranging from 3 x 3 to 20 x 10 cm, the Planmeca Viso® G3 offers high-quality 3D images of the full dentition and the capacity to capture detailed panoramic images and bitewing images for highly detailed diagnosis of interproximal caries.

Planmeca Viso® G3 has advanced features to ensure patient safety. These include the Planmeca Ultra Low Dose™ protocol, which has been scientifically proven in nine studies to reduce the effective patient dose without a statistical reduction in image quality. Additionally, the proprietary Planmeca CALM® algorithm for motion artifact correction can be applied both before and after acquisition to reduce the need for retakes, limiting radiation exposure. The Planmeca Viso® G3 includes freely adjustable 3D volume size and anatomical target selection. The user-friendly patient positioning programs, which include a live video view and virtual FOV adjustments, prioritize a patient comfort workflow. The Planmeca Viso® G3 feature set provides a smooth and efficient imaging workflow without compromising safety or patient comfort.

Planmeca’s innovative product design assures that the Planmeca Viso® G3 can be upgraded to Planmeca Viso® G5 for a larger maximum 3D volume, securing a sustainable solution to grow with an expanding practice. Additionally, expanded treatment capability is available with the addition of the Planmeca ProCeph™ one-shot cephalostat.

About Planmeca USA:

Planmeca USA is a subsidiary of Planmeca, the largest privately held company in the dental equipment market and one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of dental X-rays, CAD/CAM, and core equipment. With a North American office located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and international headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, Planmeca is well established in high-tech dental markets and currently serves 120 countries worldwide. For more information, visit


DS Core™: Upload of historical X-ray data from Sidexis® 4 software now available

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Dentsply Sirona helps connect different digital systems to create flexible workflows. DS Core™, an open cloud-based platform, offers the capability to seamlessly integrate Dentsply Sirona equipment, saving the generated data centrally in a database and making it usable for various workflows as easily as possible.

DS Core™ provides dentists with a comprehensive patient media library. Previously, new media files were automatically uploaded, but the new uploader can now also integrate historical image data. The new uploader is available from the equipment menu in DS Core™. Once installed, users can upload historical data patient by patient (Sidexis® version 4.3.1 and newer) or upload all patient data for the past one, three and five years, or the entire history (Sidexis® version 4.4).

Dr. Conrad Kühnöl, a dentist in private practice from Dresden (Germany), sees this option as another important step toward systematically storing the large amounts of data generated in practices and using it expediently in patient communication and treatment: “It is absolutely essential to establish a workflow that simplifies the handling of digital data records. In my view, DS Core™ makes this sustainable for the future. The same patient data is available in the cloud for all practice computers used. Oral scans, photos or X-ray images can be viewed any time. The program organizes the data autonomously with no intervention required by the dentist. Current and historical X-ray images and photos are organized separately via interfaces between DS Core™ and Sidexis®, so the entire patient history can be retrieved. This means that each patient record remains clearly structured despite the increasing volume of data.”

“By integrating historical imaging data, we offer our DS Core™ customers a comprehensive patient overview,” explains Max Milz, Group Vice President of Connected Technology Solutions at Dentsply Sirona. “This total view of the patients’ data can reveal valuable insights for treatment planning in collaboration with specialist colleagues or lab partners. DS Core™ serves as a catalyst for holistic patient care, empowering dentists so they can advance with confidence.”

DS Core™ Communication Canvas: Annotation for 3D X-rays and canvas remembers previous arrangement of media.

In line with the expanded options for uploading historical X-ray images to DS Core™, the Communications Canvas in DS Core™ has also received several updates: Firstly, the Communication Canvas now remembers the individually set-up arrangement of media and existing annotations from a previous session for a patient, to allow the dentist to dive right into the prepared patient conversation. This makes it easier to prepare for the patient consultation and supports the evaluation of the case.

Secondly, the annotation tool has been extended. Freehand and text comments can now also be added to 3D X-ray images, not just 2D images. Relevant findings can be highlighted during consultation and used for effective patient communication.

Users can delete, edit, hide and track the annotations on slice views of the 3D X-ray image.

Further information on Sidexis® 4.4 can be found here, and more details on the new Sidexis® Uploader can be found here.

* DS Core™ subscription “Light” or higher required


Forward Science Continues to Lead the Fight Against Oral Cancer with OralID

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

In 2024, more than 2 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. Despite advancements in technology and increased awareness, oral cancer remains an outlier, as survival rates have not increased for over three decades. Oral cancer is preventable and highly treatable when discovered early, yet it continues to claim countless lives due to late-stage diagnosis. Forward Science is proud to celebrate its eleventh Oral Cancer Awareness Month by reaffirming its commitment to changing lives with its flagship product, OralID.

Oral cancer rates are on the rise in the U.S., yet awareness remains low. Many people associate oral cancer with older individuals who smoke or use tobacco, but this reality is changing. The fastest-growing group developing oral cancer are young non-smokers. April’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to educating and motivating the public to get screened in order to increase the likelihood of early diagnosis, and ultimately enhancing the quality of life for clinicians, patients, and communities worldwide. OralID has revolutionized screening for oral cancer, providing clinicians with a tool to visualize abnormalities that may not be visible under the naked eye in traditional examinations.

“At Forward Science, we recognize that oral cancer awareness is not limited to a single month but is a year-round imperative,” emphasizes Robert J. Whitman, CEO of Forward Science. “Through educational efforts and the advanced technology of OralID, we believe our partnership with healthcare professionals can change more lives through the visualization of lesions that may be pre-cancerous.”

In 2014, Forward Science received FDA clearance for its life changing device, OralID. A decade later, OralID devices are used by clinicians worldwide in effort to change the trends in oral cancer. But for the Forward Science team, this is just the beginning. “As we celebrate Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we are reminded of the impact we’ve made and are inspired to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation in oral healthcare,” adds Whitman.

About Forward Science

Forward Science is a privately held MedTech company based in Houston, Texas. Forward Science was founded in 2012 by two biomedical engineers with the goal of innovating technology to change more lives. Forward Science’s flagship product, OralID, is an award-winning oral cancer screening device that allows clinicians to visualize abnormalities that may not be seen under traditional examinations. With the success of OralID, Forward Science continued to focus on moving science forward in the oral healthcare industry by launching advance products to help patients reach their optimal oral health: SalivaMAX, BioStōm, TheraStōm and OxiStōm. Phone: 855.696.7254

Being completely vertically integrated, Forward Science designs, develops, manufactures, commercializes, and supports their products in-house, ensuring the highest quality of standards coupled with superior service. Forward Science has quickly evolved into the industry leader for providing oral healthcare products worldwide. Join Forward Science’s goal to change lives! For more information, follow us on social media, visit, or call 855.696.7254


Introducing FASTCheck15™: The ONLY 15-Minute In-Office Waterline Test for Rapid, Reliable Verification of Dental Waterline Safety

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Sterisil®, the leading provider of dental water safety solutions and a brand within the Solmetex® family, today announced the launch and immediate availability of the FASTCheck15™ waterline test. Sterisil’s FASTCheck15™ is designed to help dental practices simplify the challenge of ensuring safe and clean water with speed, simplicity, and comprehensive support.

“In today’s modern, fast-paced dental practices, efficiency and patient safety are of the utmost importance,” said Chanda Chatham, Marketing Director at Solmetex. “FASTCheck15™ addresses these critical needs by delivering accurate results in just 15 minutes. This rapid turnaround enables immediate action if warranted, or to promptly resume treating patients with the confidence that their water is safe for patients.”

FASTCheck15™ offers several key advantages:

Rapid, reliable results: FASTCheck15™ delivers accurate results in just 15 minutes, unlike currently available testing methods which require mailing samples to a lab or in-office tests that can take days.

User-friendly: The easy-to-read test strip eliminates potential for interpretation error, with one line indicating a passed test and two lines signaling a failed result.

Affordable: FASTCheck15™ costs about half as much as paddle tests and only a fraction compared to lab tests, effectively removing the financial barrier that prevents practices from testing regularly.

Comprehensive support: FASTCheck15™ is backed by Sterisil®’s Water Safety Team and the Solmetex® My Solutions Center, providing practices with the resources they need to meet regulatory requirements.

Provides flexibility: Can be used any day of the week, rather than being limited to certain days of the week to get mail-in lab test results during operating hours.

FASTCheck15™ is an essential component of the comprehensive Sterisil® SafeWater Protocol, which seamlessly integrates with the broader Solmetex® System of Solutions to provide complete dental unit waterline (DUWL) management. Together, these solutions ensure that dental practices can consistently deliver safe, compliant water to patients.

For more information about FASTCheck15™ and the Solmetex® System of Solutions, please visit

About Sterisil®

Sterisil® offers a complete line of dental waterline treatment and testing products with a registered EPA quantified claim for disinfection to ≤10 CFU/mL, which is 50 times lower than the CDC and ADA 500 CFU/mL recommendation. From Citrisil™ tablets to the flagship Sterisil® AC+ System, the company’s leading expertise in silver-based residual disinfectants helps dental practices maintain bacteria levels in their dental unit waterlines at or below regulatory compliance standards.

About Solmetex®

Solmetex® is dentistry’s complete provider of water solutions. The Solmetex® Family of brands represents a system of solutions to manage water in, through, and out of the dental practice. Working together, these solutions maintain water quality, safety, and compliance for the dental practice. Since 1996, Solmetex® has been a trusted provider of amalgam separators, helping dental practices meet the EPA’s regulations for the safe disposal of amalgam waste. In 2022, Solmetex® merged with Sterisil® and DryShield® to provide comprehensive water management solutions for dental practices.


Kuraray Noritake Dental Introduces CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES Flow Universal

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Kuraray Noritake Dental, a global leader in innovative dental materials, today announced the launch of CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES Flow Universal, a high-viscosity flowable composite that delivers both exceptional esthetics and outstanding physical properties.

CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES Flow Universal features a unique light-diffusion filler matrix that allows a single universal shade to seamlessly blend with a wide range of tooth shades, covering 16 VITA classical shades. This groundbreaking technology mimics the natural light-diffusion properties of tooth structure, enabling restorations to integrate beautifully into the surrounding dentition.

“CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES Flow Universal represents a major advancement in flowable composite technology,” said Dinesh Weerasinghe, PhD, Sr. Technical and Marketing Manager, Dental Division, Kuraray America. “By combining superior physical properties with unparalleled esthetics, this material simplifies the restorative process while delivering results that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. This allows CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES Flow Universal to be used as a direct restorative material indicated for all cavity classes.”

The Kuraray Noritake R&D Team strongly believes that CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES Flow Universal is the latest example of Kuraray Noritake Dental’s commitment to developing innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of dental professionals and their patients. They are excited to introduce this innovative flowable composite to the market and support clinicians in delivering exceptional esthetic and functional results.

CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES Flow Universal is available in just one Universal (U) shade for all posterior restorations, and in Universal (U) and Universal Dark (UD) shades to accommodate all anterior restorations.

For more information, please visit

About Kuraray Noritake Dental

Kuraray Noritake Dental is dedicated to advancing the field of dentistry through the creation of cutting- edge products that enhance clinical outcomes and improve the patient experience. Kuraray America, Inc. is the official North America representative for distributing Kuraray Noritake dental products.


Kuraray Noritake Dental Introduces CLEARFIL™ Universal Bond Quick 2

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Kuraray Noritake Dental, the innovative leader in dental adhesive technology, today announced the launch of its latest product, CLEARFIL™ Universal Bond Quick 2. This advanced single-bottle adhesive builds upon Kuraray’s pioneering work in etching and chemically bonding dentin, as well as formulating the original MDP adhesive monomer.

CLEARFIL™ Universal Bond Quick 2 features a proprietary blend of MDP, Amide, and Urethane Tetramethacrylate (UTM) monomers that enables quick and easy application without a separate activation step. This new chemistry allows for immediate bonding to enamel and dentin, eliminating the need for a waiting period. The formulation also creates a thin, uniform adhesive layer that prevents pooling, resulting in stronger and more predictable bond strengths to both enamel and dentin.

“CLEARFIL™ Universal Bond Quick 2 represents the next generation of adhesive dentistry,” said Dinesh Weerasinghe, PhD, Sr. Technical & Marketing Manager, Dental Division, Kuraray America. “By addressing common challenges like application time, film thickness, and bond layer uniformity, this product delivers exceptional performance that simplifies the bonding process for clinicians.”

In addition to its clinical benefits, CLEARFIL™ Universal Bond Quick 2 offers versatility, allowing it to be used across a wide range of direct and indirect restorative procedures, including light-cured composite fillings, self-adhesive cementation, and more. Furthermore, this adhesive can be used with other self- adhesive resin cements without a separate activator. The product is available in both bottle and unit- dose delivery options to suit various practice needs.

The R&D Team at Kuraray Noritake Dental strongly believes that the launch of CLEARFIL™ Universal Bond Quick 2 reinforces Kuraray Noritake Dental’s commitment to developing innovative solutions that improve the quality and efficiency of dental care. They are excited to bring this advanced adhesive technology to their customers, enabling them to provide better outcomes for their patients.

For more information about CLEARFIL™ Universal Bond Quick 2, please visit

About Kuraray Noritake Dental

Kuraray Noritake Dental is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance dental materials and equipment. Founded in 1926, the company has a rich history of pioneering groundbreaking innovations, including the development of the first dental bonding agent. Kuraray America, Inc. is the official North America representative for distributing Kuraray Noritake dental products.


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