Axsys Introduces Special Price Promotion for Benchtop Machining Center

Posted on February 21, 2018

Axsys Dental Solutions is launching the Versamill 5X-300D with special starter packages that include all of the necessary elements to get up and running as quickly as possible. Packages start at only $27,685 and include: hyperDENT software solution, soft tooling starter package, Quatro iVac2 dust collection system, and training. 

The open-source Versamill 5X-300D can accept input from any popular dental design program and is designed for not only conventional crown and bridge work but also for fabricating more complex indications with dry millable materials. Though compact, the 5X-300D is constructed utilizing the technology found in “full-frame” CNC industrial machines, providing higher precision and more reliable long-term performance.

“The Versamill 5X-300D is a no-compromises machine that is unlike any other offering in the segment,” says Axsys President and CEO, Steve Braykovich. “The problems that typically plague the smaller bench-top machines – such as massive margin reinforcements and poor fits – become virtually nonexistent with this machine. The 5X-300D provides more technology, capability, and reliability than any other machine of its size or in its price point on the market. Additionally, most machines in this segment do not provide for quality machine service. Usually the customer must ship the machine at their own expense for service or repair. At Axsys, we pride ourselves on being the best at customer service; we offer a trouble-free service commitment and if necessary, will travel to the customer location to provide required service or maintenance.” 

Visit axsysdental.com for more information on the Versamill 5X-300D's special introductory pricing promotion.

Formlabs Demonstrates Automated Production and Digital Dentistry in Chigaco

Posted on February 21, 2018

Formlabs will showcase the Form Cell, a fully automated 3D printing platform, for the first time to the dental world, at LMT Lab Day and a range of dental workflows at Chicago Midwinter Meeting. 

 

Form Cell, the first commercially available automated 3D printing system, ships to initial customers in the first half of 2018. New England Orthodontic Lab and Recigno Lab have stated they will be taking advantage of automation with the Form Cell as a cost-effective way to scale up production, reduce labor costs, and enable 24/7, lights-out manufacturing. 

 

“Digital is my future. I'm constantly looking at what my business is going to need in the next 2-5 years and staying ahead of those trends, said Christian Saurman, New England Orthodontic Lab. “3D printing with the Form 2 and automating this process with the Form Cell is a huge part of remaining competitive as a lab."

 

The Form Cell builds the foundation of Formlabs' Form 2 3D printers. Formlabs Form 2 printers have a 95 percent print success rate and can be used for a wide range of dental applications, including thermoformed aligners, models, surgical guides, and splints.

 

"Formlabs has done an amazing job with all of the automated systems under the hood, they’ve made reliable 3D printing something that I can now take for granted,” said David Recigno, Recigno Labs. "We're already scaling up production with the Form 2, and are looking towards further streamlining production costs with the Form Cell. Recigno Labs has for over 60 years utilized advanced technology to advance the practices of dentists throughout the U.S.”

“To date, Form 2 users have completed more than 100,000 surgeries with Dental SG, made more than 20,000 splints, and printed more than 1 million 3D printed dental parts,” said Gideon Balloch, Dental Product Lead at Formlabs. “The Form 2 is powerful for dental businesses of any size, and the Form Cell is a strong next step for labs to consider as they look to scale. Our customers have seen a huge improvement in printing with Form 2 for high-quality, reliable, cost-effective, and diverse material option prints.”

NuSmile Launches I Love My NuSmileProgram

Posted on February 21, 2018

NuSmileLtd., the worldwide leader in pediatric esthetic restorative dentistry, announced today the launch of its I Love My NuSmileprogram. The centerpiece of the program is the newI Love My NuSmilewebsite thatnot onlyhelps parents understand thebestrestorative dental options availablefortheir children,butalsoprovides a locator feature that makes it easy to find expert providers with nearby dental practices that offer NuSmile’s market-leading esthetic pediatric crowns.Dentists will be able to registerfor the locatorbeginning March 1, 2018. Once registered, theywill work with a NuSmile team member to personalize their contact information, uploada photo and write their own practice description. The website is expected to be announced to the public in April 2018 through several forms of digital and print media.

“Unfortunately, parents of children affected by early childhood caries are often unaware ofesthetic treatment options for their child,”said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile founder and CEO. “That’s why we’ve decided to make it easier than ever for parents to learn more about esthetic restorative solutions,and to locate children’s dentists nearby who offer them.” She added, “Children whose decayed teeth are plainly visible are often subjected to teasing and even bullying, which can inflict severe emotional pain to both the child and the parents. Having to wear ‘silver’ crowns or fillings can be equally traumatic. Also, inferior quality esthetic crowns that are less durable than NuSmile ZR or Signature crowns increase the likelihood of retreatment,which no parent wants. No child or parent should have to go through that kind of embarrassment or emotional stress.”

According to Mike Loessberg, NuSmile Director of Sales, North America, the experience available to parents who visit www.ILoveMyNuSmile.comwill beunlike thatprovided on anyotherpediatric crown website. “This special website has been created expressly to help parents quickly grasp the pros and cons with photographs showing treatment outcomes of various restorative options for their child.” He added, “They’ll also learn why NuSmile’s ZR zirconia crowns and Signature pre-veneered crowns are the world’s most popular esthetic pediatric crowns, and why these crowns are consistently shown in clinical evaluations and dentist polls to be number one in durability, esthetics and fit.”

As Mr. Loessberg pointed out, “This consumer-focused approach has been incredibly successful in the orthodontic clear aligner market, and we see no reason why it won’t also be a huge success with parents who are looking to find the best restorative treatment optionsfor their child.”

Ms. Kruegerpredicted that dentists will love I Love My NuSmileas much as parents will. “We’re going to make a significant investment in advertisingthatdrawsparents tothe I Love My NuSmilewebsite, where our dentist locator will point them toward nearby dental practices that offer our state-of-the-art crowns and related products. This program is a powerful tool to helpsome of the best children’s dentists connect witheven more of the patients who really need them. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor our customers and the incredible work they are doing,” she said. For more information about this new program, please visit www.ILoveMyNuSmile.com. Formore information about NuSmile, please visit www.nusmile.com

Engle Dental Systems Announces New Rear Delivery as the Perfect Complement to Traverse Chair™

Posted on February 21, 2018

Set to debut at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, Engle announces a new Rear Delivery as the perfect space-saving addition to the Engle Traverse Chair.  Designed with feedback gathered from dentists nationwide, Engle engineered the Rear Delivery for efficient and ergonomic two- or four-handed dentistry. The unit is available in doctor and assistant or assistant-only configurations and is the ideal complement to the Traverse Chair and the 10” of extra space it provides behind the patient.

Engle introduced its exclusive Traverse Chair in 2010, and while the chair has always enjoyed a loyal following, it has recently gained widespread popularity as operatories become smaller and dentists look to do more with less space.   The traverse function has recently been embraced by DSOs (Dental Service Organizations) who look to the Traverse Chair as a valuable space-saving tool in allowing more operatories within each location.

“With the growing popularity of the Traverse Chair, we felt that it was important to be able to offer a rear delivery system to complement the chair and as a way to further optimize operatory space,” stated Dave Maynard, Head of Product Development at Engle.  “We wanted to create a delivery system that allows dentists to take full advantage of the 10” of space behind the patient that the traverse feature provides,” Maynard continued.  The Engle unit is floor-mounted and compatible with new or existing cabinetry.  The Rear Delivery also comes with handpiece lockout on the control head as a standard feature.

Ergonomics are always paramount in Engle design, and the Rear Delivery is no exception.  The delivery system features a compact and adjustable control head and a spacious 22” adjustable-height work space.  Combined with the zero-clearance design of the all-hydraulic Traverse Chair, the pair provides for uncrowded rear operation, perfect for 12 o’clock position.  

The Engle Rear Delivery System will be available for purchase beginning in February, 2018 through Engle dealers and distributors.  

 

Axsys Introduces Segment-Busting Benchtop Machining Center with Special Price Promotion

Posted on February 20, 2018

Further expanding its portfolio of products, Axsys Dental Solutions, a leading supplier of digital dental manufacturing solutions, has introduced the benchtop, industrial-quality Versamill 5X-300D. The machine utilizes the capabilities of the tried-and-true Versamill family to provide a compact 5-axis machining center that ensures maximum flexibility and versatility. The open-source Versamill 5X-300D can accept input from any popular dental design program and masters not only conventional crown and bridge work but is also designed for fabricating more complex indications with dry millable materials. Though extremely compact, the 5X-300D is constructed utilizing the technology found in “full-frame” CNC industrial machines, providing higher precision and more reliable performance for the long term. The machine includes quality Versamill features that enable dentists and dental labs to quickly manufacture restorations with thin, clean margins -- with the minimum of profit-robbing, error-prone post machining hand work. Most restorations require as little as 40μm margin reinforcement.

• 90kg weight

• Vibration-absorbing aluminum frame construction

• Fully-supported 10mm ballscrews

• Closed-loop axes drive system

• Linear guideways

• 60,000 rpm, 500-watt spindle

• Built-in high-speed machine control

• Ideal for the production of bridges, copings, inlays, onlays, crowns, models and more.

• Trouble-free Service Commitment: Service performed without return to service center

“The Versamill 5X-300D is a no-compromises machine that is unlike any other offering in the segment,” says Axsys President and CEO, Steve Braykovich. “The problems that typically plague the smaller bench-top machines – such as massive margin reinforcements and poor fits – become virtually nonexistent with this machine. The 5X-300D provides more technology, capability and reliability than any other machine of its size or in its price point on the market. Additionally, most machines in this segment do not provide for quality machine service. Usually the customer must ship the machine at their own expense for service or repair. At Axsys, we pride ourselves on being the best at customer service; we offer a trouble-free service commitment and if necessary, will travel to the customer location to provide required service or maintenance.”

Axsys Dental Solutions is launching the new machine with a special starter packages that includes all of the necessary elements to get up and running as quickly as possible. Packages start at only $27,685 and include: hyperDENT software solution, soft tooling starter package, Quatro iVac2 dust collection system, and training.

Visit axsysdental.com for more information on the Versamill 5X-300D or its special introductory pricing promotion.

Premier Dental Launches "The Premier Promise"

Posted on February 19, 2018

Premier® Dental, a global developer and manufacturer of dental and medical products, announced today the launch of ‘The Premier Promise,’ an affirmation of its long-standing commitment to deliver a superior end-to-end customer experience.  CEO Julie Charlestein explained that ‘The Premier Promise’ is the company’s customer-centric pledge to do four things: (1) make it easy to do business with us; (2) provide innovative, standard-setting solutions; (3) be a product concierge for knowledge and service, and (4) make it right if we fall short.

Charlestein stated, “We know that in an era of constantly rising consumer expectations, we must continuously redefine what it means to deliver a great customer experience. While we’re excited to celebrate our 105th year, we want our customers to know that we promise to go the extra mile, every time. ‘The Premier Promise’ is our way of letting customers know that no matter how fast things change in our industry, they can count on us to deliver what we’ve always delivered:  exceptional customer service combined with undeniably proven products that enable better patient outcomes.”  

Premier’s Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Helle, stated, “To drive brand preference, affinity and loyalty for Premier and its stable of products, we must continuously evolve and upgrade our end-to-end customer experience to consistently deliver across all consumer touch points. Whether it’s browsing our website, a visit with one of our sales reps, our product performance, or a customer service call, every interaction influences customer perception of the Premier brand.”  

In addition to building trust through a ‘no questions asked’ return policy, recent customer experience upgrades include adding online chat capability, streamlining the inbound call menu tree to make it quick and easy to reach Customer Service Representatives directly and empowering each Representative with the authority to resolve any customer challenges that may arise.  Helle added, “What makes the four principles of ‘The Premier Promise’ powerful is that they work both externally to reassure our customers and internally to rally our employees—as every colleague has an important role to play in delivering the best possible customer experience.”  

Charlestein observed, “Premier has always been an innovative company, ever since it was a start-up.  As I’m the great-grand daughter of the founder, I can confirm that we’ll never stop searching for ways to deliver inspired solutions for daily dentistry to support our customers.  And with industry competition and technological innovation always intensifying, we believe that delivering on ‘The Premier Promise’ and its four principles will ultimately help drive consumer choice, brand recommendation and company longevity as we look to propel the company into the next hundred years.”   

For more information about “The Premier Promise” or about Premier Dental’s products and services, visit: www.premusa.com.

RecordLinc Launches Patient-To-Patient Online Dentist Referral Software

Posted on February 16, 2018

Today, after months of successful beta testing, RecordLinc, a dental practice management software company, announces the official launch of “I LUV MY DENTIST”, the newest addition to their suite of automation products. This web-based software gives patients a simple way to submit word of mouth referrals using email, texting, and social media platforms. The fully automated system seamlessly integrates with the most popular practice management systems and requires no team training. Once “I LUV MY DENTIST” is installed, it operates on autopilot, inviting top patients to refer friends to dental practices by sharing contact information. “70% of patients say they chose their dentist based on a word of mouth referral and we make it easy to increase word of mouth referrals,” said Travis Rodgers, CEO of RecordLinc.


Another feature of “I LUV MY DENTIST” is the addition of positive testimonials listed directly on the dental office website. “When your existing patients like and trust you, they’re your strongest advocates,” said Rodgers. “To celebrate the launch, we are sharing the ‘LUV’ with our customers. For a limited time, we’ll waive the startup fee, offer 50% off the monthly service cost, and 100% of the proceeds this week will go to the DonateDentist non-profit.”


More on the Valentine’s Day Offer, visit http://www.LuvDentist.com/vday/


To learn more about “I Luv My Dentist” and how it can make it easier for your patients to refer, visit www.LuvDentist.com.

 

Ivoclar Vivadent CEO Addresses NADL’s Vision 21 Meeting

Posted on February 16, 2018

Robert A. Ganley, President and CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent North America, addressed an audience of an estimated 300 dental laboratory owners and managers from the US and Canada last month during the NADL’s Vision 21 Meeting in Las Vegas. During his “State of the Industry” General Session, Ganley presented a comprehensive review of the global dental and dental laboratory marketplace, marking the fourth time he has done so since the early 2000s.

"The dental industry remains a consistently growing, attractive, and important sector of the healthcare industry," said Ganley. “This is supported by the leadership of dentists, dental laboratories, and dental product manufacturers, which has resulted in significant opportunities for more predictable, functional, and esthetic outcomes.”

By emphasizing global dental markets, market demographics, old and new trends, and new technologies, Ganley summarized his observations about how the dental industry is performing and provided his outlook regarding what lies ahead. Consistent with the three-day NADL meeting’s theme of “Design Your Success,” Ganley’s address helped attendees explore ways to provide true value to their organizations and successfully navigate the future.

“The demographics of the industry bode well for the future. Lab productivity will increase, as will overall lab production,” added Ganley.  “Dentistry is in a premium position in healthcare.”

Ganley explained that the global dental market grew 2.5% in 2017, with emerging markets such as Mexico, Brazil, India, Russia, and China growing at 6%. He elaborated on key product growth trends for the upcoming year: he predicts double-digit growth in orthodontic aligners and intraoral scanner sales.  As for digital dentures, direct restorations, crown and bridge, and all-ceramic restorations he forecasts better than traditional market growth.

“Mr. Ganley did a marvelous job of showing dentistry’s progression over the course of time and reflected on trend cycles between four different time periods measured,” commented Bennett Napier, CAE, Chief Staff Executive, for the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). “Attendees walked away with a clear view of where to invest their time and money for product segmentation relative to dental clients, as well as a clear growth trajectory to help them budget profitability over the next three to five years.”

PREAT Corporation Introduces Bidra Conversion Smart Polishing Cap

Posted on February 16, 2018

PREAT Corporation introduces yet another innovative tool: the Bidra Conversion Smart Polishing Cap, for your next conversion from removable to a fixed prosthesis.

External rough areas attract bacteria and may lead to soft tissue inflammation and bone loss around the implants. Existing polishing caps only protect the inside of the coping, not the outside!

The Bidra Conversion Smart Polishing Cap, designed by Dr. Avinash S. Bidra, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P., has an extended metal rim that protects both the inside and outside of the metal coping, preventing damage during pickup, trimming, polishing and finishing the prosthesis. For information, www.preat.com or 800-232-7732.

 

Carbon Announces New Partnerships and Materials

Posted on February 16, 2018

Carbon (www.carbon3d.com) has announced two new partnerships with DENTCA and DREVE. Through these collaborations, Carbon is aiming to change how the dental world produces customized products with the introduction of new 3D-printed dentures with DENTCA and gingiva masks and trays with DREVE.

“While 3D printing is not new to the dental market, Carbon provides a complete solution with a very unique partnership approach, enabling dental labs to easily design and manufacture customized, high-quality products for their customers,” said Brian Ganey, General Manager of Carbon’s Oral Care Business. “Carbon is transforming manufacturing in the dental industry with robust and reliable 3D printers, a wide range of industrial-grade dental materials, and next-gen software that enables all these pieces to work together seamlessly. But we don’t stop there: Carbon also provides continuous one-to-one service and support, meaning we engage closely with each of our dental customers to understand their individual requirements and develop new production-quality materials, so the range of materials will continue to grow. We’re there at every step of the process.”

Carbon offers a revolutionary alternative to 3D printing, fusing light and oxygen to rapidly produce products from a pool of resin. Its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, robust and reliable 3D printers, and unique programmable and biocompatible liquid resins deliver a complete solution for all dental production needs. Carbon’s solution significantly improves efficiency and accuracy, reduces time from design to manufacture, and provides important features such as part traceability and serialization through next-gen software design tools. Everything is digitally traceable, down to a unique ID that can automatically be engraved or embossed on any part. This unique ID can be used to identify the digital historical record of the part, including identifying the specific printer, resin, and even post-processing protocols that were involved in making that part.

With DENTCA, Carbon dental customers will now have access to the first FDA-cleared (Class II) materials for 3D-printed dentures – DENTCA Denture Base II and DENTCA Denture Teeth for Carbon printers. When used together, these two materials produce digitally-manufactured dentures that dental technicians or operators can make without having any traditional denture fabrication knowledge. The DENTCA Denture Try-in material is also available as part of the solution for temporary fit evaluation before production of the final product.

Through its collaboration with DREVE comes two new dental materials – DREVE FotoDent® gingiva and DREVE FotoDent® tray for Carbon printers. These materials enable dental and orthodontic laboratories to rapidly 3D manufacture gingiva masks and dental impression trays with Carbon’s technology.

In addition to these new third-party resins, Carbon also partnered with Whip Mix late last year to develop Whip Mix Surgical Guide for Carbon printers. Sold by Whip Mix for use on Carbon printers in the United States, the clear resin is intended for fast production of dental surgical guides using Carbon’s DLS technology.

The new DENTCA and DREVE materials are slated to be available by end of March. The Whip Mix Surgical Guide for Carbon printers is currently available.

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