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Ivoclar Vivadent Honors Thomas Wade

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ivoclar Vivadent presented Thomas Wade, CDT, with an award recognizing his support, service, and dedication to the dental laboratory profession and to the Ivoclar Vivadent organization.

"We thank you for your friendship, passion, and selfless commitment to provide advanced education for implant restorative dentistry," the award said.

Wade, an IDT Editorial Advisory Board member, hosted a program for Ivoclar Vivadent last week in Chicago and was given the award there.

Zirc Announces Launch of RESET

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Zirc and the ACA bring you the latest in dental office organization: RESET. From chaotic drawers to tiny burs. It’s not only about creating orderly systems, but also figuring out what actually should be stored where. Our team of Efficiency Experts work with you to create a custom plan for total color-coded organization. We come to you! The Efficiency Expert spends a full day working side-by-side with your team to advise you on what to purge and will create an orderly practice out of the mountain of composite, instruments, and gauze that currently overload your space. What’s more? Your team also receives CE Credit!


The Argen Corporation Enters the Clear Aligner Market

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Argen Corporation has announced it will manufacture clear aligners as part of a digital workflow with industry-leading scanner and design partners. This digital workflow is designed for dental labs looking to enter the clear aligner market.

The open and innovative clear aligner workflow is made up of 3Shape’s Trios intraoral scanner technology, FullContour’s extensive design services, and Argen’s milling and 3D printing capabilities. This workflow enables dental labs to be central and retain full control in the process. 

“Manufacturing clear aligners is one more way we enable dental labs to offer in-demand services to their customers and underscores our commitment to supplying dental labs with opportunities to expand their product and service offering,” said Anton Woolf, CEO of the Argen Corporation.

Components of the solution will be available starting Q2 of 2018 with a full launchplanned for the fall of 2018. Updates can be found at

OHA Recognizes DentaQuest for Million Dollar Support at 28th Annual Gala & Benefit

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018

Oral Health America (OHA) proudly acknowledges DentaQuest as the 2018 Million Dollar Donor at their 28th Annual Gala & Benefit.

DentaQuest, through the work of its Foundation, helped launch Oral Health America’s hallmark older adult oral health program, the Wisdom Tooth Project® (WTP) in 2010. The Wisdom Tooth Project strives to change the lives of senior consumers aging in their communities and especially vulnerable to oral disease.

“We are thrilled to welcome DentaQuest to the OHA Million Dollar Donor Family and to continue our work together helping older American enjoy healthier mouths and lives by working toward sound policies, targeted education and equitable access to care,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO of Oral Health America. “This acknowledgement recognizes the relationship between DentaQuest and OHA in improving the oral and overall health of older adults.”

Thanks to DentaQuest’s unwavering support, OHA created, the first online oral health portal that serves both older adults and their caregivers by teaching about oral health in aging and by connecting individuals with affordable dental services.

As a leading partner in DentaQuest’s Oral Health 2020 Network, OHA, together with other national, state and grass roots organizations, work together to advance oral health equity and be a leading voice in advocating for the addition of an oral health benefit to Medicare in 2020.

“We cannot revolutionize oral health care in America unless we address it from every angle and at every stage in life,” said Steve Pollock, DentaQuest President & CEO. “As a purpose-driven organization with a mission to improve the oral health of all, DentaQuest is proud to work with strong partners like Oral Health America to advance meaningful systems change. Because of organizations like Oral Health America – and the entire Oral Health 2020 Network – I am confident that we’ll realize our shared goals.”

Every year OHA’s Gala & Benefit serves as the premier networking event for the dental industry, providing a relaxed space for industry leaders to connect and mingle while supporting the important work OHA does to improve the oral health of the nation. DentaQuest received the Million Dollar Donor Award on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. 

AACD to Record Workshops to Maximize Attendee Experience and CE Dollar

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018

Dental professionals will have another option for selecting courses at the 34th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Scientific Session. The most in-demand workshops, which reached maximum occupancy quickly after course selection opened in December, will be recorded and made available to waitlisted attendees after the event.

These in-demand workshops are among those being recorded:

 * The Diagnostic Wax-Up - Dental Anatomy and Smile Design with Elizabeth Bakeman, DDS, FAACD

 * The Ceramic Blend Factors with James D. Klim, DDS, AAACD, sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

 * Elements of Composite Artistry: Your Path to Excellence with Frank J. Milnar, DS, AAACD, sponsored by Shofu Dental Corporation

 * KISS Direct Composite Veneers - Keep It Sexy and Simple with Dipesh Parmar, BDS, sponsored by Cosmedent, Inc.

Recorded workshops will be made available to waitlisted individuals at no additional charge as soon as possible through the AACD Virtual Campus. Waitlisted individuals can view the course at their convenience and receive self-instruction CE credits.

For more information or to register for the 34th Annual AACD Scientific Session, visit

Elevate Oral Care's Advantage Arrest™ Featured in PBS Segment

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018

Elevate Oral Care, a leader in dental preventive products, had their flagship product Advantage Arrest™ featured in a PBS NewsHour segment this past January. The report discussed how silver diamine fluoride is used to strengthen teeth and provide a safe and effective way to treat and prevent certain dental issues, particularly in children and seniors. Its various uses in preventive dental health, along with its cost, comfort and time savings for patients, make silver diamine fluoride (or SDF) a unique and versatile addition to the dental practice.

PBS reporters interviewed several dental professionals on the efficacy and uses of SDF and were met with overwhelmingly positive feedback. SDF's ability to harden tooth structure and kill pathogenic organisms carries a number of implications for its use, particularly in children, special needs patients and seniors who may be less able to perform their own preventive care. PBS especially focused on SDF's safety, due to recent discussion of the risks of sedation in dentistry.

Kevin Thomas, Managing Member of Elevate Oral Care, states, "Silver diamine fluoride is a unique therapy with many potential uses in dentistry. Its benefits make it a powerhouse for preventive oral care, and we're glad that this product is being more broadly showcased."

Dr. Peter Milgrom, an officer with Advantage Silver Dental Arrest, LLC, the FDA Clearance holder for the product added, "Advantage Arrest has been rapidly adopted in all the major university dental schools and its use is endorsed by major dental organizations."

Although SDF has been commonly used in other countries around the world for over 60 years, Elevate Oral Care is the first company to market commercial use of this product in the United States. Elevate began marketing Advantage Arrest™ in 2015, and since then SDF has been the subject of numerous clinical studies, peer-reviewed journal articles, and was even the topic of a New York Times article in 2016.

Amabrush: the World’s First Fully Automatic Hands-Free Toothbrush

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018

Amabrush, the world’s first fully automatic toothbrush, was officially launched in the US market at this year’s Chicago Midwinter dental meeting. Amabrush is a revolutionary hands-free toothbrush that simultaneously brushes all teeth in a mere ten seconds. Simply press a single button and the innovative Amabrush technology works to effectively and efficiently clean all teeth and gums, practically eliminating the extra time, and human error often experienced with traditional brushing methods.

Amabrush was first conceptualized in 2015 by a team of engineers and healthcare professional visionaries whose goal was to simplify the tooth brushing routine. The creators brought Amabrush to Kickstarter in July of 2017 and were fully funded within one hour.

“We all know that we need to brush our teeth. Whether we’re skipping brushing, not brushing long enough, or not brushing correctly, many of us simply don’t get our teeth as clean as they should be. Amabrush aims to change all that,” remarked Amabrush Founder and CEO, Marvin Musialek. “At first people are always a bit skeptical about whether Amabrush is too good to be true but proof of efficacy is clearly revealed in the ongoing positive results of our constant clinical testing, as well as consistent feedback received from completely amazed and

satisfied users.”

Multiple rows of soft antibacterial Amabrush bristles are directed in a 45° angle against the

gumline, simulating the widely recommended Bass method of brushing. With an amplitude of 9.5G, Amabrush creates a variety of vibrations that oscillate with different resonant frequencies to gently yet effectively clean each quadrant of the mouth. Subtle vibrations oscillate the bristles, effectively removing plaque and bacteria on the teeth as well as along the gumline. Unlike nylon bristles, soft Amabrush bristles gently rub as opposed to scratch surfaces, further eliminating any risk of damage to the teeth and gums.

Amabrush is comprised of three components:

Anti-Bacterial Mouthpiece – The one-size-fits-all mouthpiece is made of a flexible antibacterial silicone material that wards off 99% of bacterial agents found in between bristles. Strategically arranged soft 3D bristles are gentle enough to prevent enamel and gum damage yet strong enough to thoroughly clean both teeth and gums. Built-in micro-channels are made to transport an ideal amount of specially formulated Amabrush toothpaste. The Amabrush mouthpiece is cleaned using traditional rinsing methods as you would with regular toothbrushes.

Handpiece – The Amabrush handpiece magnetically connects to the mouthpiece. The handpiece acts as the dispenser for Amabrush toothpaste capsules, and also houses the exclusive Amabrush tooth brushing technology. The handpiece comes with a built-in low-energy wireless charging module (Qi standard), and is equipped with Bluetooth® as well as an Amabrush App. A fully charged battery lasts for approximately one month.

Toothpaste Capsules – Amabrush toothpaste capsules are simply placed into the handpiece and a built-in mechanism foams and automatically delivers the ideal amount of toothpaste to the mouthpiece each and every time. The FDA-approved toothpaste is specially formulated for the system. Amabrush toothpaste is available in whitening, sensitive, and extra fresh. A single toothpaste capsule lasts for up to a month.

Amabrush is simple to use:

Step 1 – Attach the handpiece to the mouthpiece

Step 2 – Insert the mouthpiece into the mouth and bite down

Step 3 – Push the button on the handpiece to dispense the toothpaste foam

Step 4 – Wait ten seconds

Step 5 – Spit and rinse

“Although ten seconds may not sound like much, keep in mind that each tooth is actually being cleaned for that duration,” remarked Dr. Hady Haririan, Amabrush Advisor and dentist. “Brushing with a traditional toothbrush may last longer but you aren’t brushing all of your teeth at once. Adults have 32 teeth and each tooth has three surfaces. If you brush for 120 seconds, each surface gets brushed for just 1.25 seconds. Amabrush cleans all of your teeth’s surfaces for ten whole seconds. This means that every tooth surface gets brushed eight times longer, while the total tooth brushing duration is twelve times faster.”

All Amabrush units come equipped with a sound and light indicator to provide various alerts and information including current battery status, finished tooth brushing sessions, and operational errors. Users can further personalize Amabrush by setting various vibration modes (such as gum massage and burst mode), configure cleaning time, and much more!

All Amabrush units can be equipped with a carry case for on-the-go use. What's more, an Amabrush tongue cleaner is also available to keep the tongue smooth and clean, as well as a UV sanitation station that sterilizes up to two mouthpieces with ultraviolet light (185nm).

Amabrush is currently available at, and the Company is presently working to further expand its availability to dental professionals and consumers through additional convenient sales channels. 

Darby Dental Supply Acquires SmartPractice® Dental Supply Division

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018

Darby Dental Supply, one of the nation’s largest dental distributors, announces its planned acquisition of the dental supply division of Phoenix-based SmartPractice.

This acquisition and the resulting strategic partnership capitalize on each company’s core competencies with Darby leveraging SmartPractice’s acclaimed glove expertise and manufacturing capabilities. SmartPractice’s supply and glove customer base will benefit from Darby’s expansive state-of-the-art distribution network, extended product lines, capital equipment, technology services, and equipment service.

The agreement with SmartPractice is Darby’s latest endeavor to partner with companies who have select areas of industry expertise. Darby customers will gain direct access to SmartPractice’s premier line of specialized gloves.

With this acquisition, Darby will be expanding its Chandler, Arizona facility to provide customers with additional services while extending its hours of operation. Additional sales, customer care, and support services will join the Arizona team to provide convenient access for customers across the country. The transaction fuels Darby’s growth strategy to extend its ecosystem of full service solutions, while supporting its ongoing West Coast expansion.

“This investment further strengthens Darby Dental Supply’s position as an industry leader and ensures that our customers have access to continually-expanding products, advanced services, and the expertise upon which they have relied for 70 years,” stated Michael Ashkin, Chairman, Darby Group Companies, Inc. “For three generations, and looking to the fourth, the Ashkin family has been focused on providing our customers with outstanding value, an exceptional customer experience, and innovative technological solutions. This would not be possible without the hard work of our talented employees. We are excited to welcome the SmartPractice dental supply team into our extended family.”

“With our rich history of accomplishments for nearly 50 years, SmartPractice has only just begun to realize our full potential of improving healthcare practices to improve world health. Through this strategic relationship, Darby Dental will be partnering with us as an additional provider of SmartPractice gloves to the dental industry. Our legacy of pioneering award-winning gloves that meet the unique needs of the dental community will now have a broader reach,” remarked Dr. Curt Hamann, President, CEO, and Medical Director of SmartPractice. "Additionally, our team continues to capitalize on our existing resources to develop an array of products and services that improve active patient counts, simplify brand management and ensure an easy ordering experience."

Darby has consistently advanced its business model to meet customer demand for timely, best-in-class solutions. The company recently expanded its specialty product offerings, added a capital equipment division, formed an exclusive partnership with DentalFix RX to provide equipment service, and in January 2018 debuted Darby TechForce®, the company’s new technology services division providing HIPAA compliance, IT managed services, installations, digital integration, and network security solutions. As customers seek out more convenient ordering channels and faster response times, Darby’s investment in technological solutions allows them to personalize the way they do business. The Company recently launched a new user-optimized website, mobile website, and a mobile app, complete with an inventory management system.

The transaction is expected to close in May of 2018.


Planmeca Expands Distribution of CAD/CAM Portfolio

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018

Planmeca, a leading provider of dental hardware and software, announced several new distribution partners for the expansion of its distribution agreements with the addition of the Planmeca CAD/CAM portfolio in North America. New distribution partners include Patterson Dental, Atlanta Dental Supply, Burkhart Dental Supply, Midway Dental Supply and Nashville Dental, Inc. This expansion includes the recently launched Planmeca Emerald Intraoral scanner, Planmeca PlanCAD design software, Planmeca PlanMill 40 S and Planmeca Romexis Compare Adaptive Learning software for the Education market.

“As the demand for our chairside dentistry solutions like the – Planmeca FIT– increases, it’s vital we work with industry partners that can supply a high level of support and innovative products and service that is expected within the marketplace. With proven track records and an average of 100 years of experience in the dental industry, our new distribution partners provide sales and field level support that will exponentially expand the reach of our CAD/CAM solutions,” said Brett Hines, President of Planmeca USA.

Digital dentistry has expanded the need and created high demand. Users need both, ultra-fast intraoral scanning at an affordable price, and they need a way to easily connect, share and control their practice workflows. While some might want to scan and send to their labs; others want to offer same-day dentistry. Planmeca’s CAD/CAM solutions address both of these needs.

“Adding Planmeca’s CAD/CAM portfolio brings all the components of the Digital Work Flow together with the power and control of Romexis software” says Tom Richardson, President of Atlanta Dental Supply. “We are now able to help our clients evaluate and add each component of the work flow at a time that’s best for their practice while providing the full support and personal care they need.”

“The Planmeca partnership reflects the values and integrity that Burkhart Dental represents to our clients. We are excited to add and grow the CAD/CAM product line with them,” says Michael Norton, Director of Equipment & Technology, Corporate, Burkhart Dental Supply.

“We look forward to our new collaboration with Planmeca CAD/CAM. With the addition of Planmeca products, we can continue to provide dental innovations to our customers and an improved customer experience,” states Steven Kizy, President and CEO – Midway Dental Supply.

“Nashville Dental Inc. is committed to serving our customers, from their every-day needs, to the latest in technology and digital dentistry. As the industry continues to transition, NDI will adapt as a company, while staying true to our principles. We will continue to provide excellent products that meet the needs of our customers. We are proud of this partnership with Planmeca, because it aligns with our values. Planmeca has consistently provided our customers with the best in technology for imaging products and now with the Planmeca FIT system, we extend that commitment to excellence in digital CAD/CAM dentistry. We are excited about this addition to our existing partnership and look forward to providing these solutions to our customers,” states Todd Brown, Vice President, Equipment – Nashville Dental, Inc.

Dave Misiak, President, Patterson Dental North America states, “Patterson Dental has a reputation for excellence not only in product offerings but with customer relationships and service. Planmeca and its line of CAD/CAM products mirror the level of excellence that we are continuously striving for. We are excited and look forward to building a thriving partnership with Planmeca.”

“Our newly formed partnerships represent the core value of creating an exceptional client experience and significant reach in alignment with our objectives for the brand,” says Brett Hines, President, Planmeca USA. “We are confident in the ability of our new distributors to solidify our Planmeca CAD/CAM line as the new standard in chairside CAD/CAM throughout North America”. 

Introducing DEXIS FS Ergo by KaVo – A New Class of Digital Sensors

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018

KaVo Unveils a New Category of Intraoral Sensors Designed to Add Optimal Comfort and Flexibility to the Patient Experience.

KaVo Kerr, an organization comprised of two global leaders in dentistry, is pleased to unveil the expansion of its growing portfolio of imaging solutions at this year’s Chicago Midwinter dental meeting with the new DEXIS FS Ergo by KaVo. Built upon the award-winning DEXIS PerfectSize™ sensor and TrueComfort™ design, the FS Ergo stands as the latest innovation to redefine patient comfort and create a new class of digital sensors. FS Ergo combines innovative design and skillfully engineered components to add ease and flexibility to the patient experience. The sensor provides significant improvements in comfort for patients with low tolerance for standard intraoral modalities, allowing for a more pleasant sensor placement that patients will remember.

A robust, durable device that maintains optimal image integrity, FS Ergo features:

• Sensor Housing – resistant to bite marks, the submersible sensor housing can also withstand a wide variety of disinfection chemicals.

• Cable-To-Sensor Connection – equipped with connectivity proven successful under rigorous testing to such forces as pulling, twisting, straining, and bending.

• USB Connector – built to withstand high frequency insertion and pulling cycles, the USB connection adds to the overall durability of the sensor.

• Contoured Positioning System – made from advanced materials, the positioning system allows the sensor to easily exit and protects the longevity of the cable from wear and tear.

DEXIS FS Ergo by KaVo helps to reduce retakes due to patient movement caused by discomfort thereby enhancing practice efficiency and creating a streamlined digital workflow. By pairing the newly developed flexible sensor technology with a soft housing, FS Ergo can “give” as X-rays are being captured. Even the proprietary holder system is uniquely designed to accommodate the flex of the sensor so that it can adapt to your patient, and thus offer the best radiographic experience possible.

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