Cooper, Wagner to Headline IDDS

Posted on March 30, 2018

 

Valerie Cooper, DDS, MS, and Stephen Wagner, DDS, have been announced as the keynote speakers for the 2018 IDT International Digital Denture Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona on September 28-29.

Cooper will provide a digital dentures update, while Wagner will present on patient selection and challenging cases.

Other main-stage lecturers scheduled include Lyndon Cooper, DDS, and Lee Culp, CDT, in a dual presentation; Vincent Verderosa, CDT; and Alexander Wünsche, CDT. More speakers will be announced soon.

For updates and to register, go to idds.cdeworld.com.

Henry Schein Introduces axiUm Ascend

Posted on March 29, 2018

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, today announced the release of axiUm Ascend, an innovative, cloud-based software system designed for dental schools.

Developed by Exan Enterprises Inc., a Henry Schein company, axiUm Ascend is part of the axiUm suite of products, designed for dental education and large dental service organizations. axiUm is currently in use at approximately 90 percent of dental schools in the U.S. With features that fulfill clinical, administrative, and educational needs, axiUm Ascend is a new cloud-based software solution intended exclusively for dental schools. Based on Dentrix Ascend, it incorporates workflow requirements into one intuitive solution, making it possible for dental institutions to access their electronic health records (EHRs) via internet-enabled devices.

To protect patient information, axiUm Ascend incorporates multiple security features that are updated to stay current with industry standards. For example, the data is encrypted to the AES-256 standard while both in transit and at rest. axiUm Ascend also includes a system time-out security feature, which automatically logs out users after a certain period of inactivity.

AT Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH) is the first dental school to implement axiUm Ascend. ASDOH's clinic is using the software to manage its patients' EHRs, clinical charting and scheduling, imaging, and its dental students' graduation requirements.

"axiUm Ascend is the technological foundation of our dental school," said Dr. Robert Trombly, Dean at AT Still University, ASDOH. "As the EHR for our dental clinics, the software helps support our clinical education program. In addition, it provides a basis for ASDOH to offer overall better patient care. When people think of ASDOH, they think of 'whole person health,' of community-based health, and a commitment to the patient. Our dental school provides an excellent clinical education experience, working with a wide variety of patients, both here on campus as well as out in the community. We are excited about what axiUm Ascend brings to our program."

Many dental schools and programs are challenged to effectively maintain the technical infrastructure of an on-site software solution. Cloud-based solutions such as axiUm Ascend help resolve this by reducing the prohibitive costs of servers and databases that often come with on-site software while providing an integrated system of reliable business tools—EHR, imaging, digital impressions, insurance claims, interactive patient communications—that can provide a complete clinical, financial, and demographic record of patient visits. This allows schools to spend more time caring for patients and ensuring that students are successful, and less time managing their clinics.

"One of the things that excites me the most about axiUm Ascend, and the direction we're headed, is the ability to take advantage of the cloud as a platform," said Dr. Jonny Brennan, Associate Dean of Innovation and Curriculum at AT Still University, ASDOH. "It gives us the opportunity to leverage the internet, which gives our users the ability to access the EHR on multiple devices—a laptop, a clinical workstation, or a mobile device. In addition, the cloud platform facilitates the speed in which we receive our axiUm Ascend software updates and improvements. We are excited to partner with a proven company like Exan, as they have the dental industry experience with Henry Schein backing them up. It reassures us even further that we've chosen the right direction."

Exan is a proven leader in dental management software with more than 25 years of experience in the software marketplace. The company has built a trusted reputation for software that is practical and robust and is committed to assisting dental professionals, large dental practices, hospitals, and educational institutions worldwide with increasing profitability and efficiency.

"For over 25 years, axiUm has been the software of choice for most of the dental schools in North America and is recognized worldwide," said Ted DeVries, President and CEO of the Exan Group. "With our new cloud software solution, axiUm Ascend, dental organizations such as ASDOH can now take advantage of software that is affordable, easily accessible, feature rich, and intuitive. It is backed by Exan's proven track record of superior customer support, implementation, and consulting services."

For more information on axiUm Ascend, visit Exan's website at https://www.exansoftware.com/ascend/.

 

New Gum Care Toothpaste with Xylitol for Complete Protection

Posted on March 28, 2018

Dental Herb Company introduces Tooth & Gums Essentials, a Truly Natural toothpaste formulated for daily brushing to promote healthy gums and teeth.

With a blend of powerful essential oils and herbal extracts, patients can reduce harmful bacteria and inflammation commonly associated with gum disease. Additionally, Tooth & Gums Essentials contains xylitol and aloe for their proven oral benefits and protection.

Use alone or in combination with the award-winning Tooth & Gums Tonic® rinse. Tooth & Gums Essentials is available in 4 oz. tubes and trial packs. For samples or more information contact Dental Herb Company today 1-800-747-4372 or visit us at www.gotrulynatural.com

 

HENRY SCHEIN Joins Nassau County Dental Society To Celebrate 16th Annual Give Kids A Smile® Program

Posted on March 28, 2018

Henry Schein, Inc. recently joined the Nassau County Dental Society (NCDS) in celebrating the 16th annual Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program, an initiative of the ADA Foundation (ADAF) through which dental teams volunteer to provide free oral health care and education to underserved children across the country.

Team Schein joined more than 400 volunteers to help provide over 1,200 kids from across Nassau County with dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications, and information about proper nutrition and teeth-brushing technique. This year’s event was the first attended by students from The Henry Viscardi School, a school for children with severe physical disabilities and who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day. For more information about the event, please watch this video.

Henry Schein has served as the program’s official professional products sponsor since the ADA launched GKAS nationally in 2003 to help raise awareness of the critical need to expand access to oral health care for children in the U.S. The NCDS event, one of the largest in the country, was one of more than 1,300 events scheduled to take place throughout the country this year. Nearly 300,000 children will receive care at these events from over 24,000 volunteers, including more than 6,000 dentists, using essential oral health care products donated by Henry Schein and its supplier partners.

“We at Henry Schein are proud to support the Nassau County Dental Society and its volunteers in their efforts to help set children of all ages on the path to a lifetime of good oral health and overall health,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “The Give Kids A Smile program exemplifies Henry Schein’s commitment to expanding access to care to those who need it most, and we look forward to supporting the Nassau County Dental Society and volunteer oral health professionals across the country in their efforts to ‘help health happen’.”

Henry Schein's supplier partners supporting the 2018 Give Kids A Smile program through product donations include 3M, Acteon, Ansell, Centrix, Coltene, Crosstex, DASH Medical, Dentsply Sirona, DMG America, DUKAL Corporation, Hu-Friedy, Kavo Kerr, Medicom, Premier, Sempermed, Septodont, Sunstar Americas, TIDI Products, Tuttnauer USA, Young Dental, and Zirc.


About Henry Schein Cares

Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of “doing well by doing good.” Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. “Helping Health Happen Blog” is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.


About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a health solutions network powered by people and technology. With more than 22,000 Team Schein Members serving more than 1 million customers globally, the Company is the world's largest provider of Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions to enhance the efficiency of office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites.

A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein’s network of trusted advisors provides health care professionals with the valued solutions they need to improve operational success and clinical outcomes. The Company offers customers exclusive, innovative products and solutions, including practice management software, e-commerce solutions, specialty and surgical products, as well as a broad range of financial services. 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.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 34 countries. The company's sales reached a record $12.5 billion in 2017, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein, and @HenrySchein on Twitter. 

PRO-SYS® VarioSonic® Powerbrush receives ADA Seal of Acceptance

Posted on March 28, 2018

The American Dental Association (ADA) today announced that the PRO-SYS® VarioSonic® Powerbrush receives its ADA Seal of Acceptance.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs accepted the power toothbrush based on the finding that the product is safe and effective in removing plaque and helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The VarioSonic features five speeds and includes five easy-to-change brush heads, each with a different stiffness. All brush heads use innovative DuPont™ Tynex® bristles, precision manufactured to the highest standards. The Normal Soft brush head is ideal for healthy mouths, and four other levels of softness cater to patients with sensitivity. The five speeds and five brush heads included with the VarioSonic offer 25 possible settings. The VarioSonic presents extra-long battery life -- more than one month under normal use.

To earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance, the products’ designer, Benco Dental, had to pass ADA Laboratory tests and meet ADA and American National Standards Institute-approved dental standards.

“The range of speeds and bristle stiffness ensure that anyone can find just the right combination,” said Benco Dental Managing Director Rick Cohen. “This is a brush for all: people with healthy mouths, but also people with sensitive gums and periodontal issues.”

Find out more about the Edison Award™-winning PRO-SYS oral health care products. Visit pro-sys.com or call 1.888.992.3626.

For details about the ADA Seal program, visit ADA.org/Seal

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 87 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms. Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office. Benco, which has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Health Care, and one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women, both for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO 

BIOLASE Announces Growing Awareness of Dental Lasers Among Pediatric Dentists

Posted on March 28, 2018

BIOLASE, Inc., the global leader in dental lasers, announced today that the demand for pain-free care increases as awareness of the more patient-friendly benefits of using dental lasers is growing in pediatric dentistry. With BIOLASE all-tissue dental lasers, pediatric dentists can treat even their youngest patients with little to no anesthesia, allowing dentists to intervene earlier in the management of children's dental conditions, such as tooth decay. Minimally invasive treatment with a dental laser allows for increased patient acceptance of treatment and practice growth. To date, BIOLASE has seen significant year-over-year growth of laser adoption among pediatric dentists.

"Lasers have enabled me to better treat my patients, building a patient base that is happier and more receptive to continued care," said Dr. Sarah Mathias, an Orange County-based pediatric dentist. "As lasers have evolved over the years, we've been able to perform more painless procedures than ever before – more effectively and efficiently. Lasers have enabled me to offer my patients the highest standard of care and grow my practice with a loyal customer base."

In addition to the benefit of improved patient acceptance and health outcomes, dental lasers also serve pediatric dentists from a practice management standpoint.

"Dental lasers are an unparalleled tool for pediatric dentists to provide best-in-class care to their patients," said Dr. Samuel Low, chief dental officer of BIOLASE. "With dental lasers, pediatric dentists are ensuring optimal oral health from the beginning of a patient's life, while creating a healthy relationship with dentistry to last a lifetime."

Laser dentistry provides new avenues for the management of previously painful procedures, such as frenectomies to address ankyloglossia (or tongue-tie). A recent U.S. study showed an increase in surgical frenectomies for the correction of the condition.

While up to 10 percent of the general public has tongue-tie – including a similar percent of children – the pain, bleeding, lack of effectiveness and long healing time of traditional frenectomies have caused many parents to forgo the procedure. Children who struggle to breastfeed, breathe or speak have been left with few to no options before the advent of dental lasers. Laser frenectomies can be performed without anesthesia on children as young as three weeks old, with a recovery time that can be as short as three days and no stitches to be removed.

Waterlase® All-Tissue Lasers treat both hard and soft tissue conditions. In many cases, pediatric dentists can replace scalpels, shots and drills with lasers for multiple procedures, including tooth decay removal, tongue-tie management, and facilitating tooth movement.

As the market leader for decades, BIOLASE has provided well over half of the all-tissue lasers sold to improve the dental standard of care.

About BIOLASE, Inc.

BIOLASE, Inc. is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine and also markets, sells, and distributes dental imaging equipment, including three-dimensional CAD/CAM intra-oral scanners and digital dentistry software. BIOLASE's products advance the practice of dentistry and medicine for patients and healthcare professionals. BIOLASE's proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 220 patented and 90 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times. BIOLASE's innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver the best results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE's principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications, and a full line of dental imaging equipment. BIOLASE has sold over 35,500 laser systems to date in over 90 countries around the world. Laser products under development address BIOLASE's core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer markets.

For updates and information on Waterlase® iPlus™, Waterlase Express™, and laser dentistry, find BIOLASE online at www.biolase.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/biolase, Twitter at www.twitter.com/biolaseinc and LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/biolase.

The AADR and Dentsply Sirona presented the 2018 SCADA awards

Posted on March 27, 2018

The Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and Its Application (SCADA) program began in 1959 as a joint venture between Dentsply Sirona (then DENTSPLY International) and the American Dental Association during its centennial session in New York City. Mr. Henry M. Thornton, then President of DENTSPLY International and Dr. Harold Hillenbrand, then Executive Director of the ADA, initiated the first program in New York City to promote student research and participation in organized dentistry.

Nearly 60 years later, more than 7,500 students participate in this program, including students in programs across 39 countries. In 2017, the American Association for Dental Research joined Dentsply Sirona to co-sponsor the SCADA program. As the program has grown over the years, so too has the breadth of the research with students presenting the results of their clinical, basic and translational science or public health research.

Award categories

Three awards are presented in each category for first, second and third place. The scientific presentations are divided into two categories: Basic and Translational Science Research and Clinical Science/Public Health Research. First place recipients in both categories receive $1,000. Second place winners receive $750 and third place winners receive $500.

The 2018 AADR/Dentsply Sirona SCADA Program winners are:

Category I: Clinical Science / Public Health Research

First place: Nisarg Patel (Harvard School of Dental Medicine)

Second place: Galina Yakovlev (University of Minnesota School of Dentistry)

Third place: Viktoriya Kuchuk (University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine)

Category II: Basic and Translational Science Research

First place: Ke'ale Louie (University of Michigan School of Dentistry)

Second place: Timothy Yu (University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry)

Third place: Bronwyn Hagen (University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry) and Michael Eskander (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)

“The competition provides such a fantastic opportunity to meet peers from other schools and learn more about different research endeavors taking place internationally. I feel so blessed to have met such a brilliant and driven group of people. Conducting research has brought me more fulfillment than I ever anticipated, and I’m honored to be a part of SCADA,” remarked Karen Ben-Elazar from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine.

Students who have presented their research to their respective national programs become members of the SCADA alumni association. Alumni serve as judges in future competitions and benefit from networking within a global community of professionals. These connections encourage ongoing opportunities among students, dental schools, researchers and clinicians.

Dr. Teresa A. Dolan, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer with Dentsply Sirona, is a strong advocate of the importance of supporting student research noting that, “These students are without a doubt the next generation of leaders in dentistry. It’s inspiring to see the intellectual curiosity of each student and the level of research that this group has performed as a whole. It represents the spirit and purpose of the SCADA program. Congratulations to the participants and award winners in this outstanding group.”

In addition to the student awards, SCADA grants fellowship funding to qualified members to help support their graduate education. SCADA also presents a faculty advisor award annually to honor the efforts of faculty in their mentoring of student research and an achievement award for outstanding dedication to the profession. To learn more about SCADA and other awards granted, visit http://www.scadaresearch.org.

 

I-MAX: The New Wall Mounted Panoramic

Posted on March 27, 2018

Honed from unrivalled technological and industrial expertise, the latest generation of I-Max panoramic systems is here to usher you into a new era.

The panoramic X-Ray system is now indispensable for dentists keen to offer their patients the best possible care. The future starts here! So choose the I-Max and let your clinic set the standard by using cutting-edge equipment that's ahead of its time.

Maximum quality, in a minimum of space

The new I-MAX is the lightest panoramic system available. As with an ordinary intra-oral X-Ray generator, it can be installed on a wall and linked to your network without the need for a dedicated PC.

This ultra-compact and lightweight system comes in one easy to-handle package. Incorporating an exclusive "Easy to Install” system, the I-Max is delivered to your clinic fully assembled. Its intelligent installation system means that only one technician is required to fit it on the wall.

Crammed to the hilt with technology, all of its electronic components have been optimised. The I-Max minimizes the risk of system failures and facilitates maintenance work.

Innovation, design and intelligence

Its sleek, sophisticated and lightweight design makes this system an attractive and valuable asset for your clinic.

It’s not just the design and lightweight concept that make it innovative. With the I-Max you can carry out any examination your patients could need, enjoying ultra-high definition images in every X-Ray. You'll be able to view all clinical and anatomical details with maximum precision. Your diagnostics will be conducted in complete safety.

With its lasers and temple clamps, the I-Max features face-to-face operation, to ensure optimum patient positioning. What’s more, with its ALI-S (Automatic Layers Integration System), your unit will immediately and automatically select the best shots in order to display a perfect image, without any intervention on your part.

The I-Max is also unique in its didactic – and almost educational! - Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Its imaging tools and enhancing filters are automatically integrated into the control software.

Several programs to help you in your everyday practice

Boasting 24 programs, the I-MAX is designed to conduct the full range of examinations your practice demands:

• Standard panoramic

• Right/left semi-panoramic

• Reduced dose panoramic

• Panoramic with improved orthogonality

• Standard bitewing

• Left/right bitewing

• Frontal dentition

• Maxillary sinus examination

• TMJ examinations

As a complete panoramic, all these programs are available in both adult and child versions.

Perfection in a controlled budget

The new I-Max clearly offers a superlative Performance/Investment ratio : lower purchase, delivery and installation costs and easier maintenance. We haven’t compromised our image quality, however, which guarantees ultra-high definition results.

By choosing the I-Max, you'll be using the smallest, lightest and most comprehensive panoramic system on the market.

 

Grant Recipients Announced by the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology

Posted on March 27, 2018

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) has announced the winners of grants and scholarships awarded in the fourth quarter of 2017, including the fall CDT Pillar Scholarship, Kois Center Education Grant, Keystone Grant, PTC John Ness Memorial Education Grant, and Fulcrum Grant:

 

Fall CDT Pillar Scholarship (awards up to $935 for a candidate to take the CDT exams)

Anyanwu Nnamdi Okechukwu –  Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria

Bridget Boudreau, CDT – Collinsville, IL

Chia-Chen Tsai, CDT – Metairie, LA

David Albery – Cedar Rapids, IA

Erin Borosky, RG – Buffalo, NY

Erin Grant, RG – Portland, OR

Hannah Kokovich – Columbus, OH

Jennifer Ludwig – Beaver Dam, WI

Kelly Abel – St. Cloud, MN

Marwin Kevin Garcia – Rosemount, MN

Matthew Alvarado, CDT – Converse, TX

Megan Crouch, RG – Muncie, IN

Raymond Cruz – Allen, TX

Sadiq Martins Lander – Gombe, Nigeria

Sara Alden – Foley, MN

Tabitha Wiseman, CDT, TE – Universal City, TX

Tiffany Phillips – Painesville, OH

 

Kois Center Education Grant (awards a seat in the Biomechanics I & II course)

  • Kevin Kelly, CDT – Thornton, CO

 

Keystone Grant (awards up to $5,000 to schools to develop and heighten dental laboratory technology awareness and education)

  • Los Angeles City College –  Los Angeles, CA

  • New York City College of Technology, CDL – Brooklyn, NY

 

PTC John Ness Memorial Education Grant (awards a PTC Ness Academy Hands on Course)

  • Francis Sepulvado, CDT – Tyler, TX

  • John Hoffman, Master CDT – Winnipeg, Canada

 

Fulcrum Grant (awards up to $2,500 to supplement expenses related to an approved continuing education program)

  • Anyanwu Nnamdi Okechukwu – Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria

  • Brent Moreland, CDT – Stafford, TX

  • Charles McClemens, CDT, TE – Eau Claire, WI

  • LeaClaudine Tol, CDT – Manvel, TX

 

Every dollar awarded from the CDT Pillar Scholarship, Keystone Grant, and Fulcrum Grant is funded exclusively by the generosity of individuals and companies (dental laboratories, manufacturers, and suppliers) who have committed to the betterment of the future of dental laboratory technology.

The Kois Center and the Productivity Training Center (PTC) have graciously covered tuition for grant recipients to attend the Biomechanics I and II course and a PTC Ness Academy Hands On Course, respectively. Both partnered with the Foundation in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education more accessible. 

"In no way, shape, or form would any of these opportunities be possible without the Foundation’s donors. Whether by a one-time donation, a multi-year donation, or like PTC and the Kois Center – an in-kind donation, together we are making a powerful difference,” said Foundation Chair, Gary Iocco.

The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of the Foundation is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team.

The Foundation’s ability to increase grants and create new programs to support education and workforce training are based solely on contributions from individuals and companies. Donations are accepted throughout the year. To support the Foundation, please visit www.dentallabfoundation.org/donors.   

Ivoclar Vivadent’s Growth Continues

Posted on March 26, 2018

Ivoclar Vivadent sales rose by 1.5% in Europe and 3.9% in North America. Two-digit growth (14.7%) was achieved in Latin America, while Asia/Pacific saw an increase of 9.7%. The strongest growth was registered in Brazil, Greater China, Russia, and Mexico with over 20% each. “We are very pleased with this performance, but this trend is not new,” comments CEO Robert Ganley. “The company has been investing in the emerging markets with much success for many years.”

Several Growth Drivers

The products and systems focused on dental practices continued to be the growth drivers. The categories of Direct Restoratives and Professional Care grew by a combined rate of 7%. Sales of restorative materials increased by around 4% and the turnover of clinical accessories rose significantly (27%). Furthermore, the category of Fixed Prosthetics showed considerable growth where sales increased by almost 6%. Apart from the All-Ceramics segment, the cementation products recorded particularly strong growth rates in this category.

129 New Full-Time Positions

At the end of 2017, the Ivoclar Vivadent Group had 3,596 full-time employees worldwide. A total of 129 positions were added during the year. The new job opportunities were created in various subsidiaries and regions including recent acquisitions.

Outlook for 2018

In 2018, Ivoclar Vivadent will again focus its efforts on the market expansion and the development of digital technologies for the benefit of dentists and dental technicians. The extensive range of CAD/CAM products introduced under the new Ivoclar Digital brand at the International Dental Show (IDS) in 2017 will continue to play a major role. Mr. Ganley summarized the company’s digital direction: “As one of the recognized global leaders in esthetic dental solutions, we are now driving the development of digital esthetics. It is an exciting time to be in the dental industry.”

Renewed Multimillion Investments Planned

Ivoclar Vivadent plans to invest around 82 million Swiss francs in projects around the world in 2018. Thirty-nine million Swiss francs are earmarked for investments at the company headquarters in Schaan, Principality of Liechtenstein. Furthermore, several of the company’s production facilities will be expanded and upgraded.

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