Nano Black Loupe Light

Posted on November 13, 2019

DentLight Inc. announced today the release of Nano Black wireless loupe light that fits on all major loupes and eyewear.

The product is based on the new Nano Freedom2 platform that the company has just introduced. It is the first integrated multi-wavelengths LED light that includes a selectable daylight or violet light for either hands-free general or fluorescent illumination. The wearable fluorescence technology in combination with regular loupes and SafeLoupe insert enhances the vision to observe malignant soft tissues, decays, composite, as well as dental caries as from the fluorescent contrast of healthy soft or hard tissue with the signature dark or red/orange fluorescence.

About DentLight

DentLight has been designing and manufacturing award-winning dental products in Plano, Texas for the past 14 years. Our mission is to assist clinicians in delivering better procedural outcomes through superior optics and optoelectronic devices. We do this by providing innovative product designs, particularly LED lighting based dental equipment including curing lights, oral exam systems (cancer screening and caries detection), headlights, loupes, video cameras, and eye protection kits.

Call 800-763-6901 or visit www.dentlight.com.


Nano Freedom2 Loupe Light

Posted on November 13, 2019

DentLight Inc. announced today the release of Nano Freedom2 reconfigurable wireless loupe light that fits on all major loupes and eyewear.

The product is an upgrade of DentLight’s wearable headlights. A small LED lamp (5 grams) has two built-in connectors to link to either one battery pod for 3 hours non-stop operation, or two battery pods for 6 hours, or optionally to a battery pack (Nano 2S Plus) for 10 hours operation.

Unlike other wireless headlights that bear the battery weight on the operator’s nose making it very uncomfortable over a long working day, Nano Freedom2 has the unique battery design that fits its battery on any frame temples. This allows the battery to disperse its weight evenly across the head resulting in much more comfortable user experience. In addition, the battery pod uses proximity sensor for touch-free activation and easy operation. The system is designed fo rdurability, flexibility, and minimum recurring cost for heavy duty daily uses.

About DentLight

DentLight has been designing and manufacturing award-winning dental products in Plano, Texas for the past 14 years. Our mission is to assist clinicians in delivering better procedural outcomes through superior optics and optoelectronic devices. We do this by providing innovative product designs, particularly LED lighting based dental equipment including curing lights, oral exam systems (cancer screening and caries detection), headlights, loupes, video cameras, and eye protection kits.

Call 800-763-6901 or visit www.dentlight.com.


Carestream Dental Named Preferred Partner for 3D Digital Imaging Solutions at Aspen Dental

Posted on November 13, 2019

High-quality 3D scans combined with the power of Carestream Dental’s preferred partnership with Swissmeda will provide Aspen Dental doctors and patients with more efficient imaging and access to innovative surgical guides for better outcomes.

Aspen Dental, one of the country’s fastest growing dental service organizations (DSO) under one brand name, has chosen Carestream Dental to support it in its mission to provide dental treatment for every mouth by naming the company its preferred partner for all digital 3D equipment.

Access—or lack thereof—to dental care and an aging population seeking functional, long-term solutions for maintaining their smiles are two significant challenges in the oral healthcare industry today. By partnering together, Carestream Dental and Aspen Dental will address several concerns facing the field of dentistry at once: First, delivering safer and more accurate 3D imaging to more patients and second, using those accessible 3D images to plan implants, fabricate surgical guides and conduct more efficient implant placement.

“Aspen Dental’s mission to deliver dental care to as many people as possible aligns perfectly with Carestream Dental’s mission of transforming dentistry, simplifying technology and changing lives,” Jeremy Thomas, general manager for the Americas region, Carestream Dental, said. “Aspen Dental supports thousands of dentists and needs 3D digital technology that will not only enhance diagnoses and treatment planning, but is easy to use, easy to integrate into any workflow and comfortable for patients. Since Carestream Dental manufactures and supports its own systems, we’ll be able to provide them customized and consistent care.”

Aspen Dental plans to install Carestream Dental 3D imaging systems in all its de novo practices—between 90 to 100 are opened each year—while the 2D systems in established practices will be gradually updated to 3D. Among the technology to be implemented into Aspen practices is the CS 8100 3D extraoral imaging system, a compact system that delivers high-resolution 3D images. Its open, patient-centric design makes it faster and easier to position patients while its stunning 3D images help doctors make confident diagnoses.

Doctors will also be able to take advantage of Carestream Dental’s preferred partnership with Swissmeda to plan implant cases and then export the surgical guide design for fabrication. The Swissmeda Dental Planning System (DPS) is not only easy to use, but the system features an innovative communication system that allows Aspen Dental’s doctors to seamlessly collaborate on patient care. The guides also feature a patented open skeletal design that give doctors more visibility and confidence when placing implants.

“This high-quality digital technology will help the doctors we support offer implant dentistry and more advanced procedures to more patients,” Arwinder Judge, D.D.S., chief clinical officer, Aspen Dental Management, Inc. “With access to Swissmeda DPS, we’re looking forward to a more streamlined process for fabricating surgical guides, so doctors can provide more efficient surgeries and save patients and doctors time.”

To provide fast and effective care at the beginning of even the most routine procedures, Aspen Dental is also using Carestream Dental’s RVG 6200 intraoral sensor and CS 2200 generator.

To learn more about Aspen Dental, visit aspendental.com. For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions visit carestreamdental.com.

About Aspen Dental

Aspen Dental-branded practices are committed to breaking down the barriers so that patients can get the care they need today. With close to 780 offices in 42 states, Aspen Dental practices provide a wide range of general dentistry and denture-related services and offer patient-friendly programs and services, including convenient locations, onsite labs and extended hours. Together, Aspen Dental practices cared for more than 1.8 million patients in 2018. For additional information about Aspen Dental or to find an Aspen Dental office, please visit aspendental.com.

About Carestream Dental

Carestream Dental is transforming dentistry, simplifying technology and changing lives around the world with its innovative digital product line of systems, solutions and support. From intraoral and extraoral imaging equipment to CAD/CAM solutions, imaging analysis software to practice management systems, Carestream Dental technology captures two billion images annually and aids in more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care.

Z4 Drills Screw-Access Channels in Highest Quality, Study Confirms

Posted on November 13, 2019

A recent scientific study at the University of Washington proved a key feature of the Z4. Using the milling and grinding machine, dental professionals can drill screw-access channels for hybrid implant restorations, e.g. screw-retained crowns, into regular ceramic blocks with no significant difference in flexural strength compared to factory-pre-drilled ‘meso’ blocks, which are significantly more expensive, and for which the nesting process is more challenging.

The study compared screw-access channels that were prefabricated under factory settings and channels milled in a Z4 milling and grinding machine from vhf. For this, a variety of ceramic CAD/CAM materials from different manufacturers was evaluated. The study ultimately proved that there was no significant difference in flexural strength of ‘meso’ blocks, compared with Z4-drilled blocks. Therefore, processing standard blocks with the Z4 means less cost for material and less material inventory necessary. The authors of the study were Jack M. Keesler, DDS, MSD, under guidance of the renowned Professor John A. Sorensen, DMD, PhD, FACP. This study was for Dr. Keesler’s University of Washington 2019 Master’s Thesis.

The CEO of vhf Inc., Nicolas Rohde, PhD, appreciates the study results: “The study results are of paramount importance for users of milling machines and a convincing argument for those who are thinking of purchasing a Z4. Our customers can conveniently finish perfect restorations at lower cost by drilling screw-access channels in highest quality.”

The Z4 is a four-axis, high precision milling and grinding machine with an integrated compressor and PC that requires no additives for the water-cooling system. Developed for same-day dentistry, it enables patients to receive high-quality restorations much faster. The block material is fixed without tools and can therefore be exchanged in seconds. For the study, two fine-grained diamond radius tools from vhf were used for grinding the channels.

Hinman Unveils New Courses & Programs for All Dentists

Posted on November 13, 2019

-Hinman 2020 to Be Held March 19-21 in Atlanta, Georgia-

The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting -- the nation’s leading dental meeting and comprehensive source of continuing education in dentistry – has announced several new educational programs and tracks for dentists of all ages and levels of experience. Hinman 2020, which will be held March 19-21, will offer the “GO Track” for emerging and new dentists, the “Silver Track” for experienced dentists planning for retirement, and a Student Program designed especially for dental students.

“Hinman 2020 is filled with new educational programs and courses designed to help everyone from the new dentist who wants to set up a practice for success to the established dentist who may be looking to transition the practice in preparation for retirement,” said Dr. Bob O’Donnell, General Chair for Hinman 2020. “Also, Hinman invites dental students to attend the meeting to take advantage of numerous networking opportunities, free courses and an enormous exhibit hall featuring every dental product and service imaginable.” 

The 2020 “GO Track”

Designed specifically for new and emerging dentists, the “GO Track: How New Dentists Can Go Further, Faster!” (Course Fr500) is a half-day session led by Dr. Sully Sullivan on Friday, March 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Dr. Sullivan practices in Brentwood, TN and is the Creator and Host of the Millennial Dentist Podcast. Topics include:

“What It Takes to Transition from Associate to Owner”

This course is designed for new dentists looking to own and dentists looking to phase out or hire a dentist to take over their practice. It will address how different generations can work together to create an unstoppable team, as well as the pros and cons of owning a practice.

“Keys to Early Success After Graduating Dental School”

This course will present the challenges young doctors face after graduating and the best ways to improve, grow and become successful. Highlights include utilizing our access to education, technology and the importance of mentorship. 

“Leveraging Technology to Go Further, Faster”

This course will focus on how technology, both from a clinical and business perspective, can help your practice go further, faster! Topics include CBCT, CAD/CAM technology and patient communication tools, which can increase new patient growth and case acceptance.

The “SILVER Track”

With emphasis on the established dentist, the “SILVER Track” offers a full day of courses that can be taken together or individually on Saturday, March 21, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Topics cover everything from forming multi-generational partnerships to understanding the value of your practice. The courses offered include:

“Collaboration of Generations is a Recipe for Success” (SA358) -- 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Sully Sullivan will cover generational differences and dispel stereotypes. In this course, you will hear from two different generational doctors working together and what it takes to utilize the strengths of each generation to have enormous success.

“Stress, Life Balance and Second Chances” (SA359) -- 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dr. John Muse will share his personal experience with a sudden death episode due to a massive cardiac arrest. He will talk about life events leading up to that day, his experience in the hospital and things he has changed to reduce stress and find more balance in his life. 

“An Aggressive, But Legal Approach to Taxes” (SA360) -- 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In this course, Mr. Brandon Collier will cover an “aggressive, but legal” approach to taxes that has served tens of thousands of dentists quite well over the last 50 years. This lecture will include why doctors (and their CPAs) tend to be too timid when claiming legitimate tax deductions, how the audit process really works, and a variety of tax deductions that doctors may be missing but should be claiming.

“Understanding the Value of the Dental Practice in a Seller's Market” (SA361) – 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Selling the practice not only relinquishes ownership and control, but also impacts tax and pension planning opportunities, equity and long-term income that may not have been considered. Having a plan in place that weighs both the financial costs and opportunity costs is essential. In this session, Mr. Charles Loretto will cover the timing, tax strategies and partnerships involved.

Student Program

Hinman 2020 offers several networking opportunities for dental students, including:

·     Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall – Friday, March 20, 4 to 5 p.m. Mingle with other dental students from across the country while enjoying free drinks, snacks and more.

·     Hinman’s Night Out at the Tabernacle – Friday, March 20, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy Hinman’s signature party with live music, drinks, dinner and fun!

In addition, students can take advantage of more than 280 courses (half of which are free) during the three-day meeting, including these special courses:

·     “GO Track: How New Dentists Can Go Further, Faster!” Dr. Sully Sullivan, Friday, March 20, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

·     “Top 10 Management Tools for a Successful Practice,” Lois Banta, Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

·     “Owning Your Practice: The Key to Your Financial Future,” Charles Loretto, Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

·     “Stuff Worth Knowin’ About Money, Practice and Life,” Dr. Wayne Kerr, Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

·     “Hands-On Oral Surgery Workshop for Dental Students Only,” Dr. Amy Kuhmichel, Saturday, March 21, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration for Hinman 2020 will open on December 10, 2019. Please visit Hinman.org for more information.

The Hinman Tradition

The Hinman Dental Meeting is designed with a commitment to quality and professionalism and a high regard for the value of continuing education. The Meeting is sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, and excess revenue is invested and gifted in the form of individual scholarships to dental, hygiene and assisting students and in contributions to institutions that foster dental education. For additional information about the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, visit Hinman.org or contact Ms. Sylvia Ratchford, Executive Director, at (404) 231-1663.

Yankee Dental Congress® Will Contribute Millions to Boston Economy This Winter

Posted on November 13, 2019

Yankee Dental Congress® 2020 (Yankee) will bring millions of dollars to the Boston economy this winter when it is held January 30 – February 1, 2020, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. More than 26,000 dental health professionals and guests from around the United States are expected to attend this year’s event.

Yankee, which is New England’s largest dental meeting, is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) in cooperation with the dental societies of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

“We are very proud that the Yankee Dental Congress is a major contributor to the Boston economy year after year,” said MDS President Dr. Janis Moriarty. “We strive to create an exceptional learning and networking experience for dental professionals, so they are excited to attend every winter.”

For the last 45 years, Yankee has welcomed to Boston thousands of dental health professionals to participate in the three-day conference, which features hundreds of continuing education (CE) courses and more than 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest dental products and technologies.

According to the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 2019 Yankee Dental Congress® provided more than $11 million in economic impacts, including:

·    More than $2.87 million in attendee lodging and transportation

·    More than $2.13 million in attendee food and beverage spending

·    At least 3,500 total jobs supported

·    $65,000 in local taxes paid

·    More than $1.86 million in business services

·    Nearly $575,000 in attendee retail and recreation spending

Yankee Dental Congress® 2020 will continue to provide dental professionals with industry-leading speakers and more than 300 innovative CE opportunities to energize their passions and fuel advances in the dental field. Educational highlights will include courses on treating patients with special needs, dental sleep medicine, digital dentistry, HPV, geriatric dentistry, and an interprofessional symposium focusing on practice models that blend oral and systemic health. There also will be a special track of courses for new dentists designed to help them learn from experienced practitioners and network with their peers.

Yankee also will continue to provide complimentary registration and educational courses to public health dental professionals to help support those who provide vital oral health care to underserved and disadvantaged populations throughout New England.

For more information on Yankee Dental Congress® 2020, please visit yankeedental.com or call 877.515.9071.

Yankee Dental Congress® is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With more than 26,000 dental professionals in attendance from across the United States, Yankee Dental Congress® is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting-edge of oral health care. Yankee Dental Congress® is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society in cooperation with the dental associations of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. For more information, please visit yankeedental.com or call 877.515.9071.

P&G’s Oral-B® and Crest® Launch “Tooth Fairy in a Box”

Posted on November 13, 2019

Iconic P&G brands Oral-B and Crest, “the official oral care brands of Tooth Fairies,” have launched Tooth Fairy in a Box, designed to help parents turn one Tooth Fairy visit into better brushing habits that last a lifetime. That’s crucial, as recent research shows children with cavities in their baby teeth are four times more likely to have cavities in their adult teeth,1 and 45% of U.S. children ages 6-11 are affected by tooth decay.2

“Helping kids learn how to keep teeth healthy and strong doesn’t have to be boring,” said Jason Duff, Oral Care Ventures leader at P&G. “Tooth Fairy in a Box is packed with exciting items to transform kids’ brushing experiences into ones they will love, and this convenient kit provides everything a parent needs to prepare for a visit from the Tooth Fairy, with no last-minute scrambling.”

Tooth Fairy in a Box contains an Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush and Kid’s Crest Strawberry Rush Toothpaste (a $35 combined retail value), plus numerous other items to help parents engage with and educate their child, including:

 The Littlest Tooth Fairy bedtime book,

 a brushing chart and stickers,

 a tooth holder door hanger,

 a Tooth Fairy letter and envelope,

 a selfie photo frame, and

 an informative guide for parents.

The 30-day chart and fun stickers help track and encourage good habits; for example, kids can place a yellow sun on the chart for brushing in the morning, a blue moon for brushing before bed, and a red apple for eating a healthy afternoon snack. The handy door hanger, on which the parent or child can write the kid’s name, is a perfect place to keep a lost tooth safe until the Tooth Fairy visits. The pre-written Tooth Fairy letter folds for easy delivery in the shimmering blue envelope, and the Tooth Fairy-themed photo frame helps showcase the child’s gappy new grin.

The Tooth Fairy activities and games faciliate learning in an enjoyable way, while helping keep teeth healthy, sparkly and “magically” clean. Manual toothbrushes are great, but a safe, effective, electric toothbrush (or power toothbrush) like the one in Tooth Fairy in a Box can help keep teeth shining bright. The Tooth Fairy knows reaching all the hard-to-get places in the mouth can be tiring for little hands, but with oscillating bristles, timers, different cleaning modes, and other features, the Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush is an easy way to help kids brush everywhere that needs brushing.

Tooth Fairy in a Box, with a total retail value of $60, is currently priced at $34.99 (plus shipping and any applicable sales tax), and includes a 60-Day, Money Back Guarantee. To order or for more information, visit ToothFairyinaBox.com.

About P&G

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

1 Hall-Scullin, E., et al.; “Longitudinal Study of Caries Development from Childhood to Adolescence;” Journal of Dental Research; Vol. 96; No. 7; July 2017

2 Hill, B.J., et al.; “State of Little Teeth Report;” 2nd ed.; American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; 2019

2019-20 AAOMS Officers, Trustees Elected

Posted on November 13, 2019

Victor L. Nannini, DDS, FACS, was introduced as the 102nd president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) during its Annual Meeting in September in Boston, Mass.

Alongside AAOMS's other officers and its Board of Trustees, Nannini assumes leadership for 2019-20 of the professional organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Nannini of Westbury, N.Y., previously served as AAOMS President-Elect, Vice President and AAOMS District I Trustee.

After more than 30 years in private practice, Nannini moved to full-time faculty and is currently director of the Nassau University Medical Center Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program. He previously was chair of the New York OMS Political Action Committee for eight years and president of the New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

"We have been so blessed to have such great past presidents, officers and trustees," Nannini said. "I have been fortunate to be able to observe and admire their significant accomplishments over the years – setting the table for future presidents such as myself."

In 2016, Nannini was a member of the first class of single-degree OMSs inducted as fellows in the American College of Surgeons, the world's largest surgical organization. He received his doctor of dental surgery degree from New York University and completed his OMS training at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center.

Nannini succeeds A. Thomas Indresano, DMD, FACS, who will serve as Immediate Past President. Other 2019-20 officers elected by the AAOMS House of Delegates are B.D. Tiner, DDS, MD, FACS, as President-Elect; J. David Johnson Jr., DDS, as Vice President; Robert S. Clark, DMD, as Treasurer and Steven R. Nelson, DDS, MS, as Speaker of the House of Delegates. Debra M. Sacco, DMD, MD, is the first woman elected to the AAOMS Board of Trustees and will serve District III, the southeastern states.

Tiner of San Antonio, Texas, previously served as Vice President and District V Trustee. He was a tenured associate professor and director of the residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and entered full-scope private practice in 1996 in San Antonio. For 25 years, he served as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring as Captain in 2000.

Johnson has been in private practice in Oak Ridge and Powell, Tenn., for 29 years. He has served as AAOMS and OMS Foundation Treasurer, AAOMS District III Trustee, president of the Southeastern and Tennessee Societies of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, associate professor at the University of Tennessee as well as a member of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) Examination Committee. For 15 years, he was the national OMS spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA).

Clark was AAOMS District III Trustee for the last four years and served on the ABOMS Examination Committee from 2012-19. He is president and senior partner of a five-office, five-doctor private practice based in the Lexington, Ky., area that will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. Dr. Clark has practiced in Lexington since 1993 and served in the AAOMS House of Delegates since 1996, on AAOMS committees and as an AAOMS representative to the Code Maintenance Committee and Dental Quality Alliance at the ADA.

Nelson of Greenwood Village, Colo., was elected to his 18th term as Speaker of the House of Delegates. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center and practices at Nelson, Rollert & Wells Associates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Denver. He also is president of the Colorado Dental Lifeline Network and chair of the Small Donor Committee of the Colorado Dental Political Action Committee.

Sacco practices in Chapel Hill, Durham and Sanford, N.C., and serves on the hospital staff at North Carolina Specialty Hospital, Davis Ambulatory Surgery Center and Duke Regional Hospital, where she is chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery. She also has served in the AAOMS House of Delegates and as an examiner for ABOMS. Sacco previously was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, where she graduated from medical school.

Other AAOMS Trustees are David M. Shafer, DMD, of Farmington, Conn. – who was re-elected to a two-year term for District I – Paul J. Schwartz, DMD, of District II and Pittsburgh, Pa.; J. David Morrison, DMD, of District IV and Loveland, Ohio; Charles A. Crago, DMD, MD, FACS, of District V and Fargo, N.D., and Mark A. Egbert, DDS, FACS, of District VI and Kenmore, Wash.

The experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery® — The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is the professional organization representing more than 11,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, OMS residents and OMS professional staff in the United States. AAOMS supports its fellows' and members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations. For additional information about oral and maxillofacial surgery, visit the AAOMS websites at AAOMS.org and MyOMS.org.

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

Posted on November 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Align Technology, Inc.

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

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

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

Posted on November 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the AACD

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

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