L&R’s UltraDose® WaveCheck Ultrasonic Test Monitor Strips

Posted on February 24, 2020

L&R’s UltraDose® WaveCheck Ultrasonic Test Monitor Strips designed to test the efficacy of your ultrasonic cleaner and solution.

L&R Ultrasonics, a global leader in Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems, Solutions and Accessories now introduces UltraDose WaveCheck Test Monitor strips, ready-to-use indicators designed to test the efficacy of your ultrasonic cleaner and solution; a critical step in infection prevention. WaveCheck confirms that instruments and apparatus can be properly and thoroughly cleaned. Ultrasonic Test Monitors are a quick, easy and cost-effective way to inspect and view the effectiveness of the cleaning process in ultrasonic cleaners.

The monitor strips contain a test soil that mimics the presence of blood and tissue found on dental instruments after use. During the test, the monitor strip is measuring multiple variables of the cleaning process including cavitation, time and solution. Full removal of the test soil from the test strip indicates an effective cleaning process. The maroon soil spots react to all critical parameters of ultrasonic cleaning. When used with the L&R WaveCheck holder, the visible spot represents exposed surfaces, while the covered spot represents difficult to clean areas.

For 90 years, L&R has been a global source for quality Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems, Solutions and Accessories. For more information about UltraDose WaveCheck Ultrasonic Test Monitor strips or any other L&R product, please visit our website at www.LRultrasonics.com, or contact us at 201-991-5330.

Formlabs and BEGO Announce Partnership to Bring 3D Printed Temporary and Permanent Crowns and Bridges to Dental Industry

Posted on February 24, 2020

Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of 3D printing systems, and BEGO, a specialist in the field of prosthodontics and implant dentistry, have announced a partnership that will allow Formlabs' dental customers to 3D print temporary and permanent crowns and bridges directly for patients with BEGO’s best-in-class dental materials. The ability to use completely digital dental workflows with 3D printed temporary restorations will enable a rapid, low cost, iterative process that improves patient care and case acceptance rates. BEGO and Formlabs showcased their new partnership at LMT Lab Day from February 21-22, where attendees could see and feel the materials. The partnership is a natural evolution of Formlabs’ recently announced Dental Business Unit and Form 3B, which is focused on ensuring all dental care providers can bring an exceptional level of care to their patients.

Dental professionals currently using Formlabs’ Form 3B and Form 2 3D printers will be able to use BEGO resins to 3D print permanent single crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers, and temporary crowns and bridges. This enables dental labs to reduce the cost associated with current crown and bridge fabrication while simultaneously increasing the quality of the end product. The properties of this unique material will offer patients excellent esthetics, a low tendency to age and discolor, low plaque accumulation, and high comfort due to low cold and heat sensitivity. Both the temporary and permanent materials will be offered to Formlabs users in different shades and can be individualized to a high esthetic result.

“Directly printing temporary crowns and bridges is one of the most sought after applications from Formlabs customers. By partnering with BEGO and leveraging their 130 years of dental experience, we will be able to not only address this need, but take it a step further by offering materials for permanent crowns. We are excited to see how this partnership can continue to advance the dental industry and overcome the major challenges labs and dentists face as digital dentistry becomes a standard for patient care,” said Dávid Lakatos, Chief Product Officer at Formlabs.

BEGO has more than 20 years of experience in developing 3D printing materials specifically for the dental community and is regarded as a specialist in all dental fabrication techniques. With this partnership, BEGO is one of the first companies to join the Formlabs Materials Partner Platform. The platform is part of the Formlabs Dental Business Unit and enables third-party material manufacturers to work with Formlabs to develop new and exciting resins for use in the dental industry.

“We could not be happier to partner with Formlabs, especially at this time, where digital dentistry is reaching a breakthrough. It took some time and a lot of effort and commitment of all involved people to be able to offer to the market a fully validated workflow for final restorations. This partnership underlines BEGO’s leading position in the dental 3D printing materials market,” said Axel Klarmeyer, Chief Executive Officer of BEGO Dental.

Zahn Adds vhf’s R5 and S5 to Their Portfolio

Posted on February 24, 2020

vhf is proud to announce that Zahn Dental, a division of Henry Schein, has added two vhf mills to their portfolio: S5 and R5, two five-axis milling and grinding machines with automatic blank changers. Zahn, one of the world’s leading dental suppliers now offers vhf’s flagship machines. Both, the S5 and R5, will be shown at the LMT Lab Day in Chicago in the Zahn Ballroom.

The CEO of vhf Inc., Dr. Nicolas Rohde, looks forward to the launch events at the Chicago trade shows: “We are extremely happy that the world premiere of the S5 will not only take place at vhf’s booth at the Lab Day, but also in the famous Zahn Ballroom showcasing to the distributor’s large audience.”

The S5 is the reliable workhorse. The five-axis dry milling machine features an 8-fold blank changer for maximum convenience and high output. The three integrated ionizers considerably reduce the cleaning effort, as static charge of acrylic chips such as PMMA, is neutralized. The optional wet grinding unit enables wet grinding glass ceramics or wet milling titanium.

The R5 is pure milling revolution. The highly automated five-axis milling and grinding machine for wet and dry operation features a patent-pending system for extremely easy and fast tool-free loading of up to ten discs or 60 blocks or abutments in the automatic material changer. The R5 can be operated overnight and over the weekend with its automatic cleaning and drying cycles.

Patterson Adds vhf’s R5 to Their Portfolio

Posted on February 24, 2020

vhf is pleased to announce that Patterson Dental is adding the highly automated milling and grinding machine R5 to their U.S. portfolio. The prestigious dental supply company will launch their broadened vhf offerings at their Chicago Midwinter Meeting booth.

The CEO of vhf Inc., Dr. Nicolas Rohde, is delighted about this extended cooperation: “We are sure that this expansion of the Patterson portfolio with such a powerful made-in-Germany dental milling machine will considerably increase their competitiveness, especially with respect to demanding general practitioners and specialists who want to benefit from inhouse milling – with same-day dentistry and beyond.”

The R5 is pure milling revolution. The highly automated five-axis milling and grinding machine for wet and dry machining features a patent-pending system for extremely easy and fast tool-free loading of up to ten discs or 60 blocks or abutments in the automatic material changer. Moreover, the R5 can be operated over night and over the weekend since it features automatic cleaning and drying cycles.

About vhf:

Founded in 1988, vhf is a leading manufacturer of CNC milling machines, milling tools and CAM software for the dental sector, industry and sign making. Headquartered in Ammerbuch, Germany, vhf employs more than 250 people and is constantly expanding. With its subsidiary vhf Inc. in the state of New York, it provides North American customers with inventory, sales, service, and support.

About Patterson Companies Inc.:

Patterson Companies Inc. connects dental and animal health customers in North America and the U.K. to the latest products, technologies, services and innovative business solutions that enable operational and professional success. The comprehensive portfolio, distribution network and supply chain is equaled only by dedicated, knowledgeable people who deliver unrivalled expertise and unmatched customer service and support.

Learn more: pattersoncompanies.com

Pearl Adds Dr. Roshan Parikh to Advisory Board

Posted on February 24, 2020

Walmart Health’s First-Ever Head of Dentistry Brings Extensive Experience Building Strategic Partnerships and Bridging Patient Care with Business

Pearl, the company dedicated to providing artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to the dental industry, today officially announced the addition of Dr. Roshan Parikh (Dr. Ro) to its advisory board. Parikh has been advising Pearl since August 2019, as an accomplished private-equity backed dental entrepreneur with more than a dozen years of experience as a practicing dentist. Pearl’s dental AI technology uses computer vision and machine learning to establish a standard of truth in dentistry, automate manual processes and alleviate dentist stress and burnout, with solutions for dental practices, dental labs and dental insurers.

Parikh joined Walmart Health as their first-ever Head of Dentistry, where he is developing Walmart’s strategic roadmap for their dental services. A private-equity backed healthcare provider and founder of the multi-site dental service organization (DSO), Great Lakes Dental Partners, Parikh is the founder of the dental consultancy, DSO Strategy, advising M&A DSO transactions with a combined value of $350M, senior advisor for the world-class dental management consulting and recruitment firm Fidler and Associates in Austin, Texas, board member of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – College of Dentistry, as well as an editorial board member for the acclaimed dental publication, GroupDentistryNow.

Parikh is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, with a BS in both Biology and Dentistry, as well as a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). He also earned an MBA with dual emphasis in finance and marketing from Loyola University Chicago. Parikh is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) and the Chicago Dental Society (CDS).

“I always believe good medicine is good business, and by putting people before profit, success will follow. That means always putting the patient first, which is why I’m pleased to join Pearl’s advisory board,” said Dr. Rohan Parikh, head of dentistry at Walmart Health.

“I believe artificial intelligence is one of the keys to providing excellent dental care in dentistry in the coming decade. From greater efficiencies in dental practice management to more precise diagnosis and the elimination of insurance fraud, AI will refine nearly every aspect of the dental industry - and Pearl is clearly at the forefront of dental AI innovation.”

“Pearl is making incredible progress developing imaging-oriented AI solutions for the dental industry, introducing four products to multiple dental market segments in less than a year - and with more in the wings,” said Ophir Tanz, CEO, Pearl. “We are honored and excited to have Dr. Ro join Pearl’s advisory board. His counsel and expertise will be incredibly helpful during this period of accelerated growth.”

Pearl was incubated by Ophir Tanz while operating as the CEO of AI company GumGum, which has been applying computer vision and machine learning technologies to advertising for more than a decade. The son of a dentist, Tanz gathered dental x-rays for three years before spinning out Pearl along with co-founder Dr. Kyle Stanley, DDS - also the son of a dentist, in May 2019. Since launch, Pearl has introduced AI products for dental practices and DSOs (Second Opinion, Practice Intelligence), dental labs (Scan Clarity Score, Smart Margin) and dental insurers (Pearl Protect, Claims Approval).

About Pearl

Pearl is shaping the future of dentistry by delivering AI and computer vision solutions that advance efficiency, accuracy, transparency and patient care. Founded in 2019 by Ophir Tanz and Dr. Kyle Stanley, DDS, Pearl is backed by Craft Ventures and several strategic dental industry partners. For more information or to request a demonstration, please visit http://www.hellopearl.com.

Could This Plaque Identifying Toothpaste Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke?

Posted on February 24, 2020

Study Shows Plaque HD® Significantly Reduces Inflammation throughout the Body

For decades, researchers have suggested a link between oral health and inflammatory diseases affecting the entire body — in particular, heart attacks and strokes. Inflammation is intimately involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and is accurately measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), a sensitive marker for future risks of heart attacks and strokes.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of MedicineMarshfield Clinic Research Institute, and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, collaborated on a randomized trial titled, “Correlation between Oral Health and Systemic Inflammation” (COHESION), to further explore whether Plaque HD®, a plaque identifying toothpaste, reduces hs-CRP.

Results of the randomized pilot trial, published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Medicine, showed that Plaque HD® produced a statistically significant reduction in hs-CRP among those with elevations at baseline. Plaque HD® is the first toothpaste that identifies plaque so that it can be removed with directed brushing. In addition, the product’s proprietary formulation contains unique combinations and concentrations of cleaning agents that weaken the core of the plaque structure to help the subject visualize and more effectively remove the plaque.

In this trial, all randomized subjects were given the same brushing protocol and received a 30-day supply of toothpaste containing either Plaque HD® or an identical non-plaque identifying placebo toothpaste. To assess hs-CRP, levels were measured by Quest Diagnostics using an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay.

“The current findings are similar to those from our previous pilot trial,” said Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., senior author, first Sir Richard Doll Professor, and senior academic advisor in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine. “Whether this plaque-identifying toothpaste decreases heart attacks or strokes requires a large-scale randomized trial of sufficient size and duration. These results provide a stronger rationale to conduct such trials. If positive, the results of these trials would have significant potential clinical and public health implications.”

Based on these findings, Hennekens and colleagues at FAU and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are drafting an investigator-initiated research grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their proposed randomized trial will test whether Plaque HD® reduces progression of atherosclerosis in the coronary and carotid arteries, for which systemic inflammation is an important precursor.

A report from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 47.2 percent of American adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, a pathological inflammatory condition of the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease increases with age affecting more than 70 percent of adults 65 years and older. Prior research has suggested that periodontal disease may be connected to variety of other diseases, including heart disease and stroke and other inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation throughout the body may be a crucial link between periodontal and other systemic diseases.

Further, two years ago, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine ranked the original manuscript published in 1997 by Hennekens and colleagues on aspirin, inflammation and cardiovascular disease, as their most influential original report of the last 20 years. Those randomized data derived from the landmark Physician’s Health Study, in which Hennekens was the founding principal investigator, and suggested that hs-CRP predicted future heart attacks and strokes.

Co-authors of this randomized pilot trial are Amit Acharya, Ph.D., Marshfield Clinic Research Center and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Ingrid Glurich, Ph.D, Marshfield Clinic Research Center; and Scott Hetzel, M.S., KyungMann Kim, Ph.D., Matthew C. Tattersall, D.O., F.A.C.C.; and David L. DeMets, Ph.D., all with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

About the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is one of approximately 152 accredited medical schools in the U.S. The college was launched in 2010, when the Florida Board of Governors made a landmark decision authorizing FAU to award the M.D. degree. After receiving approval from the Florida legislature and the governor, it became the 134th allopathic medical school in North America. With more than 70 full and part-time faculty and more than 1,300 affiliate faculty, the college matriculates 64 medical students each year and has been nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum. To further FAU’s commitment to increase much needed medical residency positions in Palm Beach County and to ensure that the region will continue to have an adequate and well-trained physician workforce, the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Consortium for Graduate Medical Education (GME) was formed in fall 2011 with five leading hospitals in Palm Beach County. The Consortium currently has five Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residencies including internal medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and neurology.

About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit fau.edu.

Aspen Dental Expands Patient Implants Offerings

Posted on February 21, 2020

Aspen Dental Management, Inc. makes new technology and training available to doctors at Aspen Dental

More than 50 dentists who provide care in Aspen Dental-branded practices attend a two-day dental implant training program at ADMI’s Chicago-based Practice Support Center (PSC) in advance of the rollout of dental implant therapy as a treatment option. Located at 1040 W. Randolph in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, the PSC opened in 2018 and is the organization’s hub for learning and development and other support functions. (Photo: Business Wire)

Aspen Dental Management, Inc., (ADMI) announced a rigorous development program, supported by advanced three-dimensional imaging and surface scanning technologies, which is being offered to dentists and support staff in Aspen Dental branded practices. The offering, available to all Aspen Dental offices by the end of 2020, includes web-based, didactic, and surgical level courses. ADMI is the dental support organization (DSO) that cares for the dental professionals, who care for patients in more than 800 Aspen Dental offices located in 41 states.

In 2019, the Aspen Dental network saw double digit growth in implant treatment. The increase in patient need mirrors research that shows more than 150 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth (partial edentulism). Over one million of these cases go untreated each year, while over 37 million Americans suffer complete edentulism, a condition linked to serious health, social, and psychological issues.

Dentists who own and operate Aspen Dental practices view implant treatment as an attractive option for denture patients and those missing some teeth. Implants become a fixed, durable part of the mouth, helping prevent bone loss, maintain facial structure, promote gum health and support overall well-being. Patients report implants look, fit, feel, and function like natural teeth.

ADMI has appointed Dr. Sundeep Rawal as Senior Vice President, Implant Support Services. He will offer support for doctors on implant restoration, treatment planning, and case presentation. Dr. Rawal co-founded the Digital Dentistry Institute and was a private practice prosthodontist at Florida Prosthodontics, PA. He completed his dentistry training at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and his prosthodontics training at the University of California San Francisco.

The customized development content available to Aspen Dental practice teams will be offered as a three-tiered program that is supported by technology:

     • Education for doctors on consultation and case presentation and complementary training for managers, assistants, and lab techs on consultation, coding, and componentry to address implant restorations

     • Roll-out of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), a radiographic imaging method that allows accurate, three-dimensional (3D) imaging and supports cloud-based image sharing

     • Supporting coursework on 3D image interpretation, diagnosis, case selection and single implant and over-denture restorations; defined case work thresholds to ensure quality of care standards

Aspen Dental offices will also be offered CBCT 3D imaging technology to elevate the level of implant treatment. Today, 140 Aspen Dental offices have CBCT and nearly 200 will adopt CBCT in 2020. ADMI plans to procure Carestream’s new next generation 8200 3D for Aspen Dental branded offices. The technology gives dentists an expanded field of view, offers high resolution and low dose modes, and metal artifact reduction. In addition to implants, the refreshed technology can help diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorder (TMJ) and sleep apnea, allowing care teams to help address a patient’s broader oral health issues.

“Aspen Dental patients will benefit from having many implant treatment options, because they can choose a better long-term solution to benefit their overall oral health,” said Dr. Rawal. “Every tooth is shaped and shaded to match real teeth, giving patients more confidence every time they smile.”

DentalEZ Launches Intelligent Aeras Technology

Posted on February 21, 2020

DentalEZ® is launching a new IoT product platform called Aeras™ that supports the company’s mission to address real, everyday challenges in dentistry. Simply put, DentalEZ is redefining what smart means in the practice of dentistry by leveraging technology to allow the dentist and staff to provide truly superior patient care through practice efficiency and new standards of care.

Focused first on restorative care, DentalEZ will continue innovation moving forward.

The new Aeras 500 Elite dental handpiece offers unprecedented power and is the only air driven handpiece capable of cutting through the latest high-strength ceramic materials with confidence, safety and ease. This is essential to the dentist and patient who want to minimize the amount of time and discomfort involved in dental work. Additionally, the Aeras 500 Elite holds exclusive patent-pending RFID technology that unlocks new possibilities for complete practice interconnectivity that reduces the burdens of traditional record keeping, thereby, enhancing productivity for the entire staff.

DentalEZ President Heather Trombley is proud to be leading this change in direction for the Company. “DentalEZ has always been known for reliable products, but I knew our team could do more,” she states, “We set out to make it easier for oral health care professionals to deliver better patient outcomes, and the launch of Aeras starts to fulfill this mission.”

The new Aeras dental compressor is enabled with the latest cloud-based technology that offers active monitoring with data streaming from embedded sensors relayed to the right persons at the right time. This can prevent unwanted downtime and also enables control of the compressor remotely. This means the dentist and staff need not worry about its operation and patients won’t be inconvenienced by an unplanned issue. Trombley states, “When technology can save energy, reduce waste, and minimize disruptions for more focus on patients, that’s smart. DentalEZ is committed introducing technology that translates into a better experience the moment the patient sits in the dental chair. That is what we are striving for.”

About DentalEZ®

The company stands as industry staple with over 100 years of experience. With top-level customer service and support, the company has securely established itself as a trusted partner in dentistry by providing a full line of front-to-back office solutions from well-known brands including Star, Ramvac, Forest®, Nevin™ and Columbia Dentoform®. Visit dentalez.com for more information.

Open Dental Does More When You Buy It From Benco Dental

Posted on February 20, 2020

Open Dental by Benco Practice Solutions adds value, convenience and rewards to the powerful, trusted, innovative and robustly supported Open Dental platform.

Open Dental's do-more dental practice management software (DPMS) does even more when practices purchase it through Benco Dental:

• Benco uses Open Dental as the engine to power a seamless, integrated—and growing—software suite that can be bundled with potent functionality from the likes of Dental Intelligence (the #1 analytics software for practice building) and Practice Mojo (the leading automated dental patient communications solution).

• Benco customers can earn BluChip rewards points on their Open Dental purchases, and will soon be able to redeem the points they already have toward Open Dental.

• Open Dental will soon be available with Benco-designed features and add-ons that deliver unique functionality especially useful for Benco Dental customers.

• It's convenient—your Friendly Benco Rep will be happy to help coordinate an Open Dental demonstration, and you don't need to create an account with Open Dental to purchase it; simply include it with your regular Benco order and get it all on one bill.

• It's open and affordable—unlike other providers, Open Dental gives Benco customers choice. The price through Benco is exactly the same as buying from Open Dental direct, but with all of the added value especially for Benco customers.

"Benco Dental's product portfolio is based on our strong belief that open is better than closed, because consumer choice helps spur innovation," said Ryan Rinaldi, Product Manager for Benco Solutions Software. "Open Dental by Benco Practice Solutions is the perfect option for our customers who have grown accustomed to choosing from a range of best-in-class, innovative solutions rather than restrictive exclusives."

“Open Dental is built on the idea that dental providers should have access to the best software and to their own data," said Nathan Sparks, CEO of Open Dental. “Partnering with Benco Dental expands the reach of our open-source solution and gives dentists more options by making our product available directly to Benco’s customers, who demonstrate a strong preference for innovative solutions.”

For a demonstration or to learn more, please contact your Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GOBENCO or visit benco.com.


20_Open_Dental_Infographic (1).jpg: Open Dental by Benco Practice Solutions uses Open Dental as the engine to power a seamless, integrated software suite with unique features for Benco customers.


Open Dental is the fastest growing dental practice management software with thousands of users because it puts the doctor in charge, not the software provider. Designed to fit any practice size, packed with sensible features, and heavily influenced by dental professionals and users just like you, Open Dental is a powerful, flexible, and affordable Dental Practice Management Software that proudly supports dental health professionals in communities all over the world. Founded in 2003 by Dr. Jordan Sparks, Open Dental was made by a dentist, for dentists.


Benco Dental Drives Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Company firsts include CenterPoint design/equipment superstores, OneVisit™ open architecture CAD/CAM, Painless® electronic ordering and automated supply management. Independent since founded by Ben Cohen in 1930, Benco has grown to become the country’s largest family-owned dental distributor. Over 1,400 dedicated associates serve customers at locations coast-to-coast including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco is one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, a NAFE Top Company for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 14 prior years.

For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.


Easy Denture®, Benco Dental Put Affordable, One-Visit Dentures Within Reach of Millions

Posted on February 20, 2020

Innovative dental startup aligns with the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to deliver a solution as simple as boiling water.

Forty million people. For the 14 years since they began practicing dentistry, that number has motivated Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero to innovate.

According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, approximately 40 million people are edentulous – without teeth. This Wilmington, North Carolina-based dental duo resolved to create a solution and today, with Benco Dental, present one that’s a simple as boiling water: Easy Denture.

To address what he describes as a void in the health care system, Dr. Otero said they created this new category in custom dentures. How does it work for a dental patient? Dip Easy Denture in boiling water for 60 seconds. Cool for the same amount of time. Align in the mouth and create a seal for 90 seconds. Place denture in cold water to set for 30 seconds. That’s all there is to it. One visit and done.

“What keeps me motivated is to think that with Easy Denture we could potentially be responsible for putting more smiles on more faces than any other dentist or company or institution,” said Dr. Misael Otero.

Currently, the process to obtain custom dentures can include three visits to a dental office, three weeks of wait time and upward of $3,000. Easy Denture removes the hurdles with a five-minute process at one tenth of the cost – just several hundred dollars.

“Easy Denture is not a replacement for a high-end cosmetic set. It’s an amazing, perfect solution for an immediate denture, a great replacement for an economy denture.” He also recommended Easy Denture as a transitional or backup denture and as an option for caregivers of those limited by transportation and time constraints.

Reheat. Reform. Reinvent. ™ is the concept behind the Oteros’ company, Sonrisa, which aligns with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to share this solution.  Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide.

“Easy Denture breaks down insurmountable barriers to care for potentially millions of patients worldwide. Until now, the choice was too often traditional dentures or nothing at all in cases where people cannot afford them, or cannot make the multiple office visits necessary to get them. Easy Denture offers a next best thing: an effective, practical alternative that brings treatment within reach,” said Mike DePietro, Benco Dental's Marketing Product Manager for Easy Denture.

Realizing the gap in adequate health care access is a global problem, Dr. Otero takes heart in the far-reaching possibilities for Easy Denture as a change agent. “I think there is a huge opportunity to help here with mission trips. With Easy Denture all you need is boiling water. Hot water, 10 minutes, and every dental patient can walk out with teeth,” said Dr. Otero.

To learn more, please contact your Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GO.BENCO or visit benco.com.


1.19_Easy Denture_Benco_1: Reheat. Reform. Reinvent. ™ is the concept behind the company, Sonrisa, which created Easy Denture (upper front, shown) and aligns with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to share this solution with their dental customers. Sonrisa founders Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero established this new category in custom dentures to break down the cost barrier for access to care.

2. 19_ Easy Denture_Benco_2: Reheat. Reform. Reinvent. ™ is the concept behind the company, Sonrisa, which created Easy Denture (shown in comparison to a porcelain denture). Its founders, Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, align with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to share this solution with their customers. This dental startup established a new category in custom dentures to break down the cost barrier for access to care.

3. 19_BENCODENTAL_home office: Benco Dental aligns with Sonrisa and its founders, Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, to deliver their unique offering, Easy Denture, to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, shown, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States. Benco drives dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture, while delivering a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide.

About Sonrisa

Founded by Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, Sonrisa aims to fundamentally and forever change how oral care products are manufactured and delivered to consumers. The company is based upon the idea that every person–regardless of their socioeconomic status–should have access to oral care solutions that improve their life.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independently-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained focused on its mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. The company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco has been named one of Fortune's Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 years. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide, including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.


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