GreenMark Secures FDA Clearance for LumiCare™ Caries Detection Rinse

Posted on April 8, 2021

GreenMark Biomedical Inc. announced that the company has secured regulatory clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its LumiCare™ Caries Detection Rinse as a 510(k) Class II Medical Device. "Gaining FDA clearance for our LumiCare™ device at this particular time is especially gratifying given the significant pandemic challenges of the last year. I need to acknowledge the efforts of the entire GreenMark team and our regulatory partners," stated Dr. Steven Bloembergen, Ph.D., GreenMark's founder, Chairman and CEO. GreenMark plans to commence sales of the product in the fall of this year.

Dental Caries, the world's most prevalent chronic disease, affects more than 95% of Americans over their lifetimes and when left untreated, can lead to dental cavities. GreenMark's LumiCare™ rinse enhances visualization of carious lesions (cavities & pre-cavities) by targeting and illuminating sub-surface porosities in enamel, thereby aiding in the detection of caries. The technology utilizes bioresorbable starch-based nanoparticles which degrade due to enzymes in saliva by the time the patient is ready to leave the dental office.

Validation studies have been performed on a range of caries severity, including cavitated as well as early, non-cavitated lesions. "Since 2015, we've worked alongside our research partners at the University of Michigan, to realize our vision of detecting the early stages of caries and repairing teeth non-invasively," said Dr. Nathan Jones, M.Sc., Ph.D., co-inventor and GreenMark Vice President Technology. Identifying lesions early creates an opportunity to avoid invasive treatment options required once a cavity has formed.

"While detecting and treating caries non-invasively with this breakthrough nanotechnology sounds like science fiction, the reality is that integration into dental practices is just around the corner," said Dr. Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, dental technology thought leader, CEO of Cellerant Consulting Group, and founder of the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards. LumiCare™ rinse was recognized as a 2020 Best of Class winner in the Emerging Technology category.

Prior to launch, GreenMark will scale its manufacturing and solidify its distribution channels. "Our company's passion for creating new products that benefit dental professionals and their patients takes another step forward as we approach commercial availability of our LumiCare™ product," noted Adam Laird, J.D., Director of Business Development.

GreenMark will continue to sponsor research studies with leading clinicians and academicians on the LumiCare™ device, as well as other applications of its nanotechnology platform for non-invasive and preventative dental treatment. "Our company aims to help advance the standard of care in the management of dental caries through the contemporary scientific understanding of this disease," said Dr. Wendy Bloembergen, MD, GreenMark Vice President Clinical Affairs. "We recognize the impact that early-stage caries detection combined with minimally invasive preventative treatment can have for dental practices and their patients."

About GreenMark Biomedical Inc.

GreenMark develops products that involve small sub-micron particles produced from food grade starch. These particles make an ideal carrier for medical and dental applications, given that enzymes in our body and saliva degrade starch. Dental caries is the most prevalent chronic disease in the world, and GreenMark is developing ways to identify and better assess the disease in its early stages, monitor progression and to treat it noninvasively or non-surgically. The Company's LumiCare™ Caries Detection Rinse, to be used by dental professionals as part of the routine dental exam, contains fluorescently labeled starch particles that target the subsurface of carious lesions in enamel and illuminates them using a blue curing light. Identification at stages before cavitation will allow the use of non-surgical management options, resulting in less discomfort and improved long-term oral health outcomes for patients. GreenMark's team has also demonstrated the ability to load the essential minerals, depleted as a result of tooth decay, directly inside the small starch particles. Unlike most fluoride products, which seal the tooth's enamel surface, GreenMark's products are designed to target and restore the enamel subsurface by regenerating tooth structure.

GreenMark Biomedical Inc. has an office located at 325 E. Grand River Avenue, Suite 314, East Lansing, MI 48823 and offices & lab facilities at 1600 Huron Parkway, Building 520, 2nd Floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Contact: info@greenmark.bio or (517) 896-3665. For more information, visit www.greenmark.bio.

Anatotemp SC-Teams with 3Shape To Provide Streamlined Digital Dental Implant Workflow

Posted on April 7, 2021

Today, Anatotemp is announcing the incorporation of the Anatotemp SC anatomic dental implant healing abutment and scan body library into the 3Shape dental implant laboratory and model creator software.

Anatotemp has become the off-the-shelf solution for creating ideal emergence profile and now its second generation Anatotemp SC is both an anatomic healing abutment and digital scan body in one component.

By utilizing the Anatotemp SC, there is no need to remove the healing abutment and place an impression post or scan body. Anatotemp SC performs both functions saving the implant clinician four steps and at least one appointment.

3Shape is a global leader in digitally-driven dental implant planning and laboratory software and is utilized by a vast number of dental implant clinicians and dental laboratories worldwide.

“The inclusion of the Anatotemp SC library into the 3Shape dental laboratory software provides the dental implant clinician with a much-desired streamlined workflow,” said Terry B. Philibin DDS, MS, MBA, Anatotemp President, and CEO. “There is no longer a need to remove the healing abutment and place an impression body; Anatotemp SC does both.


SmileDirectClub Announces New Lifetime Smile Guarantee

Posted on April 7, 2021

In honor of World Health Day, SmileDirectClub, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC), the next generation oral care company with the first medtech platform for teeth straightening, announced today its new Lifetime Smile Guarantee™, an industry-first offering that guarantees its customers a straighter smile for life. As a leader in oral care innovation, SmileDirectClub is committed to helping customers achieve a healthier smile, which in turn leads to improved overall health.

Customers who complete clear aligner therapy with SmileDirectClub and order two retainers per year by maintaining their SmileDirectClub retainer subscription, will qualify for the Lifetime Smile Guarantee. The guarantee ensures customers can qualify for one free set of aligners on an annual basis, if determined necessary by the prescribing dentist or orthodontist, to achieve the desired results.

“Our Lifetime Smile Guarantee provides a tremendous value to our customer. It ensures SmileDirectClub’s premium, doctor-directed treatment is guaranteed for life and that our customers continue to receive our unparalleled customer support well beyond their initial treatment” said John Sheldon, Chief Marketing Officer of SmileDirectClub. “We pride ourselves on providing consumers the best option in teeth straightening and a superior customer experience without the 3x markup of our leading competitor. This innovative offering is unmatched in the industry, extends the lifetime customer relationship for SmileDirectClub, and highlights just one of the many ways becoming a member of the Club delivers the best possible experience.”

The Lifetime Smile Guarantee was designed to deliver even more value to SmileDirectClub Club Members who use the company’s pioneering telehealth platform for teeth straightening by ensuring eligible customers will never have to pay again to straighten their smile.

“Teeth naturally move throughout a person’s life, even after completing any teeth straightening service,” said Dr. Jeffrey Sulitzer, Chief Clinical Officer at SmileDirectClub. “Our Lifetime Smile Guarantee ensures our Club Members can keep their new smile for life and reap the additional benefits from a lifelong straighter smile, including the ability to improve oral health and potentially reduce chronic inflammation of the gums which helps avoid diseases like diabetes, coronary artery disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.”

Since launching in the U.S. in 2014, SmileDirectClub has become one of the fastest-growing health technology companies, serving well over one million customers around the world.

About SmileDirectClub

SmileDirectClub, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC) (“SmileDirectClub”) is an oral care company and creator of the first medtech platform for teeth straightening, now also offered directly via dentist and orthodontists’ offices. Through its cutting-edge teledentistry technology and vertically integrated model, SmileDirectClub is revolutionizing the oral care industry, offering consumers the ability to get clinically safe and effective treatment but without the 3x markup associated with traditional orthodontics. SmileDirectClub’s mission is to democratize access to a smile each and every person loves by making it affordable and convenient for everyone. SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and operates in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain and Mexico. For more information, please visit SmileDirectClub.com.

Contact: SmileDirectClub Media Relations: Press@SmileDirectClub.com


Henry Schein One Announces New Dentrix Imaging Center

Posted on April 7, 2021

Henry Schein One, a leading provider of dental practice management, patient engagement and demand creation software solutions, today announced the launch of Dentrix Imaging Center, an integrated imaging module that allows dental professionals to manage all images from within Dentrix versions G7.3 or higher.

Switching between multiple unique imaging modules and practice management software can add unnecessary time and complexity to clinical workflows in a dental practice. The Dentrix Imaging Center offers robust imaging software features in one solution, giving dentists a single, seamless imaging workflow inside the Dentrix practice management system, reducing the time needed to switch between the imaging software of various other providers. Dentrix Imaging Center is a universal, open architecture dental imaging solution, capable of acquiring, analyzing, and storing intraoral, 2D, 3D, panoramic, cephalometric, and CAD/CAM images from a broad range of imaging hardware.

“The launch of Dentrix Imaging Center advances our goal to integrate technologies that create seamless imaging workflows and enhance patient care. Dentrix makes it easier for dentists to manage their practice, facilitate the integration of new technology, and save time for both the practice and the patient,” said Mike Baird, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein One. “We’ll continue to find and create new solutions, like Dentrix Imaging Center, that streamline workflows so dentists and teams can focus on patient care.”

Dental professionals using Dentrix Imaging Center also have access to a dedicated support system, with dedicated Henry Schein One representatives available to answer questions and resolve issues.

To learn more about Dentrix Imaging Center, please click here or call (833) 231-9222.

About Henry Schein One

Henry Schein One, a subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc. established in partnership with Internet Brands in 2018, is a software company providing integrated software and services to the dental industry. Headquartered in American Fork, Utah, the company offers market-leading solutions for dental practices, including Dentrix®, Dentrix Ascend®, Dentrix® Enterprise, Easy Dental®, TechCentral™, Demandforce®, Sesame Communications, Lighthouse360®, Officite, and DentalPlans.com® as well as solutions offered through international companies, including Software of Excellence, Logiciel Julie, InfoMed, Exan, and LabNet, among others. For more information, visit www.henryscheinone.com.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 19,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that help improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental and medical laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.

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.

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries and territories. The Company's sales reached $10.1 billion in 2020, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 12 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein, Instagram.com/HenrySchein, and Twitter.com/HenrySchein


Ivoclar Vivadent's 2021 Dental Innovation Tour

Posted on April 6, 2021

Ivoclar Vivadent has announced that they will be taking to the North American highways in 2021, embarking on an educational experience like no other: The 2021 Dental Innovation Tour.

"Our objective is to bring our innovation and educational programs to dental professionals across North America," said President Christian Brutzer.  "This way we can connect and cultivate relationships with our broad base of customers with personalized educational events to heighten awareness of Ivoclar Vivadent's digital technologies, CAD/CAM materials, and complete restorative, prosthetic, and removable workflow solutions."

The Dental Innovation Tour will feature a 40-foot mobile unit with a showroom outfitted with Ivoclar Vivadent's latest digital technologies and material offerings, including PrograMill milling units, PrograPrint 3D printers, 3Shape scanners, IPS e.max materials, direct restoratives solutions, and the award-winning Ivotion Digital Denture System.

From on-site education programs to evening events with personal tours through the showroom, the Dental Innovation Tour intends to demonstrate how Ivoclar Vivadent is creating smart solutions for modern dentistry.   

“Empowering our customers for success is our number one priority,” says George Tysowsky DDS, MPH, FACD, Senior Vice President of Technology and Head of Global Training and Education. “Our customers hunger to learn about new innovations and best practices, but traveling for education and personal learning experiences is difficult in this environment. I am delighted that we can take our passion, commitment, and vision on the road to help our customers learn and thrive.”

The Dental Innovation Tour will crisscross the United States and Canada, stopping in 40 cities and will begin in April. For a complete listing of tour stops and dates and to register for an event, please log onto www.dentalinnovationtour.com.

Press Technique Turns 30: Laboratory-Tested and Future-Proof

Posted on April 5, 2021

Every four seconds, somewhere in the world, a restoration made with Ivoclar Vivadent pressed ceramics is placed. Despite the arrival of other new fabrication methods, dentists and dental technicians continue to trust this unique procedure—using it with enthusiasm and conviction. What is the secret of the sustained success of this technique? Ivoclar Vivadent takes a look at its remarkable history.

Gold alloys used to be the go-to material for dentists and dental technicians who wished to minimize the risk of intolerance in patients. However, these materials showed shortcomings with regard to their esthetic appearance and wear behavior, and they could not fulfill the growing demand for metal-free solutions. Then, Ivoclar Vivadent came up with the visionary idea of pressing ceramic materials to produce metal-free restorations. In 1991, the dental company from Liechtenstein introduced its groundbreaking pressed ceramic fabrication technique.

Amazing all-ceramics

The hot-pressing technique, which was originally used to press the IPS Empress ceramics, together with the Programat press furnace steadily evolved into a true alternative to casting dental alloys. All-ceramic restorations were shown to offer a wide range of benefits: compatibility with the natural tooth structure; neutrality in relation to other materials; light transmission properties similar to those of dental enamel; and a tooth-like appearance—in large part due to the nearly “invisible” restoration margin. A passion for producing highly esthetic restorations and the immeasurable pleasure of making people smile spurred the company on to refining the technique in terms of esthetics, function, and strength.

In 2005, Ivoclar Vivadent introduced another breakthrough material: the lithium disilicate glass-ceramic IPS e.max. Armin Ospelt, Senior Director of the Global Business Unit Labside Analog, had the following to say about the pioneering press ingot: “IPS e.max Press has confirmed its longevity in everyday clinical practice. One hundred million restorations and a survival rate of 96.2% bear testimony to its success. The IPS e.max guarantee is as promising as the material itself.”

Future-oriented press workflow

Dental laboratories are constantly looking for new and efficient fabrication methods to increase their profitability. The 3D printing system PrograPrint was developed with the aim of complementing the conventional hot-pressing process. The system is capable of carrying out certain time-consuming manufacturing steps, thereby freeing up the dental technician to perform other important tasks that require their technical skill and well-trained eye and impart the restoration with a uniqueness all of its own. Overall, the efficiency of the dental laboratory increases due to the fact that several wax-ups can be fabricated in one printing process. However, the laboratory not only benefits from its enhanced productivity, but also from the added value it creates. Therefore, the ceramic pressing technique is considered to be a proven and at the same time future-proof manufacturing method.

More information: 30yearspresstechnology.ivoclarvivadent.com

IPS e.max® is a trademark of Ivoclar Vivadent AG.

Alien Milling Becomes Official NT Trading Distributor in USA

Posted on April 2, 2021

Alien Milling is now an official distributor of NT Trading’s products, including premills, scan bodies, analogs, screws, titanium bases, and 2Connect complete systems and scan bodies. Available for order on Alien’s easy-to-use website, alienmilling.com, the products complement its wide range of implant services.

“We’ve been using NT Trading products for over two years in our Milling Center and believe they are the best choice when it comes to implant restorations,” says Saro Hatzakortzian, CEO. “Now our customers who mill titanium have access to premilled abutments, those who receive impressions can order analogs and scan bodies to design their case digitally, and labs can save money by ordering the titanium base as a stand-alone product, mill their own zirconia, and cement the two together.”

National Dentex Acquires Dental Services Group to Create North America’s Largest Dental Lab Network

Posted on April 1, 2021

National Dentex Labs (NDX), the largest network of fully-owned dental laboratories in the United States providing superior restorative dentistry solutions, announced today the acquisition of Dental Services Group (DSG), a growing network of dental laboratories across North America. The combined company will operate under the National Dentex Labs brand and NDX CEO Tom Daulton will serve as the Chief Executive Officer.

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, DSG's full-service laboratory network offers customers a variety of options in fixed, removable, implant, orthodontics, and sleep dentistry products and services. The combined company will share best practices and capabilities to deliver a leading portfolio of solutions to independent dentists and dental service organizations (DSOs). Together, the organization, supported by nearly 4,000 employees, will provide its more than 50,000 customers across North America with cost-effective options that deliver the best treatment outcomes for patients. Customers will enjoy the combined company’s improved national coverage and benefit from the expanded product and service offerings.

"This union creates an even stronger laboratory network to support all our customers and the patients they serve every day,” said Tom Daulton, Chief Executive Officer of NDX. “DSG brings complementary technical expertise, DSO relationships, and variety of options from their full-service laboratory network. DSG and NDX share the same core values and drive to continually deliver value, quality, innovation, and exceptional experience to our customers."

Lou Azzara, Chief Executive Officer of DSG, commented: “Together, through our advanced technology and with the industry’s top talent, we believe we are creating one of the strongest dental lab companies in the world. We will be able to offer a broad range of options for all market segments, meeting the demands of a rapidly changing marketplace and delivering best-in-class restorative solutions to those we serve.”

NDX was acquired by an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, LP, a global leader in alternative investing, in October 2020. Brett Ingersoll, Senior Managing Director at Cerberus, added: "DSOs and independent dentists are seeking lab partners that deliver leading solutions and services at scale. With its market-leading portfolio and extensive reach, we are confident the combined company will be at forefront of shaping the future of the dental lab industry."

Wisconsin Lights Up For New Curing Innovation

Posted on April 1, 2021

Vista Apex's PinkWave™ curing light is taking the dental world and the "city of festivals" by storm. Milwaukee, Wi, is lighting the Hoan Bridge pink to recognize local innovators, Vista Apex, on April 1, 2021.

"Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin itself are known for its innovators and taste makers in a wide range of industries, and we're happy to showcase how the dental industry fits into that," said Milwaukee County representative April Fuhlz

Fuhlz went on to say, "Innovations like these don't come around every day, so we're excited to be able to celebrate in a way that only the 'city of festivals' can!"

Pinkwave™ is the next generation of curing lights equipped with patented QuadWave™ Technology utilizing UV, Blue, Red, and Near-infrared (NIR), making it the first of its kind with a signature pink light!

Read more about the Bridge Lighting at vistaapex.com/blog

About Vista Apex

Vista Apex is a market leader in Endodontic and Restorative solutions. Having been a market leader in Endodontic Solutions, Vista Dental was looking to apply its chemical and biomedical expertise to its restorative line. With the acquisition of Apex Dental Materials, an innovation powerhouse was formed. Together, the Vista Apex team has a passion for being a trusted partner who provides quality solutions for our Clinicians.

DentaQuest adds COO focused on advancing customer experience, digital transformation

Posted on April 1, 2021

With a continued commitment to improve oral health for its customers and members by removing barriers to care, driving operational excellence and improving outcomes, DentaQuest announced the addition of Kamila Chytil as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) effective March 22.

Under Kamila’s leadership, the Office of the COO will include operations, information technology and marketing and will reimagine a new path for the customer experience while optimizing digital efforts, overall technology and operations. Headquartered in Boston with locations across the country, DentaQuest provides outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals nationwide.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kamila to DentaQuest’s leadership team,” said DentaQuest President and CEO Steve Pollock. “As an accomplished and proven leader focused on both analytics and building relationships, Kamila will be invaluable in our ongoing work to expand access to oral health care nationwide.”

Before joining DentaQuest, Kamila served as Chief Operating Officer at MoneyGram International in Dallas, where she oversaw global servicing, information technology, marketing, corporate strategy as well as the digital business segment. Prior to MoneyGram, Kamila held lead roles at FIS in risk management, analytics and operations.

Kamila holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Finance from the University of Tampa.

About DentaQuest

DentaQuest is a purpose-driven oral health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. We do this through Preventistry® – our all-in approach to better care, expanded access, value-based financing, and innovative solutions. We manage dental and vision benefits for 30+ million Americans and direct patient care through our network of more than 75 oral health centers in 6 states. We provide outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals nationwide. And, we've invested more than $230 million in grants, programs and other corporate citizenship efforts to achieve measurably healthier communities across the country. By advancing prevention-focused oral health, we will achieve better overall health for everyone. Learn more at www.DentaQuest.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter

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