Launca Medical to Participate in Upcoming International Dental Show 2021 in Cologne

Posted on September 17, 2021

Launca Medical, a leading provider of innovative scanning solutions in digital dentistry, today announced its participation at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021, the largest global trade fair for the dental industry. Launca will showcase its latest innovations, the DL-206 intraoral scanner at booth P-018 in hall 10.2. The event will be held on September 22-25, 2021 in Cologne, Germany.

As the latest addition to Launca DL-200 series, Launca DL-206 is a powder-free intraoral scanner with an ergonomic design, light weight, and fast scan speed, which ensures a comfortable scanning experience for both dental practitioners and patients, and delivers superior treatment outcomes.

With Launca's proprietary 3D scanning technology, DL-206 can quickly tackle down complex dental cases with enhanced accuracy and real-time visualization. The intraoral scanner is available in both cart and portable versions, providing better flexibility to meet the needs of dental practices.

Launca Medical is a fast-growing company in the dental field, winning two awards at the 2021 HCA Medtech Awards - Dentistry Solution Initiative of the Year and Digital Innovation of the Year. With its award-winning DL-206 intraoral scanner, Launca Medical has become a key player in the market and now it is one of the highly anticipated exhibitors in the industry at IDS 2021.

"We are delighted to see that the industry is now getting back to in-person events," said Dr. Jian Lu, Founder & CEO of Launca Medical. "IDS is a key platform for us to connect with dental professionals and showcase the latest digital solutions we are making to help dental practices achieve a smooth and efficient digital transition."

Launca representatives will be available at Hall 10.2 Stand P-018 for one-on-one meetings and product demos throughout the event. Visitors can also access Launca Medical digitally through IDSconnect.

For more information, please visit www.launcadental.com and follow Launca Medical on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Vieworks to Showcase its Complete Dental Detector Lineup at IDS 2021

Posted on September 17, 2021

Vieworks, a global leader in the X-ray imaging industry, presents its complete dental detector lineups at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021 (hall 11.2 P/R 28/29) from 22 to 25 September. IDS is the world's biggest trade fair for dentistry and dental technology, which takes place in Cologne, Germany every two years. More than 160,000 visitors from 64 countries visited IDS 2019.

At IDS, Vieworks will present its two dental detector series: VIVIX-D series, dynamic flat panel detectors, and VIVIX-C series, CMOS line sensor detectors. VIVIX-D series is a perfect solution for all-in-one dental CBCT and panoramic imaging. It is offered with both a-Si technology and IGZO technology, the latest TFT panel which has been emerging as a core technology in the dental field. VIVIX-C series is Vieworks' latest series which employs CMOS line sensor for high-precision panoramic imaging.

In the end, based on the novel technology from Vieworks, dentists can enhance their daily workflow and provide high-quality patient care. In addition, Vieworks' network all around the world offers immediate customer service on time.

"Debuting VIVIX-D series based on a-Si TFT technology in IDS 2019 was a huge success. This year, we are excited to introduce our new X-ray detectors employing IGZO technology and launch VIVIX-C series with CMOS line sensor technology." Jinwoo Nam, senior sales manager, explains about Vieworks' complete dental X-ray detector lineups to be presented this year. "We will take this as an opportunity to present Vieworks' unmatched imaging solutions and secure new customers around the world."

VIVIX-D series with IGZO TFT

For dental CBCT and panoramic imaging

Available in 3 sizes (10 * 17 cm, 17 * 17 cm, and 17 * 24 cm)

Supreme image quality with high resolution and SNR, and low image lag

Enhanced workflow with reliable image acquisition and transfer powered by Safe™

VIVIX-C series with CMOS line sensor

For dental panoramic imaging

Available in 2 sizes (15 * 1 cm and 23 * 1 cm)

Sharp panoramic image quality even at a lower dose

Enhanced user convenience with onboard image correction and simple SDK API

About Vieworks Co., Ltd.

Vieworks debuted its dental detectors based on its established imaging technology with over 20 years of experience in the X-ray imaging field. Since its debut, Vieworks' dental detectors quickly gained market recognition for their superior image quality and stable operation. As a global leader in digital imaging in various applications from medical X-ray imaging to industrial X-ray inspection, Vieworks offers the most advanced flat panel detectors and software as a solution to the world.

For more information, please visit xrayimaging.vieworks.com 

SUNSTAR: Largest Worldwide Consumer Oral Health Awareness Survey Reveals the Best Toothbrushers, Worst Habits and Most Smile Satisfaction

Posted on September 17, 2021

A new worldwide consumer oral health awareness survey across 15 countries has revealed an amazing snapshot of oral health, habits, concerns and desires across the globe.

In the largest survey of its kind totalling 15,000 respondents, findings range from the countries best at brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, to the top worst dental habits and most common dental issues.

The inaugural 2021 Global Healthy Thinking Report by international oral healthcare company, Sunstar, with brands including GUM, Butler and Ora2, also provides insight into which countries have seen the worst oral health impact during the pandemic, which countries are looking after their teeth best, and those who have the best smile satisfaction.

Worldwide findings include:

Most and least oral health issues – Thailand has the most and worst problems with oral health, just 1 in ten have no problems and just 5% are happy with their teeth. The UK ranked the highest, 40%, for not having any problems with their teeth.

Worst habits you would like to give up – Germany and Spain ranked equally the highest at 27% for smoking as the worst habit harmful to their dental health. 22% of Italians, Indonesians and Brazilians said drinking coffee, tea and staining drinks was their worst habit, while China ranks highest for sweets as their worst habit, 31%.

Most forgetful toothbrushers – Indonesians were the most forgetful at brushing their teeth, 45%, while Brazil ranked next highest at 40%. 33% of Italians, Argentinians and Britons said they never forget to brush their teeth. Germans forget the least, 20%.

Best for cleaning between teeth – China leads the way on cleaning between teeth at 21%, followed by Italy, 20% and Spain 18%. Indonesia ranked the lowest at just 7% for those who use an interdental cleaner, electric airflosser or floss.

Smile satisfaction – People in the Netherlands are the happiest with their teeth, and 18% would not want any cosmetic treatment to improve their smile. While just 5% of Thai, Spanish, Italians and Brazilians said they would not choose one cosmetic smile treatment. The US was one of the lowest, only 7% said they would not want any cosmetic treatment and are happy with their teeth.

Understanding of the mouth/body link – 76% of Argentinians understood smoking affected dental health, while just 39% of Singaporeans understood the mouth/body link. While the Japanese have the best understanding that dental health can also affect life expectancy, 38%, just 12% of British do.

Which countries reported most bad breath? Asian countries reported bad breath when describing their oral health more commonly than elsewhere in the world, with the worst in Japan, 34%. Brazil reported the least, just 8%. In Europe, bad breath is most common in Italy, 15% and least in the UK, 10%.

Which countries have seen the worst oral health impact during the pandemic? Argentinians have missed the most dental appointments during the pandemic, 44%. Just 12% of Japan have missed dental appointments, the lowest worldwide. Americans said they have experienced more tooth sensitivity during the pandemic, 25%. Indonesians ranked highest, 45%, for choosing to now clean their teeth more regularly as a result, followed by China at 38%.

Martijn Verhulst, Medical Liaison Manager, Sunstar Scientific Affairs, said about the survey findings: “We are proud to have conducted this largest survey of its kind to further our knowledge into consumer oral health.

“Positive findings included the numbers of people worldwide who are keeping their mouth healthy and fresh by brushing their teeth twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste and tongue brushing.

“But there did seem to be less understanding globally of the overall mouth/health link and the impact oral health has on your overall well-being, or how habits like smoking can impact your oral health. While this link is better known in Japan, for example at Sunstar we say “100 years mouth, 100 years health”, there does seem to be a need for greater understanding of this connection.

“We strongly advise that consumers get their teeth checked twice a year by a qualified professional to assess their oral health and any dental decay or gum disease. Regular dental checks are also important for identifying any issues early and before they can cause wider harm. A reputable dentist is also likely to spot signs of other medical conditions such as oral cancer or even diabetes if they can monitor your oral health frequently.”

A copy of the 2021 Sunstar Global Healthy Thinking report containing all the survey findings and analysis can be downloaded here https://www.sunstar.com/healthy-thinking-report/oral-survey-2021/.

Align Technology Introduces First Professional Whitening System Optimized for Invisalign Aligners & Vivera Retainers Powered by Ultradent’s Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems

Posted on September 16, 2021

Align Technology, Inc. (“Align”) (Nasdaq: ALGN) a leading global medical device company that designs, manufactures, and sells the Invisalign system of clear aligners, iTero intraoral scanners, and exocad CAD/CAM software for digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry, today announced an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with Ultradent Products Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Align will offer Invisalign trained doctors an exclusive professional whitening system with the leading Opalescence PF whitening formula from Ultradent, optimized for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers. The system will carry the co-branded name of ‘Invisalign Professional Whitening System – powered by Opalescence’ and will offer the same great whitening outcomes and streamlined practice experience dental professionals expect from the Opalescence PF product during active tooth movement with Invisalign aligners, as well as during passive retention using Vivera retainers. The Invisalign Professional Whitening System will be commercially available globally in 2022.

“A brighter, whiter smile is an important part of the Invisalign patient journey. In fact, a survey of North American Invisalign practices (1) shows that half of their patients ask for teeth whitening during or after they complete Invisalign treatment,” said Raj Pudipeddi, Align Technology chief product and marketing officer, and SVP and managing director of the Asia Pacific Region. “We believe that by providing an all-in-one solution that combines a leading teeth-whitening system with the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, we enable Invisalign trained doctors to enhance their patients’ treatment experience with a seamless workflow that also enables practice efficiency and growth. We’re very excited to partner with Ultradent to offer the first professional whitening system optimized for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers. Invisalign system trained doctors can use Opalescence PF for in-office teeth whitening treatment and for doctor supervised at-home whitening.”

“We’re honored to partner with Align to make the top professional teeth whitening products available to more clinicians and patients around the world,” said Ultradent President and CEO Dirk Jeffs. “Providing Align with teeth whitening products, ideal for use with Invisalign aligners and Vivera retainers, is a considerable step toward our mission of improving oral health globally and we look forward to pursuing this mission together.”

“Many of my patients would like whiter teeth as well as a straighter smile,” said Dr. Brian Amy, an orthodontist and Align Faculty member practicing in Oklahoma City. “The new Invisalign Professional Whitening System allows me to provide both simultaneously using the brands I trust.”

“After testing this system in my practice, I can confirm that the Invisalign Professional Whitening System is easy to administer and offers a great patient experience by combining whitening with Invisalign aligners or Vivera retainers,” said Dr. Jennifer Bell, a restorative and cosmetic dentist and Align GP Advisory Board Member practicing in Holly Springs, North Carolina. “The simple ordering mechanism minimizes burden on my practice to store and manage whitening products, while providing the brighter, whiter smiles we have come to expect from the Opalescence PF product.”  

Ultradent is an ISO13485 certified facility and will manufacture the products according to those standards.

(1) 2017 online survey of Invisalign doctors, data on file at Align Technology.

About Align Technology, Inc.

Align Technology designs, manufactures and offers the Invisalign system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, iTero intraoral scanners and services, and exocad CAD/CAM software. These technology building blocks enable enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies for over 200 thousand doctor customers and is key to accessing Align’s 500 million consumer market opportunity worldwide. Align has helped doctors treat approximately 10.9 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution in digital dentistry through the Align Digital Platform, our integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services delivered as a seamless, end-to-end solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and GP dentists, and lab/partners. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.

For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about iTero digital scanning system, visit www.itero.com. For additional information about exocad dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad reseller partners, visit www.exocad.com.

About Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512, visit ultradent.com or find us on LinkedInFacebook, and Instagram.

SmileCon to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Tests

Posted on September 16, 2021

To ensure SmileCon attendees have a safe and enjoyable meeting experience, they will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit negative COVID-19 test results.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Dental Association updated its health and safety policy for SmileCon on Sept. 10. The meeting will take place Oct. 11-13 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

All face-to-face attendees, including dentists, dental team members, guests, exhibitors, vendors and ADA staff, must be fully vaccinated or submit negative test results to obtain their credentials and access to SmileCon.

In addition to receiving a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours or less before check-in, unvaccinated attendees also must test negative for COVID-19 every 72 hours while on-site at SmileCon. Testing will be provided for a fee, which is the responsibility of the unvaccinated attendee.

The ADA has contracted with CLEAR HEALTH PASS+ for attendees to securely upload proof of vaccination or negative test results within the CLEAR app on their mobile phones.

The ADA is working with venue partners to ensure a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness throughout Mandalay Bay, and there will be more hand sanitization stations throughout the event.

Based on current requirements from the state of Nevada, both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in all indoor public places. Masks will be required during all SmileCon functions regardless of location, and they may only be removed briefly when actively eating or drinking.

The ADA reserves the right to update its policy in accordance with science as well as federal, state, local and Mandalay Bay guidelines.

For the latest health and safety information, visit SmileCon.org. The ADA will provide regular updates on the SmileCon health and safety webpage and by email.

Young Innovations® Is Now Distributing vVARDIS’ Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus

Posted on September 16, 2021

Young Innovations® is now distributing vVARDIS’ Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus with proprietary Curolox® technology. As of today, Young Innovations, a leading global supplier of dental products, is announced as the distributor of Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus, in collaboration with vVARDIS, a cutting-edge Oral Care manufacturer based in Switzerland.

vVARDIS’ Professional Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus is a locally applied professional mouth rinse for an in-depth anti-cavity treatment of initial tooth decay or white spots lesions, which occurs when a layer of the enamel on a tooth becomes demineralized. Once applied onto a cleaned white spot, Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus’ unique formulation helps the fluoride and the calcium found in saliva penetrate the enamel, boosting the re-mineralization process of the enamel over time in a therapy called Guided Enamel Re-mineralization.

Young Innovation’s distribution of Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus reflects our continued commitment to invest in dental treatment therapies that can prevent and address dental caries, the largest and most prevalent non-communicable disease globally.

For more information on Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus:

Website: https://www.youngspecialties.com/curodont/

To order the product directly: https://www.youngspecialties.com/product/curodont-repair-fluoride-plus/

Colgate-Palmolive Supports Latinx Students On Their Path To Higher Education And A Brighter Future By Awarding $100,000 In Scholarships

Posted on September 16, 2021

In Partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Haz la U Grant Program is Helping to Shape the Future, One Smile at a Time

Colgate-Palmolive Company is now accepting applications for its annual Haz la U ("Make the U") educational grant program for the 2022-2023 academic year. In partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), the program aims to address the financial needs that Latinx students may face on their journey for higher education. 31 educational grants totaling $100,000 will be awarded to Latinx high school students throughout the U.S. who have demonstrated academic excellence, volunteerism, and leadership within their communities. Applications are now officially open and will close on November 14, 2021.

As part of this year's effort, Colgate has created a film that features the story of Lizbeth Luevano, a 2019 Haz La U grant recipient. Lizbeth grew up in California's Coachella Valley in a mixed status household. Her father was a field worker and her mother helped raise over 10 children in her neighborhood, instilling the values that today define her: dedication, compassion, and an unwavering desire to help others. As a result, Lizbeth is attending Stanford University, where she plans to major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity as well as Earth Systems.

"It was difficult seeing that disparity between my other middle-class peers, having to realize that there were things that were accessible to them that weren't accessible to me," said Lizbeth Luevano. "As a recipient of the Haz La U grant it has given me the opportunity to attend Stanford University and ultimately pursue a career in immigration law. My hope for the future is living in a space where I can see my neighbors thrive, where I can see my neighbors have the same accessibility to an education..."

"Colgate-Palmolive is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people. We are proud to continue our commitment to the Latinx community and award grants to these extraordinary students through Haz la U." said Dana Medema, Vice President and General Manager of North America Oral Care at Colgate-Palmolive. "We are inspired by Lizbeth's story to aid her community because at Colgate, we believe everyone deserves a future to smile about. We hope that by sharing her story, more students will rise above and aspire to be leaders of tomorrow."

For over 10 years, Colgate has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to award Haz La U scholarships through their annual Youth Awards. "We're extremely proud to continue our partnership with Colgate for the Haz la U grant by providing educational assistance to Latinx students, which will get them a step closer to achieving their higher education goals," said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation. "This important effort with Colgate through our Youth Awards program will showcase the tremendous talent and potential of our youth. These scholarships will help young leaders continue on their track to making an impact on our community and America."

On the regional level, The Haz La U grant program will award 10 Gold level grants of $4,000 each, 10 Silver level grants of $3,000 each, and 10 Bronze level grants of $2,000 each. One regional winner will receive a National level grant of $10,000. To watch Lizbeth's story, apply and learn more about Haz la U ("Make the U") visit Colgate.com/MakeTheU

vVARDIS Announces Partnership with CareQuest Innovation Partners with the Aim to Bring Transformative Drill-Free Technologies that Help Eliminate Tooth Decay for Future Medicaid Patients

Posted on September 16, 2021

Founded by Swiss Dentists Haleh and Golnar Abivardi and Backed by Proprietary Science, vVARDIS is Transforming Oral Care and Dentistry with Their Radical New Non-Invasive Solution that Helps Eliminate Tooth Decay and Protects Teeth

The Soul of vVARDIS is to Ensure All People have Access to the Highest Quality, Pain-Free Oral Health Care

Today vVARDIS, the revolutionary oral health company leading a transformation in oral care and dentistry, announced a national partnership with CareQuest Innovation Partners intended to bring vVARDIS' patented drill-free technologies that help eliminate tooth decay to the growing but underserved Medicaid population.

As part of this new partnership, vVARDIS is piloting a study of its professional quality treatment in certain dental practices affiliated with CareQuest Institute for Oral Health (CareQuest Institute) and, upon completion, would look to expand access to the treatment for underserved and Medicaid populations. Additionally, vVARDIS and CareQuest Innovation Partner's nonprofit parent, CareQuest Institute, will work to establish and fund various philanthropic activities, including education programs for both patients and dental professionals to improve oral health and dentistry for historically marginalized populations. CareQuest Innovation Partners is a for-profit affiliate of CareQuest Institute for Oral Health focused on innovation advancement and impact investing.

"The soul of vVARDIS is service and ensuring the world has access to the highest quality oral care. Good oral health is critical to overall health and wellbeing and far too many low-income families and children lack access to quality oral care, much less the cutting-edge technology to keep their mouths and bodies healthy. We are proud to partner with CareQuest Innovation Partners to help improve oral health care and outcomes for the Medicaid population, which currently includes more than 37 million children," said Haleh and Golnar Abivardi, Founders of vVARDIS.

From their early days turning dentistry on its head, Haleh and Golnar Abivardi have always brought together their serial entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to serving those most in need. They believe that everyone has a right to good oral health and have devoted tremendous resources to providing the highest quality oral care treatments to low-income families and the homeless in Switzerland. This new partnership brings their mission and commitment to service to the United States for the first time.

vVARDIS and CareQuest Innovation Partners will partner with the aim to develop and deploy new, low-cost treatments for state Medicaid programs, using the same core technology used in vVARDIS Professional Curodont Repair Fluoride Plus treatment.

Backed by proprietary science, vVARDIS' revolutionary technologies, as demonstrated by data arising from over 200 European clinical studies, is the next generation of oral care which we look forward to bringing to patients in the U.S.

vVARDIS' Professional Curodont Repair Fluoride Plus is a locally applied professional mouth rinse for an in-depth anti-cavity treatment of initial tooth decay or white spots lesions, which occurs when a layer of the enamel on a tooth becomes demineralized. Once applied onto a cleaned white spot, Curodont Repair Fluoride Plus' unique formulation helps the Fluoride and the calcium found in saliva penetrate the enamel, boosting the remineralization process of the enamel over time in a therapy called Guided Enamel Remineralization.

vVARDIS and CareQuest Institute will also partner on philanthropic activities for the purpose of improving oral care for historically marginalized populations in the United States, including through the provision of novel preventive oral care products and services. Together, vVARDIS and CareQuest Institute will work to enlist the support of philanthropic partner organizations to help raise awareness of the vital importance of oral health to the public.

"Partnerships like ours accelerate innovation in oral health care and bring us one step closer to a more accessible, equitable, and integrated oral health system for everyone," said Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of CareQuest Institute. "Our goal is to bring transformational new oral health treatments that helps heal tooth decay to those who have experienced barriers to care for too long. By arming dental teams with new tools, we'll be able to fundamentally improve the patient experience and health of communities." 

JOMS Study: Prostheses can be immediately placed on dental implants with high predictability during jaw reconstruction

Posted on September 16, 2021

Dental prostheses (known as bridges) can be immediately placed on replacement teeth with highly predictable outcomes during jaw reconstruction that involves taking bone from the patient's leg, a new study finds.

This technique can be used on certain patients who need skin paddles—which includes skin taken with the leg bone to fix soft-tissue defects – according to the study published in the September issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery—the official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

Changes to traditional jaw reconstruction using the fibula—the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg that is removed with an artery, vein and soft tissue, known as a fibula free flap—can help limit problems with soft tissue and prosthetics, the study notes. The researchers explained their use of simultaneous skin paddles and a floating prosthesis for accurately attaching the prosthesis to replacement teeth (known as dental implants) while the fibula receives blood supply on the leg.

The study involved 22 patients who underwent reconstruction of their upper or lower jaw using the fibula, received immediate dental implants and immediate bridgework and were tracked for at least three months.

Of the 95 dental implants placed, 92 fused with the jawbone, known as integration, indicating dental implant success. All 36 dental implants that were next to skin paddles in 10 patients integrated. Overall, the dental implant success rate was 93 percent within nine to 15 months after surgery.

In the past, immediate dental restoration during reconstruction using the fibula was recommended just for benign disease because issues with malignant disease can include uncertain radiation effects, the need for skin paddles and extra time required to create dental prostheses, the researchers note. This study found radiation after surgery is not associated with lower rates of dental implant integration.

The researchers explained that they avoid delay in surgery by using virtual surgical planning to establish dental implant positions and fibula placement before designing and 3D printing teeth the following day. Surgery was not delayed for any patients while they waited for bridgework or for starting radiation due to dental implant or prosthesis issues.

"For successful prosthetic outcomes, planning should be restoratively driven," the researchers wrote. "This requires placement of bone in proper orientation with the opposing dental arch for optimal implant positioning. Soft-tissue health is vital for long-term success to mitigate against peri-implantitis (inflamed tissue around an implant). The depth of implant placement should account for expected marginal bone loss to avoid exposed threads and peri-implantitis."

The authors of "Immediate Teeth in Fibulas: Expanded Clinical Applications and Surgical Technique" are Fayette C. Williams, DDS, MD, from John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas; Daniel A. Hammer, DDS, from Naval Medical Center San Diego; and Todd R. Wentland, DDS, MD; and Roderick Y. Kim, DDS, MD, from John Peter Smith Health Network.

The full article can be accessed at JOMS.org/article/S0278-2391(21)00326-8/fulltext.

The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is published by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to present to the dental and medical communities comprehensive coverage of new techniques, important developments and innovative ideas in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Practice-applicable articles help develop the methods used to handle dentoalveolar surgery, facial injuries and deformities, TMJ disorders, oral and head and neck cancer, jaw reconstruction, anesthesia and analgesia. The journal also includes specifics on new instruments and diagnostic equipment, and modern therapeutic drugs and devices.

Guardian Dentistry Partners Secures Over $100M Financing Facility

Posted on September 15, 2021

Financing from top direct lending company fortifies GDP's strong growth outlook

Guardian Dentistry Partners ("GDP" or "Guardian") today announced that it has secured more than $100 million in debt financing from Twin Brook Capital Partners, a leading direct lending finance company.

Guardian, which has seen its dental partnerships across the country grow exponentially since its founding in 2018, is now well-positioned to continue to forge powerful strategic partnerships in the months and years to come.

"This financing is reflective of confidence in our business plan and in our incredible dental entrepreneur founders and partners," said Mark Censoprano, GDP's President. "With Twin Brook's support, we are now primed to grow even more quickly, and we're confident we will achieve our objectives."

In fact, in the coming months Guardian is expected to announce new partnerships with nearly 30 dental practices across the Eastern United States, including partnerships in two new states.

"2021 is proving to be a hallmark expansion year for Guardian," said Dr. Hisham Barakat, Chief Clinical Officer at GDP. "We're proud, and humbled, to have the opportunity to support so many amazing partners in their journeys to build the practices of their dreams."

Danny Kawas, Partner at NKP Capital, GDP's family-office sponsor, said, "It is with great pride that we support our founding doctors who were looking to build their own group or be part of a group, but were not optimally served by the typical corporate structures. With GDP, doctors benefit from our infrastructure, talent, and access to capital, but have the advantage of a warm, purpose-driven, family-like experience of an intimate partnership. Now, with this financing, we are able to provide our alternative partnership solution to even more dental entrepreneurs."

"We have been thoroughly impressed with the Guardian team and with the company's track record over the past several years under Danny Kawas and NKP's leadership," said Pete Coffin, Vice President at Twin Brook Capital Partners. "We are pleased to provide financing to support Guardian's growth strategy and look forward to working with the team as the platform continues to scale and expand into new markets through partnerships with high-quality doctors, capitalizing on the favorable tailwinds that remain prevalent in the dental market."

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. served as financial advisor to NKP Capital and GDP on the financing.

About Guardian Dentistry Partners

Founded by a group of passionate dentists and a family office, Guardian Dentistry Partners is an emerging Dental Partnership Network dedicated to providing world-class support services and growth opportunities for its network of dentist partners. Founded in 2018, Guardian has expanded rapidly and now supports dental entrepreneurs in Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Guardian's mission is to help its dental partners and teams build the practices of their dreams. For more information, visit guardiandentistry.com.

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