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Roland DGA Announces Three Key Organizational Changes

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

Roland DGA Corporation, a leading provider of large-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, state-of-the-art dental milling machines, and other innovative digital devices, has announced three key organizational changes that further strengthen the company’s leadership team. Amado Lara, previously Roland DGA Director of Sales, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and will now oversee sales, business development, and product management throughout North and South America as well as DGSHAPE Americas, Roland DGA’s dental solutions division. In addition, Yadira Cepeda, who currently manages the company’s Sales Development department, will now also oversee the Roland DGA Customer Service Department as Director of Sales Development and Customer Service. Finally, Roland DGA has brought on Peter Chen as Director of Service to manage Technical Support and Field Service functions.

Lara, who has held various sales and management positions within the company over the last 30 years, has contributed greatly to the success of Irvine, California-based Roland DGA. As the newly appointed Vice President of Sales, Lara’s responsibilities will include oversight of a broader range of major departments within Roland DGA’s corporate infrastructure, allowing for even better coordination and alignment.

Cepeda, a Roland DGA staffer for more than 24 years, has also held a number of different positions in various departments. In her new position she will provide strategic sales development and customer service oversight, with a focus on identifying and implementing new ways for the two departments to further enhance the purchase experience for Roland DGA customers.

Chen, a customer service and tech support veteran with more than 25 years of managerial experience, most recently served as Director of Operations and Customer Support for Tustin, California-based SEB Professional North America. As Roland DGA’s new Director of Service, he will be responsible for managing day-to-day technical support and service operations throughout the Americas, ensuring that customers continue to receive the very best service and support in the industry. Chen will report to Ron Ball, Roland DGA’s Vice President of Service, who will provide strategic oversight.

“Each of these individuals are accomplished professionals with extensive knowledge, and we’re confident they will excel in their important new roles,” said Andrew Oransky, Roland DGA’s president and CEO. “We had a record-breaking sales year in 2021, despite significant challenges; the contributions of Amado and Yadira were crucial to making that goal a reality. We’re also excited about Peter joining our team. We look forward to benefiting from his skills and expertise in providing our customers and dealer channel with service and support that exceeds expectations.”


To learn more about Roland DGA Corporation, or the complete Roland DGA product line, visit https://www.rolanddga.com. 







Colgate-Palmolive Partners With 3Shape to Deliver Personalized Tooth-Whitening Experience With 3Shape Unite platform

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

Colgate-Palmolive Company and 3Shape are partnering to introduce the Colgate Illuminator, an exclusive, tailored-to-patient teeth-whitening tool, to dental clinics across the United States. The new tool will enable more accurate consultations and deliver an improved patient experience. 

Colgate-Palmolive, whose brand Colgate is found in more homes than any other, and 3Shape, a leading digital dentistry 3D scanner software and service provider, today introduced the Colgate Illuminator–an in-clinic predictive tool that shows personalized results for consumers of Colgate’s high-impact teeth whitening product, Colgate Optic White Professional. It is a great way to illustrate the potential results for the patient and help them visualize what they may achieve. 

Dentists can access the new Colgate Illuminator software via the groundbreaking new 3Shape Unite digital dentistry platform. From there, dentists can provide each patient with a scan that conveys a simulation of the predicted outcome from the whitening treatment. 

3Shape’s new software, available to dentists as an in-clinic app, employs an evidence-based algorithm to display an interactive “before and after” patient photo. The process takes just seconds and, based on a patient’s age and teeth shade, the 3Shape software provides a predictive preview of how the teeth will look following the treatment process.

This collaboration aims to help remove the guesswork and alleviate the apprehension patients often feel when they visit a dentist to discuss tooth whitening treatments.

Dr. Maria Ryan, Colgate-Palmolive’s Chief Clinical Officer, said: “Colgate believes bright futures start with beautiful, healthy smiles. We’re proud that the Colgate Illuminator improves the whitening experience for both dentists and patients. With this predictive, innovative tool, dentists can personalize the whitening experience by showing patients how their teeth could whiten when using Optic White Professional high-impact tooth whitening products based on results achieved in clinical studies. And we believe patients are going to love seeing what is possible and how their bright new smile could look.”

Colgate Optic White Professional is a state-of-the-art whitening treatment that is designed for no tooth sensitivity, no gum irritation, and no mess, offering dramatically whiter teeth in just five days when used as directed, according to the company.

Jakob Just-Bomholt, 3Shape Chief Executive Officer, said: “Colgate’s incredible whitening solution is now paired with 3Shape’s market-leading software and integrated into the groundbreaking 3Shape Unite platform. We’ve created a smile whitening simulation tool that has the potential to really help ease patients’ esthetic concerns: It’s fast and powerful. We believe that partnerships like this are the way forward when advancing patient care and improving the patient experience.” 

“Colgate customers can now have quick and simple dentist consultations that model realistic predicted whitening transformations as part of a tailor-made experience. We couldn’t be prouder to partner with Colgate to deliver this innovative new solution,” Just-Bomholt concludes.

 







VITA North America Mourns the Loss of VITA Owner and President Henry R. J. Rauter

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

The dental industry pioneer passed away on Jan. 8, 2022

VITA Zahnfabrik is mourning the loss of its owner and president, Henry Rauter, who passed away on Jan. 8, 2022 at the age of 76, surrounded by his family. For over 40 years, Henry Rauter guided and shaped VITA Zahnfabrik through his tremendous passion, pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial vision.

After completing his degree in law, Henry Rauter joined the family business based in Bad Säckingen, Germany in 1973, representing the third generation. He successfully expanded VITA into a leading company in the dental industry and was dedicated to achieving significant progress in the field.

Consistently developing better solutions for perfect prosthetics in both function and esthetics was something he regarded as his personal mission in life. He was confident that the best solutions could only be achieved through mutual cooperation. As a result, proximity to users and their needs, as well as knowledge exchanges with experts, always took center stage in his work.

Thanks to his progressive mindset and his commitment to driving progress with a focus on sustainable user orientation, Henry Rauter forged innovative pathways and set new standards with VITA. Shade competence was particularly close to his heart. With the introduction of the VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER, he raised the bar in terms of tooth shade determination and reproduction. Under his leadership, the company's pioneering role in esthetic prostheses with prosthetic teeth was expanded further, its expertise in the field of veneering ceramic was broadened and the world's first CAD/CAM material was launched.

Henry Rauter made a significant contribution to the development of the dental industry through his entrepreneurial endeavors and creative force, earning him international recognition. He was not only highly respected within the dental industry, but also by his more than 600 employees. His knowledge and prowess, his values and his loyalty made him a true role model in every respect. Henry Rauter and his life's work will not be forgotten.

 







Colgate-Palmolive Partners with 3Shape to Deliver Innovative, Personalized Tooth Whitening Experience with 3Shape Unite Platform

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

Colgate-Palmolive Company and 3Shape are partnering to introduce the Colgate Illuminator, an exclusive, tailored-to-patient teeth whitening tool, to dental clinics across the U.S. The new tool will enable more accurate consultations and deliver an improved patient experience.

Colgate-Palmolive, whose brand Colgate is found in more homes than any other, and 3Shape, a leading digital dentistry 3D scanner software and service provider, today introduced the Colgate Illuminator–an in-clinic predictive tool that shows personalized results for consumers of Colgate’s high-impact teeth whitening product, Colgate Optic White Professional. It is a great way to illustrate the potential results for the patient and help them visualize what they may achieve.

Dentists can access the new Colgate Illuminator software via the groundbreaking new 3Shape Unite digital dentistry platform. From there, dentists can provide each patient with a scan that conveys a simulation of the predicted outcome from the whitening treatment.

3Shape’s new software, available to dentists as an in-clinic app, employs an evidence-based algorithm to display an interactive “before and after” patient photo. The process takes just seconds and, based on a patient’s age and teeth shade, the 3Shape software provides a predictive preview of how the teeth will look following the treatment process.

This collaboration aims to help remove the guesswork and alleviate the apprehension patients often feel when they visit a dentist to discuss tooth whitening treatments.

Dr. Maria Ryan, Colgate-Palmolive’s Chief Clinical Officer, said, “Colgate believes bright futures start with beautiful, healthy smiles. We’re proud that the Colgate Illuminator improves the whitening experience for both dentists and patients. With this predictive, innovative tool, dentists can personalize the whitening experience by showing patients how their teeth could whiten when using Optic White Professional high-impact tooth whitening products based on results achieved in clinical studies. And we believe patients are going to love seeing what is possible and how their bright new smile could look.”

Colgate Optic White Professional is a state-of-the-art whitening treatment that is designed for no tooth sensitivity, no gum irritation, and no mess, offering dramatically whiter teeth in just five days when used as directed.

Jakob Just-Bomholt, Chief Executive Officer, 3Shape, said, “Colgate’s incredible whitening solution is now paired with 3Shape’s market-leading software and integrated into the groundbreaking 3Shape Unite platform. We’ve created a smile whitening simulation tool that has the potential to really help ease patients’ aesthetic concerns: it’s fast and powerful. We believe that partnerships like this are the way forward when advancing patient care and improving the patient experience.”

“Colgate customers can now have quick and simple dentist consultations that model realistic predicted whitening transformations as part of a tailor-made experience. We couldn’t be prouder to partner with Colgate to deliver this innovative new solution,” concludes Jakob Just-Bomholt.

 







Leading DTC Teeth Aligner Company Candid Closes DTC Business and Goes All-In on Dentist Network Model, CandidPro

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

Candid, a clear aligner leader, announced that it is closing down its direct-to-consumer (DTC) business as well as all 45 Candid Studios. The company is now entirely focused on growing its nationwide network of CandidPro dentists and empowering them to treat clear aligner cases with its vanguard teleorthodontic service model. Candid is now working in direct partnership with dental practices and DSOs to offer its first-of-its-kind telehealth clear aligner therapy to even more patients.

Founded in 2017, Candid is taking its pioneering tech, strong consumer brand, and deep patient insights, and taking the natural next step in its evolution. Candid’s shift to a full CandidPro model continues the company’s mission to facilitate exceptional orthodontic care for as many people as possible. A significant number of the 100,000 patients Candid has treated expressed interest in starting their remote clear aligner treatment in the care of a dentist and the company is responding by turning up the volume in its hybrid remote/in-office model.

“It was incredibly difficult to close the DTC business and our Studio doors,” says Candid cofounder and CEO Nick Greenfield. “But, for us to live out our mission of helping as many people as possible access affordable and efficient care, we need to work in partnership, not in competition, with dental professionals. This pivot represents a huge growth opportunity for us and for dental practices, and I couldn’t be more confident about the future of orthodontic care.”

Since CandidPro’s launch, the service has become available in 300+ individual dental practices across the country, and Candid has partnered with several DSOs with many lined up to follow. CandidPro has grown 10x in both case volume and revenue since Q3 of 2021. By the end of 2022, CandidPro is expects explosive growth, with over 1,000 offices and a presence in all 50 states.

Dental practices, DSOs, and dental industry leaders share Candid’s optimism for CandidPro. “I’ve been treating clear aligners patients for 17 years and, by joining CandidPro, I have experienced a level of control over the volume and quality of treatment I’m able to offer my patients that is unlike anything else on the market,” says Dr. Ben Miraglia, a former Invisalign faculty member who has been practicing dentistry for 29 years.

Dr. Roshan Parikh, the former Head of Dentistry at Walmart Health, also sees a huge opportunity for CandidPro’s treatment approach to transform the industry. "Candid’s pivot to exclusively offering CandidPro tells me that they listened to DSO needs and will be myopically focused on supporting their growth and helping them deliver the high-quality product and experience that professionals and patients have grown to expect. This pivot to me is similar to the mantra of skating to where the puck is going versus where it is.”

Today, a vast number of dentists are doing just one clear aligner case per month. With CandidPro, dentists will be able to offer a revolutionary clear aligner system regardless of their experience with tooth movement. CandidPro reduces chair time thanks to its CandidMonitoring virtual check-ins, and patients use CandidApp—the top-rated app in teledentistry in the Apple App Store—to scan their teeth, access support, and follow their dentists’s instructions.

“After having been on the ground testing out CandidPro with our professional and clinical team for half of 2021,” says Greenfield, “I am entirely confident that there is not only a clear product-market fit for CandidPro, but that this business model shift from D2C to strategic B2B is the way of the future.”  







Renew and Western Dental Announce Strategic Partnership to Expand Access to High Quality, Affordable Anchored Denture Solution

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

Two innovative national leaders in oral healthcare are teaming up in a strategic partnership to make high-quality implant supported removable anchored dentures more accessible and affordable. Renew, LLC (“Renew”), known for its expertise in implant supported removable anchored dentures, and Western Dental & Orthodontics (“Western Dental”), one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral health care, today announced a strategic partnership to jointly establish Renew Anchored Dentures surgical centers in California and Texas.

Anchored dentures are held in place by firmly attaching to dental implants. They are rapidly becoming a preferred solution for denture wearers and those with missing or failing teeth, enabling more confident smiles and more pleasant dining experiences.

“We wanted to reach as many people as possible and give them a high-quality solution they could afford, while maintaining a superior patient experience. Our strategic partnership with Western Dental will allow that reach to expand immediately and we can’t wait to start helping those in need,” says Dr. Don Miloni, the founder of Renew.

“Western Dental, and its affiliate Brident Dental in Texas, prides itself on being a full-service Dental Home where more than 2 million patients a year get high-quality, affordable oral health services of all kinds,” said Daniel D. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Western Dental. “Our alliance with Renew will enable us to more rapidly offer implant supported removable anchored denture solutions to our patients, helping them have better health and a better quality of life, while getting treated like family.”

The joint mission of the Renew / Western Dental alliance is to help restore oral health and function to patients using Renew’s innovative and proprietary, 100% digital denture system – the only digitally developed removable anchored denture solution that, for qualified patients, can be performed in a one-day procedure. It allows patients the ability to transform their lives at a fraction of the market cost while enjoying peace of mind with a lifetime guarantee.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to work with a first-class team like Western Dental, who can lend their expertise and access to experienced Oral Surgeons to provide care to many of those patients served by Western’s offices,” said Peter Abruzzo, President of Renew. “Together with Western Dental, we will bring Renew to more communities and change lives, one smile at a time.”

 







Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute Awards Black and Latino Male Medical & Dental Student Mentoring Grant to The Institute of Medicine of Chicago

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

The Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute awarded the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) a two-year grant to develop and manage a Black and Latino Male Medical and Dental Student Mentoring Program. The overall mentoring program's objective is to elevate and support Black and Latino male medical and dental students for greater graduation success and foster their participation in caring for underserved communities now and upon graduation. The IOMC wants to foster advocacy and action to reduce health inequities and improve disease prevention in Chicago.

The Black and Latino Male Medical & Dental Student Mentoring and Networking Program is a relationship-based program for currently enrolled Black and Latino male medical or dental students in an accredited medical or dental program. This mentoring program intends to support these students specifically in the Chicago area. There has been an overall decline in graduation rates over the past five years in these respective groups.

President Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP, of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago stated, "IOMC is pleased to be part of this initiative to foster Black and Latino male medical and dental students. These future physicians and dentists can help solve the complex healthcare and public health problems facing Chicago and its communities."

Look for more details soon.

The Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute was founded in 1911 as a non-profit foundation with a mandate to pursue "the investigation of the cause of disease and the prevention and relief of human suffering in the City of Chicago." They have strong record of success.

The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), since 1915, is an independent non-profit organization of distinguished leaders in the health field who collaborate to improve the health of the public. Drawing upon the expertise of a diverse membership and other regional leaders, the IOMC addresses critical health issues through a range of interdisciplinary approaches, including education, research, communication of trusted information, and community engagement. With the public's health at its core, IOMC is building new programs and services to meet better the needs of its members and the Chicago, Counties and the State of Illinois community. 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit www.iomc.org.

For more information contact:

Institute of Medicine of Chicago

Deborah Hodges

312.709.2685

iomcstaff@iomc.org 







SoftSmile Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance for AI Powered Software VISION

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2022

The company receives FDA clearance shortly after the release of an enhanced version of its VISION software.

SoftSmile, a leading medical technology company based in NY, and developer of advanced orthodontic software solutions, announced its software device was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pursuant to a 510(k) pre-market notification.

SoftSmile's software VISION, an end-to-end treatment planner made by doctors for doctors, has been granted FDA clearance. This innovative, user-friendly interface gives doctors the ability to create precise aligner treatment plans which are then manufactured using advanced 3-D printing technologies. This news-worthy FDA clearance paves the road to market VISION to doctors and opens the possibility of transforming the existing orthodontic market.

SoftSmile is currently working with established aligner manufacturers. With this FDA clearance, SoftSmile can start marketing Vision as a standalone application to be used directly by doctors.

This FDA clearance sets in motion SoftSmile's plans to transform the market by offering doctors treatment planning software directly, which makes it possible to offer more options to patients thereby cutting costs and increasing efficiency. This development clears the way for this one of a kind innovative software solution with capabilities including but not limited to an automated segmentation feature and intuitive and comprehensive staging. The software automatically generates key aspects of a digitally optimized treatment plan.

VISION's revolutionary technology can now be used in any practice without a doctor having to go through third party designers and/or manufacturers.

"FDA clearance is a huge step for SoftSmile because it establishes Vision's position as a leading software service that complies with all requirements imposed by FDA and is safe for use in the medical practice. There are just a few orthodontic treatment planners that have obtained FDA clearance. SoftSmile's new status is a groundbreaking assurance for the market because the FDA is the best quality check for doctors and patients. This achievement opens new opportunities for the company and proves that our team can solve any type of challenge. It took nearly 18 months, enormous resources, and the coordinated efforts of our engineers and lawyers to be granted FDA clearance. Fortunately, we have only the best at SoftSmile which has now been given the FDA's stamp of approval," said Khamzat Asabaev, Founder and CEO.

For additional information about VISION, Inc. please visit https://www.softsmile.com.

 







New Zaamigo Device Analyses Teeth Cleanliness

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2022

A new device allows patients to self-​monitor their oral hygiene and alerts them when it is time to visit the dentist or dental hygienist.

What looks like an electric toothbrush is actually a mini camera with which anyone can take microscopic pictures of their own teeth and gums. Within seconds, the images are interpreted in an app by artificial intelligence and provide information about accumulated calculus, stains, and inflamed gums. "The users immediately see how well they brush their teeth and which areas they neglect - often up to 40% of the teeth," explains Severin Stalder, founder of the ETH spin-​off Zaamigo.

Artificial intelligence for prevention

Dentists have been using expensive cameras for microscopic images for 30 years. Up until now, they have interpreted these images themselves and used them to explain to patients where there are problems and where they should brush better. For the new Zaamigo device, experts analysed thousands of images. Based on these dental image interpretations, Zaamigo developed software using artificial intelligence that can now identify problem areas in the images within seconds.

Zaamigo’s innovative algorithms instantly analyse the cleanliness of teeth.

With the help of a few photos, the neglected areas are quickly identified. Unfortunately, not all teeth look as beautiful as the ones you see in the mirror. "Even dentists are surprised when they see their own teeth," says Stalder. The app also gives specific tips on how and where to brush better or whether a visit to the dentist is recommended.

"It is amazing how quickly changes can be seen", adds Stalder. “Calculus formation, for example, occurs within a few days. After a mere three weeks, the results of a professional cleaning may no longer be visible. Therefore, we recommend a weekly check-up to monitor possible changes and to be able to take corrective action.”

Who is Zaamigo’s camera for?

The device is easy to use for everyone. It makes most sense to use it on children so that parents can take the necessary measures in good time. "I see a big difference between my children's teeth, which I test regularly, and the teeth of children in the neighbourhood where Zaamigo has not been used in the past," observes Stalder. "It is definitely worth it". Incidentally, the children learn to brush their teeth properly at an early age, which is the best prevention for healthy teeth.

There are also dentists who use the device and the images for patient communication to make their work more understandable to non-​experts.

Stalder emphasises, "Our goal is not to replace dentists, but to identify patients at risk." If problems are detected early, patients can save a lot of money. Zaamigo's camera is affordable and can be bought online in Europe and the US for iPhones and iPads.

Future potential

Zaamigo has ambitious goals for the future: "We want to develop an artificial dentist with in-​depth experience and provide advanced diagnoses in the future," explains Stalder. The idea is to detect caries, periodontal diseases or nocturnal teeth grinding. To do this, the images must be linked to other findings (e.g., X-​ray images or bleeding gums after a tactile test) and then compared with the image data - a major but very exciting challenge.

For more information on Zaamigo, visit https://zaamigo.com/

 







Diverse Dental Society (DDS) Presents LaVette C. Henderson, CMP, HMCC, FACD as the 2022 President

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2022

The Diverse Dental Society (DDS) announces LaVette C. Henderson as their new President for 2022. Ms. Henderson is an accomplished association, conference, and financial leader. She has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management with honors, an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and she is a Certified Meeting Professional. She brings over 30 years of experience with a diverse set of skills which will be an asset to DDS.

LaVette is the former Executive Director of the National Dental Association (NDA) and currently serves as their Director of Finance. She joined the NDA team in 1998, moved up the ranks and continues to work tirelessly to advocate for marginalized and underserved populations in promoting oral health access and equity. With over 200,000 active dentists in the US, only approximately 3.5% have been honored to become Fellows of the American College of Dentists, Ms. Henderson received this honor in 2019 for her leadership and achievements in dentistry as a non-dentist.

Ms. Henderson is excited to lead the organization in its new laser-focused charge; “The mission is to achieve equity in oral health as a vital component of overall health for marginalized communities through education, service, and advocacy," while the “Purpose is to enhance the growth, influence and impact of the Hispanic Dental Association, National Dental Association, and Society of American Indian Dentists on achieving the Diverse Dental Society’s mission”.

Ms. Henderson’s goal is to lead the DDS Board of Directors in amplifying the voice of diversity and inclusion in the oral health arena by making sure that the needs of the marginalized communities in our country are addressed and met. DDS will continue to promote inter-professional collaborations and believes it is essential for a healthier nation. The 2022 theme for DDS is: “DDS: Strengthening Oral Health and Oral Health Care in Diverse Communities”. Ms. Henderson added “The Diverse Dental Society strives for diversity, equity and inclusion in overall health, where oral health is a vital component”.







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