Cover Products and other Editor’s choice products throughout this issue are chosen based on innovation or their perceived impact on improving patient care and practice efficiency.
[On the Cover Products]
Designed to be user friendly but powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, SoftSmile aligner software allows orthodontists to create clear aligner treatment plans completely in-house. The software platform creates a 3D model of the treatment plan, including a visualization of teeth roots and lower jaw movements throughout treatment. The software’s AI generates key aspects of the treatment plan including the final set up of aligned teeth based on biomechanics to model optimized teeth movement and the number of aligners needed to achieve the desired results. The orthodontist maintains control of the process throughout. The SoftSmile software is not yet FDA 510(k) approved, but orthodontists can request use on a trial basis.
Why this software stands out:
Going beyond treatment planning, SoftSmile is designed to be an end-to-end solution, and the software automates the 3D printing to simplify the aligner production. The company is working with 3D printing company Carbon to tightly integrate the software with the manufacturing platform to make distributed dental printing accessible to more orthodontists and more patients.
Splendor™ SAP Single-Adaptable-Post
Designed to be adaptable to the canal flare, Splendor SAP posts feature a vertically sliding conical sleeve that can be positioned to fit the canal being treated. The sleeve and the post are both fabricated from fiber-reinforced composite, and the posts can be used with or without the sleeve. This adjustable post system allows a pointed, parallel post to become a custom post when necessary. The posts are available in a single narrow size of 0.65mm apical / 1.0mm coronal, and work in conjunction with a single shaping drill. This simplified system is designed to minimize inventory while also discouraging over-preparation of the canal.
What makes these posts innovative:
While the adjustable sleeves allow these posts to be fit to the unique shape and size of the canal being treated, the post system provides benefits beyond easy customization. The sleeve provides a material with high mechanical properties to surround the post, reportedly increasing the strength of the post and core. Also, the coronally emerging post and sleeve combination provides a larger and stronger nucleus for the core build-up.
UV Angel Air
A discrete air treatment solution, UV Angel Air is integrated into a traditional ceiling light fixture where it uses ultraviolet light to continuously treat the air. Air in the room with the system is drawn in via a series of fans and filters and then circulated through a sealed UV-C chamber, where it is treated with high intensity light and then returned to the room to reportedly create a healthier and safer environment. The UV-C light is capable of inactivating bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The unobtrusive solution is designed to work in the background without requiring any interaction from staff.
Why this system is different:
With its integrated LED light, UV Angel Air is able to hide in plain site. Replacing existing ceiling lighting, the system is easy to integrate into many spaces and does not take up any additional space in the room. Because it is always working in the background, there is no need to adjust clinical workflows.
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Speed2Treat™ Home Healing Kit for Head, Neck & Jaw Injury
Developed by orofacial pain experts, the Speed2Treat kit is available to medical and dental professionals to prescribe for their patients, and is designed to minimize patient suffering, reduce dysfunction, and help prevent a musculoskeletal injury from progressing. It provides an evidence-based 4-week care plan along with multiple easy-to-use components, including a temporary overnight oral appliance, patient self-care instructions, and online resources.
800-670-0526 | Speed2Treat.com
[Personal Protective Equipment]
The Aegis PPE line consists of Aerosol VacStation, Infrared Thermometer, Coverall Suits, Protective KN95 Masks, surgical masks, goggles, and face shields. Each has features to protect staff as they return to operation under COVID-19 pandemic conditions. Aegis VacStation features a 3-stage filtration and UV light with a flow rate of three cubic meters per minutes and low noise. The filtration includes a moisture filter, a HEPA H13 filter for particles as small as 2.5 μm, and an active carbon filter.
877-877-9778 | caogroup.com
EndoSequence® BC Liner™ Blue
EndoSequence BC Liner is a next generation bioactive hybrid resin optimized for use with BC Sealer and BC RRM. This versatile, durable (241 MPa), and moisture-friendly material is dual cure and chemically bonds to dentin without the need for a bonding agent. The new Blue color version is optimal for orifice barriers and allows the clinician to easily visualize the material upon re-entry into the pulp chamber. The cost per application is described as economical when compared to other colored orifice barriers.
800-841-4522 | Shop.BrasselerUSA.com
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[Extraoral Aerosol Evacuator]
The DEFENDER Aerosol Evacuator System helps reduce the spread of airborne viruses. It features a unique high power suction system that evacuates viruses, bacteria, dust, and aerosols through a 3-stage HEPA filtration system and reportedly eliminates 99.97 percent of all particulate matter and then filters it through a UV-C disinfection before being exhausted out. It is said to provide the safety needed to protect the staff and patients, and a small footprint makes it an ideal chairside extraoral suction system.
Flight Dental Systems
866-799-0517 | flightdentalsystems.com
[ PPE Shield ]
Designed to provide protection for dentists adjusting to new PPE guidelines in the wake of the pandemic, The HoverShield is a clear acrylic shield that mounts to a dentist’s existing dental light via an adjustable arm to protect the patient and staff from the splatter created in the dental chair. It can be easily positioned as needed depending on the procedure, and can be cleaned with Cavicide™ wipes from Metrex between patients. It is said to offer an extra layer of protection and help for those who cannot tolerate individual face shields.
Molar Media Mount
425-224-7185 | molarmediamount.com
[ Interproximal Brush ]
GUM® Soft-Picks® Comfort Flex Mint assist patients when it comes to between-teeth cleaning. Delivering a whole-mouth, minty fresh sensation, they are the newest offering in the GUM line of Soft-Picks, which includes GUM Soft-Picks Original and Advanced, clinically proven to clean between teeth as effectively as string flossing. They feature flexible rubber bristles that slide between teeth for gentle, safe, and effective food and plaque removal. Its bristles massage and stimulate the gums, helping to keep them healthy.
Sunstar Americas, Inc.
800-528-8537 | us-professional.gumbrand.com/gumbrand
[ Surface Disinfectant ]
Formulated with 1.5 percent bleach and a powerful surfactant for removing dirt and grime, DenMat’s Hard Surface Cleanser is described as safe and effective in the removal of germs and viruses from multiple hard, nonporous surfaces such as marble, tile, plastic, fiberglass and metal. The cleanser compliments the recently launched hand sanitizer in the company’s new Infection Control category of products, and features a mild lemon scent to deodorize while cleaning.
DenMat Holdings, LLC
800-433-6628 | denmat.com/stayhealthy
[ Prophy Angle ]
Lotus DPA (Disposable Prophy Angle) addresses a key safety need. The splatter created by the rotating cup has been a chief concern among hygienists due to HIV and other airborne viruses. To make it splatter-free, the prophy angle features the dimple design on the outside of the cup to retain saliva; a splatter guard that eliminates the accumulated saliva from the outside of the cup during each rotation; precise positioning of the splatter guard; and more safeguards.
888-926-1652 | lotus-dpa.com
[ Disinfectant Device ]
The UVC LED Wand is designed to disinfect dental cameras, smart phones, tablets, keyboards, keys, and virtually any item around the office that doesn’t lend itself to chemical sterilization.The 265-280 NM range LED wand is designed to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of the harmful germs, virus and bacteria in any surrounding. The product can also be used as a “second cleaning” option post autoclave of dental instruments.
Lester Dine, Inc.
561-624-9100 | dinecorp.com