A look at many of the recently announced products in the dental industry.
[ On The Cover ] iTero Element® Plus Series
Offering enhanced processing speeds and improved visualizations, the iTero Element Plus Series is the latest update to Align Technology’s iTero line of intraoral scanners. The ergonomically designed scanner features an integrated intraoral camera, a brighter screen to display images more clearly, and the improved image processing reduces wait time by 20%. The scanner system is launching in the United States with the cart version, but a mobile version consisting of a scanner and a laptop will be available later this year.
What makes this next generation scanner different:
The iTero Element Plus Series is available in 2 versions, the iTero Element 5D Plus and the iTero Element 5D Plus Lite. The difference is the 5D Plus includes near infrared imaging (NIRI) technology designed to provide enhanced detection of interproximal caries. Although the 5D Plus Lite does not include this capability, it can be upgraded to feature NIRI scanning via a software update.
[ On The Cover ] CLEARFIL MAJESTY™ ES-2 Universal
Designed to eliminate the need to match the shade for posterior restorations, CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES-2 Universal composite is a single-shade solution that can streamline restorative workflows and save time in the operatory. The material reportedly exhibits ideal handling, polishes easily, and demonstrates optimal wear resistance properties.
How this single-shade composite works:
The composite material is able to match the shades of surrounding teeth due to its specific translucency as well as the manufacturer’s Light Diffusion Technology that is said to diffuse light in a manner similar to the natural tooth structure it is designed to replace. Once placed, CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES-2 reportedly blends so well with the preparation that margins are close to invisible.
[ On The Cover ] DENTIQ
The DENTIQ 3D printer is designed for chairside use and reportedly offers features and capabilities that can meet the needs of practices new to 3D printing and those already experienced with the technology. The printer features auto-calibration and is compatible with more than 100 printing resins. Capable of printing with both the 385 nm and 405 nm wavelengths, the LCD printer features a build volume of 120 x 68 x 140 mm, with an XY resolution of 47 μm, and slice thickness of 30 to 150 μm.
How this printer makes it easy to start with 3D printing:
The DENTIQ is designed to provide premium print quality with a simplified learning curve for new users. The system features remote diagnostics and simplified component replacement. A built-in vat cleaning setting makes printer upkeep simple. The printer is suited for production of a range of parts including dental models, surgical guides, temporary crowns, denture bases, denture teeth, removable partial dentures, indirect bonding trays, impression trays, flexible gum masks, splints, mouth guards, and castable crowns.
[ Self-Adhesive Base/Liner ]
Editor's Choice: With a high flexural strength, the material is formulated to be strong and more fracture-resistant.
TheraBase is a dual-cured, calcium- and fluoride-releasing, self-adhesive base/liner. It contains MDP, chemically bonds to tooth structure, and utilizes THERA technology. It is radiopaque allowing for effective identification on radiographs. Its dual-cure ability ensures the material will cure even in deep restorations where light cannot reach.
[ Chairside Mill ]
The Maxx Chairman chairside milling machine is designed for 1-day dentistry and built for fast, accurate milling. This milling unit does not require compressed air and features a noise shield for silent operation. Its AC Servo motor enables stable and precise control, and its 2 spindles and automatic tool changer are said to make same-day fabrication easy. The Chairman can reportedly fabricate crowns in less than 15 minutes, and it is able to mill glass ceramics, hybrid resin, zirconia, and PMMA materials. The 5-axis milling machine features a high-frequency spindle, with a maximum power of 0.5kW and 100,000 rpm.
[ Aerosol/Droplet Protection System ]
Designed by a dentist with the help of aerosol physicists, AeroArmor is a system to protect dental workers from viral transmission by aerosols and droplets. Broadly adopted safety measures and regulations during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, such as masks and social distancing, have not been possible for dentists and dental care workers while they provide essential oral care to patients. AeroArmor is designed to protect because it provides both a flexible and unobtrusive barrier between dental care workers and their patients and high-quality air filtration to contain both droplets and airborne viruses.
[ 3D Modeling Resin ]
Keystone Industries and Henkel have developed KeyModel Ultra, a next generation of 3D dental modeling resin designed to offer a new level of accuracy, detail, and speed. The resin is formulated for rapid printing and fast post curing and is also designed to reduce peel forces, which increases print accuracy. The new resin is said to print faster than other materials, offers a smoother finished surface, and does not require release agents for thermoforming aligners and other devices. Its optimal detail ensures that all thermoformed devices fit perfectly, and it can be carved without chipping to adjust the model when needed.
[ Hand Instruments ]
The cutting edges of Bliss curettes and scalers are designed to offer optimal hardness for excellent performance and edge retention due to the quality of the stainless steel. To find the perfect balance between the clinician’s hand and the instrument, ACTEON® used scientific studies based on ergonomics. They also worked with clinicians to create a handle that makes treatments more comfortable and reliable.
[ Universal Bonding Agent ]
G2-BOND Universal is a 2-bottle universal bonding system that features strength and versatility. Featuring proprietary Dual H-Technology, the all-around adhesive gives clinicians the convenience of choice between self-etch and etch-and-rinse in 1 system. Well-suited for multiple indications including direct restorations, immediate dentin sealing, intra-oral repair, andtreating hypersensitivity.
[ Antiseptic Oral Rinse ]
Betadine Antiseptic Oral Rinse (active ingredient 0.5% povidone-iodine, [PVP-I]) is an antiseptic preprocedural rinse. Betadine antiseptic products have been used in hospital and outpatient settings for their antimicrobial properties for 50 years. It should be administered by professionals and used orally (do not swallow) in preparation of the oral mucosa prior to injection, dental surgery, or tooth extraction.
[ 3D Print Material Cleaner ]
Editor's Choice: The unit’s intelligent design offers features such as Mode, Time, and Start/Stop button display which gives the operator full and automatic control.
The VeriWash resin cleaning station is designed to be an integral piece of equipment to use in the 3D printed resin post processing process. Its oscillating, multi-speed stirrer produces a powerful vortex said to guarantee efficient, effective, and powerful cleaning whether the units are individual or still attached to the build plate. The 2 alcohol baths make an effective step-wash system. It cleans more efficiently and there is less alcohol needed, since you can reuse the alcohol from the fresh bath to the dirty bath.
[ Temporary Cement ]
Provicol QM Aesthetic
Provicol QM Aesthetic is a zinc oxide-based transparent noneugenol temporary cement that secures provisional crowns and bridges without affecting the overlying color of the restoration. This zinc oxide-based formula promotes anti-bacterial properties as well as an ideal adhesion and strength with a semi-elastic consistency that allows for easy clean up. Distinct from resin-based temporary cements, zinc-oxide cements do not permanently bond to composite core build-ups, therefore simplifying the removal of temporaries. This cement is highly radiopaque and contains calcium hydroxide, which promotes the development of tertiary dentin and helps to prevent hypersensitivity.
[ Practice Management App ]
iSmartOffice is described as an intelligent, user-friendly app that has reinvented the way dentists manage their practices. Created by a team of multidisciplinary experts—dentists, computer engineers, data scientists, and financial and practice management consultants, iSmartOffice is an intuitive and easy-to-use app that revolutionizes the way the dental office, staff, and patients work together. Using the latest technology in data analysis and telediagnostics, the app features teledentistry so patients find you; works seamlessly with existing management software; and is part of a rapidly growing network of dental professionals.
[ Antimicrobial Air Treatment ]
SS White Dental has a new distribution partnership with Grignard Pure to create safer spaces for dentistry with the introduction of new technology. It is an antimicrobial air treatment solution that is formulated to kill more than 98% of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in the air while in use. Grignard Pure recently received a Section 18 Public Health Emergency Exemption for the US Environmental Protection Agency for use in Georgia and Tennessee in approved indoor spaces when adherence to current public health guidelines (social distancing, limited occupancy, etc) are difficult to maintain.
[ Aerosol Filtration ]
Designed to greatly reduce dental procedure aerosols, the AirShield aerosol filtration system helps protect your patients, staff and yourself. The system places a physical barrier between you and your patient. The window positions 10 inches above the patient and 10 inches below your eyes to allow plenty of unobstructed room to work. Areosols are pulled into the vacuum and it allows for a large work area.
[ Universal Composite Kit ]
Venus Pearl ONE
Venus Pearl ONE Shade universal composite blends seamlessly into the surrounding dentition, independent of the tooth shade, enabling restorations to simply disappear. The universal composites for everyday restorations offer a new 1-shade solution within the Venus family for the majority of cases. It determines the shade of the restoration by absorbing the lightwaves thanks to the adaptive light matching.
[ Denture Reline Material ]
Designed for all long-term complete and partial acrylic hard denture reline applications, REBASE III is formulated to deliver enhanced mixability, extended handling time, and increased flexural strength. The material simplifies the overall chairside procedure and has less bubble formation. Its advanced monomer composition works to eliminate intraoral discomfort by removing harsh chemical odors and tastes.
[ Dry Mouth Treatment ]
Editor's Choice: Designed to help patients by simulating the natural saliva flow.
Designed to help people who suffer from chronic dry mouth, the Voutia device is a patented system cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration to provide continuous relief from xerostomia. Although most xerostomia treatments are in the form of mouthwashes, lozenges, or medications, Voutia is said to mimic natural saliva flow. The system consists of a portable unit based around a quiet, lightweight micro-pump, a water bottle, and an ultrafine tube that delivers the water directly to the wearer’s mouth. The portable system can be used 24 hours a day, even while sleeping, and it is designed to be unobtrusive.
[ 3D Printing Resin ]
IBT Resin is formulated for the direct printing of indirect bonding trays to simplify orthodontic bracket placement. Alongside materials like Draft Resin for rapid production of models, Formlabs now offers a comprehensive suite of 3D printing materials designed to save time, money, and effort. Technology now enables practitioners to create aligners in-house, making this treatment plan financially viable for more patients. Clear aligners continue to have clinical limitations, and in many cases traditional orthodontic treatment with brackets is still indicated and the preferable option. Now, 3D-printed indirect bonding trays are bringing labor and cost savings to bracket placement procedures.
[ Digital Occlusal Analysis ]
T-Scan Novus Core is a new digital occlusal analysis system developed for general dentists who are beginning to incorporate digital technologies into their practice. It is an entry-level system that provides dentists with essential biteforce and timing for easy analysis. Using contact data points in conjunction with analog occlusion methods, such as articulating paper, helps pinpoint exact areas in the patient’s mouth that may require an adjustment. It consists of a patented sensor, ergonomic handpiece, and proprietary analysis software that captures and reveals the relative force and timing of a patient’s bite. This data helps pinpoint high forces on specific teeth to adjust and improve bite stability.
[ Aerosol Control ]
AiroPur Dental Aerosol Suction Cup
The AiroPur Dental Aerosol Suction Cup is a disposable suction device for controlling aerosols, especially during procedures such as ultrasonic scaling or coronal polishing. It inserts easily into the end of your High-Volume Evacuation (HVE) hose. The patient holds the top of the AiroPur, even with their lower lip, while the HVE is operational, effectively pulling aerosols from the mouth and the air surrounding the patient’s face. The simple device eliminates expensive new equipment, saving dollars as well as precious space in the operatory.
[ Mouth Spray ]
Mouth Kote-MD Mouth Spray
With patented MycoDelens and Natural Yerba Santa shown by in vitro laboratory testing to be an effective antiseptic against antimicrobial resistant pathogens including bacteria, fungi, and coronaviruses such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Mouth Kote-MD Mouth Spray is used as a pre-rinse before dental exams, and also helps restore enamel. Available in a convenient 50-ml spray bottle.
[ Contactless Patient Forms ]
These contactless Patient Forms are a way to put patients’ minds at ease regarding safety while allowing team members to work more efficiently. They give patients the opportunity to fill out all relevant appointment information at their convenience thanks to a direct link from the practice’s website, meaning less time spent filling out forms in the waiting room and minimizing the need to touch pens and paper.
[ Portable Air Purification ]
OCA Professional Series
Designed to keep dental practices and other workspaces safe, Omni CleanAir has launcheda new family of portable air purification devices. The OCA Professional Series is designed to eliminate the dangers of pathogens, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), from workspaces in offices, schools, and medical and dental practices, allowing businesses to reopen safely and to stay open safely.