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A look at some of the recently announced products from the dental industry.
[ On the Cover ]
Designed to provide clinicians with a single material with the placement advantages of a glass ionomer and the durability of a composite, Surefil one is described as dentistry’s first self-adhesive composite hybrid. Available in five shades—Bleach White, A1, A2, A3, and A3.5—the material offers an unlimited depth of cure, but can also be light cured. This allows it to be used in multiple situations with finishing and polishing of the surface after light curing. The new material is also able to save time because it can be placed in a single layer without the need for etching or bonding.
Why this restorative material is something new:
Presented as a solution to challenging direct restorative cases, Surefil one is designed to be less technique sensitive than other restoratives. It does not require the same degree of isolation as a typical composite restoration but avoids the mechanical shortcomings of a glass ionomer. The new material has been added to Dentsply Sirona’s Class II Total Practice Solution for use in complex cases where isolation is difficult to achieve and the standard SDR flow+ would not be an ideal material choice.
[ On the Cover ]
Harmony™ Ergonomic Scalers and Curettes
Harmony Ergonomic Scalers and Curettes are designed to offer scientifically-backed ergonomic benefits. They were developed using sensor-basedTrueFit™ Technology to measure pinch force and pressure applied to the tooth during scaling. The data led to the design of a scaler handle with optimal proportions and ideal width to reportedly provide a secure and nimble grasp while reducing pinch force up to 65%. This design which makes the scalers easier to use may alleviate hand fatigue and injury risk due to repetitive motion. Additionally, the durable metal handle, which features a recessed double-helix texture, is designed for optimal tactile sensitivity.
Why these hand instruments stand out:
With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic driving a reduction in aerosol generating dental procedures, many practices shelved their ultrasonic scalers in favor of traditional hand instruments. That means more stress on clinicians’ fingers, hands, and wrists, which is exactly what the Harmony scalers and curettes are designed to help alleviate. This line of instruments offers 30 unique working end options, including Sickles, Universals, and Graceys. Also, the scalers are designed with the company’s EverEdge™ 2.0 Working Ends, which are said to be 72% sharper than other hand instruments.
[ On the Cover ]
Featuring Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, this orthodontic software platform is designed to produce highly precise 3D models of the patient’s dentition that take into account the full anatomy including crowns, bones, and roots, when designing clear aligner treatment plans. The software detects and prevents anatomically impossible tooth movements which reportedly reduces teeth alignment corrections by 50% and cuts treatment time by 30%. Based around digital impression and 3D CBCT imaging, the 3D Predict software can help clinicians avoid root collisions because it tracks the proposed root movements, as well as the tooth crown movements during treatment.
What makes this software different:
Combining a complete look at the patient’s anatomy with AI processing power, the 3D Predict platform aims to make clear aligner therapy more straightforward for both clinicians and patients. The system can reportedly eliminate at least 5 patient visits from the treatment planning as those would typically be focused on correcting the initial treatment plan. By reducing the number of appointments, practices provide better service to patients while also freeing up time to handle additional cases.
[ Flowable Composite ]
GrandioSO Light Flow
GrandioSO Light Flow low viscosity nano-hybrid flowable composite for special occasions features VOCO’s proprietary designer nano-technology. It has the filler degree of a universal composite, plus an extremely flowable viscosity that allows for targeted and precise applications using an ultra-fine intraoral tip—even finer than a periodontal probe. Formulated with a filler content of 76% by weight, the material’s 3-point flexural strength of 151 MPa is an example of how it effortlessly attains physical property values much higher than traditional flowables. It allows new options in performing precise, minimally invasive dentistry without compromising quality and longevity.
[ Dental Vacuum ]
The Aeras Vacuum by Ramvac® features smart technology with a focus on safety and efficiency, and is part of the new Aeras Intelligent Platform. With the power to provide actionable information, accurately, quickly and conveniently, every Aeras product is designed to collect and share data, streamlining standard-of-care processes and creating an environment of optimal patient care and practice productivity. The vacuum is said to complete the intelligent utility room with the same cloud-based diagnostic capability as the Aeras Compressor. Embedded sensors in critical areas on the vacuum monitor operations and help indicate areas that typically herald trouble, including overheating.
[ Clear Aligner Design Tool ]
Editor's Choice: Users can evaluate plans based on additional information and tools in the same system.
The ClearPilot digital treatment design tool gives providers enhanced visibility, and responsive control as they review and approve their ClearCorrect clear aligner cases. This advanced platform is said to be easy to use and can save clinicians time as they create effective treatment plans for their patients. The upgraded web-based platform expands on the tools that providers can use to create personalized treatment plans. ClearPilot is an evolution in ClearCorrect’s design tools that features easy-to- access comments and technician notes and prescription details all in one place for side-by-side comparison, treatment overview, movement table, superimposition, millimeter grids, and more.
[ Tissue Retractor ]
The Umbrella soft tissue retractor is designed for ease of placement and patient comfort for a number of indications. To use the retractor, a clinician presses the 2 tabs together, places it in the patient’s mouth, and it pops open. It helps a patient’s mouth stay open in a natural range while still allowing the patient to remain comfortable and open or close their mouth as needed. It also opens the space between the teeth, lips, and cheeks to help saliva accumulate away from dentition and improve access for high volume evacuation. The retractor also features a tongue guard designed to give clinicians great access and give the tongue a place to settle, which allows the patient to easily swallow.
[ Delivery System ]
The ReFit Model is an ideal way to retrofit and replace older cabinet arm-mounted dental equipment with a modern design. The door dental delivery system features a reduced height and compact footprint to allow it to fit underneath existing dental countertops. It provides the same features as the company’s Advanced Endodontic System door model but with a shorter chassis. It provides an easy way to upgrade the look and function of your treatment room with a fresh, aseptic advanced delivery system custom configured with the instruments of your choice. It features a clean design with bottles stored inside the chassis and it’s ideal for a Side Instrument Delivery Cart.
[ Imaging App ]
Imaging Case and Collaboration
The new Imaging Case and Collaboration (ICC) app is an easy-to-use platform that makes sharing cases more secure and straightforward. From the general practitioner to the specialist to the lab—even practices within the same network, such as a DSO setting—ICC is designed to make it easier to connect oral health care providers for closer collaboration, getting patients the answers and care they need sooner. The completely cloud-based platform lets users upload all their important case images, from CBCT scans (DICOM) and intraoral scans (STL) to JPGS. With one-click, treatment plans and images can be shared with colleagues and other oral healthcare professionals.
[ Implant Care Kit ]
Editor's Choice: There is no staining or burning, and it reaches areas missed by regular brushing and flossing.
Reassure is designed to help insure your implant’s success by removing biofilm, killing bacteria, fungi and viruses, plus neutralizing volatile sulfur compounds. If an implant fails, gets peri-mucositis, peri-implantitis, or any other problem, the patient may feel you are responsible even though the number one cause of failure is biofilm and the patient’s inability to remove it. This two-step implant care kit provides a gel to apply right after implant placement and a take-home rinse the patient uses daily. Education on how to maintain implants for a lifetime has lagged. Reassure can help bridge the gap between placing implants and how the patient can keep them clean and healthy.
[ Flossing Device ]
Refillable Floss Pick
The Refillable Floss Pick’s long-lasting reusable handle is designed to make it easy to floss hard-to-reach places, and the compact dispensing case with a built-in mouth mirror makes flossing accessible and worry-free for on-the-go use. The case and handle also allow for easy, 1-click restringing of fresh ADA-accepted mint-flavored floss that expands to help clean. The pick is designed as an alternative to quip’s Refillable Floss String product for people who prefer floss picks, or as a companion product for those who prefer to string at home and pick when on the go. The eco-friendly floss pick comes pre-loaded with the first refill floss pod and is designed to inspire better habits and reduce plastic waste. Customers can sign up for a subscription, automatic refill plan.
[ Denture Toothbrush ]
Denture & Mouth Toothbrush
Designed for use by partial, full, and overdenture patients, the Denture & Mouth Toothbrush is the newest part of the company’s line of denture care products. This is said to be the first toothbrush that includes all of these features for denture, partial, overdenture, and fixed hybrid patients: an Ergonomic Grip Handle perfect for seniors and individuals with limited dexterity; a unique multi-layered bristle designed for cleaning ridges, tongue, palate, and cheeks; dual side heads for superior cleaning of grooves and hard to reach spaces; and extra soft bristles safe for cleaning prosthetics, gums and implants. It was developed by Dr Lorin Berland, who treated patients for 40 years.
[ At-Home Whitening ]
Crest Whitening Emulsions
Crest Whitening Emulsions leave-on teeth whitening treatment features a beauty-inspired formula in 2 varieties—with Built-in Applicator for On-The-Go and with Wand Applicator. The treatment starts working instantly and is said to deliver 5 times more active hydrogen peroxide, whitening teeth with virtually no sensitivity. It can be applied in seconds throughout the day and absorbs quickly—just swipe and go. It features a water-resistant hydrating base that protects from whitening-related sensitivity. Unlike toothpastes and paint-on gels that dilute away quickly, the product creates a micro-thin layer of active peroxide droplets said to stay on teeth 10 times longer for better, faster results.
[ Digital Treatment Planning ]
Editor's Choice: ClinCheck Pro 6.0 moves Invisalign digital treatment planning to the cloud.
ClinCheck “In-Face” Visualization
ClinCheck treatment planning software provides doctors with a 3D model of planned tooth movements throughout Invisalign treatment. Its latest release includes ClinCheck “In-Face” Visualization, an enhanced doctor-facing digital clinical tool that combines a photo of the patient’s face with their 3D treatment plan, creating a personalized view of how their new smile could look. It’s designed to help with digital treatment planning and to increase patient understanding of the benefits provided by Invisalign through enhanced visualizations of their personalized treatment outcome. The workflow combines Invisalign Photo Uploader for patient photos, the iTero intraoral scanner to capture the 3D model data needed, and ClinCheck Pro 6.0.
[ Air Purifier ]
Air purifiers and sanitizers equipped with active electrostatic filtration and negative ionization such as the ERIO DEPUR20 are able to guarantee air purification and at the same time hygienic, antibacterial, and antiviral effects. This unit reportedly cleans the air from suspended particles such as pollen, spores, fumes, bacteria, and viruses. The system features a metal pre-filter, an electrostatic cell, UVC lamps, and activated carbon filter. The electrostatic cell allows for a high efficiency capturing particles smaller than 0.3 µm. Ideal for medical and dental surgeries, dental labs, waiting rooms etc., it is a very effective air sanitizer for limiting the spread of viruses and bacteria carried by aerosols.