Roundup: Midwinter Dental Product Lift-Offs

Dental Products ReportDental Products Report March 2020
Volume 54
Issue 3

A collection of some of the brand new and recently launched dental products featured at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting and LMT Lab Day.

Each year in late february the dental industry descends upon Chicago for a multitude of events that bring clinicians, technicians, hygienists, assistants, managers, manufacturers, and others together. Amidst the educational courses, the entertainment, the social functions-not to mention the food and tourist activities to be found in The Windy City-a massive number of new products for dental practices and labs make their industry debuts.

The Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting and Lab Day are always premier launching pads for innovative ideas and enhancements to established brands. With other meetings orbiting this pair of major events, it’s no surprise companies of all sizes treat late February in Chicago as the industry’s Cape Canaveral.

Keeping track of all of these new items can be a challenge for anyone. Those who visited the Chicago events likely made some time to check out the exhibit halls and to find some new solutions for their practices and labs, but even spending three straight days walking the show floors isn’t likely to allow a single person enough time to see everything new. Those who weren’t able to attend possibly only saw some of the new products via online coverage, if they saw them at all. 

That’s where this month’s Roundup article comes in. It’s not a completely comprehensive accounting, but we’ve collected quick snapshots of some of the recently launched products being highlighted at the Chicago shows to help those who attended-and those who did not-keep track of all the innovations.

Read on for an overview of some of the products that debuted or were highlighted during the Chicago events:

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Aeras 500 Elite Handpiece by Star®

  • With 39 watts of power, it is designed to provide the cutting power of an electric handpiece with the lightweight feel of an air-driven handpiece

  • Patent-pending RFID technology makes the handpiece interactive and intelligent in order to automatically track use and sterilization processes

  • Designed for in-office turbine replacement and features LubeFree technology for easier maintenance

  • Optimal head size for patient comfort and intraoral access is combined with cool-spectrum LED light technology


610-725-8004  |


  • More durable than previous generations of sensors, KaVo IXS features KaVoTough™ engineering in both the sensor and the cable

  • The sensors are designed to be open architecture and can integrate with a range of leading imaging and practice management applications

  • Features direct-download calibration files inside the sensor and automatic software updates along with proactive sensor health monitoring

  • Capable of capturing high quality images, it is available in sensor sizes 1 and 2

KaVo Imaging

888-ASK-KAVO  |

LumiCare Caries Diagnostic Rinse 

  • An aqueous oral rinse featuring proprietary nanoparticles that reportedly illuminate early carious lesions in teeth using a curing light

  • The rinse is designed to enable early detection and treatment of dental caries

  • The material can be used via a simple protocol and images of detected carious lesions are easy for patients to understand

  • The product is still waiting FDA 510(k) clearance for sales in the U.S.

GreenMark Biomedical

517-896-3665  |

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Premier® Implant Cement™ Plus 

  • Designed to provide secure retention, the cement is said to enable easy, non-destructive crown retrieval when necessary

  • The elastomeric cement flexes under force to absorb shock and maintain a tight marginal seal

  • It is easily applied without the need for etch, primer, or bonding agent and achieves gel stage in two minutes for easy excess cement clean up

  • Available in both white and pink shades, it provides a high level of radiopacity

Premier Dental

888-670-6100  |

Easy Denture®

  • Designed to make denture fabrication as simple as boiling water, Easy Denture can be fit to a patient after boiling it in water for one minute and cooling it for another minute

  • While not intended as a replacement for lab-fabricated dentures, Easy Denture dentures aim to provide an immediate solution when needed

  • The dentures also are viewed as a solution for patients who cannot afford traditional removable solutions

Benco Dental

800-GO-BENCO  |

HeronClinic™ Software

  • The latest updates to this intraoral scanning software are designed to offer benefits to clinicians and patients

  • Manual Bite Alignment allows users to ensure ideal alignment in scans, while the software now also allows users to open digital jaws for enhanced visual scan inspection

  • New colored distance maps help clinicians plan restorations for ideal function

  • Along with the scan software, a new HeronCloud solution provides improved information exchange between practices and labs


800-570-0363   |

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Empowerment Kit

  • A kit of hand instruments designed to enhance the effectiveness of ultrasonic solutions by allowing clinicians to detect and remove residual calculus from hard to reach areas following ultrasonic and air power scaling

  • The instruments feature blades that are 10 percent thinner than standard but still feature EVEREDGE 2.0 technology

  • The kit features seven scalers and an explorer housed in an Infinity Series® Cassette

  • There are 11 different Empowerment Scalers to choose from


800-HU-FRIEDY  |

Virtual Office Assistant

  • Part of the MMG Manage suite of services, the Virtual Office Assistant includes Unified Communications and Task Manager tools

  • Unified Communication is an advanced VOIP phone system designed to improve communications with patients via AI tools that automatically capture and import details into the patient record

  • The AI-powered Task Manager system disseminates tasks to team members and monitors them through completion 

MMG Fusion

844-938-7466  |

AMC-15 Self-Contained Mobile Operatory

  • Designed to operate anywhere, the mobile cart can be used for general and endodontic dentistry without the need to connect to outside air or water 

  • The mobile operatory features two high-speed handpieces, one low-speed handpiece, high-volume and low-volume suction, and an amalgam separator

  • A height-adjustable Auxiliary Arm with Accessory Tray is also available


866-244-2954  |

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TeleDent™ Update

  • Enhanced communications tools are at the heart of the latest improvements to this mobile dentistry software platform

  • Improved video conferencing now supports seamless capture of still images, videos and full-length video conferences directly into the platform’s patient record

  • Provider Chat features allow for secure, HIPAA compliant provider to provider communications and real-time messaging


877-544-4342  |

GINGICaine Plus

  • An enhanced formulation of this topical anesthetic provides up to one hour of efficacy

  • Formulated with 14 percent Benzocaine, 2 percent Butamben, and 2 percent Tetracaine Hydrochloride and an artificial banana flavor, it is designed to deliver fast, effective pain relief without bitterness

  • Available in a 1.2 mL syringe with a microneedle tip with a rounded end and a 7 mm gauge mark


800-437-1514  |

ClinCheck® “In-Face” Visualization Tool

  • Part of the Invisalign Go system, this new tool is designed to enhance digital treatment planning and case presentation with a front-facing smile image incorporated into the ClinCheck treatment plan

  • These images can be a guide in patient consultations as they can be used to highlight the benefits of teeth straightening and visualize optimal outcomes

  • The solution will initially be available for Invisalign Go users and will eventually be rolled out to all Invisalign solutions

Align Technology

408-470-1000  |

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  • A water line filtration system featuring two methods of patented technology to remove bacteria, virus, cysts, spores, and nutrients that bacteria feed on 

  • The UltraSafe filters out anything larger than 0.01 - 0.05 micrometers so bacteria cannot pass through the pores

  • The material used in fabricating the filter is positively charged, so any negatively charged items such as viruses reportedly adhere to the surface of the filter

  • These systems are made in the U.S., are ANSI/NSF 42, 61, 53 certified and available to treat whole offices or individual chairs

Toppen Dental

508-397-9725  |

Aligner Sleep Appliance (ASA) System

  • Designed to allow clinicians to simultaneously treat patients for sleep disorders and provide clear aligner therapy, the ASA System is centered around a custom-designed appliance with doctor-to-doctor treatment planning consultation 

  • Expert consultation on bite positioning, IPR considerations, and 3D case review 

  • The sleep appliance seamlessly fits over existing clear aligners at any stage of treatment while creating up to 8 mm of mandibular advancement


888-777-3198  |

Full Contact™ Sectional Matrix Bands

  • Ultrathin and easy to place, these pre-contoured sectional matrix bands reportedly hold their shape once placed

  • The bands can wedge from both buccal and lingual sides to ensure a complete gingival seal

  • They can be used alone or with any ring system and are available in both adult and pediatric sizes


800-621-6729  |

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Essentials Toothpaste

  • Featuring 100 percent natural baking soda combined with fluoride for caries prevention and naturally sourced calcium for repair of the enamel surface, this toothpaste is designed to provide effective oral care with “just the right amount of natural” ingredients

  • It is free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), peroxide, preservatives, parabens, artificial sweeteners, and dyes

  • It is available in two varieties, Essentials Whiten & Strengthen Fluoride Toothpaste, and Essentials Healthy Teeth & Gums Fluoride Toothpaste

Arm & Hammer

800-786-5135  |

DentiMax 20

  • The latest enhancements to this practice management solution are designed to make it easier to use and more customizable to individual practice needs

  • A new color-coding system allows practices to set distinct colors for menus and tasks

  • Patient information is now easier to manage and communications with entire families are simplified

  • An enhanced Treatment Coordinator calculates insurance estimates and alerts users when treatments outside of age and frequency limits are scheduled

  • Additional improvements allow for easier billing and statement management


800-704-8494   |

GUM® Hydral™

  • A non-prescription dry mouth relief solution designed to sooth the oral mucosa

  • The formulation features hyaluronic acid and three other moisturizing and hydrating ingredients said to work like natural saliva to relieve multiple xerostomia symptoms

  • It is capable of providing immediate relief that lasts up to 4 hours to help patients with mild, moderate, and even severe dry mouth conditions

  • Hydral is available as an oral rinse, an oral spray, an oral gel, and in an anti-cavity toothpaste

Sunstar Americas

773-777-4000  |

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  • ACTIVA Presto is described as the first light cure composite designed to mimic the properties of natural teeth

  • Its hydrophilic resin is designed to facilitate the diffusion of bioavailable calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions 

  • It contains a patented rubberized-resin that absorbs stress and resists wear, fracture, and chipping 

  • The material is stackable, holds its shape, and does not slump, allowing for controlled placement 

  • This universal composite is indicated for all classes of restorations and comes in a variety of shades


800-343-4342  |

TheraCal PT™

  • A biocompatible, dual-cured, resin-modified calcium silicate material designed to treat exposed dentin, it maintains tooth vitality by creating a barrier to protect the pulpal complex

  • It is designed for precise placement in deep cavity preparations

  • The material’s dual-cure properties allow for immediate placement of the restorative material

  • Ideal for pulpotomies, it is also suitable for use as a liner of for direct pulp capping


800-247-3368  |

KATANA™ Cleaner

  • Designed to eliminate contamination and enhance bond strength after try-in, KATANA Cleaner features MDP Salt

  • It features a pH of 4.5 allowing it to be used intraorally as well as outside of the mouth

  • It is applied via a two-step workflow that requires just 10 seconds

Kuraray Noritake

800-879-1676  |

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3M™ Filtek™ Flowables

  • A new syringe design for 3M™ Filtek™ Supreme Flowable Restorative and 3M™ Filtek™ Bulk Fill Flowable Restorative is said to simplify placement

  • The new tip design reportedly eliminates bubbles and material run-on during dispensing, and the cannula can easily be bent by hand without kinking

  • Additional enhancements to the syringe design such as a triangle finger plate and larger plunger make it more ergonomic and comfortable for clinicians


800-634-2249  |

SMARTbase™ Engaging Ti Base Abutments

  • Designed to provide enhanced esthetics and more options for screw-retained implant restorations, these abutments can redirect the screw channel by up to 25 degrees

  • The abutments feature a dual hue finish for enhanced esthetics with a gold top and pink anodized titanium base

  • They are available in a range of cuff heights and profile widths and a “Floating Screw” option is available

Implant Direct

888-649-6425  |

Tetric® Prime 

  • A universal composite said to provide creamy handling for optimal results in the anterior and the posterior

  • Available in a 12-shade system designed for esthetic outcomes, Class I and II restorations can be treated with the single “T” shade, which matches the optics of the natural tooth surface

  • Highly radiopaque for easy marginal visualization

  • It reportedly combines esthetics with low shrinkage and a long working time for enhanced outcomes

Ivoclar Vivadent

800-533-6825  |

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