Get to know the dental products that earned the 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award.
Being the best can mean a lot of things to different people, but in general it means standing apart from peers and competitors by simply doing what you do more efficiently, more effectively, and more completely. When it comes to dental products this means making it easier to diagnose and treat patients and simplifying and automating practice operations. It also means setting a standard for others to follow.
The 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award winning products definitely meet this standard. Each year these awards are selected by a panel of dental technology experts who think deeply about the impact of innovative features and unique approaches to dental care. They evaluate not just whether a product does something impressive, but whether what it does offers something truly new, and sets a new benchmark for the industry to catch up to.
This year 20 winning products were selected across a wide range of product categories. It’s not just scanners and software, but also materials and services that can open new avenues of patient care. Read on to learn about each of these products that truly are Best of Class.
The CS 9600 CBCT system is a highly intelligent piece of technology. Intuitive features give the 5-in-1 system the capability to deliver exceptional image quality for more precise diagnoses while maintaining ease of use and patient comfort. This advanced system combines 2D panoramic technology, CBCT imaging, 3D model/impression scanning and 3D facial scanning, along with optional cephalometric imaging, to reportedly meet every clinical need.
"The CS 9600 has excellent imaging and unique patient positioning. There are several fields of view with high-resolution imaging, making it suitable for a range of dental specialties. It uses video cameras to aid in patient positioning. Digital, interactive guides are projected onto the patient’s face on an integrated touchscreen interface that then walks the user through the positioning process." — Dr Paul Feuerstein
800-944-6365 | carestreamdental.com
Designed to enable more precise scanning, the Primescan uses high-resolution sensors and shortwave light to reportedly capture up to 1 million 3D data points per second. The scanner can capture depths up to 20 mm, making it ideal for use with subgingival or deep preparations.
"The CAD/CAM space is constantly changing but the new features and software of Primescan put it in the Best Of Class. Our focus is on the scanner itself which has added accuracy, greater depth of field, ability to scan well into sulci and speed. Even at shallow angles, Primescan is able to take highly accurate digital impressions of virtually the whole tooth surface, usually capturing in the first pass." — Dr Paul Feuerstein
844-848-0137 | dentsplysirona.com
3Shape TRIOS® 4 is a powerful intraoral scanner that now comes as a flexible wired and wireless two-in-one solution. Increased battery life of more than 30% optimizes the wireless experience, and a simple plug-in cord, allows you to smoothly switch to wired anytime you wish. With its instant-heat technology, the scanner is ready to capture an impression in seconds, and combined with the enhanced battery life, this allows the scanner to be used with 2 to 3 times more patients on a single charge. Other enhancements to the scanning experience include an automatic use counter and tip-change alerts.
"The best intraoral scanner 3Shape offers. It sets the standard for intraoral scanning. The only wireless intraoral scanner making it easy to take between ops. Wear detection gives you enhanced diagnostics to better treat your patients. One scanner with multiple use cases is why TRIOS 4 is best of class." — Dr Marty Jablow
908-867-0144 | 3shape.com/en
Designed exclusively for dentistry, the EyeSpecial captures 12 MP images with simple, one-touch operations. It’s lightweight and features a large LCD touchscreen for viewing images. It can be used with a wireless memory card to seamlessly send images from the camera to a tablet or operatory computer for simple and efficient treatment documentation and case presentation.
"The EyeSpecial is designed to grab the specific types of photos that we need in dentistry while still having the simple usability of a “point and shoot” camera. Shofu has done an amazing job of combining a tremendous high quality photo platform with the simplicity of a camera that anyone can learn to use in under 10 minutes." — Dr John Flucke
800-827-4638 | shofu.com
exocad’s ChairsideCAD provides clinicians with the freedom to choose the best hardware and software for single-visit dentistry. Derived from the renowned DentalCAD platform, which has been a signature solution for the dental labs for more than a decade, ChairsideCAD includes dentalshare, a robust, open collaboration tool for doctors and labs. Third party manufacturers’ products, data, libraries, and services are easily integrated. Now, dental practices can easily add an IOS with CAD/CAM and develop expertise at their own pace.
"exocad ChairsideCADis the first complete open-architecture CAD software platform for single-visit dentistry. Easy integration with most intraoral scanners along with step-by-step instruction for CAD design makes fabricating restorations in-house or sending to your favorite lab simple. The default standard for many mills, printers, and scanners." — Dr Marty Jablow
855-EXO-4CAD | exocad.com
The iOptimaINT electric handpiece system is versatile and enables you to perform all your dental operations—restoration, endodontics, oral surgery, implantology and scaling. Fully integrated into your dental unit, the iOptimaINT system guarantees optimal space savings. It can be controlled either using an iPod touch or an iPad mini. The refined ergonomics and user-friendliness enable you to focus on the patient, while preprogrammed, customizable sequences of the iOptimaINT application make treatments easier.
"Bien-Air iOptima systems set the standard for electric handpieces. Whether for restorative, endodontics or implants, the precision handpieces, motors, and controllers make doing dentistry easier. With the introduction of iOptima INT, any dental unit can be upgraded to a fully integrated electric system for increased efficiency and infection control." — Dr Marty Jablow
800-433-2436 | dental.bienair.com
Designed to revolutionize the dental mirror, SmartMirror combines a bright, sapphire mirror lens with LED lights and a video camera to not only provide clinicians with unprecedented intraoral visibility, but to document everything the mirror captures. The SmartMirror connects to a practice computer via Wi-Fi. An integrated microphone allows dictation to be captured along with the video feed, and the videos can be displayed live on-screen to allow patients and other clinicians to view ongoing treatment.
"The SmartMirror is Best of Class because there isn’t anything out there like it! It’s a mirror that contains 36 LEDs: the oral cavity is illuminated very well and the mirror can record real-time videos. This provides a modern, innovative approach to patient education. In addition, the mirror can record dictations that can automatically integrate with a patient’s electronic health record. This is truly the mirror of the future!" — Dr Pamela Maragliano-Muniz
Smart Mirror Dental
XVWeb utilizes cloud technology to deliver clinical image storage, optimization, and analysis as a cost-effective subscription service. The new XVWeb 3D module adds support for accessing, viewing, and securely sharing CBCT datasets via any compatible web browser in real time.
"Apteryx XVWeb is your cloud based solution to imaging. This open architecture software allows for easy integration with your current imaging hardware from 2D to 3D to intraoral scans. It offers flexibility along with the security you demand for your imaging. Easy integration with practice management software and access to images from anywhere with an internet connection makes XVWeb best of class." — Dr Marty Jablow
877-278-3799 | apteryx.com
Infinix™ Flowable Composite and Bulk Fill Flow Composite
Infinix advanced dental restoratives—Flowable Composite and Bulk Fill Flow Composite—contain Nobio’s proprietary QASi particle technology, which combines a high concentration of antimicrobial molecules that are covalently bound to a solid core. The materials are formulated to maintain the integrity of the restoration and protect the restoration from degradation by bacteria over time. The Infinix Flowable and Bulk Fill Flow Composites are ideal for posterior restorations.
"The idea is simple, while the science is pure genius. Nobio has developed a chemical with antibacterial properties and incorporated it into Infinix composite. Most composite restorations last just 5 to 7 years due to recurrent caries at the restoration/tooth interface. Infinix solves that problem by basically killing any bacteria that comes in contact with the restoration." — Dr John Flucke
email@example.com | infinix.com
LumiCare™ Caries Detection 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 and can be used via a simple protocol. Images of detected carious lesions are reportedly easy for patients to understand The product is still waiting FDA 510(k) clearance for sales in the US.
"The ability to detect an active caries process before the tooth shows clinical signs is truly groundbreaking. LumiCare is a simple solution to help dental professionals identify dental breakdown at its earliest stages and encourage patients to manage their disease process with preventive measures. LumiCare will give dental professionals a leg up in our constant battle with dental caries." — Dr Pamela Maragliano-Muniz
517-896-3665 | greenmark.bio
The PinkWave features patent-pending QuadWave Curing Technology that is said to enhance polymerization when compared to other curing lights. The new curing technology reportedly increases composite hardness by more than 20% while also decreasing shrinkage by 15% or more. The light features a large curing area and offers standard, ramp, and boost curing modes. The buttons are ergonomically placed and it’s fabricated with a single-piece aluminum body. The light charges cordlessly and features a replaceable battery pack.
"The PinkWave curing light from Apex is turning heads because of its characteristic pink light emission and elegant design. But its place as a Best of Class technology [winner] is also because of its patented QuadWave technology. PinkWave emits 4 different wavelengths, which allows for better polymerization, less shrinkage, and decreased postoperative sensitivity, among other benefits." — Dr Chris Salierno
Apex Dental Materials
877-418-4782 | apexdentalmaterials.com
OMNICHROMA is said to be the first universal composite that matches every patient’s tooth shade, from A1 to D4, with a single shade of composite. Its innovative technology utilizes structural color to match every tooth shade. Its 260 nm fillers are the precise shape and size necessary to generate red-to-yellow structural color as ambient light passes through the composite. The red-to-yellow color combines with the reflected color of the patient’s surrounding dentition, reportedly resulting in a perfect match with no added dyes or pigments.
"OMNICHROMA is a Best of Class winner because it offers an esthetic solution for many restorative indications. It allows a dentist to get a perfect shade match most of the time without having to maintain an extensive inventory of composite. It’s not only esthetic, it handles and polishes well. It’s a home run for direct restoratives!" — Dr Pamela Maragliano-Muniz
877-378-3548 | OMNICHROMA.com
"The concept of remote communication has been available for several years, but little used. Once the coronavirus disease 2019 hit our lives, it became an everyday method of connecting and the word Zoom became a mainstream term. Unfortunately, it is not a secure or HIPAA compliant method of exchanging medical information. MouthWatch/TeleDent has been working in this space for several years and has now become a leader in the quest, with Brant Herman at the helm. He was one of the most sought-after online speakers during the March/April lockdowns. In the past few years the Dentulu app was being developed, and Dr Arash Hakhamian and his team have been working on enhancing their app. Both of these have been selected as Best of Class and dentists should take a hard look at what they are doing". — Dr Paul Feuerstein
TeleDent is designed to optimize workflow to make collaboration and communication more efficient. It is designed to support large referral networks and multiple locations. The platform includes an enhanced user interface, teledentistry appointment management,task assignment, optimized synchronization, audio recording, and an API for connectivity and integration with digital imaging, EHR systems, and more.
"TeleDent is the communication arm of MouthWatch. First in the industry, it is a HIPAA-compliant secure portal to allow secure patient messaging, live video conferencing, cloud collaboration, and more. TeleDent enables remote treatment planning, supervision, and collaboration in real-time and asynchronously. There is also a portal to securely store and share case information and images." — Dr Paul Feuerstein
877-544-4342 | mymouthwatch.com
Designed to connect patients to practices as well as clinicians to clinicians, Dentulu is a mobile dental app that fosters online communication via an encrypted, HIPAA-compliant network. The app allows patients to schedule appointments, as well connect with a clinician for teledentistry appointments conducted via the platform. It features an intuitive user interface and can be used to view and send photos and other clinical information.
"Dentulu is a teledentistry and mobile dentistry platform. It allows dentists to connect with dentists, patients to connect with dentists, and patients or dentists to connect with other industry professionals in an affordable, secure application. Dentulu is on a HIPAA compliant platform which enables you to safely exchange patient x-rays, images, and chats. This includes live video calls and appointment scheduling." — Dr Paul Feuerstein
888-905-0226 | dentulu.com
Designed to help document the clinical situation for patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of bruxism, BruxRelief is a cloud-connected wearable device allowing patients to assess masticatory muscle activity from their own home. Both clinicians and patients can see the assessments right away in the associated app. Data collected by the system makes it easier to prescribe treatment and monitor progress.
"BruxRelief helps dentists diagnose and treat bruxism without having to wait for signs of tooth wear. Patients wear a comfortable headband for a few nights while a smartphone app captures data on their clenching and grinding habits. Dentists can prescribe more nightguards and other therapies with greater patient buy-in and diagnostic confidence." — Dr Chris Salierno
720-432-6156 | bruxrelief.com
Designed as a turnkey solution to provide clinicians with the confidence needed to treat sleep breathing disorders, SleepArchiTx offers unique 1:1 doctor-to-doctor clinical consults and medical doctor collaboration to increase clinical knowledge and provide confidence and expertise. 24/7 support for staff drives implementation, while turnkey medical billing and many sleep appliance choices provide a 1-stop shop.
"Many dentists have dabbled in treating sleep disordered breathing, only to get in over their heads clinically or to get frustrated getting medical benefit coverage. SleepArchiTx streamlines the diagnostic, treatment, and payment processes by training your entire team and providing a turnkey workflow playbook." — Dr Chris Salierno
888-777-3198 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinking and running all the time in the background, ChairFill will automatically grow your patient base and achieve your practice production and revenue goals. The software monitors available chair time and mines patient records to identify the right kind of patients at the right time. It can selectively search patient records for the most profitable patients and proactively fill the schedule. ChairFill detects last minute cancellations and fills those openings. It also can manage marketing campaigns and help create a positive brand image for your practice.
"An empty operatory chair means lost revenue and lost opportunities to serve your patients. Contacting patients and filling that chair time is laborious and inefficient. ChairFill by MMG Fusion automates this process and allows for customizable campaigns to incentivize patients to fill your schedule." — Dr Chris Salierno
844-938-7466 | mmgfusion.com
Designed to help practices operate in a paperless environment, YAPI is an automated practice efficiency software that incorporates everything from electronic dental forms to automated appointment reminders. The system automates functions to help dental professionals focus on clinical care rather than paperwork and integrates seamlessly with leading practice management platforms. A practice dashboard, online remote access, and intra-office messaging make sure everyone has access to the information they need when and where it’s needed.
"YAPI is a standout because it is a software solution that cleans up many inefficiencies in a dental practice. It allows offices to be truly paperless; no more scanning or having to take extra steps to integrate paperwork. In addition, communication within the office and with patients has never been more effective. When offices are efficient and communicating, clinicians can provide more personalized care." — Dr Pamela Maragliano-Muniz
949-535-1059 | yapiapp.com
Designed to help practices connect with prospective patients who visit the practice website, Amplify provides 24/7 live chat services. Amplify’s team of Smile Specialists are trained to help find patients who fit your practice and then schedule them directly into your practice management solution. All information is managed via an encrypted, HIPAA compliant portal. The service can be connected to other Simplifeye solutions to create a comprehensive virtual platform for interacting with patients.
"Amplify is a digital concierge service provided by a live human who communicates to website visitors through a dedicated chat window. The Amplify service runs 24/7 365 and can be delivered in multiple languages. The concierge collects the information to schedule the patient, and the chat transcript is available. Amplify sets the office apart and increases the number of quality appointments made." — Dr John Flucke
646-846-7467 | simplifeye.com