Take a look at the 20 dental products named as Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award winners for 2021.
Every year an expert panel of technology-focused dentists convenes to review the latest innovations to determine which products stand out and deserved to be named as winners of the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award.
Consisting of John Flucke, DDS, technology editor and chief dental editor for Dental Products Report®; Paul Feuerstein, DMD, editor in chief for Dentistry Today; Marty Jablow, DMD, America’s Dental Technology Coach; Chris Salierno, DDS, chief clinical officer for Tend; Pam Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, editor in chief for Dental Economics; and Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, founder and creator of the Best of Class Technology Awards; as well as a national columnist in DPR, Dental Economics, and Canada’s Oral Health Journal; the panel looks for technologies with features that go beyond the capabilities of similar systems. Some products repeat as winners by staying ahead of the curve, while other winners represent emerging technologies ready to change the industry.
For more details on the selection process, read The Rules of the Game from Dr Shuman.
Click through this slideshow to meet the 20 products named Best of Class for 2021.
MMG 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 patients.
"If you made a promise to yourself this year to work smarter but not harder, then you also promised yourself to implement MMG Chairfill and Marketing Tracker. This system is always working in the background to make your practice more profitable by searching and analyzing your schedule for available chair time while also searching patient records for individuals with needed treatment. It finds and fills so you don’t have to.” – John Flucke, DDS
"ChairFill takes the MMG platform in a completely new and exciting direction. Our customer research pointed to what is literally a ‘million-dollar gold mine’ that is typically locked within a dental practice’s patient records and scheduling system. In the same way MMG Fusion has simplified and integrated managing and measuring the results of marketing outreach campaigns, MMG ChairFill analyzes and mines complex practice data to schedule the right kind of patient at the right time. Winning the prestigious Best of Class Award for the sixth year in a row validates all our hard work and motivates us to continue to innovate and adapt to stay at the forefront of a rapidly changing industry.” – Paul Intlekofer, CEO, MMG Fusion
The EyeSpecial digital dental camera is designed to establish the standard for image quality, case documentation, patient/lab communication, and clinical efficiency. Its 9 pre-programmed shooting modes allow anyone in the practice to take pictures.
"Shofu continues to improve and add features to this camera even though it has been a standout as it existed. Its ease of use, multiple clinical settings, and great shade-matching mode continue to keep this camera ahead of the pack. This past year, with a greater emphasis on disinfection, made EyeSpecial a must-have, as it can be properly cleaned after each patient use. The faster software and added video capability make this an ideal adjunct for every dental practitioner.” – Paul Feuerstein, DMD
"Docs tell us the most important benefit of the EyeSpecial camera is the boost in efficiency and production due to the promise—and delivery—of anyone being able to take perfect pics every time. With its 9 preset shooting modes, each for a different type of photo taken every day in the dental practice, you just select the mode and press the button—it’s that easy! Come by Shofu’s booth in the Cellerant Best of Class Alley to see for yourself.” – Mike Gainsburg, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Shofu
The iOptimaINT electric handpiece system is versatile and enables you to perform all your dental operations. The iOptimaINT system guarantees optimal space savings. The refined ergonomics and user-friendliness enable you to focus on the patient.
"Whether it’s the quality motors, handpieces, or the interface, you cannot go wrong with selecting Bien Air. The newest addition to the iOptima line is the iOptimaINT, an all-in-one solution offering the full range of treatment options seamlessly integrated into your dental chair. iOptimaINT lets you perform your restorative procedures, endo treatments—including reciprocating mode—surgical procedures, implant placement, and a scaling function. The iOptima requires minimal space and guarantees a perfectly functional working environment. Take your restorative dentistry to the next level with the use of any of the Bien Air iOptima systems.” – Marty Jablow, DMD
"The iOptimaINT electric system is incredibly versatile and enables you to perform all your dental operations—endodontics (including WaveOne®), restorations, oral surgery, implantology, and scaling. Infinitely practical, the iOptimaINT can be easily installed on any existing dental unit and can accommodate up to 2 motors and one Piezo scaler” – Daniel Call, Director of Sales - North America , Bien-Air Dental USA
Dentulu is a mobile app for online communication via an encrypted, HIPAA-compliant network. It allows patients to schedule appointments, as well as connect with a clinician for teledentistry appointments. It features an intuitive user interface and can be used to view and send photos and other information.
"Dentulu brings a suite of processes in their free app. Using intuitive screens, patients can find emergency care, referrals, second opinions and prescriptions and even set up onsite treatments (as our current situations allow). This is done using a live, secure connection via text or video on phones, tablets, and computers. The product certainly flourished during our past year and continues to improve and serve our practices as we get back to some form of normalcy.” – Paul Feuerstein, DMD
Dentulu is proud to be recognized for its simple, secure, and free teledentistry solution for a second year in a row. With major retailers driving consumers onto the Dentulu platform across the United States, we look forward to continuing to provide innovative and cost-effective patient acquisition opportunities and other innovative solutions to dental professionals for years to come.” – Arash Hakhamian, DDS, CEO, Dentulu Inc
TeleDent can 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.
"Start with a high-quality, affordable, and compatible intraoral camera, then build a one-of-a-kind teledentistry platform around it and you’ve got a Best of Class award winner. Congratulations to MouthWatch and their TeleDent system, for creating easy virtual workflows between providers and their patients.” – Chris Salierno, DDS
Zent Flex is the first and only toothbrush that limits pressure to the optimal pressure of 150 g to prevent or stop gum recession, enamel abrasion, sensitive teeth, and susceptibility to stains. Its click-joint stays rigid until pressure is applied, then snaps back with a click to train brushers on the perfect pressure.
"The Zent Flex toothbrush has interesting technology to encourage manual toothbrushers to brush with a safe amount of pressure on the toothbrush. If you think 150 g of pressure is a lot, give this toothbrush a try; you will find that you are most likely applying too much pressure with your toothbrush!” – Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD
"I encourage all of you to give the Zent Flex pressure-sensitive toothbrush a try. For me, it was an incredibly eye-opening experience to comprehend that when using a manual toothbrush, I have been brushing my teeth with too much pressure. This simple, clever technology can encourage safer brushing habits for manual toothbrushers. I would be interested to hear how many clicks you get!” – Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, Chief Dental Advisor, Zent
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. Data, libraries, and services are easily integrated. Now, dental practices can easily add an IOS with CAD/CAM.
"As the world of clinical dentistry moves further and further in total digital workflows, exocad creates the design bridge between acquisition and fabrication. Once you have a digital intraoral scan of the patient’s dentition, exocad ChairsideCAD is design software that allows you to create the digital dentistry. Whether it is RPD Framework, Smile Design, Implant Planning and Surgical Guide Creation, Clear Orthodontic Aligners, or designing fixed prosthetics, ChairsideCAD can do it all.” – John Flucke, DDS
"exocad’s ChairsideCAD software incorporates some of the best and most robust functionality of our leading OEM-branded dental CAD software to deliver seamless integration within a clinical workflow. ChairsideCAD is streamlined, easy to learn, and optimized for use in the practice, and its open architecture enables clinicians to mix-and-match their choice in scanners and manufacturing equipment to meet their specific needs.” – Larry Bodony, President, exocad America
Infinix advanced dental restoratives 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 maintain the integrity of the restoration.
"The majority of composite restorations fail due to bacterial infiltration of defective margins and secondary caries. Infinix from Nobio incorporates antimicrobial nanotechnology into their composite resin that kills bacteria that come in contact with this restorative material. To restore teeth with composite restorations that won’t ever fail due to secondary caries is a true industry changer!” – Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD
"Clinical trial results showed that infinix antibacterial composites significantly reduced demineralization, a process in which bacteria generate acids that lead to advanced-stage cavities.” – Prof. Ervin Weis, DMD
Weave is the all-in-one customer communication and engagement platform. From the first phone call to the final invoice and every touchpoint in between, Weave connects the entire customer journey. Weave’s software solutions transform how local businesses attract, communicate with, and engage customers to grow their business.
"Weave is a total communications platform for your office. It provides Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone service, text messages, voicemail, and more. My favorite feature is the tight interface with my practice management software. When a patient calls, Weave identifies them from VOIP data and brings all pertinent patient data onto the computer screen before my team answers the phone! With Weave patients never receive a busy signal. If we miss a call Weave automatically sends a personal text to them that lets them know someone will be reaching back out to them shortly. In a word…amazing!” – John Flucke, DDS
"Weave is thrilled to be honored yet again as a Cellerant Best of Class solution. The past year our teams have added some exciting new integrations and products like payments, Digital Forms, and Web Assistant to our all-in-one customer communication and engagement platform. But we’re not stopping there. As 2022 approaches, Weave is committed to adding new ways to streamline and scale communications that will grow your dental practice.” – Kortney Osborne, Vice President of Marketing, Weave
YAPI is designed to make dental patients and dental teams happy, automatically. It offers conveniences such as digital dental forms, online scheduling, and simple two-way texting. It integrates with most common practice management software and syncs every few seconds for the most reliable, real-time experience.
"YAPI is an automated practice efficiency software built to enhance the business side of dentistry, from electronic dental forms to automated appointment reminders, and recall. YAPI allows you to see what’s going on in your practice at a glance and to communicate with your patients via email and text message. YAPI’s paperless forms cut down on office transcription errors, and forms can be reviewed on an iPad or computer. Guided by the parameters you set up, the platform integrates into many Voice over Internet Protocol phone systems. YAPI is at the forefront of making your office more efficient.” – Marty Jablow, DMD
"We put a Herculean effort into shaping an ambitious product roadmap and building the all-star team to turn the plan into reality. In the past year, we have released more new features than ever before, so winning the Best of Class Technology award for our second year in a row is a testament to the team’s drive to succeed. Our customers mean everything to us, and we are motivated to continue on this journey to deliver the best products that will help them grow in an environment that requires quick pivots and adaptability.” – Gina Dorfman, DDS, YAPI co-founder & CEO
Amplify’s team engages website visitors within seconds. It can schedule directly into the practice management system or securely share the contact information, insurance details, and reason for the visit with the practice.
Dr. Ryan Hungate has built the first 24/7, HIPAA-compliant web chat for dentistry, and it connects your current and potential patients to real human beings, not bots. Congratulations to Simplifeye for their Amplify Live Chat system, a Best of Class for 2021.” – Chris Salierno, DDS
You would never ignore somebody who walked through your office’s front door. Why would you ignore somebody on your website, which is your digital front door? Amplify’s 24/7 live chat provides instant customer service. It’s convenient for patients and eliminates the need for time-consuming phone calls—which benefits your team, too. Practices that make it easy for patients to do business with them are going to be the ones that thrive” – Ryan Hungate, DDS, CEO of Simplifeye
This oral rinse features fluorescent starch nanoparticles that penetrate surface porosities in enamel. The particles brightly glow when illuminated under a curing light and bio-resorb by the time the patient leaves your clinic. It gives you the opportunity to noninvasively treat lesions early.
"The ability for us to identify caries before it’s clinically perceptible is a huge step in the right direction for the dental industry. LumiCare Caries Detection Rinse from GreenMark Biomedical prioritizes taking preventive measures to reduce the need for caries-related restorations. Would you want a restoration if the progression of caries could be identified and stopped? No? Neither would I!” – Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD
"At GreenMark we believe in the profound promise of preventative dentistry and that the first step is early disease detection. The LumiCare rinse enhances visualization of carious lesions and allows for the use of preventative products and procedures. We strive for our product to help dentists and their teams provide patients the best care possible. Following FDA’s 510(k) clearance earlier this year, I am thrilled to announce that we are ready to bring our product to market in time for the ADA SmileCon Conference in Las Vegas this October.” – Steven Bloembergen, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, GreenMark Biomedical Inc.
DTX Studio Clinic is the ultimate dental imaging software that keeps all of your 2D and 3D imaging data together. DTX Studio Clinic puts clinicians and patients first, simplifying the interaction with scans and images and making each appointment more focused and valuable for everyone.
"The modern digital practice collects a variety of images, from 2D radiographs, to 3D intraoral scans, clinical photos, and cone beam data. Our next winner is Envista for their DTX Studio Clinic, which collects all of these file formats into 1 easy-to-navigate platform. That makes for better diagnosis and case presentation, and makes for a Cellerant Best of Class technology.” – Chris Salierno, DDS
"DTX Studio Clinic sets a new standard for dental imaging software by truly connecting the various aspects of a modern dental professional’s daily work. It serves as an open image acquisition software for multi-brand imaging devices, allows for streamlined workflows with acquiring IOS data sets, and enables open import and export of the most-used dental industry file formats. As a multimodality viewing software, DTX Studio Clinic intelligently combines 2D and 3D, x-ray and optical data sets for an up-to-date imaging file in all stages of the diagnostic and treatment process.” – Dr Pascal Kunz, Vice President Digital Solutions, DTX Studio, Envista
The Umbrella soft tissue retractor is designed for ease of placement and patient comfort. It helps a patient’s mouth stay open in a natural range. It also opens the space between the teeth, lips, and cheeks to help saliva accumulate away from dentition and improve access.
"Dentistry has been using some type of retractors for decades, but most require 2 users or only perform the task at a so-so level. The Umbrella lip and cheek retractor system went through years of design work to create a retractor that keeps lips, cheeks, and the tongue clear of the field. It can also allow the patient to fully occlude with the system in place so it can keep the field clear for restorative dentistry while also allowing the team to check the occlusion when the restorations are completed. It is soft, flexible, and even has little pillows that cushion potential pressure points on the alveolar ridges.” – John Flucke, DDS
"Ultradent is elated to have our Umbrella retractor recognized with a 2021 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award. We’re continually striving to improve the lives of both dentists and patients with our innovative products, and it’s rewarding to see the Umbrella retractor do just that by allowing clinicians to work with more ease and visibility, while giving patients a more comfortable experience. To be included among the other cutting-edge products honored by the highly respected Cellerant Consulting Group is humbling and exciting.” – Jaleena Jessop, DDS, Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Ultradent
Designed to provide images with optimal diagnostic clarity, the 3D Excelsior Pro CBCT system is suited for use with implants, endodontics, periodontics, impacted teeth, airway analysis, and more. It features a voxel size between 0.08 mm and 0.2 mm, a focal spot of 0.3 mm, low radiation levels, and a wide range of fields of view.
"For those looking for a come beam, the PreXion Excelsior Pro CBCT scanner is a best of class choice. It has fields of view from 50 × 50 mm to 150 × 80 mm, giving you the proper choices depending on your diagnostic needs. It also comes with a dedicated 2D panoramic mode and the ability to take external bitewings. My staff loves it. You can minimize radiation to keep you within the ALARA parameters, and the best part is excellent images to make your diagnostic abilities the best they can be. Make sure you consider the PreXion Excelsior Pro CBCT if you need a cone beam for your office.” – Marty Jablow, DMD
Bellus3D Dental Pro provides a 3D face scanning solution, enabling dentists to incorporate 3D facial scans into the dental treatment planning process. Extraoral images can be captured in less than 15 seconds and then aligned with digital impressions and 3D CBCT images.
"As we continue forward in the digital dentistry Revolution, the need to integrate soft tissue is becoming an integral part of the process. Bellus3D’s Dental Pro provides a powerful and easy to use 3D facial scanning solution. Clinicians and dental labs use the 3D face as an integral part of diagnostic surgical and restorative smile design planning to accelerate high value case acceptance and clinician approval. This also helps the laboratory during the fabrication of your fixed or removable prosthesis. The use of Bellus3D Dental Pro takes your digital dentistry workflow to the next level.” – Marty Jablow, DMD
"Bellus3D is honored to receive this recognition from the industry. It has been an exciting journey to contribute this last missing element to complete a true 3D virtual dental patient, and we believe it sets the foundation for 3D dental practices for years to come.” – Eric Zarakov, Vice President Marketing, Bellus3D Inc
The Medit i700 is powered by a super-fast camera that captures up to 70 frames per second. The camera and other internal components have been reduced in size to create a lighter handpiece. The redesigned tips are now reversible and autoclavable 100 times. The cable is also now detachable for portability.
"Medit broke a few of the scanner molds (pun intended) with the i500. The new i700 model is lightning fast, accurate, and is loaded with new features. And its price point makes it even more attractive. New features such as direct USB Connections, a detachable cable, and UV-C LED disinfection are only some of the advancements. Its MeditLink software allows totally open access to all digital products for treatment planning, design, and manufacturing. Their website has technical information as well as videos of some very interesting cases.” – Paul Feuerstein, DMD
The CS 9600 features breakthrough innovations enabling users to produce high-quality images. Its artificial intelligence-powered positioning, video cameras, and Live Positioning Assistant aid in capturing accurate scans the first time. The unit also includes metal artifact reduction algorithms for better image quality.
"Using artificial intelligence and video for patient positioning makes this unit unique. Fourteen fields of view make it versatile for almost any situation. The imaging software allows easy integration with intraoral images, face scans, and other images, allowing a whole suite of analysis and treatment planning options. Other features such as Metal Artifact Reduction can be found on their website.” – Paul Feuerstein, DMD
“In the CS 9600 CBCT system, we see the future of dentistry. With its artificial intelligence, smart features, preset programs, and quality control tools, we call it our ‘smartest’ imaging system. All these features provide clinicians with the data they need to make the best choices for patients’ care.” – Ed Shellard, DMD, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental
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.
"I am honored to present a Cellerant Best of Class award to Dentsply Sirona for their Primescan system. This scanner continues to raise the bar for speed and accuracy, and it shows just how far we’ve come from earlier generations of this technology. Congrats to Dentsply Sirona’s Primescan team!” – Chris Salierno, DDS
The TRIOS 4 combines scanning technology with diagnostic aid technology for surface and interproximal caries. Its built-in fluorescent technology is designed to aid in the identification of possible caries. Integrated shade matching saves time, and artificial intelligence removes unneeded soft tissue from scans.
"3Shape is constantly innovating their technology and their latest intraoral scanner, the TRIOS 4, certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s cordless, efficient, and accurate and has instantly heating tips with smart technology. The software to educate and engage patients is exceptional, and there’s no surprise that 3Shape has won a Cellerant Best of Class Technology award 9 times!” – Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD