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Last year’s Top 10 Dental Products Report® articles list included a few very popular articles dealing with a global pandemic. While we may not be totally out of the woods in terms of dealing with COVID-19 and its variants, this year’s top read, most received articles indicate somewhat of a return to normalcy in the industry. The honorees here include some fun articles and slideshows addressing things like braces being cool, artwork featuring teeth, and famous Americans many didn’t realize were dentists.
But the top articles this year also featured pieces on products and techniques, the best and worst places to work as a dentist in 2021, roundups on milling machines and x-ray sensors, and a cover story offering “Technique Touch-Ups” and clinical tips.
Braces Have Come a Long Way in the Cool Factor
by Stan Goff
For centuries people have been attempting to move and straighten teeth to improve the way their smiles look as well as their ability to chew properly and maintain a healthy mouth. Today’s clear aligners and colorful braces and retainers are well accepted, but braces and orthodontics were not always so cool. Here’s a quick look at the history of braces and how much orthodontics have changed along the way.
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The 10 Best and 5 Worst Places to Work as a Dentist in 2021
by Robert Elsenpeter
There is no lack of top 10 lists out there, lists ranking everything from the top 10 presidents (of course George Washington is No. 1) to the top 10 ice cream toppings (of course caramel is No. 1) to the top 10 James Bond movies (of course “Goldfinger” is No. 1). There is even a book compiling top 10 lists.
This is our yearly entry into the fray, ranking the top 10 communities for dentists in 2021. While some top 10 lists are purely subjective, the product of personal opinion (that’s the only reason Moonraker made it onto that critic-ranked James Bond list, but For Your Eyes Only didn’t). We made ours more objective.
Go to bit.ly/WorstWorkPlaces
May 2021 New Products
This is a look at many of the recently announced products in the dental industry from the May 2021 issue of Dental Products Report®. The product launches featured three cover products: the Medit i700 next-generation intraoral scanner from Medit; Robin the Robot, a social robot that utilizes peer-to-peer interactions to create a meaningful connection with young dental patients to reduce stress; and the Maxima Pro 2AR high-speed, air-driven handpiece from Henry Schein that is an extension of the Maxima Pro 2 line and is described as a cost-effective option.
Go to bit.ly/May2021Products
Curated by Noah Levine
Experts from across the industry share their favorite tips, tricks, and solutions to make dental care better for patients and easier for you. These tips address a number of areas of practice, including practice management and patient communication software, better soft-tissue control on crown and bridge cases, provisionalizing the worn dentition, a composite engineered with warming in mind, simple single shade composites, efficient porcelain cementation, hands-free HVE, cordless prophy handpieces, buildup materials, pink opaquers and more.
Go to bit.ly/TechniqueTouchUps
History of Dental Filling Materials From Prehistoric to ModernTimes
by Noah Levine
Dental issues have plagued humankind throughout history and evidence of preparing and filling cavities dates back at least 13,000 years. Here’s a look at some of the materials used to fill cavities over the years. Some of these interesting options have included bitumen, beeswax, amalgam, gold, and now the popular composites.
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15 Steps in the Evolution of Endodontics
by Noah Levine
In recognition of Save Your Tooth Month, we take a look back at significant developments in the history of endodontics and root canal therapy. Treating the infected roots of teeth has a long history. While many patients still fear being told they will need a root canal, modern approaches make these treatments far less painful and far more successful. Here’s a look back at the development of endodontic treatments, technologies, and general knowledge of how teeth are structured.
Go to bit.ly/EndoEvolution
8 Times Artists Created Works Featuring Teeth
by Noah Levine
Smiles feature prominently in plenty of artwork, but sometimes artists go beyond the grin and make teeth the focus of their work in novel ways. Dental professionals showcase true artistic skill with the restorations they create, whether in the patient’s mouth or extraorally chairside or at a dental laboratory. Patients might not always appreciate the level of detail required to make restorations look natural and seamless in a smile. But dentists aren’t the only artists inspired by both the form and the function of teeth. Here are 8 times artists created works prominently featuring teeth.
Go to bit.ly/ArtisticTeeth
Today’s Milling Machines Open Up In-Office Possibilities
by Stan Goff
Early on, there were plenty of skeptics of same-day dentistry. Issues surrounding the quality of care and esthetics had some hesitant to stray from traditional methods of delivering restorations. But as the technologies and workflows evolved, it became clear not only that same-day dentistry can be faster, better, and more accurate than traditional methods, but also that additional benefits like the convenience of a reduced number of appointments and overall treatment times are creating better experiences for you and your patients. This product roundup features 6 of the top chairside dentistry systems available today.
Go to bit.ly/MillingMachines
4 Famous Americans You Didn’t Know Were Dentists
by Kristin Hohman
You just never know who might have a dental background. Here are 4 famous Americans who did: patriot Paul Revere, gunfighter Doc Holliday, actor Edgar Buchanan, and baseball player Steve Arlin.
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Seeing Is Believing: Today’s X-Ray Sensors Deliver on Diagnostics
by Stan Goff
You can’t fix what you can’t see.
When treating patients, x-rays are vital to seeing and diagnosing dental issues. X-rays are a critical tool for providing the best possible care for your patients.
Over the years, dental x-ray systems have gotten better and faster, enabling clinicians to diagnose and treat dental conditions better than ever. Digital x-ray sensors are constantly in use. They’re moved between operatories and in and out of patients’ mouths daily. If you’re in the market for new x-ray sensors, do your homework. We can help as we take a look at 13 x-ray sensor solutions.
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