Spectra is a handheld, noninvasive imaging instrument that visually aids in the detection of caries. Fluorescence technology indicates extent of decay with color and numerical readings to provide unsurpassed caries detection—and higher case acceptance for more revenue per patient. Early detection also means more restoration and less excavation. It can also be used during caries removal process to ensure all carious dentin is removed. It lets you store and compare images over time to track the effect of your treatment and can be used to detect fractured tooth syndrome, plaque, and caries. Spectra will work with virtually any patient management software and connects to computer with USB cable. It weighs only 2.1 oz and comes with a 3-year warranty. It is FDA cleared. For more information, call (800) AIRTECH or visit airtechniques.com.



The iTero's powder-free system scans quadrants and full arches, which allows the clinician to easily take digital impressions of single-unit cases as well as more comprehensive restorative and cosmetic full-arch treatment plans—including fixture level implant impressions. Onscreen visualization of the scan in real time ensures that preparations are perfectly completed and that there is adequate occlusal clearance to achieve the best cosmetic and restorative outcome. The new iTero 4.0 software includes a customized user interface, real time model scanning protocol, STL export for doctors, eraser tool, and margin marking tool. With the real time model scanning protocol doctors can see the impression build as they scan and complete the high resolution impression in just minutes. The STL export function allows the doctors to send the digital impression file to third party digital service providers for integration with cone beam computed tomography scans, creation of implant surgical guides, or other digital treatment services. For more information, call (800) 577-8767 or visit cadentinc.com.



Field tested and expert endorsed, the Azenic DHP disposable high-speed handpiece is the new standard of care in dentistry. Offering amazing power, torque, and cutting efficiency, you can use the low-cost DHP to tackle harsh reduction cases, crown preparations, and surgical procedures, protecting your expensive handpieces from costly wear and tear. Individually wrapped, single-patient-use, sterile, and disposable, with the powerful DHP on hand, busy days, equipment breakdowns, and emergency cases are never a worry, assuring your practice and your bottom line stay on track. Better yet, the DHP is 100% recyclable and easy to order through authorized national dealers. For more information, call (888) 347-7576 or visit azenic.com.



The AEU-5000 electric operative system connects to the air delivery system. Its features include pneumatic foot control operation, backlit display, and a 40,000-rpm electric micromotor with LED illumination. It's compatible with 1:5, 1:2, 1:1, 5:1, 8:1, and 20:1 e-type handpieces. These ratios can be enabled/disabled based on user preference (a unique benefit). There are 5 programmable presets per ratio. For more information, call (866) 244-2954 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



SOPRO LIFE is 2 products in one. It's a high-end intraoral camera with excellent image quality that functions in 3 modes: portrait, intraoral, and macro as well as a caries detection device. By depressing a single button, it switches its lighting from 4 white LEDs to 4 Blue LEDs, utilizing autoflorescence technology, allowing the end user to see variations of the tooth's dentin health state. It can be used for detection of caries for both occlusal and interproximal areas, which are often missed by traditional x-rays. SOPRO LIFE is also designed to be used during the excavation process to help the dentist ensure that all diseased tissue is removed while preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. It is not software-dependent and is backward-compatible to all SOPRO docking stations. SOPRO LIFE is compatible with Windows 32 and 64 bit and Mac OS/Apple. For more information, call (800) 289-6367.



The A-dec 300 system allows unprecedented integration of technology for its class and is well positioned to fit small spaces and conservative budgets. It offers customers a midlevel platform choice that's lower in cost than the A-dec 500 yet maintains the high performance, service, and support that distinguish A-dec products. A-dec 300 offers a complete solution, including patient chair, delivery system, light, monitor and assistant's instrumentation, and it incorporates a compact control head that supports 2 electric micromotors, integrated floor box, small base plate, and dedicated left/right support center in one of the smallest dental equipment solutions available. Everything about A-dec 300 is designed with efficiency and well being in mind, from (1) the ultrathin 1-in (25 mm) thick backrest that provides optimal access to the oral cavity to (2) the 13.75-in (34.9 cm) to 29.5-in (74.9 cm) vertical range that allows doctors of all heights to sustain posture and position arms at sides. For more information, call (800) 547-1883 or visit a-dec300.com.



The Rite•lite shade-matching light incorporates the latest LED technology to bring simulated north-sky daylight with a standardized color temperature of 5500°K into your office. This small, handheld, portable unit is simple to use and utilizes standard AA batteries. It will aid in eliminating costly and embarrassing remakes. With a LED lifespan of more than 30,000 hours and 20 hours of battery use, this unit is virtually maintenance-free. The Rite•lite comes with neutral color tabs that are placed behind the teeth to further eliminate environmental color distractions. For more information, call (203) 778-0020, visit addent.com, or send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Affordably priced and offering 2.5W of power and 3 customizable presets, the Picasso Lite soft-tissue dental laser is one of the most easy-to-use dental lasers in the world. Designed specifically to replace the use of scalpels and electrosurge in the treatment of soft tissue, it cuts and coagulates tissue with reduced trauma, bleeding, and necrosis of tissue. It can be used for soft-tissue surgery, including troughing, gingivectomies, frenectomies, exposing implants/teeth/ortho brackets, and treating aphthous ulcers and herpetic lesions. Featuring an ultracompact, lightweight, and sleek design, Picasso Lite comes complete with an easy-to-learn setup DVD, accessories, a world power adapter, and 2-year warranty. According to Alan Miller, president/CEO of AMD LASERS, the company offers Picasso and Picasso Lite lasers free of charge to universities and dental schools globally to illustrate its commitment to education and charity. For more information, call (866) 999-2635 or visit amdlasers.com.


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