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DentalEZ booth

At the DentalEZ Booth, we saw the DentalEZ Free-Motion Elbow Support, which has the ability to attach to a stool cylinder and provide support for the dental professional's elbow. The goal of this support product is to alleviate any possible muscle fatigue or soreness that could occur.

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DENTSPLY Caulk ChemFil Rock

At the DENTSPLY Caulk booth, we saw a demonstration of ChemFil Rock, which is DENTSPLY Caulk's new glass ionomer restorative. The result of this glass ionomer restorative compared to others is that the placement process is easier. It also holds up without fractures better than other products.

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DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties

At the DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties booth, we saw GuttaCore, which is a crosslinked gutta-percha core obturator. It is the first obturator that has the ability to be crosslinked with the gutta-percha core.

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Dr. Damon Adams

Dentistry Today's Editor-in-Chief Dr. Damon Adams welcomes everyone to the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.

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DENTSPLY Caulk sponsoring Dentistry Today Blog at Chicago Midwinter Meeting

DENTSPLY Caulk, a leader in innovative dental products, proudly sponsors the Chicago Midwinter Meeting dental blog with Dentistry Today. A featured product for the DENTSPLY Caulk team is Chemfil Rock—a new product that will be launched at this meeting. Dentists can stop by DENTSPLY Caulk's booth (No. 1802/2002) for a sample and to gather information. Dentistry Today will visit the booth several times during the course of the first two days of the meeting, highlighting Chemfill Rock, as well as other DENTSPLY Caulk specialty products for the daily blog. Dentistry Today is now blogging information from its third dental meeting in the past 4 months, covering and delivering news, product launches, and the overview of the biggest dental meetings in the United States.

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Chicago Midwinter Meeting Coverage

Dentistry Today will conduct a blog from the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting on Thursday, February 24, and Friday, February 25. It will showcase many of the new products to be unveiled at the meeting, including those from DENTSPLY Caulk, the blog’s sponsor. The blog will offer product descriptions and, in most cases, a video demonstrating the product’s capabilities. Dentists unable to attend the meeting will now have the opportunity to see the latest and most innovative products introduced at the meeting. Dentistry Today has also produced blogs from the 2010 Greater New York Meeting and the 2011 Yankee Dental Congress. To view them, visit www.dentistrytoday.com/live-blog.

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Yankee Dental Congress Blog

If the snow prevented you from attending the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, you can still see what happened. Dentistry Today's blog will fill you in about everything that transpired, including the new product releases. We'll provide you with video demonstrations explaining how the products work, along with images and text about the products. So if you weren't there, you can still feel like you were.

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KOMET USA Booth

At the KOMET USA booth, we saw the Oscillating handpiece, which is part of the IPR kit. These segmented discs are specifically designed for usage in the oscillating KOMET contra-angle OS30. There was also the S-Diamond, which is used for increased efficiency and gentle treatment for the primary preparation of crown cores. These diamonds will enable you to save time. Then there was the Q Finishing Instrument, which cuts down on composite filling time. The development of an innovative toothing enabled this to be done in just 2 steps—Q finishing the instrument and ultra-fine finishing the instrument. For more information, visit http://www.komet.com/.

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GC America Booth (video)

At the GC America booth, we saw G-ænial Universal Flo, which is a nanohybrid light-cured flowable that performs like a conventional composite. It also has an exclusive new filler technology that is used for the first time in composite chemistry. This composite, which is unlike any other composite, comes in 15 shades. For more information, visit http://www.gcamerica.com/.

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Azenic Booth

At the Azenic booth, we saw their handpieces, which are the only FDA-approved disposable handpieces on the market. The handpiece weighs 20 g and is the perfect backup to your regular handpieces. Each handpiece comes in a sterile pouch and can be thrown out after usage. The handpieces significantly reduce hand fatigue when compared to normal metallic high-speed handpieces. To add to your convenience, there is no maintenance associated with these handpieces. For more information, visit http://www.azenic.com/.

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VOCO America Booth (video)

At the VOCO America booth, we saw the newest addition to the line of nanohybrid composites, GrandioSO and GrandioSO Heavy Flow. These composites combine the newest functionalized nanoparticles and special glass ceramics. The results are an extremely high filler content. GrandioSO possesses a surface hardness that comes close to the hardness of natural tooth enamel. GrandioSO Heavy Flow comes in 10 shades with a variety of opacities. Its flowability increases as it flows because of its thixotropic properties. For more information, visit http://www.vocoamerica.com/.

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SDI (North America) Booth

At the SDI (North America) booth, we saw Pola Day CP, which is SDI’s new take-home whitening system. It is used once or twice per day for just 15 minutes and patients will see changes immediately. It uses a 35% carbamide peroxide formula and it has a high water content. There was also the riva glass ionomer restorative material. It has a new and improved capsule design. These glass ionomers chemically bond to the tooth structure, meaning dentists don’t need to use a bonding agent. For more information, visit http://www.sdi.com.au/.

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Aspen Dental Booth

At the Aspen Dental booth, we stopped by to see what it takes to get a dental office started. Aspen Dental, which started in Syracuse, is a company that opens offices in rural parts of the United States. The goal is to enable all Americans to have close proximity to a dental office, ensuring a high level of oral health. Through Aspen Dental, recent dental school graduates may have an easier path toward owning their own practice because they don’t have to worry about a multi-year commitment to an office that may never lead to ownership. Aspen Dental currently has about 240 offices in 20 states. For more information, visit http://www.aspendental.com/.

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SciCan Booth (video)

At the SciCan booth, we saw the strength of OPTIM 33TB when compared to other cleaning and disinfecting wipes. This was demonstrated by seeing the blood of a pig caked onto a tile. The basic cleaners and sprays did nothing to remove the blood from the tile. Then it was time for the OPTIM 33TB wipes to get the blood off the tile. Not only did the wipe remove the blood, it made the tile look like it was brand new. So these types of wipes can be extremely beneficial for dental purposes. And it’s all because of the odorless hydrogen peroxide formula. For more information, visit http://www.scicanusa.com/.

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Ergonomic Products Booth (video)

At the Ergonomic Products booth, we saw the 3 series chair, which is a unique line of dental chairs. Its traverse feature brings the patient closer to the dentist, which is ideal for procedures where you need that type of precision. It has memory foam seating, making the chair comfortable for a patient of any size. It also has a heating and massage function to put the patient at ease regardless of the procedure. The Ultraleather material only adds to the patient’s comfort level. For more information, visit http://www.ergonomic-products.com/.

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Brasseler USA Booth

At the Brasseler USA booth, we saw the HygienePro Cushion Grip handles. These instruments were designed specifically with the comfort of the hygienist in mind. It boasts soft silicone with a unique knurling pattern to ensure a comfortable, slip-free grip. It reduces hand fatigue because of the light weight and its 20-g weight is distributed evenly. The instruments allow for customized finger placement for ergonomic adaptation thanks to the elliptically shaped grips. The handle is hollow to create enhanced tactile sensitivity. For more information, visit http://www.brasselerusa.com/home.htm.

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Discus Dental Booth (video)

At the Discus Dental booth, there was the Insight, an ultrasonic insert. Its dual LED illumination enables you to sustain an ergonomic, neutral body position. It possesses a 360° swivel that moves as you move. This swivel also prevents any twisting and tension that could cause wrist or shoulder pain. It also has an optimized internal flow water delivery. The result is a unique ultrasonic insert that’s compatible with most ultrasonic scalers. Its ultrasonic energy enables you to operate it without any additional wiring or hardware. For more information, visit http://www.discusdental.com/.

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Directa Dental/JS Dental Manufacturing booth (videos)

Directa Dental and JS Dental Manufacturing shared a booth because the products are sold under the same umbrella in the United States.

At the Directa Dental/JS Dental Manufacturing booth, we saw the Fendermate, which is a matrix that wedges between teeth to fill a cavity and get a restoration. It accomplishes that by getting tight contact and a tight cervical margin within the teeth. It comes in various colors and is customized to be on the left side or the right side of your mouth. There was also the Luxator, which is a surgical cutting instrument. It comes with a fine tip to cause less pain for the patient when it is inserted between the bone and the root. There are multiples shapes and tip sizes to fit all teeth. For more information, visit http://www.jsdental.com/.

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Bien-Air Dental Booth

At the Bien-Air Dental booth, we saw the new micro series of handpieces. The series features handpieces that are 30% shorter and 23% lighter than previous handpieces. The handpieces include ultra-short attachments and the MX2 LED micromotor. Despite the smaller, more convenient size, the handpieces’ abilities to accomplish many functions aren’t diminished. For more information, visit http://www.bienair.com/.

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DUX Dental Booth (videos)

At the DUX Dental booth, we saw the ShortCut, which is a retraction cord dispenser. It has a built-in cord cutter and dispenses the cord with a turn of the dial. Each turn of the dial dispenses an equal amount. It eliminates the need of a scissors for procedures. There was also Bib-Eze, which is a disposable bib holder. It is designed to be used instead of the metal chains that hold bibs because the saliva, blood, bacteria or anything else from each patient can spread easily to the next patient if the same metal chain is used. For more information, visit duxdental.com.

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Waterpik Booth

At the Waterpik booth, we saw the Waterpik Water Flosser, which provides people with a more efficient way to the reduce gingival bleeding and plaque biofilm than using a regular toothbrush and traditional floss. The unit, which comes with 6 attachments that provide unique functions, was discovered to be twice as effective as traditional floss when it comes to reducing gingival bleeding after 2 weeks of usage. In other areas, it was found to be beneficial to your overall oral health to use the Waterpik Water Flosser. For more information, visit http://www.waterpik.com/.

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LED Dental Booth (video)

At the LED Dental booth, we saw the VELscope Vx, which is the new version of the oral cancer detection device. The VELscope Vx is cordless and portable. It screens the patients in one to 2 minutes and does so without any invasive rinses or dyes. For more information, visit http://www.velscope.com/.

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Sun Dental Lab Booth

At the Sun Dental Lab booth, we saw the Sunflex partials. These partials have the perfect degree of flexibility, causing many patients and dentists to use these partials as opposed to others. These partials are stain-resistant and don’t get discolored, warped, or become brittle in any way. They come in 5 shades, so the patient can get the color of his or her choice. This partial doesn’t have metal clasps, so it’s perfect for patients that want a removable partial. For more information, visit http://www.sundentallabs.com/.

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OralDNA Labs Booth

At the OralDNA Labs booth, we heard about how extensive their tests are. The OraRisk HPV test is a salivary DNA test used to determine who might have a higher chance of contracting HPV-related oral cancers. This test in conducted through a noninvasive screening tool that shows what type of oral HPV is present and the risk for that particular patient. MyPerioPath is a salivary DNA test the looks for the cause of periodontal infections. For more information, visit http://www.oraldna.com/.

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Lares Research Booth (video)

At the Lares Research booth, we saw the LightWalker laser. Unlike previous hard-tissue lasers, this one encourages dentists to work on hard tissues because there are no worries about slow cavity preparation, limited applications, and high costs. It does all without any needles or drills. For more information, visit http://www.laresdental.com/.

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BIOLASE Technology Booth (video)

At the BIOLASE Technology booth, there was the debut of their new laser, the Waterlase iPlus. It boasts an intuitive point and perform graphical interface that will alleviate any fears older dentists have about learning the new technology. The system has an on-board clinician assistance to eliminate any guessing during procedures. For some procedures, the iPlus will have the double the power of previous Waterlase machines. It can be programmed like a computer to set up the ideal settings for the specific procedure you’re looking for. For more information, visit http://www.biolase.com/Pages/Welcome.html.

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Snap Imaging Booth (video)

At the SNAP Imaging booth, we were shown software. This software can simulate tooth whitening, the replacement of missing teeth, and many other things. The goal is to create the perfect smile for the patient. The software enables the dentist to show the patient before and after pictures side by side. For more information, visit http://www.snapdental.com/.

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DentalEZ Group Booth

At the DentalEZ Group, we saw the EverLight, an LED operatory light. It has many advantages compared to the standard halogen light. The most noticeable to the patient may be the EverLight’s temperature, which is a cool white light whereas the standard halogen light is brighter and produces a significant amount of heat. Its life expectancy is approximately 30,000 hours or 10 times longer than a halogen light. Also, if an individual bulb blows out, it doesn’t hamper the system, nor does that individual bulb need to be replaced. It can wait until the entire lighting system is replaced.

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Sabra Dental Products Booth

At the Sabra Dental Products booth, there was the new Sabra Denta-Surge, which is a battery-powered implant/dental micromotor. The motor is designed for implants but can also work with a straight nose cone. It has a 4:1 reduction for portable prophies. The unit can be charged in a matter of minutes and will hold the charge for up to 3 hours of continuous usage. Its motors and cords are autoclavable. For more information, visit http://www.sabradent.com/.

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DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties booth (video)

At the DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties booth, we saw their new obturator oven, GuttaCore. It was created to heat endodontic obturators for use in root canal therapy. In the past, it was necessary to drill through plastic, which caused problems. Now, after heating, the dentist can just break the handle off, making the entire process easier. The obturator can be left in the oven for up to 90 seconds, at which point the heating element automatically switches off. For more information, visit https://store.tulsadental.com/catalog/.

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ACTEON North America (video)

At the ACTEON North America, we saw the SOPROLIFE, which is an intraoral camera and a caries detection device. It detects the difference between carious lesions and healthy tissue. It is not dependent upon software. For more information, visit http://www.acteongroup.com/.

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Welcome to Our Live Coverage of the GNY 2010

If you can’t make it to the Greater New York Dental Meeting, don’t worry about it. Dentistry Today will have all the bases covered with a live blog on Monday and Tuesday, November 29 & 30. We’ll keep you updated on all of the new products being released and everything else going on with manufacturers throughout the dental profession. We’ll also let you know who’s speaking about what topics. Any important news or announcements will be part of the blog, as well. We’ll make it as if you’re there on the exhibit floor. All you have to do is visit dentistrytoday.com/live-blog on Monday and Tuesday.

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Eleva Naturals Booth

We concluded by seeing Eleva Naturals oral care moisturizing mouthrinse. It’s made up of natural, nutrient-rich ingredients, xylitol and carbamide peroxide. It has a mint taste and does not contain alcohol, fluoride, gluten, sodium lauryl, sulfates, added colors, artificial ingredients or flavors. One full cap provides hours of protection and moisturizes the mouth. It doesn’t stain the teeth, but it does whiten teeth. It utilizes the healing properties generally found in wheat grass, aloe vera and almond oil.
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Shofu Booth

At the Shofu booth there was BEAUTIFIL Flow Plus, a unique injectable hybrid restorative material. It boasts the delivery of a flowable composite and the strength, aesthetics and durability equal to or even better than hybrid composites. It was approved for every classification and has the ability to release and recharge fluoride. It is perfect for patients who have a high caries index because of its resistance to bacterial colonization. For BEAUTIFIL Flow Plus F03 it has a low flow and blue viscosity, while it has a red, nonflow viscosity for BEAUTIFIL Flow Plus F00.
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DenMat Booth

At the DenMat booth we saw the Sapphire Plus, which has many capabilities. It light cures in 3 to 5 seconds with a light that doesn’t lose its intensity. It can also whiten as many as 7 shades in an hour. There are no harmful UV rays meaning patients don’t have to worry about skin protection. The Sapphire Plus sports an attachment that can manage soft tissue. In addition, it can screen for oral lesions. It’s capable of detecting cancer early, which is always beneficial. All of its functions make it one of the most versatile products in the dental profession.
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Sirona Dental Systems Booth

At the Sirona Dental Systems booth it was explained why it’s so beneficial that many of their products have now entered the digital world. The GALILEOS comes in two versions and is created from more than 200 exposures in one low-dose 3-D scan that takes 14 seconds. The ORTHOPHOS, which has many versions, presents the dentist with the ability to have higher quality images without difficult positioning for the patients, and it does it in a safe manner. The software for these products is also continuously updated.
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DMG America Booth (video)

At the DMG America booth we saw the Luxatemp Ultra and Icon. Luxatemp Ultra is a provisional material that resists fractures. The demonstration involved Icon, which is a caries treatment product that doesn’t require any drilling or anesthesia. It removes any white spots on the tooth. Dentists don’t have to take the wait-and-see approach with it because it can prohibit the progress of enamel lesions early. The demonstration showed why it can be effective as it is without any drilling, while other similar types of products may need a drill.
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3M ESPE Booth

At the 3M ESPE booth we saw the Elipar S10, which cures with 1,200 mW/cm2 of intensity. It has up to 50% more optical power and up to 80% more curing surface. It’s multiple-setting light timer has preset cure times of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 120 seconds. It has 60 minutes of curing time with a fully charged Lithium-Ion battery. 3M ESPE also hosted the Battle of the Bonds, which was a battle that showed Adper Easy Bond Self-Etch Adhesive against other adhesive brands. The battles took around 15 or 20 minutes.
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Vatech America Booth

At the Vatech America booth the PaX-Reve3D has one of the most flexible fields of view for products of its type. It offers CBCT, panoramic, and cephalometric functions, and its field of view can be customized. The result is that the areas of diagnosis can be extended. It also uses a voxel size of 0.08 mm to produce higher definition radiographic images. Its new area sensor is twice as sensitive as most film sensors. If images need to be reconstructed, it can be done in the shortest time possible.
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DentalVibe Booth (video)

At the DentalVibe booth we saw the DentalVibe, which eliminates the anxiety most patients have about visiting the dentists. The DentalVibe takes advantage of the Gate Control Theory of Pain because it delivers anesthetic injections without any pain or discomfort. Dr. Steven G. Goldberg decided he wanted to invent this kind of product because he didn’t like the idea of the necessary pain that had to be inflicted upon dental patients for certain procedures. The VibraPulse technology sends microsonic oscillations to the neurological sensors to block the pain.
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Air Technologies Booth

At the Air Techniques booth there was the Spectra. It enables reliable detection of fissure caries and caries on smooth surfaces of the tooth after a professional cleaning. It uses fluorescent light to display its results. Healthy tooth enamel appears green and the image is red when caries are present. The images can hit home for the patient because they can view the easily distinguished pictures. The product is the same size as most intraoral cameras.
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DENTSPLY Midwest Booth

At the DENTSPLY Midwest booth we saw the Stylus ATC, which utilizes speed-sensing intelligence. The speed-sensing intelligence enables the handpiece to maintain its speed—even at 330,000 rpm—depending on the load. It also sports superior turbine suspension, which is an advanced suspension system. The superior turbine suspension prevents any noticeable bur deflection and chattering to allow for better control and precision.
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Ivoclar Vivadent Booth

At the Ivoclar Vivadent booth the Odyssey Navigator, with its 810-nm wavelength, showed why it’s invaluable for everyday soft-tissue procedures. Some of its features that make it unique include automated fiber management system, wireless foot control, a touchscreen, and unidose fiber tips. The result is less healing time and complications after treatment.
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Heraeus Kulzer Booth

At the Heraeus Kulzer booth there was the Venus Bulk Fill, which is a flowable composite that reduces stress. It enables bulk filling of 4 mm to provide efficient and easy solution for posterior restorations. It saves time compared to earlier versions of the product and similar kinds of products because of its better flowability. Its radiopacity makes certain that any necessary diagnosis is as accurate as possible.
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Magnified Video Dentistry Booth (video)

At the Magnified Video Dentistry Booth we saw the MagnaVu. The product is geared toward magnification and ergonomics and its screen shows 4 pictures. It can magnify pictures in the patient’s mouth up to 24x. It allows the dentist to work in a heads-up position, which alleviates any possible back, neck or shoulder pain. It can also be used with most kinds of dental software. Click Read more to see product video from the Greater New York Meeting.
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Brasseler USA Booth (video)

At the Brasseler USA booth we saw the EndoPro 270. It’s a cordless heating unit that makes it easy to seal off the gutta-percha. It heats up to 270°C then can quickly cool down. It can be used for creating post space. It utilizes its ergonomic design and the newest technology to deliver unprecedented precision. Watch the demo on the next page. Just click read more.
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Kuraray America booth

At the Kuraray America booth there was the CLEARFIL SE Protect, which is light-cured, self-etch bonding agent. It produces a fluoride-releasing, anti-bacterial cavity cleansing effect. It is the first product of its type to get FDA approval in the United States. It’s stronger than the traditional cavity cleanser.
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Essential Dental Systems Booth

At the Essential Dental Systems booth we saw the EZ-Fit passive fiber post system. Its made with strong material, which enables it to be the most selective passive post on the market. The post is dual-tiered to prevent the high apical stresses that are common to other passive posts. It allows for an intimate to dentin to cement interface.
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BISCO Dental Products Booth

At the BISCO Dental Products booth there was the CORE-FLO DC, which is a versatile, dual-cured, fluoride-containing material. It resists fatigue and provides long-lasting durable restorations. It has the ideal level of hardness, so it cuts just like dentin.
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Pentron Clinical Technologies Booth

At the Pentron Clinical Technologies booth the Mojo Veneer Cement System was shown. It doesn’t require the need to change the shade because there are four distinct shades, which are light, clear, dark and movie star white. The water soluble try-in gels enable a perfect match each time.
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GC America Booth

At the GC America booth EXA’LENCE combines the best of VPS and PolyEther. KALORE, a composite restorative, uses the same paint that’s used in trucks. The long-ridged core creates a product with strong, flexible arms. It has much less sensitivity than comparable products.
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Discus Dental Demo (video)

At the Discus Dental booth Hero, a hydrophilic sealant, was used to smooth out the edge so that the product won’t leave ridges. The BPA-free sealant will still adhere even with water or saliva present. Hero is effective because of Embrace technology, which bonds in moist conditions. Click read more to view the demonstration.
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Triodent Booth

At the Triodent booth there was a demonstration of the Wedgeguard. The guard gets taken off so the wedge goes in, and the rings are made of Ni-Ti. Triodent also introduced the VeroNobis oral retractor. The product was designed to relax the tongue and minimize any potential gag reflex.
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Suni Booth

At the Suni Imaging booth the three-sensor promo kit is being sold for about half price, which is the biggest promotion they've ever offered. The three sensors that can be included are any size combination of the USB Interface and the Prof. Suni Master Software. Suni also introduced the Suni3D in HD. All of the Suni pan systems can be upgraded to the full pan/ceph systems and there are special deals on all products.

 

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Isolite Systems Booth

At the Isolite Systems’ booth there was a demonstration of the Isolite system. It improves the procedure’s productivity by about 30 percent. The system keeps the mouth illuminated continuously throughout the entire procedure, something other products can't say.
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Ultradent Products Inc. (video)

At the Ultradent Products’ booth there was a demonstration involving the VALO curing light and the skill it takes to use any curing light proficiently. The Management of Accuracy when Resin Curing (MARC) system measured the intensity and wavelength of the user.

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LumaLite Booth at GNY

At the LumaLite booth we saw the Lumacool whitening pen, which has been repackaged and is now smaller than ever. Each pen is good for 40 applications and LumaLite is selling roughly 6,000 per week.
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