Top 50 Technology Product 2012

Dentistry Today’s third Annual Readers’ Choice Top 50 Technology Products, selected on the basis of lead generation, represent some of the profession’s most innovative technology products.


The SmartLite Max LED curing light has all of the features of an LED curing light you are looking for, providing confidence in all your light-cured restorations. This light combines 2 LEDs in the tip to provide multiple wavelength output for stress-free curing confidence. It features cordless or corded operation. If you run out of battery during a procedure, plug the power cord into the handpiece and continue working. It also provides 4 different output modes, including standard, ramp, boost, and pulse. With these features, as well as a large curing area, sealed construction, a built-in radiometer, and a unique lens to provide better curing over distances, the SmartLite Max LED curing light is one of the most complete LED curing lights on the market today. For more information, call (800) 532-2855 or visit



The Rebec Catch Hg 400, part of the Catch Hg amalgam separation series and environmental program offered by HealthFirst, is one of the most durable amalgam separators on the market. ISO-11143 tested at 99.86% removal efficiency, it removes mercury amalgam and other solids from dental waste water, ensuring your practice is doing its part to protect the water supply. This turnkey solution is easy to install and maintain, which minimizes office downtime. Plus, with scalable collection units to fit your office needs, you only have to recycle the waste collector one time each year—guaranteed. The Rebec 400 is small enough to fit in even the tightest spaces yet has one of the largest holding capacities on the market. You can combine all this with a lifetime warranty and HealthFirst’s complete environmental program. For more information, call (800) 331-1984 or visit



SuniRay digital radiography system is the favorite among dental practitioners for how easily and quickly it captures and analyzes dental radiographs. With its one-click image enhancement, it displays crystal-clear images even in the toughest areas, and its ergonomic design ensures easy positioning and optimal patient comfort. SuniRay sensors also integrate seamlessly with all major practice management programs. For more information, call (800) 438-7864 or visit



The cost-effective PreXion3D Elite with CLEARimage scanning technology is dedicated to the highest-quality, highest-definition, lowest-radiation dose, and most diagnostic 3-D and MPR CBCT images, with see-more/do-more HD technology. It possesses (1) a profession-leading 0.20-mm focal spot, (2) up to a 53% reduction in radiation and a 50% reduction in scan time, (3) powerful, intuitive software with implant planning, (4) fusion/stitching function and nerve and endodontic tracing tools, and (5) proven, advanced training and customer support. Deficiencies and limitations of 2-D radiographs allow 3-D CBCT scans to provide you with an unprecedented ability to accurately diagnose and treatment plan. For more information, call (855) PREXION or visit


HYDRO-ABRASION DEVICE - Velopex International

Aquacut Quattro is painless, drill-free dentistry. It is the ideal tool for minimally invasive and cosmetic dentistry. With no direct contact to the tooth, it produces no vibration, turbine noise, heat generation, or smell, and it greatly reduces the need for local anesthesia. The twin powder chambers permit both cutting and prophy using air slurry polishing. You can combine it with Sylc for Aquacut, which is a desensitizing bioactive powder for enhanced prophy, cleaning, and stain removal. For more information, call (888) 835-6739 or visit



The SNAP Cosmetic Simulator is now offered with marketing materials on how to easily reach out to patients and potential patients via the reception area, bridal shows, health clubs, the Web, and much more. You can produce realistic “before-and-after” cosmetic simulation photos in less than a minute, and patients can take home the images to show the spouse, family, and friends. For more information, call (866) 987-7627 or visit



Increased power, versatility, and speed of cures are available to dental professionals through the power of the Elipar S10 LED curing light. Its one-piece stainless steel casing makes it durable and virtually unbreakable, and the simple 2-button operation provides one cure mode for all indications and a tack cure mode. The Elipar S10 curing light comes equipped with a 3-, 10-, and 8-mm light guide that offers up to 3 times more intensity than comparable devices. Enabling a light intensity of up to 1,600 mW/cm2, the 8-mm light guide gives dental professionals even higher optical power than before. A new coating offers long-term protection against fingerprints and stains. For more information, call (800) 634-2249 or visit



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 and allowing the end user to see variations of the tooth’s dentin health. 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. For more information, call (800) 289-6367 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



The Sapphire Portable diode laser is the ideal laser for both a first-time user as well as an adjunct workhorse for the seasoned dental laser practice. Clinicians can perform multiple procedures with minimally invasive precise incisions while eliminating bleeding at the site and accelerating healing time. Finger-touch control makes the Sapphire easy to use, and it also includes an optional footpedal to relieve hand fatigue. It features 3W of continuous output and 5W of peak pulse output at an 808-nm wavelength as well as convenient disposable tips that don’t require stripping or cleaving of fiber. It also contains an internal lithium-ion battery that allows for up to 40 minutes of continuous operation at full power. This permits the clinician to move between operatives and experience the benefits of portable laser technology. For more information, call (800) 445-0345 or visit the Web site



The Waterlase MD Turbo all-tissue laser increases treatment acceptance, attracts new patients, and prevents cross-contamination. It offers a minimally invasive alternative to drills with injections for many restorative procedures—welcome news for anxious or fearful patients. With the proprietary YSGG wavelength (2,780 nm), up to 8W of power, and turbo handpiece, there is no noticeable difference in speed when cutting hard-tissue compared to conventional high-speed drills. It also provides therapy for moderate to advanced gum disease, promoting new attachment, and removing calculus. It can also clean and disinfect root canals after endodontic instrumentation. A February 2009 JCDA article showed bacterial contamination rates following resterilization of used dental burs and endodontic files can range from 15% to 58%. As most Waterlase procedures utilize single-use tips, this cross-contamination potential can be eliminated. For more information, call (888) 424-6527 or visit



Radii Plus Pro is a diagnostic tip/LED curing light that enables you to work as fast as possible; within seconds, you can change from using the diagnostic tip to the curing light. It has a peak output of 2,100 mW/cm2, ensuring it is one of the most powerful LED lights available today. And with 1,200 ten-second cures, you don’t have to keep recharging the unit. The Radii Plus diagnostic tip lights up those hard-to-see areas to assist in identifying issues such as cracks in cusp and teeth, subgingival fractures, and interproximal decay. Both the LED tip and the diagnostic tip allow the user to twist 360° to whatever position is required. And with the LED at the end of the tip, all energy goes directly to where the user wants it to go, ensuring low heat emission. For more information, call (800) 228-5166 or visit


ULTRASONIC SCALERS - Vista Dental Products

The Piezo Pilot offers unprecedented power in a quiet, compact, and lightweight design. It presents a variety of power settings that enable clinicians to utilize a wide assortment of tips for procedures ranging from routine
preventative care to severe periodontal cases. Its piezoelectric technology operates in a linear push/pull motion. The result is less patient sensitivity, less heat, and much less water needed. It has one of the widest selections of piezo tips to choose from, it accepts all competitive ultrasonic tips, and it has dedicated amplitude settings for endo, perio, hygiene, post removal, implants, and bone surgery applications. The Pilot is available in 6 colors with ergonomic, autoclavable handpiece sleeves and includes a set of 4 ultrasonic hygiene tips or endodontic tips. For more information, call (877) 418-4782 or visit



Isolite Systems are an easy-to-use alternative to traditional isolation products. The heart of the system is the unique shape and softness of the Isolite mouthpieces. Designed specifically to fit the morphology and physiology of a wide spectrum of patients—from small children to large adults—Iso-lite mouthpieces give you superior isolation for every procedure in your practice. Both Isolite and Isodry systems put you in control of the oral environment—virtually eliminating sources of contamination. Continuous hands-free suction gives you control of oral humidity, moisture, and debris. Retraction of tongue and cheek make for a wide-open working field and incredible access, 2 quadrants at a time. In addition, Isolite systems improve patient safety and comfort. The award-winning Isolite provides five levels of brilliant intraoral illumination; Isodry performs the same functions as Isolite but with no intraoral light. For more information, call (800) 560-6066 or visit the Web site


3D IMAGING SYSTEM - Carestream Dental

You can discover a new standard of versatility with the CS 9300. Covering one of the widest arrays of clinical applications on the market, this unit combines 3-D technology with profession-leading panoramic imaging to provide unprecedented diagnostic capabilities—resulting in an all-in-one imaging solution that can adapt to all of your imaging requirements. Seven selectable fields of view and image resolution up to 90 μm gives you greater versatility and the ability to collimate the field of view to suit your patients’ every diagnostic need, while multimodality, panoramic, 3-D, and optional cephalometric imaging, combined with exceptional detail and range, make the CS 9300 the ideal imaging solution. Available in 2 configurations, it offers a choice for every practice depending on your practice needs and budget. For more information, call (800) 944-6365 or visit


CURING LIGHT - Ultradent Products

The VALO Broad Spectrum LED curing light features a custom LED pack that produces high-intensity light capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials (395 to 480 nm). It can penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements, similar to a high-quality halogen light. The optimally collimated beam ensures that maximum energy is delivered to the curing site, even at a distance. With a slim 5° head and sleek design, it achieves easy and direct access to all parts of the oral cavity. Machined from aerospace aluminum and offering the latest technology in componentry, it is one of the most powerful and durable curing lights available. The VALO Cordless offers all the benefits of VALO plus the freedom of mobility only achieved with a cordless light. Operating on 2 small, inexpensive, environmentally responsible rechargeable batteries, VALO continues to outshine the competition. For more information, call (800) 552-5512 or visit



Designed for rotary and reciprocation instruments, the e3 torque control motor offers quiet operation, and its large, clear, easy-to-read display is preprogrammed for the WaveOne reciprocating file as well as all other DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties’ file settings, including (but not limited to) ProFile Vortex, ProTaper Universal, and PathFile plus 15 other programmable settings. It operates on battery or AC power and in rotary mode offers speed setting from 250 to 1,000 rpm, torque settings from 20 to 410 g-cm, and auto-stop, reverse, and forward. A 6:1 contra-angle (e-type) is included with the unit. For more information, call (800) 662-1202 or visit



Named “Best of Class” 3 years in a row by the Pride Institute, Spectra is the only caries detection aid with both color and numerical displays to indicate the precise amount of decay. It uses fluorescence technology to enable reliable tooth-by-tooth detection of fissure caries and caries on smooth surfaces that are too small to be detected by an x-ray. Special light intensity LEDs project safe, high-energy, violet-blue light onto the tooth surface. This violet-blue light stimulates metabolites of cariogenic bacteria (called porphyrins) to appear red when viewed on a monitor, while healthy enamel fluoresces green. It can detect decay hidden between the margins of existing composite and amalgam restorations. Adding Spectra to routine procedures will help to avoid unnecessary excavation and boost case acceptance. It can effectively be used during the restorative phase to verify that all caries have been removed. For more information, call (800) AIR-TECH or visit


CURING LIGHT - Ivoclar Vivadent

The bluephase style combines a new, slim, lightweight design with all the features, power, and efficiency that have made bluephase THE DENTAL ADVISOR’S top-rated LED curing light for the past 3 years (2009 to 2011). Ergonomic, high-powered, and cordless, the bluephase style reduces the strain exerted on the hand and arm while curing, and a newly designed light probe allows for convenient access in hard-to-reach posterior areas. In addition, its inductive charging system makes issues related to battery contacts a thing of the past. The bluephase style is equipped with polywave LED technology, which provides a broadband spectrum of 385 to 515 nm to cure all dental materials known to date. In addition, its Click & Cure function allows for fast and convenient conversion from cordless to corded operation in the event that the battery becomes depleted. For more information, call (800) 533-6825, visit, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



The award-winning A-dec LED dental light gives you outstanding illuminance, maneuverability, and low cost of ownership. You can reduce shadowing and improve contrast without eyestrain. You can see colors accurately for optimal tissue diagnosis and illuminate without curing. You will have the ability to gain greater control and positionability with 540° of spherical rotation. It features (1) three intensity settings (15,000 lux, 25,000 lux, and 30,000 lux) to provide the right amount of illumination for the task at hand, (2) a color-rendering index rating of more than 90 for accurate color representation, (3) a color temperature of 5,000K to provide daylight-simulated illumination, (4) a yellow cure-safe mode (at 25,000 lux) to inhibit curing of photo-initiated resins, (5) a barycentric pivot, and (6) quiet and trouble-free operation that uses 80% less energy than halogen lights. For more information, visit



The new Digitest II encompasses all of the classic features of the original Digitest and more. The device’s microprocessor produces a gentle, pulsed waveform that produces a pulpal response well below the patient’s pain threshold. It performs a self-test every time the unit is turned on to assure that the entire electronic system is functioning properly. It has a selection of rates of stimulus—slow, medium, and fast—all controlled with one-button functionality. The Digitest II is an economical, efficient device for any office. For more information, call (800) 243-7446 or visit


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Top 50 Technology Product 2012