Dentistry Today’s 23rd Annual Top 100 Products, selected on the basis of reader response, represent what’s new and innovative in the profession today. The products do not appear in any particular order.
In-Office Whitening System
Opalescence Boost includes Ultradent’s patented and scientifically proven PF technology for stronger enamel, decreased sensitivity, and caries prevention. Clinical studies have shown that excellent in-office whitening results do not require the use of a light. Opalescence Boost has maintained its time-tested and chemically activated 38% hydrogen peroxide solution now with the added benefit of PF technology. The unique syringe-to-syringe mixing system ensures freshness in application, while the distinct red color makes the gel easy to apply and remove. For more information, call (800) 552-5212.
N’Durance Dimer Flow is the only flowable composite based on nano-dimer technology. That means that it offers extremely low shrinkage while allowing high polymerization. N’Durance Dimer Flow is easy to use, won’t slump, and polishes up beautifully. Dimer Flow has a medium viscosity, so it won’t run, drip, or be too stiff during placement. The extremely high radiopacity allows the clinician to differentiate tooth structure from the restoration without guessing. For more information, call (800) 872-8305 or visit septodontusa.com.
Sectional Matrix System
Garrison Dental Solutions
The recently introduced Composi-Tight 3D Sectional Matrix System features the all-new Soft Face 3D-Ring with contoured soft-silicone faces that mold sectional matrix bands to the teeth. The result is an improved anatomical shape without buccal or lingual flash when performing Class II posterior composite restorations. Each 3D-Ring tip has a firm core that directs the ring tension interproximally for increased tooth separation and tighter contacts. For more information, call (888) 437-0032 or visit garrisondental.com.
At-Home Whitening System
Only Discus Dental’s NiteWhite ACP and DayWhite ACP take-home whitening systems contain amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), potassium nitrate, and fluoride to provide unparalleled whitening while also rebuilding enamel, reducing fadeback, improving luster, and dramatically reducing sensitivity. No need to take up space in a refrigerator because the patented dual-barrel syringes provide the necessary stability to maintain shelf life without refrigeration. Also, send your patients home with your contact information by personalizing your kits for no additional cost. For more information, call (800) 422-9448.
With unique resin technology and a tertiary-butanol solvent providing a breakthrough in adhesive technology, XP BOND offers substantially smaller nanofiller particles to deliver a more densely packed bonding matrix. It provides optimal film thickness with excellent visibility and wide wet-to-dry prep tolerance. It can be used as a light-cure, self-cure, and dual-cure adhesive in combination with the self-cure activator. For more information, call (800) 532-2855.
COUNTER-FIT Multi-Purpose Replication Silicone provides exact replication—superior to alginate—for all procedures when alginate would normally be used. It sets in about the same time as alginate, is thixotropic, and provides outstanding replication detail without drags. Remaining stable for years, it is easily disinfected and can be poured immediately and/or multiple times, something that cannot be done with alginate. For more information, call (800) 265-3444.
Renamel NANO has been newly reformulated to combine easy handling (nonstick and no slump) with excellent aesthetics—receiving a perfect score in an independent evaluation. This all-purpose nanohybrid composite can be used both anteriorly and posteriorly and is now 82% filled to give clinicians stronger, longer-lasting restorations. The unique Renamel formulation is easy to work with, extremely wear-resistant, and highly aesthetic. Renamel NANO comes in 16 shades in 5-g syringes and 0.25-g single-use compules. For more information, call (800) 621-6729 or visit cosmedent.com.
Profluorid, a thin frowning 5% sodium fluoride, sets quickly in the presence of saliva, providing immediate and long-lasting results. It is available in adult’s dose (0.4 mL) and children’s dose (0.2 mL). Patients like the natural melon flavor without the aftertaste of some other brands. The white transparent color makes the material invisible on the teeth. For more information, call (888) 658-2584 or visit vocoamerica.com.
Bite Registration Material
With an ultrarigid Shore-D hardness of 43, Futar D PVS bite registration material is recommended by occlusion experts all over the world because of its rigidity and accuracy. It is easy to apply with a standard 1:1 extrusion gun and is very thixotropic, so it will not run into interproximal spaces, making it easier to remove. It cures to a high-luster finish and has impressive permanent dimensional stability, virtually eliminating the risk of deformation. For more information, call (877) KEBA-123 or visit kettenbachusa.com.
The majority of daily dental office noise levels fall between 85 and 105 dB. Dentists and their staff can be adequately protected from long-term hearing loss with as little as 10 dB of noise reduction. The FiltEars dental hearing protection earplugs provide a higher level of protection with 20 dB of noise reduction, more than adequate noise protection for most dental office environments. They are offered with a neck cord and storage case. For more information, call (800) 423-3270 or visit appliancetherapy.com.
Posterior Impression Tray
The new Triotray is an exceptionally rigid and accurate posterior impression tray, producing consistently successful impressions while eliminating the frustration caused by poorly fitting crowns due to distorted impressions. The tray’s sturdy metal frame with unique side tabs controls the tongue and avoids the major cause of post-impression “bounce back,” and its thinness and strength in the retro-molar area allow patients to close easily and comfortably in centric occlusion (maximum intercuspation position). For more information, call (800) 811-3949.
Venus White take-home whitening gel, the newest member of Heraeus Kulzer’s Venus family of products, is a complementary step in the Venus Smile aesthetic system, which offers cosmetic products for both direct and indirect applications. The high-performance, mint-flavored whitening gel is available in 16% and 22% strengths and offers shelf-stable whitening that outperforms traditional hydrogen whitening products. It contains potassium nitrate, which helps decrease sensitivity associated with bleaching. For more information, call (800) 431-1785 or visit smilebyvenus.com.
Aesthetic and flow composites provide the most effective direct restorative technology available today. CLEARFIL MAJESTY Esthetic is a universal nanohybrid composite providing a combination of single-shade, intuitive color matching with Kuraray’s new LD technology. CLEARFIL MAJESTY Flow is a highly filled, radiopaque, microhybrid composite used for a variety of applications, direct restorations, posterior restorations, and IDS procedures for indirect restorations. For more information, call (800) 879-1676.
Clinpro 5000 1.1% Sodium Fluoride Anti-Cavity Toothpaste delivers more fluoride, helps strengthen enamel, and helps reverse white spot lesions better than a conventional 5,000-ppm prescription fluoride toothpaste or a 900-ppm fluoride topical cream containing calcium phosphate. Containing an innovative tricalcium phosphate ingredient available exclusively from 3M ESPE, it is offered in a 4-oz tube that enhances patient compliance between office visits. For more information, call (800) 634-2249 or visit 3mespe.com/preventivecare.
Sectional Matrix Band
Featuring a preshaped contact and a flexible wing that separates the teeth and firmly seals the cervical margin, FenderMate inserts as easily and rapidly as a wedge. With its optimal matrix curvature, matrix and wedge are inserted as one and can be placed in only 5 seconds—ready for restoration, no ring needed. The unique wedge design with collapsing wing accommodates most approximal spaces. It is available in 4 sizes or as an assortment kit. For more information, call (800) 284-3368.
E4D Dentist is designed with the patient and dental professional in mind. The E4D system is an easy-to-use, chairside CAD/CAM system revolutionizing modern dentistry. Sameday crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers increase productivity, provide a tremendous convenience for patients, and provide complete control of the final restoration. For more information, visit d4dtech.com.
Tokuyama Bond Force is a single-component, 1-application, seventh-generation, fluoride-releasing, self-etching bonding system. Light-cured, it is designed to be used on both cut and uncut enamel and dentin. With patented SR monomer, it creates a 3-D link to the tooth, generating an extremely strong bond to enamel and dentin. For more information, call (877) 378-3548.
The LaserSmile’s easy-to-master whitening system reduces chair time and can be used for a number of FDA-cleared cosmetic, periodontal, and oral surgery procedures, all but ensuring a rapid return on investment. The fast, gentle whitening system works in 30 minutes of gel-to-tooth contact time versus 60 minutes for ordinary nonlaser systems. Proprietary Target Chromophore In-phase Accelerated Activation whitening technology speeds results and maximizes effectiveness. For more information, call (888) 424-6527.
The ERA Implant System for provisional and permanent applications combines the extremely popular ERA Overdenture Attachment with a narrow diameter (2.2 mm or 3.25 mm), self-tapping implant used to protect an osseous graft site and to immediately stabilize a complete denture on a temporary or permanent basis. For more information, call (800) 243-9942 or visit the Web site sterngold.com.
The new 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. It offers a complete solution, including patient chair, delivery system, light, monitor, and assistant’s instrumentation. For more information, call (800) 547-1883 in the United States, (503) 538-7478 outside the United States, or visit a-dec300.com.