Aligner Concierge is a new business that offers a clear aligner treatment planning service for orthodontists, intended to help improve clinical efficiency by decreasing the time spent modifying treatment plans. Through the company, an orthodontist submits a treatment plan that’s then reviewed by one of the service’s orthodontists, who identifies and modifies the case in accordance with the submitting orthodontist’s preferences. Once the case is marked as planned and reviewed, it’s returned to the submitting orthodontist’s inbox, ready for approvals. The typical turnover time for a case is 24 hours.
For more information, visit alignerconcierge.com.
Creo C5 3D Printer
The Planmeca Creo C5 is a 3D printer for the same-day creation of dental appliances such as surgical guides and dental models. The printer can create surgical guides or dental models in less than 15 minutes, 50 to 60 temporary crowns in less than 10 minutes, and up to five full-arch dental models in one print.
The printer uses LCD Photomask technology, which projects a uniform light source that virtually eliminates imperfections when printing dental appliances. It does not require calibration, features an easy-to-use touch display with programmed settings, and uses open STL and PLY files for seamless integration.
For more information, visit planmeca.com.
Palmero Healthcare, a Hu-Friedy subsidiary, has added two new options to its line of Dynamic Disposables—lightweight, disposable alternative eye protection that reduces eye splash contamination incidents. The new office packs each contain 10 reusable frames, a cord, and 20 disposable lenses designed and tested to protect the eyes of clinicians and patients.
The Dynamic Disposables Office Pack orange bonding lenses provide protection from blue light rays. The lenses have been tested and proven to ensure they truly filter out the blue wavelength of light from 380–495nm. The gray lens office pack is designed for patients, offering protection from bright operatory lights and splashes and splatters. The gray color filters also protect against potentially harmful UVA and UVB rays, to which patients may be exposed in a clinical setting.
For more information, visit palmerohealth.com.
TC-3 LED Curing Light
Spring Health Products released the latest product in its “The Cure” curing light line. The Spring TC-3 features a flat-back head and an 11mm lens. The wider lens is designed to cover a larger area such as a 10mm molar for a fast cure. The low-profile design is intended to ensure easy access to all areas of the mouth. The device also features front and back power buttons.
The multiwavelength LED has four diodes producing high-intensity light at 440–460nm. This wavelength is capable of polymerizing most light-cured dental materials, penetrating porcelain to cure underlying resin cements and allowing for a six-second uniform cure. The digital timer readout can be set from two to 20 seconds.
The TC-3 weighs 3.1 ounces, which is intended to help reduce fatigue, and the ergonomic shape provides a comfortable grip from any angle with a grip diameter of 0.75 inches.
For more information, visit springhealthproducts.com.
Visual Practice 2019
Practice Visual has released an updated version of its practice management and practice acceleration platform, Visual Practice.
Visual Practice 2019 features practice management, clinical and marketing tools for dental and orthodontic practices in one interface. For multilocation practices, the software includes a scalable cloud architecture that can connect one to 70 offices. It includes functionality to offer different services at different locations, and in different time zones. For multispecialty practices, the software includes native and integrated support for combined specialties from orthodontics to pediatric dentistry, periodontics, implantology, endodontics, oral surgery and more.
Additional features include the ability to acquire, store, combine, view and interact with scanned 3D models directly within the cloud-hosted Visual Practice software. The software’s parallel processing with multipath connectivity makes for fast DICOM storing and viewing directly from the cloud. DICOM can also be converted into a panoramic, cephalometric or 3D STL bone model with one click.
For more information, visit practicevisual.com.
Dentsply Sirona has launched its new intraoral scanner, Primescan. Featuring a patent-pending digital impression technology, Primescan allows digital impressions to be taken of the entire jaw, and was designed for various digital workflows: with the laboratory directly in the practice, with CEREC or in cooperation with external partners.
The scanner’s optical impression system scans the surfaces of the teeth with high-resolution sensors and shortwave light, capturing up to 1 million 3D points per second. Primescan allows users to scan deeper areas—up to 20mm, allowing for digital impressions for subgingival or particularly deep preparations. A full jaw impression, including model calculation, is complete in two to three minutes.
The handpiece features a heated exit window, providing a continuous fog-free working environment. The handpiece also includes a motion detector, which allows the camera to switch on as soon as the user removes the device from its holder.
Accompanying the intraoral scanner is the Primescan AC acquisition center, which allows users to monitor the scanning process and assess the model immediately. Primescan AC features a touchscreen that pivots and swivels as needed to ensure a favorable ergonomic position.
For more information, visit dentsplysirona.com.