Lots to smile about at CDA meeting in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: Whether it’s new and improved or timelessly proven, odds are that it’s here in the exhibit hall at the 2016 version of CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry. As one of the largest annual gatherings of dental-product exhibitors in North America, the CDA Presents exhibit hall is a favorite vehicle for launching new products and showcasing advancements and improvements with established favorites.

Continue reading  

Keep your entire staff on the same page — all at the same time

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: If you keep hearing about the dental practice of the future where all of an office’s technology seamlessly and instantly integrates — but you still haven’t seen it in action, it might be time to check in with Henry Schein Practice Management. Front and center is the latest version of the award-winning dental practice management software, Dentrix.

Continue reading  

Testing toothpastes, toothbrushes

Designing toothpastes and toothbrushes is a time-consuming process involving the production and testing of numerous samples. Using a new type of simulation, various parameters such as bristle shape and abrasive particle size can be modified with just a click. This enables manufacturers to improve the quality of new dental care products and bring them to market more quickly.

Continue reading  

‘Literally any dentist can be a laser expert’

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: Becoming a laser expert just got easier. With the release of Solea 3.0, a new software for the Solea, Convergent Dental’s anesthesia-free and blood-free al-tissue dental laser, it really does come down to the touch of a pedal. To use the Solea, you simply turn it on, direct the beam at the desired tissue and then step on the variable-speed foot pedal, much the same way you’d step on the gas pedal of a car — softer for soft tissues and harder for hard tissues.

Continue reading  

Dr. Wendy S. Hupp is elected president of the American Academy of Oral Medicine

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: Increasing awareness of the specialty of oral medicine is an important focus for Wendy S. Hupp, DMD, as she takes the reins as president of the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM). Hupp, who is associate professor and interim chair of the Department of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine at University of Louisville School of Dentistry, was installed as AAOM during its annual meeting in Atlanta, held April 4-9.

Continue reading  

Creating smiles for Honduras

At Aspen Dental practices, we are bringing quality care to communities that need it most. From small towns to city suburbs, and everywhere in between. Last year, Aspen Dental clinicians and seven team members traveled to Honduras to provide free dental care to more than 500 people in desperate need. Here is Dr. Arun Srinivasan’s account:

Continue reading  

Free webinar: Why you need a practice transition and financial plan NOW!

More and more smart dentists seek expert guidance when selling or buying dental practices, assessing partnership and associateship opportunities, and to get dental practice appraisals and valuations done regularly. Today, understanding the importance of establishing a practice transition and personal financial plan has become critical to the long term success of a dental practice. In an upcoming free Dental Tribune Study Club live webinar, Dr. Tom Snyder will present strategies optimizing practice value through practice transition planning and conducting a dental practice valuation.

Continue reading  

Meeting review: 2016 AAO Annual Session

ORLANDO, Fla., USA: The 2016 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists was held from April 29 to May 3. Practitioners and staff members gathered at the Orange County Convention Center to learn about the latest techniques and technology, and to view, touch and sample the specialty’s newest products and services. It was also a great opportunity to connect with compatriots. The theme of the meeting was “Bringing Us Together.”

Continue reading  

Bethany Hamilton teams with Damon System braces to launch emoji keyboard

ORANGE, Calif., USA: “Soul Surfer” and former Damon System braces patient Bethany Hamilton is encouraging fans to embrace the power of their smile by teaming up with Damon System braces to launch a new, interactive emoji keyboard. The Bethany Hamilton Damon Smile Emoji keyboard is comprised of 21 unique emojis that can be shared using popular messaging apps, including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and more.

Continue reading