Last month I attended the annual Henry Schein National Sales Meeting. This is an oportunity for our manufacturing partners to educate us on any new or existing products, equipment, and technology. Out of the hundreds of items I saw, there were quite a few products that stood out. Obviously I cannot touch on each of them in one post, so I'll mention a few and then sav some for a later date.
The first product is Realine from Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign. Realine is a 5 step invisible aligner system designed to fix minor orthodontic and cosmetic issues that general dentists see on a daily basis. If youe information on this new treatment, either ask me, or go to www.realine.com
The hottest piece of technology has to be the new NEVO scanner from D4D Technologies, maker of the E4D CAD/CAM system. This scanner can capture a full arch scan in 2-3 minutes with video rate speed. It can also scan enamel and dentin in a wet environment, and most importantly, increases your efficiency and work flow by eliminating the need for a temporary restoration and the second appointment is eliminated 80% of the time. For more information visit www.e4d.com
Along these same lines, advances in dental imaging continues and I saw a number of fantastic extraoral imaging devices. The latest trends revolve around 3D imaging and bitewing features. The best in show, in my opinion for these categories goes to the Instrumentarium OP30, Planmeca Promax, both of which have a bitewing feature and excellent image quality. As for 3D, there are a number of systems that are impressive, but for me, the i-CAT FLX continues to lead the pack. This machine provides full dentition 3D imaging at a dose lower than a 2D pan, which is a nice benefit to ease patient concerns about radiation exposure.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new products & equipment that will benefit you, your business, and your patients. As always, if anyone has any questions or comments, please contact me any time. Enjoy what's left of the summer and Go Cats!