3Shape Releases Dental System™ 2017

Posted on July 26, 2017

3Shape has released Dental System™ 2017, the latest version of its CAD software for dental labs. This iteration of the software, 3Shape says, makes high quality CAD/CAM design and production faster, simpler, and more dependable. There have been significant improvements to the core design tools, and the software architecture has been strengthened to increase reliability and performance.

“We’ve been listening a lot to our users and set up ways to work very closely with them during the development of Dental System 2017,” says Rune Fisker, VP of Dental Lab at 3Shape. “The increasing amount of work in labs, together with the growing importance of CAD/CAM to realize this, makes stability a number one priority. Ensuring stability in Dental System became our main goal. On top of this, we have improved workflow speed and added new and attractive features such as Smile Design,” concludes Rune Fisker.

Dental System 2017 includes simplified and efficient workflows for single-arch denture production. Other highlights include Intelligent Adaptive Scanning (which rescans difficult areas and saves time), the new Smile Design feature (which lets users quickly plan treatment and create highly esthetic designs), and the Smile Composer (which has been improved with initial anatomy placement for more control). Furthermore, users can now go back to any step in the workflow while designing frame and anatomy cases.  All of these features were tested in more than 20 dental labs in different countries before release to ensure the reliability of the product.

“The new features in Dental System 2017 make it even easier to produce quality work with minimal effort,” says Sevan Pulurian, CAD/CAM Specialist at Pacific Dental Lab in Los Angeles, who has been working with the new software.

Sleep Group Solutions and SomnoMed Partner-up to Train Dentists in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted on July 26, 2017

Sleep Group Solutions has expanded its partnership with SomnoMed to include SomnoMed's products and devices in Sleep Group Solutions' 2017 seminar schedule beginning with the Chicago and Houston seminars on September 8-9, 2017. This partnership of the two largest organizations in Sleep Breathing Dysfunction (SBD) represents a huge step forward in industry cooperation.

Rani Ben-David, President and founder of Sleep Group Solutions (SGS) says, "We need to educate the public that it is their dentists who can provide them with the most comfortable and effective treatment modalities- the intra-oral appliances SGS presents Dental Sleep Medicine training seminars for dentists every weekend in two different cities. Several hundred eager bright Dentists receive 16 CE credits and are trained each month to screen and treat the many victims of Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

SomnoMed is the supplier of SomnoDent oral devices for the intra-oral treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The SomnoDent device is one of the most comfortable, high-quality and effective devices for patients.

In Houston, Dr. Srujal Shah, a highly respected authority on sleep disorders will be the principle presenter. His practice is limited to the treatment of sleep disorders and snoring. He is the President of Spark Sleep Solutions with five locations in the Bay Area.

In Chicago, Dr. Barry Freydberg, a consummate teacher of dental sleep medicine, will present an A to Z course on DSM, giving anecdotes and case examples from his own dental sleep practice.

Cooperative seminar schedule for 2017:

9/8-9/9: Chicago, IL

9/8-9/9: Houston, TX

9/22-9/23: Seattle, WA

10/27-10/28: Atlanta, GA

11/3-11/4: Philadelphia, PA

11/10-11/11: Phoenix, AZ

11/17-11/18: Toronto, Canada

12/1-12/2: New York NY

12/8-12/9: Dallas, TX

12/15-12/16: Portland, OR

About Sleep Group Solutions 

For over ten years Sleep Group Solutions has trained Dentists worldwide on how to properly implement a Dental Sleep Medicine program in their practices. Pioneers in Dental Sleep Medicine Education, instrumentation and in-office training SGS offers the industry's most comprehensive selection of CE seminars. With over 75 dental CE courses every year SGS is the world's largest provider of dental sleep medicine continuing education.

Sleep Group Solutions is an airway diagnostic technology company serving the needs of physicians and dentists interested in screening, diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other upper airway disorders. Sleep Group Solutions offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea. SGS offers the most comprehensive dental sleep medicine CE seminars in the industry focused on teaching dentists the protocols needed to make the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea part of their practice. Sleep Group Solutions offers sleep study interpretation, oral appliances, online directory and online marketing for CPAP Intolerant patients. SGS is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer, and offers Home Sleep Testing devices. To be a partnering dental lab with Sleep Group Solutions and present during their 2-day lectures, call 954-606-6960 Ext 2008.

About Somnomed 

SomnoMed provides treatment solutions for Sleep-related Breathing Disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, snoring and bruxism. SomnoMed was commercialized on the basis of extensive clinical research. Supporting independent clinical research, continuous innovation and instituting medical manufacturing standards has resulted in SomnoDent becoming the state-of-the-art and clinically proven medical oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). More than 300,000 patients around the world have treated their mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with SomnoDent oral device therapy. Worn during sleep and fitted by a dental sleep specialist, the SomnoDent line of oral appliances are customized to offer superior comfort and quality to each individual patient.

Eaglesoft & CareCredit provide faster and Easier Check-out for Patients

Posted on July 26, 2017

CareCredit, a leading provider of promotional healthcare financing, is now integrated using the latest version of Patterson’s Eaglesoft practice management solution. The enhanced functionality makes it even easier for teams to help patients use the CareCredit health, wellness and personal care credit card to get the care they need.

For over three years, practice teams who accept CareCredit could use their Eaglesoft solution to quickly and efficiently submit CareCredit patient applications. With the newest upgrade, teams can now also seamlessly integrate with CareCredit to run a transaction that will automatically post to the patient ledger and can look up a CareCredit account number if the patient does not have their card with them – all without leaving their software. This newly expanded integration saves teams valuable time and facilitates a faster check-out for patients.

“We understand that every second counts in a busy dental practice. The latest version of Eaglesoft further streamlines and simplifies how teams use CareCredit within their practice to help patients,” said Doug Hammond, senior vice president and general manager, CareCredit.

“With each software upgrade, we incorporate valuable new features that benefit practice teams and ultimately, their patients,” said Cecile Schauer, vice president of marketing, commercial software, Patterson Dental. “Providing integrated access to CareCredit’s offerings can make it easier for teams to share financial options with patients. Which, in turn, makes it easier for patients who have an out-of-pocket expense to choose to move forward with recommended treatment.”

Practice teams who have already upgraded to the new Eaglesoft version and who accept CareCredit can use the new functionality, including the CareCredit transact feature, immediately. Teams on Eaglesoft Service Club who have yet to upgrade can upgrade to Eaglesoft 19 for free by contacting Patterson Technology Services at 800-475-5036. Dental teams who have yet to add CareCredit as a payment option for their patients can call 800-300-3046, option 5 to get started.


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Sterngold Receives U.S. Patent for the Stern Snap® Angled Attachment

Posted on July 25, 2017

Sterngold has announced that their Stern Snap® Angled Attachment has been issued a U.S. patent. As part of their effort to provide solutions to the complications faced by doctors, Sterngold has introduced a product to fix the basic problem of implant misalignment—and the negative effect that produces on patient satisfaction.

Sterngold says that their mission is to “…provide our customers with consistent, superior products, components, and accessories at competitive prices on time.”

The Stern Snap Angled Attachment is engineered to deliver versatile angulation and improved durability. The Stern SnapAngled two-piece design can perform True Angle correction of up to 20˚ on divergent implants without the need to rely on a hinging attachment. It’s compatible with all popular implant systems, it has a low profile of 2.5mm in height, and its new Maximum Durability Retention Caps come in three levels at 1lb (yellow), 2lb (green), and 3lb (brown). 

Ron Appel and Jeremy Ross Participated in UPS’ Women’s Business Resource Group 10th Anniversary Meeting

Posted on July 24, 2017

Ron Appel, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Repair Business Group and Global Handpiece and Small Equipment Solutions Group, Henry Schein, Inc. and Jeremy Ross, Director of Business Operations & Development, Henry Schein, Inc. recently participated in a panel discussion hosted by UPS at its Women’s Business Resource Group (Women’s BRG) Meeting. The “Customer View Point” panel addressed overall customer experience and how to change the conversation among UPS customers from price to value. 

“We are thrilled to have been invited to address the Women’s BRG of UPS and share feedback among attendees from various market sectors who share a common goal of providing an optimal customer experience that impacts business success,” said Mr. Appel. “At Henry Schein, we are always looking for ways to reinvent our business model and improve the customer experience, and appreciate the platform UPS gave us to share some of the company’s successes as a result of our ongoing evolution and transformation in health care.”

Attended by nearly 60 UPSers at all levels from administrative to senior management and from all departments, including finance, business development and operations, the event served to help UPSers better understand how they can improve the customer experience, as well as change the perception of UPS as a valued partner among customers, and not just a transportation carrier.

Smart Training: Low-Cost ‘Essentials’ Compliance Package

Posted on July 24, 2017

Smart Training, the nation’s leading provider of OSHA and HIPAA compliance training for dental practices, has introduced the first DIY compliance solution for dental offices.  “Smart Training Essentials is a revolutionary new product,” says Smart Training CEO Josh Matheney. “It’s unique because we’ve added leading edge technology to the compliance process, a component that the ADA and other offerings lack.   Essentials also provide up-to-date documentation, policies, and procedures, and is very affordably priced.”

Essentials clients are assisted by Smart Training compliance specialists who help dentists implement the various components.  Essentials helps dental offices fulfill several OSHA requirements, including mandates for staff training, OSHA Lead training, Job Hazard Analysis, Written Safety Programs, and monthly Safety Meetings.

Smart Training Essentials also offers HIPAA compliance necessities, including required staff and Privacy Officer training and a unique DIY Risk Assessment process.  “The HIPAA Risk Assessment process alone was four years in development,” says Matheney, “and we support the process with up-to-date HIPAA policies and procedures, patient documents and required monthly Security Meetings.”

Smart Training Essentials employs various methods to ensure that these tools are implemented, including email notifications, escalation notifications, and a new Smart Training ‘Compliance Wizard.’  Clients have 24/7 access to Smart Training’s Learning Management System, so training modules can be accessed at any time with training records available online.

Smart Training designed Essentials to be affordable for even small dental offices.  “Smart Training Essentials is priced at just $750 per year.  If clients prefer a monthly payment option, it’s available at $79 per month,” says Matheney.

Dental offices can access additional information on Smart Training Essentials here: www.SmartTraining.com/Essentials.

Cold as Ice Endo Spray by Dental Creations, LTD

Posted on July 21, 2017

Cold as Ice Endo Spray by Dental Creations LTD is perfect for on the spot testing of pulp health. The spray causes a rapid pupal response in vital teeth due to its low liquid temperature of -26.2°C (-15.2°F).  Net weight 10 oz., includes directional spray extension.


  • Produces Fast Response

  • No Dripping

  • Includes Directional Spray Extension

  • Environmentally Friendly

  • Easy to Use

 ClearCorrect new Flex and Unlimited pricing 

Posted on July 21, 2017

ClearCorrect, LLC, a leading manufacturer of clear aligners, announced their new customizable Flex™ and full-featured Unlimited™ pricing options at the AAO 2017 Annual Session. For the first time, doctors will be able to choose between paying per aligner or one flat rate for five years of unlimited aligners and retainers. 

ClearCorrect's new Flex pricing allows providers to purchase as many (or as few) aligners and retainers as they want, and only pay for what they need. With Flex, doctors can fully customize treatment to meet their patients' needs without squeezing into pre-set pricing tiers. Doctors who choose Flex can save up to 70% on fees vs. "the other guys." 

The updated Unlimited option now offers providers five full years of worry-free treatment -- including retention -- for one flat rate. The Unlimited option covers all aligners, revisions, and replacements for five full years -- regardless of inactivity. Unlimited treatment also now includes multiple sets of retainers -- up to two pairs every six months -- at no extra cost during the five-year period. Best of all, the updated Unlimited option is still significantly more affordable than "the other guys," even before factoring in the cost of retainers. 

"Just like our aligners, Flex is customized to fit the needs of each patient and doctor," ClearCorrect CEO, Jarrett Pumphrey explains. "Whether they're dealing with a simple relapse or a complex combination case, doctors can choose whether they prefer the customizable economy of Flex or the long-term security of Unlimited." 

ClearCorrect providers will still enjoy free online case submission, web-based treatment setups, patient starter kits, and compatibility with all major intraoral scanners. 

The new Flex and Unlimited options are currently in testing with select U.S. ClearCorrect providers. They will be available to all U.S. providers on June 1, 2017, and the rest of the world later this year. Registered ClearCorrect providers can find out more at support.clearcorrect.com. 

For over ten years, ClearCorrect has been a leading manufacturer of clear aligners, discreetly correcting malocclusion since 2006. ClearCorrect offers a more affordable and doctor-friendly approach to more than 20,000 doctors in multiple countries around the world. For more information, visit clearcorrect.com or call (888) 331-3323. 

Forward Science Recognized for Enhancing the Positive Image of Small Businesses

Posted on July 21, 2017

Forward Science, a privately held biotechnology company based in Houston, Texas, has been selected for the 2017 Best of Stafford Award in the BioTechnology - Medical Device / Pharmaceutical Manufacturing category by the Stafford Award Program. All Forward Science products are designed, developed, and manufactured by their team in-house, ensuring the highest quality of product to go along with their superior customer service leading to this award.

Each year, the Stafford Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. These exceptional companies help make the Stafford area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Stafford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Stafford Award Program and data provided by third parties.

To learn more about Forward Science or any of its products, please visit www.ForwardScience.com or call 855-696-7254.

Zest Dental Solutions Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Posted on July 20, 2017

Zest Dental Solutions (Formerly Zest Anchors), the developer and manufacturer of the award winning LOCATOR Attachment System, celebrates its 40th anniversary of providing innovative solutions for the treatment of edentulous patients. 

Zest’s humble beginning started in 1972 within a small dental laboratory in San Diego, California. From that point through 1976, the original founder Max Zuest recognized the continual problems his clinician customers were experiencing with patients’ overdentures. During this time, the Zest® Attachment originated, a solution considered to be far better than what was on the market at the time. In 1977 Mr. Zuest’s son, Paul Zuest, joined him officially forming Zest Anchors and releasing the second generation Zest Anchor Advanced Generation (ZAAG®) Attachment. The ZAAG Attachment was designed for all major implant systems, a product differentiator that proved to be an important growth driver resulting in the need for a larger manufacturing facility in Escondido, California. In 2000, realizing improvements could still be made to the product portfolio, Paul took over operations of the company, and together with Scott Mullaly, set forth to develop a product that would eventually become the most globally recognized and trusted brand for overdenture restorations, the LOCATOR Attachment System, commercially released in 2001. In late 2009, Zest Anchors was acquired by the private equity firm The Jordan Group. 

Today, Zest Dental Solutions is a portfolio company of Avista Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm. Day-to-day operations are led by Steve Schiess as President and CEO. The company’s flagship product LOCATOR has achieved worldwide acceptance as the premier overdenture attachment in the dental industry. More than 100 manufacturers have partnered with Zest to customize its patented LOCATOR Attachment System to be compatible with their respective implant platforms. Zest’s Global Headquarters is in Carlsbad, California and the company has grown to a nearly 225 employee, 75,000 total facility footprint strong innovations driven company. It provides removable and fixed implant restorative solutions, world class narrow diameter implant systems, and dental materials and products for overdenture modification and processing to clinicians treating the real world problems associated with edentulism. The company has also further diversified its product portfolio with acquisitions of Danville Materials, a leader in small equipment and dental consumables, and Iveri Whitening. This diversification makes Zest a true solutions based company for a continuum of patient care from the preservation of natural teeth to the treatment of total edentulism. 

 “40 years ago the Zuest Family set out to make a difference in patients’ lives”, said Steve Schiess, Zest Dental Solutions President and CEO. “I am honored to be a part of a company that has made such a large impact in the dental industry, supporting clinicians and ultimately improving patient’s quality of life. I am excited for the bright future Zest has in bringing additional innovations to the dental community” 

To learn more about Zest Dental Solutions and the Zest Anchors Product Portfolio, please visit www.zestdent.com

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