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Directa Dental/JS Dental Manufacturing booth (videos)

Directa Dental and JS Dental Manufacturing shared a booth because the products are sold under the same umbrella in the United States.

At the Directa Dental/JS Dental Manufacturing booth, we saw the Fendermate, which is a matrix that wedges between teeth to fill a cavity and get a restoration. It accomplishes that by getting tight contact and a tight cervical margin within the teeth. It comes in various colors and is customized to be on the left side or the right side of your mouth. There was also the Luxator, which is a surgical cutting instrument. It comes with a fine tip to cause less pain for the patient when it is inserted between the bone and the root. There are multiples shapes and tip sizes to fit all teeth. For more information, visit

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Bien-Air Dental Booth

At the Bien-Air Dental booth, we saw the new micro series of handpieces. The series features handpieces that are 30% shorter and 23% lighter than previous handpieces. The handpieces include ultra-short attachments and the MX2 LED micromotor. Despite the smaller, more convenient size, the handpieces’ abilities to accomplish many functions aren’t diminished. For more information, visit

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DUX Dental Booth (videos)

At the DUX Dental booth, we saw the ShortCut, which is a retraction cord dispenser. It has a built-in cord cutter and dispenses the cord with a turn of the dial. Each turn of the dial dispenses an equal amount. It eliminates the need of a scissors for procedures. There was also Bib-Eze, which is a disposable bib holder. It is designed to be used instead of the metal chains that hold bibs because the saliva, blood, bacteria or anything else from each patient can spread easily to the next patient if the same metal chain is used. For more information, visit

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Waterpik Booth

At the Waterpik booth, we saw the Waterpik Water Flosser, which provides people with a more efficient way to the reduce gingival bleeding and plaque biofilm than using a regular toothbrush and traditional floss. The unit, which comes with 6 attachments that provide unique functions, was discovered to be twice as effective as traditional floss when it comes to reducing gingival bleeding after 2 weeks of usage. In other areas, it was found to be beneficial to your overall oral health to use the Waterpik Water Flosser. For more information, visit

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LED Dental Booth (video)

At the LED Dental booth, we saw the VELscope Vx, which is the new version of the oral cancer detection device. The VELscope Vx is cordless and portable. It screens the patients in one to 2 minutes and does so without any invasive rinses or dyes. For more information, visit

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Sun Dental Lab Booth

At the Sun Dental Lab booth, we saw the Sunflex partials. These partials have the perfect degree of flexibility, causing many patients and dentists to use these partials as opposed to others. These partials are stain-resistant and don’t get discolored, warped, or become brittle in any way. They come in 5 shades, so the patient can get the color of his or her choice. This partial doesn’t have metal clasps, so it’s perfect for patients that want a removable partial. For more information, visit

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OralDNA Labs Booth

At the OralDNA Labs booth, we heard about how extensive their tests are. The OraRisk HPV test is a salivary DNA test used to determine who might have a higher chance of contracting HPV-related oral cancers. This test in conducted through a noninvasive screening tool that shows what type of oral HPV is present and the risk for that particular patient. MyPerioPath is a salivary DNA test the looks for the cause of periodontal infections. For more information, visit

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Lares Research Booth (video)

At the Lares Research booth, we saw the LightWalker laser. Unlike previous hard-tissue lasers, this one encourages dentists to work on hard tissues because there are no worries about slow cavity preparation, limited applications, and high costs. It does all without any needles or drills. For more information, visit

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BIOLASE Technology Booth (video)

At the BIOLASE Technology booth, there was the debut of their new laser, the Waterlase iPlus. It boasts an intuitive point and perform graphical interface that will alleviate any fears older dentists have about learning the new technology. The system has an on-board clinician assistance to eliminate any guessing during procedures. For some procedures, the iPlus will have the double the power of previous Waterlase machines. It can be programmed like a computer to set up the ideal settings for the specific procedure you’re looking for. For more information, visit

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Snap Imaging Booth (video)

At the SNAP Imaging booth, we were shown software. This software can simulate tooth whitening, the replacement of missing teeth, and many other things. The goal is to create the perfect smile for the patient. The software enables the dentist to show the patient before and after pictures side by side. For more information, visit

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DentalEZ Group Booth

At the DentalEZ Group, we saw the EverLight, an LED operatory light. It has many advantages compared to the standard halogen light. The most noticeable to the patient may be the EverLight’s temperature, which is a cool white light whereas the standard halogen light is brighter and produces a significant amount of heat. Its life expectancy is approximately 30,000 hours or 10 times longer than a halogen light. Also, if an individual bulb blows out, it doesn’t hamper the system, nor does that individual bulb need to be replaced. It can wait until the entire lighting system is replaced.

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Sabra Dental Products Booth

At the Sabra Dental Products booth, there was the new Sabra Denta-Surge, which is a battery-powered implant/dental micromotor. The motor is designed for implants but can also work with a straight nose cone. It has a 4:1 reduction for portable prophies. The unit can be charged in a matter of minutes and will hold the charge for up to 3 hours of continuous usage. Its motors and cords are autoclavable. For more information, visit

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DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties booth (video)

At the DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties booth, we saw their new obturator oven, GuttaCore. It was created to heat endodontic obturators for use in root canal therapy. In the past, it was necessary to drill through plastic, which caused problems. Now, after heating, the dentist can just break the handle off, making the entire process easier. The obturator can be left in the oven for up to 90 seconds, at which point the heating element automatically switches off. For more information, visit

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ACTEON North America (video)

At the ACTEON North America, we saw the SOPROLIFE, which is an intraoral camera and a caries detection device. It detects the difference between carious lesions and healthy tissue. It is not dependent upon software. For more information, visit

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Welcome to Our Live Coverage of the GNY 2010

If you can’t make it to the Greater New York Dental Meeting, don’t worry about it. Dentistry Today will have all the bases covered with a live blog on Monday and Tuesday, November 29 & 30. We’ll keep you updated on all of the new products being released and everything else going on with manufacturers throughout the dental profession. We’ll also let you know who’s speaking about what topics. Any important news or announcements will be part of the blog, as well. We’ll make it as if you’re there on the exhibit floor. All you have to do is visit on Monday and Tuesday.

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Eleva Naturals Booth

We concluded by seeing Eleva Naturals oral care moisturizing mouthrinse. It’s made up of natural, nutrient-rich ingredients, xylitol and carbamide peroxide. It has a mint taste and does not contain alcohol, fluoride, gluten, sodium lauryl, sulfates, added colors, artificial ingredients or flavors. One full cap provides hours of protection and moisturizes the mouth. It doesn’t stain the teeth, but it does whiten teeth. It utilizes the healing properties generally found in wheat grass, aloe vera and almond oil.
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Shofu Booth

At the Shofu booth there was BEAUTIFIL Flow Plus, a unique injectable hybrid restorative material. It boasts the delivery of a flowable composite and the strength, aesthetics and durability equal to or even better than hybrid composites. It was approved for every classification and has the ability to release and recharge fluoride. It is perfect for patients who have a high caries index because of its resistance to bacterial colonization. For BEAUTIFIL Flow Plus F03 it has a low flow and blue viscosity, while it has a red, nonflow viscosity for BEAUTIFIL Flow Plus F00.
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DenMat Booth

At the DenMat booth we saw the Sapphire Plus, which has many capabilities. It light cures in 3 to 5 seconds with a light that doesn’t lose its intensity. It can also whiten as many as 7 shades in an hour. There are no harmful UV rays meaning patients don’t have to worry about skin protection. The Sapphire Plus sports an attachment that can manage soft tissue. In addition, it can screen for oral lesions. It’s capable of detecting cancer early, which is always beneficial. All of its functions make it one of the most versatile products in the dental profession.
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Sirona Dental Systems Booth

At the Sirona Dental Systems booth it was explained why it’s so beneficial that many of their products have now entered the digital world. The GALILEOS comes in two versions and is created from more than 200 exposures in one low-dose 3-D scan that takes 14 seconds. The ORTHOPHOS, which has many versions, presents the dentist with the ability to have higher quality images without difficult positioning for the patients, and it does it in a safe manner. The software for these products is also continuously updated.
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DMG America Booth (video)

At the DMG America booth we saw the Luxatemp Ultra and Icon. Luxatemp Ultra is a provisional material that resists fractures. The demonstration involved Icon, which is a caries treatment product that doesn’t require any drilling or anesthesia. It removes any white spots on the tooth. Dentists don’t have to take the wait-and-see approach with it because it can prohibit the progress of enamel lesions early. The demonstration showed why it can be effective as it is without any drilling, while other similar types of products may need a drill.
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