AMD Lasers’ Picasso

18 05 2009
AMD Laser's Picasso

AMD Laser's Picasso

AMD Lasers is making its presence felt in the laser category using one simple selling point: A quality laser at the right price.

Picasso, the company’s new multi-functional soft tissue diode laser, is said to offer comprehensive clinical results in surgical, periodontal therapy, endodontic procedures, and bleaching. Being offered at a fraction of the cost of some of the bigger brands in lasers, the Picasso is still able to offer 7 watts of power, 8 programmable presets, color touch screen, a multi-lingual menu, as well as a standard 3-year warranty.

There are some big hitters backing this new offering, so it’s worth seeing for yourself. Find more information at www.amdlasers.com.

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Discus Dental’s Insight

18 05 2009
The sales brochure being distributed at the Discus booth this weekend.

The sales brochure being distributed at the Discus booth this weekend.

Discus Dental began its “soft launch” of the Insight LED inserts at the CDA meeting. Having completed extensive beta testing with dental hygienists all over the country, the company’s data on file says that 75% describe Insight as better than their current primary insert.

What makes it so special? In three words: See. Move. Flow.

See…Dual-LED illumination improves workflow by decreasing interruptions caused by overhead light and body re-positioning.

Move…The ergonomic, 360 degree swivel moves with the user. The go-to grip and fluid movement are said to eliminate cord twisting and tension, making it easy on the wrist and shoulder. Just as significant: The swivel allows the clinician to better follow the gumline and shape of the tooth, allowing for enhanced debridement.

Flow…The insert is available in classic internal flow and Advanced Precision Flow (coming soon), that sprays water from the tip itself, reducing lavage to enhance patient comfort and improve visibility.

You’ll find more information in next month’s issue of Dental Products Report.





MacPractice on a PC?

18 05 2009

09-04-062bMacPractice Inc. has collaborated with Aqua Connect, the leader in Mac terminal services, to deploy and support MacPractice software on PCs, thin clients, and smartphones.

Aqua Connect Terminal Server (ACTS) can be installed on an Mac Pro or Xserve with Mac OS X Server. Once ACTS is installed, a PC can run a Mac OS X terminal session providing simultaneous access to local Windows applications and peripherals and to MacPractice. This allows offices to use a mix of Mac and non-Mac terminals with MacPractice.

This solution provides a PC user access to Mac software through an Aqua Connect session. PC software and peripherals can be accessed locally on the PC client. The PC user can fully experience the best Mac applications for doctors’ offices from MacPractice and the latest operating system from Apple, all courtesy of Aqua Connect.

MacPractice supports interfaces on Aqua Connect Terminals to PC applications, such as Dragon Medical, dental and medical imaging solutions that require proprietary PC drivers, and hospital, clinical laboratory, and insurance Windows-only solutions. Files can be easily shared and text may be copied and pasted as well between environments.

There are many positive ramifications of this announcement, particularly for doctors who prefer to use Macs that have a significant investment in PC hardware and peripherals.

“Now dentists and physicians can move to MacPractice without having to replace every PC or having to run Windows in a Virtual Machine to use their expensive PC digital imaging solutions. Clinical laboratories can provide physicians with PCs that run their orders-results software and give simultaneous access for the nurse to MacPractice. This technology drives down the cost for all providers who cannot afford to upgrade to all native Mac solutions when they move to MacPractice,” stated Mark Hollis, MacPractice’s President.





3M ESPE’s Elipar S10

16 05 2009
3M ESPE's Elipar S10

3M ESPE's Elipar S10

There is no shortage of quality curing lights available at this show, as 3M ESPE is launching its Elipar S10 LED curing light. As part of the launch, the manufacturer has testimonial videos from clinical evaluators running in the booth.

The Elipar S10 light is designed to give you confidence during any curing procedure with 1200 mW/cm² intensity and, according to manufacturer testing, up to three times more intensity at the clinically relevant distance of 7 mm*.

Sealed against contamination, the curing light is described as “virtually unbreakable.” Its one-piece stainless steel casing has no seams or vents where liquid can seep in, so internal components are protected from contaminants and fast and easy disinfection is possible between patients. The stainless steel surface is also resistant to discoloration and staining from disinfectants and dental materials.

For video and more editorial coverage on this and other 3M ESPE products, visit dentalproductsreport.com.





Ortho Organizers’ NeoLucent Brackets

16 05 2009
Ortho Organizers' NeoLucent Bracket System

Ortho Organizers' NeoLucent Bracket System

The NeoLucent Low Profile Ceramic Bracket System blends a doctor’s interest in orthodontics with a patient’s desire for optimal esthetics by blending with the natural tooth tone for a virtually invisible appearance. A straight wire bracket system, NeoLucent Ceramic Brackets are said to be extremely strong. Among the lowest profile in the orthodontic market, the brackets measure only 1.98mm for the upper centrals, and feature a smooth, polished surface with rounded corners.

For the general practitioner interested in learning more about orthodontics, the company offers seminars with its strategic partner, StraightWire.

For more information on the brackets and other Ortho Organizers products, visit www.orthoorganizers.com.





Schick’s CDR Elite

16 05 2009
Schick's CDR Elite

Schick's CDR Elite

This is the first show at which dentists are able to see Schick’s CDR Elite digital sensor in person.

This new offering from Schick, a leader in digital radiography, is said to deliver optimal image quality and robust, hard-wearing construction in an easy-to-use design. CDR Elite digital sensors are created for high-quality diagnostic imaging. The sensors reportedly provide bold bone tribeculation, crisp lamina dura and a clear, clean DEJ. The design incorporates the manufacturers removable cable technology that provides a one-step cable replacement process for all three sizes. An optimally located sensor-cable interface makes placement easy. All of the manufacturers CDR systems are sold, installed and serviced by Patterson Dental.

For more information on Schick products, including an interview with Schick CEO Mike Stone, visit dentalproductsreport.com.





Ultradent’s Valo

15 05 2009

Curing lights are used for so many different procedures that it Picture 1can be easy to fall into a rhythm and overlook some of the key features that can make them a stand-out piece of equipment in your daily routine.

Ultradent's Valo

Ultradent's Valo

Today’s LED curing lights offer both power and ergonomics, but each package is different. For example, Ultradent’s Valo offers a nimble body able to access hard to reach areas. Its focused columnar beam and custom LED pack are said to provide consistent, uniform cures. For an informative white paper, click here.

Look for upcoming video and articles on Valo at dentalproductsreport.com.