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JCO Product News published in July 2012

VOLUME 46 : NUMBER 07 : PAGES (441-442) 2012

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Esthetic Brackets

The Empower self-ligating bracket is now available with an esthetic, clear ceramic body and an interactive silver-rhodiumplated clip for the maxillary anterior teeth and premolars. Em-power Clear Braces' Quad Matte mechanical-lock base, with alumina particles only on the center portion, provides a strong bond at the center and weaker adhesion at the edges for easier debonding, according to the company. Both MBT and Roth prescriptions are available.

For more information, contact American Orthodontics, 1714 Cambridge Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53082. (800) 558-7687; www.americanortho.com.

Light-Curing Sealant

Defend Pit and Fissure Sealant is a quick-curing resin that covers and seals pits and fissures in the occlusal surfaces of posterior teeth with a hard, retentive material. The resin is an opaque white color for ease of visibility and checking at follow-up appointments. A sealant kit including four 1g syringes of sealant, a 30ml bottle of etchant, and six pre-bent syringe tips is available from most dental dealers.

For more information, contact Mydent International, 30 Suffolk Court, Hauppauge, NY 11788. (800) 275-0020; www.defend.com.

Reception Area Display

Kaleidoscope displays videos and images on a high-definition television screen, making it useful as an in-office marketing tool and waiting-room entertainment system for single, multiple, or remote locations. The practice chooses a preformatted layout and adds photographs and videos from Kaleidoscope's extensive library, live news and weather reports, and its own customized photographs and educational materials. Users can edit their displays from any computer via an online account, according to the company.

For more information, contact Kaleidoscope, 454 Las Gallinas Ave. #317, San Rafael, CA 94903. (800) 387-0121; www.thekaleidoscope.com.

Toothbrush Covers

Toothbrush Shields can be used in place of the plastic, snapon travel caps that trap moisture and bacteria; they also help prevent cross-contamination between toothbrushes stored in common bathroom toothbrush holders, according to the manufacturer. The disposable Shields, effective for as long as seven days, are fabricated from a breathable, antimicrobial, non-woven material designed to wick away moisture and to provide a barrier against airborne and surface bacteria. Packages of 10 Shields are available in many major drugstore chains or online. The company also offers a patient-sample program for dental professionals.

For more information, visit www.toothbrushshield.com.

Digital Treatment Planning

3M Unitek's Treatment Management Portal combines digital model imaging with interactive treatment-planning tools. Digital models produced from impressions are uploaded for the doctor's analysis using precise screen tools and customizable displays. Ordering and review of setups for the Incognito appliance system are streamlined, and integrated messaging features simplify communication with the 3M Unitek lab.

For more information, contact 3M Unitek, 2724 S. Peck Road, Monrovia, CA 91016. (800)423-4588; www.3mUnitek.com.

Patient Kits

The brightly colored Ortho Kit, featuring four-color graphics, includes dual-head, travel, and end-tuft toothbrushes; a lighted, angled dental mirror; a floss threader and waxed floss; relief wax; and an interdental brush. Any of the six designs can be dustomized with the practice's name and address, according to the company.

For information, contact Diatech USA, P.O. Box 22648, Charleston, SC 29413. (800) 222-1851; www.diatechUSA.com.

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