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Product News in November 2022 Issue

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Dental Clinics

Planmeca is donating five mobile dental clinics to Ukraine. With the help of the company’s Ukrainian distributor, the units will be delivered to provide dental care where it is needed most; a regional plan will ensure the effectiveness of the donations under difficult circumstances. According to Planmeca, each clinic will be fully furnished to include a digital dental unit, an autoclave, and all other instruments needed for basic dental care.

For more information, contact Planmeca Oy, Asentajankatu 6, 00880 Helsinki, Finland. +358 40 5745 075; www.planmeca.com.


Step-1 PumEtch combines pumice and etchant in one easy-to-use solution, reducing expense and chairtime. The product enables greater application control and more effective tooth coverage than standard etchants, according to the company, and it eliminates the need for prophy cups and slow-speed handpieces. Each 10ml bottle provides 600-610 applications.

For more information, contact OrthoEssentials USA, 10 Lippincott Lane, Suite 6, Mount Holly, NJ 08060. (866) 517-3257; www.orthoessentials.net.

Clear Aligners

The Spark Clear Aligner System release 13 features integrated hooks to use with elastics for Class II or III correction and in conjunction with TADs. The new TruRoot feature allows the default library roots to be replaced with the patient’s roots as captured in a CBCT scan, thus providing better accuracy of root shapes and positions. Updates to the Approver software enable faster and more efficient workflows, according to the manufacturer; the integrated hooks and other attachments can be added, modified, or deleted without the need for change requests.

For more information, contact Ormco, 1717 W. Collins Ave., Orange, CA 92867. (800) 854-1741; www.sparkaligners.com.

Light-Therapy Device

Lumoral is a home-use anti­bacterial light-therapy device used to reduce early gingivitis and plaque formation, prevent cavities, and improve gingival health without disrupting the existing oral microbiome. The combination of light-sensitive colorant in the supplied mouthrinse and the specific wavelengths produced by the device results in an antibacterial photodynamic reaction. According to the manufacturer, the interim results of a three-year study indicate that using the device as suggested reduces gingivitis and improves dental hygiene.

For more information, contact Koite Health, Otakaari 5A, 02150 Espoo, Finland. +358 40 8222 034; www.lumoral.com.

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