JDT Industry News

3Shape announced that it has launched the Straight Talk Dental Coalition, an online platform to give dental professionals a voice in the wake of Align Technology’s decision to terminate interoperability between its Invisalign clear aligners and 3Shape’s TRIOS scanners. The platform provides a petition for dentists to sign calling on Align to reinstate interoperability, along with letters to other stakeholders.


Since Align terminated interoperability in January 2018, dentists say that their patients and dental practices have been negatively impacted by Align’s action. According to an online survey of Invisalign providers using TRIOS scanners, Align’s termination of interoperability created unnecessary and unexpected costs and practice disruption.


On the Coalition’s website, dental professionals who have been impacted by Align’s action can:

  • Sign a petition demanding Align reinstate interoperability between Invisalign and 3Shape
  • Sign a letter to their professional society asking for it to take a stand
  • Invite their colleagues to join the Coalition
  • Share their view with their networks

On Saturday, June 9, nearly 500 Aspen Dental practices will open their doors to provide free care exclusively to as many as 5,000 of our nation’s veterans. Starting May 1st, local veterans can call 1-844-277-3646 to schedule an appointment at a participating office. Appointments are required and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Dentsply Sirona Inc., The Dental Solutions Company™, announced that it will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 24, 2018 to celebrate the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art training facility, Dentsply Sirona Academy – Charlotte (DSAC). Located at 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place in Charlotte, the DSAC will function as a multi-purpose training facility, showcasing the most advanced and proven dental product solutions in a clinical setting. The grand-opening ceremonies, scheduled from 1– 4 p.m., kick-off with presentations from Dentsply Sirona CEO Don Casey, industry KOLs and other key stakeholders.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, attendees of the DSAC grand opening have the opportunity to tour the facility’s 28,525 sq. ft. space that includes multiple classrooms, a 288-seat auditorium, seven fully-outfitted operatories and two simulation labs. Knowledgeable product managers will be on-hand to discuss and demonstrate the groundbreaking capability of several technology and consumables products, as well as provide visitors the chance to personally test-drive equipment from Dentsply Sirona’s exciting product line.


Dentsply Sirona Inc., The Dental Solutions Company™, announced global superstar Katy Perry as the musical entertainment at Dentsply Sirona World 2018, and with that, the introduction of a new registration option available to guests of Dentsply Sirona World attendees. The Entertainment-Only pass grants admission into all DSW 2018 entertainment events, including the private performances by musical artist Katy Perry and comedian Jim Gaffigan, as well as the Dentsply Sirona Word Closing Party, for just $695. This pass is offered to spouses or guests who are not doctors and who are not attending courses; it does not include meals or access to the trade show, educational sessions or eligibility for CE. For those who wish to attend the educational sessions and access the trade show, Early Bird specials for event registration are available until May 31.

Dentsply Sirona World 2018, hosted at the Rosen Shingle Creek, offers an experience like no other dental meeting you’ve ever attended, so register now before Early Bird ends! Doctor registration is $1,795 (regularly $1,995). Staff/spouse/guest registration- which includes access to all educational sessions and event activities- is only $1,095 (regularly $1,195) and is buy three, get one FREE! Register now at www.dentsplysironaworld.com or contact the DSW18 hotline at 1-844-462-7476 or email events@dentsplysironaworld.com.


GC America Inc. introduces GC Initial™ Spectrum Stains
Discover GC America’s new universal stain and glaze system for staining and characterizing ceramic materials. GC Initial Spectrum Stains are powder stains available in a variety of 16 colors. The GC Initial Spectrum Stains are the latest extension to the GC Initial product portfolio. GC Initial Spectrum Stains are a universal stain and glaze system for the individualized staining and characterization of ceramic materials.




GC America Inc. introduces GC Initial™ IQ Lustre Paste NF effect shades, an extension of the GC Initial Lustre Paste NF product line
GC Initial IQ, One Body, LP NF, Enamel Effect Shade 9 Orange
GC Initial IQ, One Body, LP NF, Enamel Effect Shade 10 Twilight

The two additional shades are available as refills only and are not part of the GC Initial IQ Lustre Paste NF kit.


GC America Inc. introduces GC Initial™ Enamel Opal Booster
Discover the new Enamel Opal Boosters for for GC Initial MC, GC Initial Zr-FS and GC Initial LiSi product line. The three additional Enamel Opal Boosters are available as refills only and are not part of the GC Initial MC, Zr-FS or LiSi kit.


Henry Schein, Inc. announced that it has entered the rapidly growing market for orthodontic aligners with its proprietary SLX™ Clear Aligner System.

The SLX™ Clear Aligner System is a complete solution that incorporates the popular Sagittal First/Motion 3D technology, a proprietary offering of the Company's Henry Schein Orthodontics (HSO) business. According to HSO's lead clinical advisor, Dr. Dave Paquette, Sagittal First/Motion 3D can significantly reduce the number of aligners needed for use in a typical case, providing meaningful time savings and clinical benefits to doctors and patients alike.

This new and innovative system offers clinicians and patients an intuitive and simplified treatment process, and was introduced today by Henry Schein Orthodontics at the annual session of the American Association of Orthodontists, in Washington, D.C.

The SLX™ Clear Aligner System, which has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, uses patented manufacturing processes to achieve aligner clarity and a precise fit for greater comfort and improved tooth control. The SLX™ Clear Aligner web portal will accept STL digital impressions from all leading intraoral scanners and, combined with an open-source platform, is easy to use. Henry Schein Orthodontics will begin registration and training immediately. Case submission will begin on May 25.


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