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Help me with end of year spending.....

Help me with end of year spending.....

 

Below you will find an infograph we have created from a recent thread on GDPUK which was titled - help me with end of year spending....

The thread is still ongoing but we think it demonstrates the way our users use the site. They take advice from each other and peer reviews are therefore important. 
 
We are pleased buying decisions are formed via the forum, this shows the importance of opinions from peers and how we believe GDPUK is used to form decisions before making purchases.
 
The forum is now approaching nearly 270,000 posts, from just over 23,600 threads, so similar discussions to the one we have highlighted are taking place every day.
 
As you can see from the infograph below some of the items discussed are big purchases. Digital products are obviously the products that are at the top of “wish lists” but some affordable items also on the infograph. We hope you find the info and thread interesting and certainly extremely positive to see a buying thread with so many opinions and knowledge. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading, we hope you have found the infograph and thread on the forum useful.
 
 
 
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Prestige broadens the M62 corridor’s opportunities

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Prestige Dental is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Ball as its Product Specialist for the M62 corridor and surrounding areas.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Jennifer, who has an extensive dental nursing background, is in the process of rolling out an exciting programme of learning opportunities in individual practices. 

Whether lunchtime, first thing or after the practice closes is best for you, armed with sandwiches and in the space of just one hour Jennifer can provide invaluable information on products such as ACTIVA™ BioACTIVE, as well as vacuum forming and Medentika’s implant range – obligation free. 

Speaking about her new role, Jennifer commented: ‘I am really looking forward to meeting customers – new and old – and learning what support I  can offer individual dental practices so that dentists and their teams can remain focused on what they do best – delivering excellent patient care.’

To make an appointment for Jennifer to visit your practice or for more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01274 721567.

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The Supplier For Your Every Need - Wrights

The Supplier For Your Every Need - Wrights

We are renowned for providing quality imaging equipment, dental units, autoclaves, consumables and instruments, but how well do you really know Wrights?

Firstly, it is important to us to be completely transparent, honest and professional. We listen, advise and deliver a quality service – that is what makes us the distributor with a difference. Since Frank Halley Wright founded Wrights in 1898, our ethos has always been to deliver an exceptional service.

With our traditional values, modern outlook and holistic approach, we are the national company with a local touch. To ensure you get the best service possible, Wrights has a nationwide team of experienced professionals and multiple showrooms across the UK.

From cutting-edge X-ray imaging equipment to practice management software, clinical instruments, materials, general consumables and more, we have over 30,000 products covering a range of top brands including 3M Oral Care, Coltene, Dentsply, GSK, Heraeus Kulzer, Ivoclar Vivadent, Kerr, NSK, Voco and W&H. Furthermore, we offer an array of own-brand gloves, bib rolls, facemasks, alcohol-free wipes and prophy paste, which are gaining recognition across the UK. We have also recently extended our service to offering an exclusive orthodontic range from G&H Orthodontics, quality imaging software, CAD/CAM solutions and dental units from leading manufacturer Planmeca and a cloud based practice management software from Dentally. 

As we don’t consider it enough to simply supply the best products on the market, Wrights also constantly strives to save you money. As Polly Bhambra, Practice Owner of Tree Tops Dental Practice said: “Because of price matching, discounts and packages available, we always get the best price possible from Wrights.” With regular seasonal flyers also available offering exclusive promotions, Wrights is unbeatable when it comes to value for money.

At Wrights, we’re proud to receive extremely positive feedback on our team of experienced and dedicated representatives. As Maryam Felker, Principal Dentist and Clinic Co-ordinator at eleDent Clinic commented: “The personalised service that we receive is invaluable and is the biggest selling point of the company.”

Ultimately, all we do and everything we try to achieve is by putting your needs first. With our consistent well-delivered advice, excellent communication, rapport and our professional, upbeat attitude, it is no surprise that more and more dentists are choosing Wrights as their number one dental supplier.

 

All in all I am very proud of what Wrights has achieved and our quality of service. For anyone wishing to experience this attentive service, our door is always open.

 

For more information contact Wrights on 0800 66 88 99 or visit the easy to navigate website www.wright-cottrell.co.uk

 

 

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14

The Real Thing

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Many great products and ideas are copied or counterfeited, but your patients need to be protected from fake products in order to avoid poorly made and uncomfortable appliances.

 

IAS Academy, providers of genuine anterior alignment orthodontic devices, are helping to put a stop to this – all Inman Aligners will now be supplied with a “Genuine Inman Aligner Authentication Card”.

 

Each time you fit an Inman Aligner you will be able to give your patient an authentication card so that they can enjoy increased reassurance. Patients can then enter their unique identifier code at the Inman Aligner website to ensure that they have received a genuine appliance.

 

All devices are fabricated at a certified Inman Aligner laboratory, with laser etched tubing on the tongue side of the appliance featuring the name Inman Aligner. They are also supplied in a presentation box with patient instructions and a custom appliance case to ensure the best possible results.

 

Make sure your patients are receiving ‘the real thing’ and only accept the best.

 

For more information on IAS Academy, providers of genuine anterior alignment orthodontic devices please visit  www.iasortho.com or phone 0845 366 5477

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How a small change can have a big impact

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By making just one small change to the way you work, you could vastly improve your efficiency and output. Discover what the Sirona XIOS Scan from Clark Dental could do for you.

 

Enabling you to effortlessly integrate your conventional radiographic diagnostics with powerful digital technology, the XIOS Scan consists of two main components: the scanner and the imaging plates.

 

These imaging plates are suitable for any patient, and because they have been specifically designed, you can be certain of exceptional image quality every time.

 

After exposure, the plates are inserted into the XIOS Scan itself, where thanks to an outstanding scan quality of up to 22 line pairs/mm, you are presented with extraordinarily sharp digital radiographs, sent directly to your computer. The automatic plate detection will also ensure that the first scan you take will be the only one you need.

 

With this cutting-edge solution, you will be able to easily digitise traditional radiographs without having to working with environmentally harmful chemicals ever again.

 

If you want to take advantage of all the benefits of digital radiographic technology, without having to disrupt your tried-and-tested diagnostic workflow, consider the Sirona XIOS Scan, available from Clark Dental, today.

 

For more information call Clark Dental on 01268 733 146, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.clarkdental.co.uk  

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Perform with A-dec

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The new A-dec Performer provides you with exceptional choice, maximum comfort and legendary reliability for less.

 

This dental chair offers you a multitude of innovative clinical options from easy-to-use delivery systems to programmable touchpads and a smooth but powerful cantilever system, as well as your choice of halogen or LED light. 

 

With a left or right-handed delivery system, the ambidextrous A-dec Performer delivers the same unparalleled level of flexibility and functionality that all A-dec units are known for. 

 

With seamless, easy-to-clean upholstery available in a variety of vibrant colours, the A-dec Performer is the perfect addition to any modern dental practice.

 

To find out how you could take advantage of so many functional benefits on a smaller budget, contact the friendly team at A-dec today. 

 

For more information about A-dec Dental UK Ltd, visit:

www.a-dec.co.uk

  

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Treating obese patients- Dean Hallows A-dec

Treating obese patients- Dean Hallows A-dec

Statistics suggest that by 2050 60 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women in the UK will be obese – currently, the figures stand at around 15.5 million adults.[1]

 

The health issues that can be demonstrably linked with obesity are well documented: conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, strokes, liver disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), joint pain and depression are more likely to affect people with a high Body Mass Index (BMI).[2]

 

What is significantly less documented is the difficulties healthcare providers can have treating obese patients. This is particularly important for dental practitioners, since obesity is also linked to an increased risk of periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene.

 

One of the most prevalent issues currently is the capability of dental chairs to support patients over a certain weight. There have been reports of dentists turning away patients on account of the inability of their dental unit to safely and efficiently carry a heavier load.[3]

 

Indeed, research undertaken on modern dental chairs has recently shown that most units are only capable of bearing loads of up to 23st (146kg). Typically, those who fall within the obese BMI bracket weigh from 22st upwards (143kg) rendering the majority of dental chairs unsuitable.[4]

  

This, of course, presents significant problems to both patients and practitioners. If dentists cannot serve all of their patients, they will lose business to those who are better equipped – and if they choose to turn patients away on the grounds of weight, they may find themselves facing legal action through the Disability Discrimination Act (2005). For patients, it restricts the provision of oral healthcare.[5]     

 

To this end, it is worth considering a dental chair from A-dec. With units that can carry heavier loads than competitive products (up to 29st (181kg)), a long-standing focus on comfort, ergonomics and reliability, A-dec is the obvious choice for any dental professional passionate about providing the best care for everyone.

 

Regardless of size, age or any other differentiating factor, every patient who walks through your door deserves to be treated fairly, equally and excellently. Do not let your equipment be an excuse to discriminate against anyone – invest in high-quality products that will allow you give each individual patient the best treatment possible.

 

 

For more information about A-dec Dental UK Ltd, visit:

www.a-dec.co.uk

 

 



[1] Public Health England: About Obesity; link: http://www.noo.org.uk/NOO_about_obesity [accessed on 18/08/15]

[2] NHS Choices: Obesity; link: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Obesity/Pages/Introduction.aspx [accessed on 18/08/15]

[3] BDJ: Obesity and dentistry: a growing problem – D. Reilly, C. Boyle, D. Craig; published online, 2009; link: http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v207/n4/full/sj.bdj.2009.717.html [accessed on 18/08/15]

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

 

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Bringing you the best of new technology

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For over 40 years, Clark Dental has brought you the most cutting-edge dental equipment from around the globe. The most recent additions to their high-quality range are from market-leader, Sirona, and includes:

 

The XIOS Scan: this innovative product allows you to easily digitise conventional radiographs to an exceptional standard. After exposure, specifically designed imaging plates are inserted into the XIOS Scan where, thanks to an outstanding scan quality of up to 22 line pairs/mm, incredibly sharp digital images are produced and sent directly to your computer. With the XIOS Scan, you will no longer need to develop radiographs with environmentally harmful chemicals – nor disrupt your tried-and-tested diagnostic workflow.  

 

The ORTHOPHOS SL range: a multifunctional range of radiographic systems, ORTHOPHOS SL can offer you incomparably sharp 2D images, thanks to the powerful DCS sensor and unique Sharp Layer Technology. Then, either upgrade your system with an optional Ceph arm or choose full 3D utility. Alternatively, take advantage of the fully dedicated 3D system which is available in two flexible levels of volume range, from 8 x 8cm or 11 x 10cm, that will help you easily create perfect 3D images without having to unnecessarily increase the radiation dose for your patient.

 

For all the latest in exceptional dental technologies, contact Clark Dental today. 

 

For more information call Clark Dental on 01268 733 146, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.clarkdental.co.uk  

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Consistent quality - Quintess Denta

Consistent quality - Quintess Data

Your dental handpiece may be one of the most important pieces of equipment in your surgery. Indispensible in general dentistry, specialist treatments and much more, the handpiece is truly one product that the majority of dental practitioners could not live without.
 

For this reason alone, it is essential that you invest in nothing but the very highest quality pieces. Sub-standard or counterfeit products can result in accident or injury and legal dispute.
 

The production quality of your handpiece is a pertinent consideration. Knowing where your next product has been made and whether it conforms to CE regulations is vital to ensuring the enduring quality of a handpiece. There has recently been a spate of counterfeit products entering the UK market which presents a particular threat to the overall safety of dental equipment. Far cheaper but less reliable than genuine handpieces, these products can malfunction and injure both patients and practitioners. It is, therefore, vitally important to ensure you know where the product you are considering has been built and by which trusted manufacturer.
 

Once you have purchased the handpiece that best meets your clinical needs, it is important that you ensure to maintain it adequately. Not only is this prudent for financial reasons, it will also reduce the risk of malfunction. With an operational speed of up to 400,000 rpm, the damage a faulty handpiece can inflict on the soft tissues of the oral cavity can be extensive and irreversible.
 

But choosing a company to fulfil your maintenance needs can be as difficult as choosing a handpiece in the first place – and there are a number of considerations for which you must account before making any decisions.
 

·      Firstly, you must be sure that the parts and replacements a repair company is using in your handpieces are of the highest quality from reputable manufacturers.

·      You must also be assured that your handpieces will be returned promptly and reliably: being without your equipment will cause unnecessary delays.

·      Cost-effectiveness is a major factor and finding a balance between price and quality is essential.
 

By offering exceptional quality and expertise, you can be sure the repair work Quintess Denta undertake will always be of the highest standard – but what sets it apart from the competition is its unwavering focus on customer support and service. What’s more, the team at Quintess Denta are dedicated to providing relevant, money-saving tips that will enable dentists to substantially cut their maintenance costs.

 

 

For more information visit www.quintessdenta.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 028 6862 8966

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Naturally beautiful

Naturally beautiful

To create natural-looking and strong restorations in order to achieve the beautiful smile patients desire, you need products that you can rely on.

 

Filtek Supreme XTE universal restorative from 3M ESPE incorporates enhanced ease of use and clinical performance.[i] Utilising unique nanofiller technology, it achieves the polishability and polish retention typical of a microfill and provides excellent handling, strength and wear properties needed for universal indications.[ii]

 

Filtek Supreme XTE universal restorative is available in 36 shades and opacities meaning you will always be able to provide a suitable aesthetic match for your patients.[iii] Contact the team at 3M ESPE today to find out how Filtek Supreme XTE universal restorative can benefit your practice.

 

For more information, call 0845 602 5094 or visit www.3Mespe.co.uk



[i] 3M ESPE Internal Date, Filtek Supreme XTE, Clinical results, 2009. Claim no 4303

[ii] 3M ESPE Internal Data, Filtek Supreme XTE, Technology, 2009. Claim no 4097

[iii] 3M ESPE Internal Data, Filtek Supreme XTE Esthetics, 2009. Claim no 4188

 

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‘100% of dentists would recommend...’

100% of dentists would recommend...

In a poll taken during the BDIA Showcase, 100% of dentists interviewed said they would recommend Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes to their patients.[i]

 

As a further testament to the quality and effectiveness of the products, over 85% said they would use them themselves.

 

The Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes feature a super soft rubber design with the flexibility to clean even the smallest interdental spaces with ease. Completely metal-free, patients who have struggled with interdental brushes in the past are likely to find these simple and effective to use.

 

Ideal for those with orthodontic appliances, dental implants, metal fillings or crowns, and available in three different sizes, the Clean Between Interdental Brushes are suitable for every situation.

 

From September, Dentist Surgery Packs of Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes will be available via dental wholesalers, consisting of dispenser boxes with 100 cello-wrapped sample packs of each colour of brush. Make sure you get yours and discover for yourself how much they can help your patients!

 

To discover why so many dentists recommend the Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes, contact the team today.

 

To find out more, please visit www.wisdomtoothbrushes.com or call 01440 714800



[i] BDTA 2013/2014, poll carried out by Wisdom during events. 

 

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Introducing Humble Brush

Introducing Humble Brush

Recently launched in the UK and Ireland, Humble Brush is an exciting new product that aids dental health while protecting the environment and supporting less fortunate communities around the globe.

 

Dr Noel Abdayem, one of the founders of Humble Brush, as well as James Hamill from Quintess Denta – exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland – and Dr Darren Weiss, President of the Humble Smile Foundation (www.humblesmile.org), introduced the inspiring product at a press launch in August this year.

 

Humble Brush features an ergonomically designed, biodegradable, panda-friendly bamboo handle that offers natural antiseptic properties. This is complemented by soft, degradable nylon bristles and packaging  made from 100% recycled materials.

 

You have the power to not only provide your patients with a truly effective and environmentally friendly adjunct, but also gain assurance that with every Humble Brush sold, the equivalent value will be donated to people in need.

 

Furthermore, you can test this remarkable product with a free toothbrush sample available for each practice. To help make a difference, contact the team at Humble Brush today.

 

 

Humble Brush is now available in the UK and Ireland. For more information visit www.humblebrush.co.uk, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0286 862 8880. To order contact our exclusive distributor Quintess Denta at www.quintesshumblebrush.co.uk

 

Follow us on social media:

@HumbleBrush and www.facebook.com/humblebrushuk

 

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Leading the way in cosmetic dentistry

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Prestige Dental’s product specialist, Jennifer Ball, was delighted to be in attendance at the grand opening of Andrea Ubhi Cosmetic Dentistry’s new practice in York earlier this year.
 

As well as rubbing shoulders with the likes of model and former Miss England, Georgia Horsley, who officially opened the practice, Jennifer was able to meet the award-winning “Team of the Year North 2015” (Dental Awards) and bring everyone up to speed on the extensive range of quality dental products Prestige Dental can supply.
 

Commenting on the event, Jennifer said: ‘It was a great evening – warm and inviting. The practice seamlessly combines the lovely original features of the building with state-of-the-art dental equipment. It has a huge wow factor!
 

‘You could see they have worked hard to create a relaxing environment; a recipe for success for both happy staff and happy patients.’
 

The new premises are run by a team of 18, housing four ultra-modern surgeries, two waiting rooms and the latest technology, including CT scanning equipment and a Seiler microscope.
 

In particular, Jennifer was taken by the glass ‘pods’, where the treatment co-ordinator can sit down with patients to discuss their needs and wants, as well as consultation rooms that allow for patient/dentist interaction without the pressure of a clinical setting.

 

If you would like to know about the range of quality products available from Prestige Dental, please call 01274 721567 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A Winning Combination - Wrights

A Winning Combination - Wrights
 

Dedicated to providing first class customer service, Wrights, the independent distributor, continues to build upon the ever-growing reputation of what it can achieve and provide. Lisa Montague, Practice Manager of Hook Lane Dental Care in Welling, explains why Wrights has won her and her practice over.
 

Ever since our Wrights representative, Shilesh Jetha, first introduced himself to me two years ago, ordering within my practice has not been the same. Happy, friendly and communicative, we hit it off straight away.
 

He showed me price comparisons and potential offers compared to competitors. Since then Shilesh has price matched, or beaten, everything that he possibly can and he continues to ensure I get the very best deals available.
 

Since transferring a lot of our ordering to Wrights, I have sampled more and more products, which for the most part, have been exactly what we were looking for. Although we use Wrights mostly for the branded products, we have certainly seen an increase in our use of own brand products, now using the gloves for instance.
 

In the event of us not liking a specific product, Shilesh has always been very understanding, taking the feedback away and producing an alternative for us to try. What’s more, he always seems to get us a better deal, which is integral in an industry driven by price.
 

Although I do a weekly order, I probably speak to Shilesh most days! He is extremely helpful and accommodating, ensuring that products arrive next day delivery whenever possible.
 

Even though we are getting top brands for amazing prices, for me the customer service is what makes Wrights stand out from the rest. If I ring Shilesh with a problem or an issue, he deals with it straight away. As a very good problem solver, I always feel assured that I am getting an incredible service.
 

Ultimately, he is a perfect example of the kind of representative that Wrights need and do employ. Changing my perception and attitude to ordering, Shilesh has essentially acted as the catalyst for our move to Wrights. The products are great and the pricing is unmatched, but Wrights earn its reputation on the customer service alone.

 

As a result, I would definitely recommend Wrights, and have done so already to several practices.

 

For more information contact Wrights on 0800 66 88 99 or visit the easy to navigate website www.wright-cottrell.co.uk

 

 

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Truly universal - Filtek Z500 Universal Restorative

Truly universal - Filtek Z500 Universal Restorative

For a restorative that is suitable for everyday dentistry, try Filtek Z500 Universal Restorative from 3M ESPE.

 

Filtek Z500 has a multitude of benefits including good radiopacity[i] and light stability,[ii] high flexural strength,[iii] and low shrinkage.[iv] All of these factors add up to simple handling and durability, which is essential in the dental setting.

 

Not only that, Filtek Z500 Universal Restorative is available in eight universal and one opaque shade, so you can create beautiful restorations. The combination of this, along with the excellent polish retention,[v] makes Filtek Z500 your go-to product for aesthetic restorations.  

 

For a truly universal restorative, try Filtek Z500 from 3M ESPE today.

 

For more information, call 0845 602 5094 or visit www.3Mespe.co.uk



[i] 3M ESPE Internal Data, Filtek Z500 radiopacity, 2010. Claim no 4441

[ii] 3M ESPE Internal Data, Filtek Z500 light stability, 2010. Claim no 4442

[iii] 3M ESPE Internal Data, Filtek Z500 flexural strength, 2010. Claim no 4430

[iv] 3M ESPE Internal Data, Filtek Z500 shrinkage, 2010. Claim no 4433

[v] 3M ESPE Internal Data, Filtek Z500 polish retention, 2010. Claim no 4427

 

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A restorative that goes with the flow...

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Kerr’s team knows that direct procedures require multiple technological solutions. That’s why we have created a robust family of universal composites with a variety of different handling characteristics and property values.

 

Take, for example, Herculite™ XRV Ultra Flow, a medium viscosity light cure nanohybrid resin restorative that combines the long-standing expertise of the Herculite brand with an innovative flowable composite.

 

Formulated with Kerr’s rheological expertise, Herculite XRV Ultra Flow, thanks to its Smart Placement Technology, is able to flow easily when used as a base/liner and maintain its shape when used in small restorations.

 

Other features include:

• Outstanding flexural strength

• Low shrinkage

• Easy polishability

• Excellent gloss retention.

 

The Herculite XRV Ultra range offers the best of both worlds – strength and aesthetics – to give you long-lasting, beautiful restorations.

 

For further information, please call 01733 892292, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kerrdental.co.uk.

 

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See more, treat more - Nuview

See more, treat more - Nuview

In dentistry what you can see greatly affects what you can treat. By embracing the latest magnification and visualisation technology, such as the Carl Zeiss OPMI Pico dental microscope, your practice will see countless benefits and be able to treat so much more.

 

Available in the UK from Nuview, the OPMI Pico incorporates the latest video and ‘live streaming’ technology, allowing you to record examinations and treatments in HD. The innovative camera options available facilitate excellent patient consultation and documentation and provide a fantastic tool for education and communication for the whole dental team.

 

The compact, high performing and easy-to-use OPMI Pico offers solid, ergonomic support for the most demanding of applications – whether in restorative dentistry, endodontics, implantology or periodontics. It is also available with a Varioskop objective lens that allows you to adjust the focal length to focus on virtually any image detail without leaving your preferred working position.

 

To find out more about the Carl Zeiss OPMI Pico contact Nuview today.      

 

For more information please call Nuview on 01453 872266,

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nuview.co

 

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Crossing the Interdental Divide - Wisdom

Crossing the Interdental Divide

The Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes are clinically proven[i],[ii] to help your patients safely and gently remove plaque and maintain optimum dental health.

 

Dental flossing can be an unpopular oral health adjunct for many patients and the Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes offer an effective alternative to both floss and wire interdental brushes.

 

Constructed with latex-free, rubber filaments, they are wire-free and easy to use between tight spaces in natural teeth, under bridges, around dental implants and with fixed orthodontic appliances.

 

The soft tips gently stimulate and massage the gingiva, minimising trauma and helping to prevent galvanic effect.

 

From September, a Dentist Surgery Pack of Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes will be available via dental wholesalers for you to use on patients. Consisting of a dispenser box with 100 cello-wrapped bundles of each colour of brush, these will provide the ideal opportunity to introduce the products to patients, showing how their oral health can be maintained with ease.

 

Whatever the dentition, Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes provide a solution. Find out more today.

 

To find out more, please visit www.wisdomtoothbrushes.com or

call 01440 714800

 



[i] Yost et el, Interproximal gingivitis and plaque reduction by four interdental products. J Clin Dent. 2006;17(3):79-83.

[ii] Prof. Dr. Petra Ratka-Kru?ger et al, Clinical trial of a metal-free interdental brush. University Medical Centre Freiburg, Germany. Pub Nov 2010.

 

 

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Innovative mobile X-ray device - Nomad Pro 2

Innovative mobile X-ray device

When Dr Nikhil Shah of Brentwood Orthodontic and Implant Practice undertook his recent practice renovation and relocation, he chose the new Nomad Pro 2 hand held X-ray device to fulfil his radiography requirements.

 

“The Nomad Pro 2 handheld X-ray machine is great for our practice. The beauty of it is that we can walk around and there is no clutter on the walls – just one fully mobile machine.

 

“The advantage to us is that radiographs do not have to be taken in only one X-ray room as before. We can move around across multi-surgeries and so our patients don’t have to, which helps them to feel more at ease. As it’s handheld the practitioner can work around the patient much more freely, ensuring they get the most appropriate radiographs.

 

“The images quality is great too, and perfect for our practice needs.”

 

To learn more about the fantastic Nomad Pro 2, and the benefits it will bring to your practice contact the Clark Dental team today.

 

For more information contact Clark Dental on 01270 613750,
email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.nomadhandheldxray.co.uk

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The Benefits of Film and Digital in One

The Benefits of Film and Digital in One

Wilhelm Roentgen, Professor of Experimental Physics in Germany, was the first to discover the x-ray in 1895. Over the next century, the technology used to perform radiography was transformed and an x-ray machine is now an essential piece of equipment within the modern dental practice. Most recently, the digital era has seen another change in the field of radiography offering a new alterative to conventional methods.

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Film x-rays still have their place in the modern profession. The picture quality is excellent, giving great detail and contrast and sterilisation is simple, which is an important consideration within the clinical setting. However, there are disadvantages to consider too. For example, the image is static once processed with the contrast fixed, and it takes time to be processed and much space to be stored. It is also labour intensive further making it expensive, and it is hazardous posing a health and safety concern.

 

Digital alternatives strive to tackle the downsides of conventional film imaging techniques. The practitioner and the patient can view the image instantly, allowing improved communications between the two parties and quicker treatment times. Radiation exposure is reduced and even at a lower dosage the image can be digitally enhanced to aid accuracy of diagnostics. The image can also be increased in size to help detect very small cavities that may not have been noticed on a conventional x-ray. And in terms of cost, the initial outlay may be an investment, but it is often a fruitful one as everyday expenses are reduced and the quality of patient service delivered is elevated.

 

Is there not a ‘happy medium’ that offers the benefits of both systems?

 

The CS 7200 phosphor plate imaging system from Carestream Dental fits this remit. It is an affordable solution for any practice and covers all daily intraoral indications. You will appreciate the simplicity of the workflow, while the instinctive software allows you to view the high quality images in less than 8 seconds. Further benefits include hygienic sheaths available to reduce the risk of cross-contamination, and automatic removal of images from plates after each scan for optimum convenience.

 

So if you favour the use of film imaging processes and are unsure about changing to completely digital systems in your practice, there are solutions available to you. Today’s dental market is littered with different innovations to enable you to work in the way you prefer, and selecting only those products of the highest quality will ensure you don’t have to compromise your working methods or the quality of dentistry you provide.

 

 

For more information, contact Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk

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Choosing products and equipment, tools of the industry - Dr Nadine Skipp

Choosing products and equipment, tools of the industry

Principal and Founder of AURA Centre of Dental Excellence and Facial Aesthetics in Kingston upon Thames, Dr Nadine Skipp explores how to ensure the products you use in your practice are up to scratch.

No matter what industry you are in, you need effective ‘tools’ and the skills to use them in order to be successful. In dentistry and facial aesthetics, it’s no different. There is such a wide range of products and equipment available (which I will reference throughout as ‘tools’) – and it can sometimes seem impossible to know which to choose to accompany your provision. However, it is essential that the ‘tools’ you utilise are of the highest standard and achieve the best results.

After all, it just takes one poor choice in product, or one unreliable piece of equipment, to take a patient from their desired outcome to an unsuccessful result. We all know that only a bad workman (or workwoman) blames their tools, however you wouldn't be a good workman if you didn’t first at least ensure that you were using the right tools.

From major recognisable brands to leading manufacturers with cheaper ‘own brand’ alternatives, every company wants you to think that what they offer is the best and superior to all others. But they can’t all be, so we must employ our own professional judgement in deciding which will suit us most and which will offer the most successful and predictable results time after time.

Given that there is so much choice out there, how exactly do you do this?

A fundamental question when choosing should be, “Does it do the job I need it to? And will it do so reliably and consistently?” If you were to ask your product rep I’m sure they would say, “Yes, of course” – unless they have an alternative item to sell. But the only way to find out for sure is to try and test it out first hand.

 

But, before doing so it may be prudent to take note of the following considerations:

Cost effectiveness

Firstly, this can be something of a subjective term. Not specifically related to that which is the cheapest, rather the items that provide the best value for money. Of course, it can be easy to simply choose the product that appears to give you the highest quantity for the lowest cost, but this can lead you into problems later down the line.

 

Indeed, for something to be cost effective it will need to be reliable, have a well-thought out delivery system that minimises wastage, deliver consistent results and have a price that is relative to its quality. For instance, you might expect a single use disposable item to be far cheaper in comparison to a piece of equipment you would use over and again throughout your career. But, if the quality of results you achieve with a cheaper product is substandard and means you have to invest in more expensive products to rectify any issues, this negates any potential savings you might have made.

 

Ease of use

One of the main advantages in offering facial aesthetic treatments such as botulin toxins or dermal fillers is their relative ease of use and application (which in turn make for more cost effective treatments through time savings). However these benefits will be negated through poor product choices. On the other hand, products that have been designed with ergonomics and function in mind will be far more intuitive and natural to use, but this often comes with a higher price tag. In some instances this expense is justified, as those that are not designed with these considerations are likely to deliver results of a lower standard.

 

Compatibility

Familiarity with new ‘tools’ and understanding their compatibility with your own personal work processes are also essential factors to consider. Some clinicians like to stick with what they used in their training or have a long-standing familiarity with, whilst others will be constantly looking for new and innovative products. It is worth thinking about the time it may take to become accustomed to new products or equipment and whether any workshops or further training are required to utilise them properly.

Recommendations

One of the best sources of reliable information will come from recommendations from colleagues, peers and trainers. Before investing, it is wise to ask fellow clinicians to share their opinions and experience and for any advice or suggestions. It is also well worth visiting trade shows and exhibitions, as new products and equipment are often launched at these events alongside special promotional offers.

Certification

Finally, it is essential that all products and equipment you use have the appropriate certification and comply with all the required regulation and legislation. Look out for CE marks and any symbols or logos that certify quality. There are often horror stories in the news around forged or inferior products that have been imported into the country from foreign manufacturers. This rise in counterfeit products poses a real risk to both patient and practitioner due to the lack of regulation, certification and accountability. The trick here is to not be tempted when an offer looks too good to be true. A product that would normally cost £700 is unlikely to be genuine if sold for £50.

Ultimately you want to use ‘tools’ that will help make the service and treatments you offer faster, easier and better for the patient. So by taking into account practicality, cost, ease of use, compatibility, peer recommendations and manufacturer’s certification you can begin to ensure that the treatments and services you offer will not be let down by the products and equipment you choose to use.

 

To find out more visit www.auradental.co.uk, call 020 8549 5710, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Dr Nadine Skipp is the Principal and Founder of AURA Centre of Dental Excellence and Facial Aesthetics in Kingston Upon Thames. Having trained with leading experts from across the dental profession in the US, UK and internationally, Dr Skipp has fulfilled many educational roles throughout the industry, and was awarded a Fellowship from the International Academy for Dental and Facial Esthetics in 2014. She is also partner of SOURCE1uk - Dental Recruitment, Training Courses, Classifieds and Practice Sales.

 

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Going the Extra Distance - Wrights Dental

Going the Extra Distance

“The relationship between the practice and the supply company’s representative is the most important feature for us when considering who to work with,” says Vicky Marsh, Practice Manager at Parkway Dental Care.

 

“We’ve been working with Wrights for a number of years but since our current representative, Tina, joined the team a year ago, we have been especially happy with the excellent service we’ve received. Wrights offers the best value for money and we now order all our materials and consumables, as well as some oral health products, through the company.

 

“Tina and I hit it off straight away. She is absolutely fantastic, her level of customer service is extremely high – she is always prepared to go that extra distance to deliver on our requirements. I get regular emails with any deals or offers that may be of interest and anything she doesn’t know is investigated and immediately reported back to me; it is first-class customer care.

 

“I am extremely satisfied with Tina and will stick with her for the foreseeable future. I would recommend this service 100%, in fact I always do – Tina is wonderful!”

 

For a professional yet personal service from an experienced team, next day delivery on top-selling products and exclusive discounted prices, contact Wrights today.

 

            For more information contact Wright on 0800668899 or visit www.wright-cottrell.co.uk

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