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What we want to achieve

Dr. Dan Fischer

We are driven to improve oral health globally through science, creativity and education.

We promise to provide progressive and trustworthy solutions to clinicians, enabling them to respect oral tissues and promote well-being to their patients. Our commitment to humanity is to continually pursue the discovery of cures for caries and gum disease.

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Opalescence Go: A Revolutionary Paradigm in Whitening

Never a “me too” brand, Opalescence has, from the beginning, sought out new, different, and better ways to make whitening faster, more effective, more convenient, and more comfortable for the patient.

Since its introduction of Opalescence® PF—the first sticky, viscous whitening gel available on the market (1990)—dentists and patients alike have come to expect exciting innovation with each new Opalescence product launch over the past 25 years. However, no one could have predicted the exciting impact the brand would make when in 2013, it released perhaps its most revolutionary product yet, Opalescence Go®.

Opalescence Go eliminates the need for custom trays with its UltraFit tray delivery system that conforms instantly and comfortably to any patient’s smile, offering molar-to-molar coverage while still providing a custom-like fit and feel. Of the pre-filled, take-home whitening system, Dr. Fischer, Ultradent’s founder, president, and CEO says, “There’s nothing that can compare to it.My wife Leenie has even come to prefer Opalescence Go over our other offerings. She has whitened many times over the years, but when she tried Opalescence Go, she said, ‘This is the way I’m whitening from now on. It’s so comfortable you hardly even know it’s there.’”

Dr. Jaimeé Morgan, a cosmetic dentist, says her patients love Opalescence Go not only because of the professional and sparkling results it provides, but also because of several convenience factors. “My patients who travel often have loved Opalescence Go because they can just pop the trays in their bag, and they don’t have to worry about carrying separate syringes and the possibility of losing their expensive custom tray.” She adds, “I also have patients who pop a tray in their mouth on their drive to work and trash them when they get in, and they’ve whitened for the day! People also love wearing them in the shower or while they get ready because, thanks to the 15–60 minute wear time (depending on if they’re using the 10% or 15% hydrogen peroxide concentration), Opalescence Go allows them to incorporate it seamlessly into their busy routine.”

Last, Dr. Morgan says Opalescence Go has also been the perfect alternative for patients that have a sensitive gag reflex and have a difficult time taking impressions. “They can simply buy the kit, take it home, and start whitening the same day! They’ve loved this option.”

The Opalescence Go 10% hydrogen peroxide gel allows for a 30– to 60–minute wear time with the delicious choices of Mint, Melon, or Peach flavors. The 15% hydrogen peroxide gel is available in Mint flavor and allows for a 15– to 20–minute wear time, providing brilliant results.

To learn more about Opalescence Go, please call 800.552.5512, or visit ultradent.com.

 
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Ultradent 20 Year Employee Celebration

Last Friday night, Dr. Fischer and his wife Leenie welcomed over 81 Ultradent employees, along with their families and loved ones into their home to celebrate the 20+ year anniversary of each attendees’ time here at Ultradent– and boy did they celebrate!

The Hawaiian-themed luau, complete with a shave ice truck on location,

a beautiful, tropical themed buffet dinner,

and personal welcomes, hugs, and tributes from Dr. Fischer and Leenie took place at the home of Dr. Fischer, ending with an evening of spectacular entertainment.

This included hula lessons,

hula performances,

and fire dancers, to boot!

A truly fun and magical event to honor the loyal and hardworking people that have helped Ultradent grow, improve, and reach new heights over the past two years. We thank each attendee for their loyalty, hard-work, and care for so many wonderful years. Ultradent is so fortunate to have each and every one of you!

Here are a few more pictures of some of the honorees and their family members enjoying themselves at the event:

Thank you for giving us a truly wonderful reason to celebrate!

 
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Clinical Tip: How to Prevent Staining Under Provisional Cements

Two weeks prior to this photo, ViscoStat with Dento-Infusor was used to arrest bleeding. Provisional crowns were cemented with a popular NON-sealing, hydrophobic, resin-based temporary cement. NOTE: Dark color migrating from gingival margin inward.

Many clinicians encounter the dark staining of a patient’s tissues after the use of a hydrophobic cement. Fortunately, this is a challenge that is treatable, and even better, preventable! First, let’s take a look at the reasons behind why this pesky staining occurs in the first place.
It’s all about the chemistry. Non-sealing cements allow saliva and bacteria to move between the temporary and preparation. Coagulum within cut tissues is a source of iron, which reacts with the hydrogen sulfide gas (rotten egg gas, H2S) produced by anaerobic bacteria in this septic environment. The reaction yields ferric sulfide—the harmless, yet annoying dark surface stain shown in the photo below.

This staining can also occur, to a lesser degree, from the natural iron in the blood. Additionally, non-sealing provisionals are problematic, as the presence of saliva and/or bacteria removes the smear layer within one week, opening tubules to bacteria.

One way to prevent this from occurring is to use an antimicrobial temporary cement (like ZOE), which leaks, but at least prevents bacterial growth, hence no H2S and no formation of ferric sulfide. However, there’s an even better way to go about it.

The most sure-fire way to prevent staining under provisional cement is to use a sealing, hydrophilic, non-eugenol, polycarboxylate, paste-to-paste cement like Ultradent’s UltraTemp.

UltraTemp

As an extra precautionary measure (as similar staining can still occur if contamination is on the preparation prior to bonding) scour and/or etch as needed prior to DBA application. For scouring, we recommend using Consepsis Scrub with the STARbrush.

Consepsis Scrub

STARbrush

 
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Tissue Management in Challenging Cases

All clinicians encounter challenges when it comes to tissue management. Even with high-quality, predictable tissue management products and techniques out there (such as Astringedent® X or ViscoStat® used with the Metal Dento-Infusor® tip), it helps to know a few tips and tricks for the extraordinary cases that inevitably come about from time to time.

1. In this case, the patient presented with an old, fractured amalgam filling, further exasperated by chewing on the fragments for months, leaving the gingiva inflamed.

2. Start by removing the old amalgam. Keep the caries as a barrier for the time being, in case the pulp is exposed.

3. Next, expose the gingival margin of the restoration before placing a rubber dam. Move to the next step, if necessary, to improve visibility.

4. Achieve profound hemostasis by applying ViscoStat or Astringedent X with the brush end of the Metal Dento-Infusor tip.

5. Place the dental dam, then remove residual caries. Treat exposed pulp if necessary. Etch and bond with Peak® Universal Bond.

6. Do not wedge the matrix band until the first layer of composite has been placed.
See step #7 for correct procedure.

7. First, place the matrix band to create a gingival seal, then place the first layer of composite. (Optional: etch and bond after placing the matrix band, then place the first layer of composite.)

8. Wedge after placing the first layer of composite. Loosen the matrix band and contour for good interproximal contact. Place an initial adaptive layer with PermaFlo® and fill cavity with Amelogen® Plus.

 
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Adults & Fluoride: An Important, Yet Neglected Relationship

As children, most of us remember the highs and lows of our twice-annual trips to the dentist: the x-rays, the friendly hygienist asking how often we ate candy and if we remembered to floss every day, trinket toys as a reward for no cavities, and of course, picking out a flavor for the foamy fluoride treatment at the end. However, for many adults, the frequency of those memorable appointments diminishes with age. Jobs, family, friends, and the daily concerns and stresses of life take precedence, and often, dental health suffers. In fact, a whopping 34% of the American adult population didn’t see their dentist last year at all! Yes, daily brushing and flossing can make a huge difference, but regular dental care remains vital. One of the key reasons? Fluoride treatments.

Topical fluoride at the dental office has changed vastly over the last two decades. It’s gone from requiring the patient to bite down on a foamy tray for a long period of time (without swallowing!), to quick and convenient fluoride varnishes that are applied directly to the teeth with a small brush, left to try for a few seconds, then brushed off by the patient a few hours later. For how easy and convenient these treatments have become, the benefits far outweigh the time and effort it takes to administer them.

Fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent caries and can repair teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of the disease, can significantly lower both children and adults’ risk for developing caries. For adults, fluoride becomes especially important as many experience receding gums as they age, as well as decreased salivary flow (xerostomia). Other factors that can increase one’s risk for caries include drug abuse, existing restorations, active orthodontic treatment, poor oral hygiene and diet, tooth enamel defects and/or damage, and the undergoing of head and neck radiation therapy.

Other startling statistics that illustrate adults’ increasing need for fluoride with age show increasing root decay, which greatly increases the risk for chronic caries—a disease that fluoride effectively helps battle:

1. 6.9% of 18–24 year olds experience root decay
2. 20.8% of 35–44 year olds experience root decay
3. 38% of 55–64 year olds experience root decay
4. 56% of 75+ year olds experience root decay

Depending on the patient’s current oral health status, dentists may recommend that adults receive topical, in-office fluoride treatments every three, six, or 12 months. The clinician may also recommend additional fluoride therapy, which can include over-the-counter or prescription therapeutic products such as fluoride mouth rinses, gels, or antibacterial mouth rinses.

 
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Golden Hands Award of Xcellence for Ethics & Truth in Advertising Video

 
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20 Reasons to Love Opalescence Part III

We continue this series on why dentists and patients the world over love the Opalescence® Whitening System. If you happened to miss the earlier installments of this series, check them out here with Part I and Part II.
Now, on to reason 11!

11. Opalescence offers a complete line of whitening products, including:

Opalescence PF

Opalescence® PF

Opalescence’s original professional take-home whitening treatment is used with a custom tray and provides numerous concentrations and wear times for the ultimate individualized whitening experience.

Opalescence Boost

Opalescence® Boost

Boost is the premier in-office whitening treatment designed to give immediate results. This 40% hydrogen peroxide concentration is chemically activated, so it doesn’t require a light. All it takes is two 20-minute applications in the dental chair to achieve brilliant, sparkling results.

Opalescence Go

Opalescence Go®

It’s the ultimate in “ready-to-go” semi-custom whitening treatments. Opalescence Go comes in a prefilled UltraFit™ tray that instantly and conveniently conforms to any patient’s smile. Available in Mint, Melon, and Peach flavors with 20–60 minute wear time options.

12. Opalescence is only sold by professional dentists.
Ultradent, Opalescence’s parent company, is committed to the highest quality dental care. Opalescence is only available through a professional dentist so that clinicians can determine if a patient’s teeth are healthy enough to whiten, help them select the best and most comfortable whitening system for them, and form realistic outcome expectations. All in all, a professional whitening system like Opalescence is ultimately geared toward helping the patient have the best experience possible while achieving their most satisfying result.

13. All of Opalescence’s many whitening options offer the ultimate in convenience for both patients and dentists.In order to be effective, a whitening regimen must be as easy and convenient as possible for the dentist, but more importantly, for the patient in order to ensure consistent follow-through. For the dentist, the importance of convenience plays an important role in practice time-management and in ensuring maximum efficiency. With so many unique, convenient, and efficient application options such as at-home syringe delivery, in-office treatment that takes less than an hour from start to finish, or prefilled, ready-to-go trays, Opalescence products are extremely easy to use, no matter which treatment plan the patient and dentist choose.

14. Opalescence products can be combined to maximize effectiveness.
While each of Opalescence’s products and systems are extremely effective by themselves, many patients prefer to use a combination of treatments and products to best meet their needs. For example, a bride with a fast-approaching wedding may want immediate results for her big day and choose Opalescence Boost for a quick in-office treatment. However, she may choose to maintain and even continue to whiten her smile after the wedding with an ongoing regimen of Opalescence Go or Opalescence PF. All of Opalescence’s products can be mixed and matched for custom treatment plan, individualized to the unique needs of each and every patient.

15. Opalescence offers special products for unique cases.
No matter what type of staining or discoloration a patient may present, Opalescence has the right product to lighten any smile. Opalustre®, Ultradent’s chemical and mechanical abrasion slurry, is designed specifically to remove superficial white and brown stains and provides minimally invasive treatment for fluorosis. To learn more, and see results achieved using Opalustre, click here.

Opalustre isn’t the only unique whitening product designed for unique cases. Opalescence® Endo is formulated specifically to whiten endodontically treated, discolored, non-vital teeth. To learn more, and to see results achieved using Opalescence Endo, click here.

Stayed tuned for Part IV of 20 Reasons to Love Opalescence. Please feel free to leave your comments and questions below. We’ll do our best to individually address each and every one. Thank you for reading!

 
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KOL Meeting in Paradise (Bali!)

Just last month, numerous “key opinion leader” dentists (KOL’S) and industry professionals from Asia and the South Pacific gathered in the paradisiacal island of Bali for a weekend of learning, activities, and teambuilding exercises. “We wanted the experience to be not only a great opportunity to learn, but to have some fun too, so we incorporated a lot of activities that helped attendees take advantage of the beautiful location, including cycling through the island,” said Josephine Siew, who attended and helped organize the summit.

With the last major KOL meeting held in Beijing in 2007, Siew says they felt the need for another gathering was necessary, in order to educate doctors about all of the new technologies and innovations from Ultradent in recent years.

Speakers at the event included Stephan Lampl of Edelweiss; Chris Chen, who lectured on bonding and VALO; and Angelo Lazaris and Ashleigh Speer, speaking on marking in the tooth whitening realm, among others. “For me, the best part of the meeting was finishing each and every lecture with a ‘hands-on’ exercise, which was so helpful and exciting. It also really helped cement what we had all just learned in our minds. It made each lecture so enjoyable from start to finish. We did hands-on sessions for everything from bonding lectures to photography lectures!” said Siew.

As mentioned, participants hailed everywhere from Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, China, South Korea, Myanmar, and more—with a total of 26 clinicians and professions in attendance.

With the success of the year’s meeting, Siew said she and other participants are already looking forward to the next.

 
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20 Reasons to Love Opalescence Part II

Today we continue with our four-part series on the many reasons that dentists and patients love the Opalescence® Tooth Whitening System. If you happened to miss the first part, no problem. Click here. Otherwise, let’s move forward with reasons 6-10. Check it out:

6. Opalescence is available in both hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide formulas to best fit any patient’s needs.
When it comes to whitening, hydrogen peroxide formulas and carbamide peroxide formulas are equally effective, although some patients prefer one over the other. Carbamide peroxide formulas like Opalescence® PF allow for a more gradual, slow (but equally effective) release, making this formula ideal for patients who prefer to whiten at a lower concentration for a longer period of time, like overnight whitening.
Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand, releases more quickly, requiring usage times of only 20–60 minutes per day. For even quicker results, patients can choose Opalescence’s in-office whitening treatment, Opalescence® Boost, a dentist-administered, 40% hydrogen peroxide treatment that takes between 1 and 1.5 hours for quick, sparkling results.

7. Opalescence is formulated with a high concentration of water.
The high concentration of water in all of Opalescence’s whitening gels has proven to be extremely beneficial in helping to reduce patient sensitivity without compromising the effectiveness of the gel. For a time, many whitening products on the market began to reduce the amount of water in their whitening formulas to allow for a longer shelf life, but Opalescence has always put patient comfort and satisfaction first—which meant stubbornly keeping the water concentration in its products high, while maintaining an equally effective, but more comfortable whitening experience. And, despite refusing to lower its water concentrations, Opalescence boasts a one-year shelf life (unrefrigerated), and stays good for up to 18 months when refrigerated.

8. Opalescence comes in a variety of delicious flavors, is 100% gluten free, and is a certified Kosher product.
Here’s another way Opalescence was designed with something for everyone in mind. Not only are all of Opalescence gels gluten-free, but they’re also a certified Kosher product. Additionally, gone are the days of yucky tasting teeth whitening products. Opalescence is available in delicious flavors like Mint, Melon, and Peach (in most concentrations), making the Opalescence experience not only comfortable, but pleasant!

9. Opalescence is always sweetened with Xylitol.
All Opalescence products are sweetened exclusively with Xylitol, a non-carcinogenic, sugar-free sweetener that promotes oral health.

10. Opalescence is pH balanced.
Due to the fact that whitening gels can often spend hours inside a patient’s mouth, it’s essential that the whitening product’s pH match the natural, healthy pH of the mouth. Anything higher could potentially cause acid erosion, and lower pHs can oftentimes promote the development of unhealthy bacteria. Opalescence’s pH balanced formula safe-guards against these hazards, making whitening a gentle and safe experience for the patient and their teeth.

Thanks for reading and let us know if you have any questions in the comments section of the post. We’re happy to answer them!

Stay tuned for Part III of 20 Reasons to Love Opalescence!

 
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The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence for Ethics & Truth in Advertising

This past weekend at the California Dental Association, Ultradent received a most exciting honor, the Golden Hands Award of Xcellence for Ethics and Truth in Advertising.

Initial company nominees for this prestigious award were selected by a respected group of well-known and well-respected clinicians and leaders in the dental industry, including numerous Key Opinion Leader doctors.
Together, they examined upwards of 3,000 companies before selecting a small group of nominees. They selected the nominated companies based on the following merits:

• Ethical Conduct
• Placement of Public Health before Profits
• Dependable Products
• Knowledgeable Personnel
• Excellent Customer Service

The final nominees were then voted on by thousands of practicing dentists across the nation to select the winner—Ultradent Products, Inc.!

Dr. Amir Motamed presenting the award to Dr. Dan Fischer

Of receiving the honor, Dr. Dan Fischer, President and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc. said, “We’re so honored to have received this recognition. Additionally, it must be said that the true honor for this award goes to the men and women at Ultradent who work tirelessly every day to uphold the values upon which Ultradent hangs its hat: Integrity, Care, Quality, Innovation, and lastly, Hard work. They embody these values in the way they contribute to our vision every day, regardless of their personal job description or the continent on which they serve. We are humbled to receive this recognition and will use it as a critical reminder of our duty to continue to be responsible and caring to those we serve, both inside and outside Ultradent. Indeed, we are truly fortunate humans. Onward and upward!”

In choosing to create the award, Dr. Amir H. Motamed, DDS, says “As part of our efforts to create more transparency in dentistry, we have created a very unique and luxurious award: The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence for Ethics and Truth in Advertising. With the ever-increasing prominence of the Internet in the Information Age, it has become increasingly more challenging for dentists to delineate fact from fiction and pertinent research results from creative marketing strategies. The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence has been created to represent and promote the values that the dental profession holds in its highest regard.

The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence has the distinction of being the most elaborate award in Dentistry. Conceptualized by Amir H. Motamed, DDS, the sculpture was designed and made by commissioned artist and master craftsman, Donjo. The sculpture is made of casted bronze over an Italian barble base. It stands 16 inches tall and weighs 18.4 pounds. The sculpted Golden Hands of Dentistry are shown upholding the four colored triangles of the dental profession: Dental Education, Dental Professionals, Dental Organizations and the Dental Industry—all pointing to a common core.

Ultradent is thrilled, honored, and humbled to have received such a distinction in the name of a cause we truly believe in. It is our greatest hope to continue on with a legacy of truth and ethics in advertising and all else that we do in all the years to come.