Heather Siler

Heather Siler

Perhaps your new go-to bur for crown and bridge prep and removal, the new NeoDiamond X-Class burs are ready to hustle right out of the package.

 

Perfectionist. Hustler. Genius. Prodigy. No matter how you slice it, no one likes an overachiever, especially one who takes joy in putting others to shame. But when it comes to burs, most dentists would agree that there’s no shame in a job well done. Plus, it would be hard to hate on NeoDiamond X-Class, a new line of 10 extra-coarse diamond burs designed for rapid and bulk reduction of tooth structure and restorative materials.  

Ideal for crown and bridge prep and removal, as well as gross tooth material removal, these overachieving 213μ diamonds are bonded to a cut-to-grit shank and marked with 2 black bands that easily differentiate them from their coarse-grit counterparts. The shapes included in the  X-Class lineup are comprised of Microcopy’s most popular NeoDiamonds—egg, wheel, football, pear, modified flat end taper, occlusal reduction, flat end taper, round end cylinder, and round end taper. 

 

Like all NeoDiamond burs, generation X-Class is packed with the high-quality craftmanship ex­pected from Microcopy products, including: 

 

  • 20% more diamond exposure paired with Advanced Triton bonding technology for superior hardness and longevity 

  • Swiss-made XactFit shank that uses heat-treated stainless-steel for a secure fit in the handpiece with no “walking out” 

  • Individually wrapped in a clear poly packet and gamma sterilized—making it easy to go single-patient-use for your practice and your patients

Besides the obvious perk of eliminating cross-contamination, using a fresh bur for every proce­dure has other benefits, too, in­cluding the time and cost savings of not needing to clean, sterilize, and sort multiuse burs, as well as a faster cut and decreased chance of overheating the tooth. 

 

And, while clogged diamonds require more pressure and time to cut through tooth structure and restorative materials, fresh dia­monds don’t, which helps extend the life of your go-to handpieces.

 

Take a Look at the X-Class Lineup

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John Horn DMD

“The two-step sterile delivery system is clearly labeled, and the packages are easily opened chairside with a simple tear.”

Every patient wants their crown to sparkle and shine like a diamond. But, sometimes, it can take a little work to smooth out the rough edges of a restoration and create a smooth, glossy surface that matches the rest of their smile. Microcopy’s NeoShine polishers might just be the perfect solution, especially if you ask Dr. Joshua Howard. Using NeoShine, he said, “The ability to get a mirror-like polish on a milled zirconia restoration without glaze is an instant game changer.”

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Superior Shine 

With ease of use and convenience in mind, Microcopy developed NeoShine, a sterile, single-use, two-step polishing system for composite and zirconia. NeoShine comes in a set of mini cups and points designed to remove striations left by diamond burs and produce a high-gloss, shiny surface. 

After trying NeoShine during a DPS product re-view, Dr. Dory Stutman determined, “The shape and flexibility of the NeoShine cup made final polishing of restorations a breeze!” 

For Dr. Michael LaMarche, the final shine achieved with NeoShine was “excellent,” and Dr. Howard added, “NeoShine polishers are so much better and faster than any other polishing systems. Simply the best zirconia polishers I have ever tried.”

 

Convenient Two Step Process

Polishing with NeoShine is a simple two-step process with no need for precleaning or polishing paste. Attached to a slow speed handpiece, the Step 1 mini cup or point removes striations and scratches left by the diamond during adjustment, and the Step 2 cup or point produces a glossy, shiny surface. 

“NeoShine was able to provide a mirror-like gloss to the zirconia surface in about 2 minutes and using only 2 polishers. Amazing!” Dr. Howard revealed. 

“The two-step sterile delivery system is clearly labeled, and the packages are easily opened chairside with a simple tear,” shared John Horn, DMD.

 

Intuitive Design

The NeoShine polishers feature a color ID system that allows the clinician to quickly identify the right polisher for the right surface, and the Step 1 and Step 2 polishers are different colors to make the process even easier. 

The miniature size of the NeoShine polishers enables the clinician to access hard-to-reach areas and thoroughly polish the final restoration. This was a feature that was greatly appreciated by Krista Kappus, DDS, who called NeoShine the “perfect size for accessing all aspects of the crown, including deeper grooves and anatomy.”

Each NeoShine polisher is pre-sterilized and individually packaged. “Being disposable is advanta-geous for both time savings in sterilization as well as infection control,” said Dr. Karyn Halpern. “This prod-uct gets my highest rating because of its simplicity of use, sterile packaging that clearly identifies the steps, and ability to deliver the promised results,” concluded Dr. Horn.  

07-07-2023

NeoDrys Flex

A new fiber-free saliva absorbent that captures moisture from the sublingual and submandibular glands for up to 15 minutes

 

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Keeping the treatment field clear and dry during an entire procedure is essential for warding off contamination and maintaining good visibility. But sometimes, that's easier said than done. That’s why dentists and hygienists can benefit from using Microcopy’s new saliva absorbent, NeoDrys Flex, which traps sublingual moisture for up to 15 minutes. This newest addition to the NeoDrys product family features a slim design that is easy to place, provides a clear visual field, and is free of cotton fibers.

“A dry field is crucial in almost every aspect of dentistry, especially when bonding,” said Dr. Brad Barker, of Missouri City, TX. “The NeoDrys Flex has a nice absorbency, and the product's slim profile makes for easy placement as well.”

NeoDrys Flex is designed to fit under the tongue and contour the lingual side of the lower arch to absorb saliva from the sublingual and submandibular saliva glands. “The NeoDrys Flex is better than other similar products that I’ve used,” shared Dr. Barker. “It definitely aids in controlling moisture, and none of my patients have complained about discomfort.”

Absorbent, Comfortable, and Reliable 

Karen Dong, RDH, of Bellevue, WA, uses NeoDrys Flex during fluoride varnish application because it effectively absorbs moisture from the sublingual and submandibular glands during the length of the procedure. According to Dong, the absorbent is soft, flexible, and absorbs moisture very well.

“The mandibular arch is tricky during fluoride varnish application because excess saliva accumulates on the lingual and posterior of the mouth,” she said. “The NeoDrys Flex is able to keep the mandibular anterior fairly dry, while keeping the tongue away from the teeth. This goes a long way in making fluoride varnish application much smoother.”

The fact that NeoDrys Flex contains no cotton fibers that can contaminate the oral cavity is another feature that Dong appreciates. “My favorite thing about NeoDrys Flex is that it's made of a really good material,” she said. “It’s very soft and absorbent, which is great because it's important to keep the mouth dry so that we can ensure we're getting the best results.”

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Why waste time using a clogged bur when you can use a fresh diamond for fast, predictable preps every time?
Visit NeoDiamond.com for our full selection of shapes.

 

 

neoshine polishers

Yeah, they're GOOD. So good they earned a Best Product Award from Dental Product Shopper.

Dr. Joshua Howard tested Microcopy's NEW NeoShine polishers. He said “The ability to get a mirror-like polish on a milled zirconia restoration without glaze is an instant game changer.”

In case you missed it, here's the full evaluation: https://www.dentalproductshopper.com/evaluation/neoshine.

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Brag much? Don’t mind if we do!

NeoDiamond earned yet another DPS Best Product award for the Z-Class line.

Are YOU using these burs yet? The awards speak for themselves. Read the full evaluation here: https://www.dentalproductshopper.com/evaluation/NeoDiamond-z-class-adjusters

See the full selection of Z-Class cutters and adjusters here. 

In the US, parents are widely encouraged to bring their little ones in for their first dentist appointment within six months of the first tooth breaking through. With central incisors typically appearing anywhere from 6 - 12 months of age, closely followed by lateral incisors and first molars, children are usually very young the first time they meet their dentists. So how can we ensure our littlest patients feel comfortable?

The Rise of Dentophobia

Unfortunately, making young patients feel at ease in the chair isn’t always easy, and dentophobia — a fear of dentists — is on the rise. According to a report titled ‘Children’s Perceptions of Their Dentists’, published in the European Journal of Dentistry, around 11% of children surveyed said they don’t like dentist appointments, and an additional 12% claimed to be afraid. Overall, it appears that as much as 16% of the school age population have a fear of dentists, so what can we do to help them handle these necessary appointments better?

Below are 4 ways that dentists can help children feel comfortable at their first appointment:

1. Do a Practice Run

A popular method  used by specialist pediatric dentists is to keep a small doll, teddy, or action figure nearby to use as a ‘practice run’ model. Before asking a child to take a seat in the chair, get them settled with mom and dad (or whoever has brought them to the appointment) and place the doll in the chair. Explain to the child that you’re going to do a practice run with the doll so that they can better understand what will happen during their appointment. This can help to settle nerves and create calm.

2. Show, Don’t Tell

The European Journal of Dentistry report found that the appearance of some common dental tools and equipment, including dental burs, can enhance anxiety in young patients. This is because children can see them, but don’t understand what they do. Some children may even make up uses for the tools in their head, and we all know how logical children are. A dentist can become a torturer in seconds! In order to help children feel at ease, it’s a good idea to briefly go through the tools that you’ll use, showing kids how they are used (and letting them hear any sounds), rather than telling them. 

3. Be Professional

Did you know that your own appearance can make a big difference in how children feel during their appointment? Remarkably, 90% of the children surveyed in the European Journal of Dentistry study said they would prefer their dentist to wear a white coat; an item of clothing that children will have come to associate with helping and healing throughout pediatric doctor appointments. So, while it’s important to be friendly and welcoming to young patients, it’s also important to remain professional at all times. 

4. Give Mom & Dad Homework

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of a child’s first dentist appointment is making sure they don’t feel alone, and they know they have support in maintaining a happy, healthy mouth. A great tip to ensure that children know this is to give mom and dad (or their guardian) homework — a small guide on helping their child to brush their teeth that they should read up on back home. Getting adults involved is essential, and adult help and supervision when brushing should be in place until children are around 7.

Don’t Sweat It

The truth is that it’s not just dentists who are responsible for helping children feel comfortable at their appointments; a significant portion of the work lies with the parents, and it’s not always easy for moms and dads to settle these nerves in their little ones. If you find that you have a patient who isn’t quite comfortable, don’t sweat it. The most important thing at first appointments is simply getting children accustomed to visiting the dentist… thorough checks and treatments can come along a little later.

While many dentists and dental assistants love what they do and have a true passion for helping patients to care for their health and wellbeing, job satisfaction across the industry isn’t as high as it could be. 

Research by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Health Policy Institute (HPI) found that, amongst those working in dentist owned and operated practices (DOO), only 69% were happy with their working hours, and just 55% were satisfied with their salary. At a time of change throughout ours and many other industries, it is understandable that many trained dentists would be interested in learning more about the different career pathways available to them, or about diversification activities that could help them to expand their practices. 

Introducing Aesthetics

One of the most rapidly emerging diversification activities for dentists is aesthetics, primarily due to the almost unprecedented growth of this alternative healthcare industry. In North America, the facial injectables market was worth a total of $2.1 billion in 2015, and is anticipated to rise to $5.8 billion by 2024. Among these minimally invasive procedures, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that Botox and dermal fillers are the two most widely requested procedures from American audiences. 

Botox? Really?

It’s not as crazy as it seems! As dentists are able to prescribe, are accustomed to working with patients on a day-to-day basis, have mastered their own injecting technique, and boast a comprehensive understanding of the maxillofacial and oral areas of the face, much of the necessary training in facial injectables has solid roots in core dental processes. Even dental hygienists and dental therapists with prescribing rights make excellent candidates due to their extensive training in intricacies of the face and mouth. 

Believe it or not, aesthetic medicine is becoming more heavily incorporated into many dental practices all across the country, and it’s actually pretty easy to see why. Not only are patients becoming more and more savvy and looking for professionals in whom they can fully place their trust to carry out their procedures, but aesthetics is one of the most lucrative areas of diversification for dentists. 

Of course, it’s not just about money. It’s about achieving greater levels of success as a dentist. Cosmetic dentistry procedures have long been used to improve patient satisfaction, and the use of facial fillers can have a significant effect on appearance and even the success rate of necessary dental treatments. 

Career Options for Dentists

Not all dentists will be interested in aesthetics, and that’s OK! We’ve used aesthetics as an example to really highlight the massive diversity in the range of careers that can be enjoyed with dental qualifications. Along with aesthetics and orthodontics, there are also plenty of non-clinical options to consider. The ADA actually reports that clinic ownership in the United States is declining, with an increasing number of trained professionals moving into training and teaching roles, research and technician jobs, and the dental products industry. There’s more to being a dentist than being a dentist!

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