1. Centrix and NoCord VPS Ads Recognized for Advertising Excellence

    This week, Dental Product Shopper and Readex Research recognized Centrix, Inc. for 2017 Advertising Excellence based on our NoCord VPS advertising that appears in the prestigious DPS trade publication. Specifically, the award recognizes our NoCord, NoKidding! campaign for overall Advertising Effectiveness that achieves “the highest attention-getting, believable and informative scores” in the research conducted by Readex on behalf of Dental Product Shopper.

    “We have always placed great faith in the power of advertising to our dentist and hygienist customers in trade publications like Dental Product Shopper and others. We also have great faith in the people working at Centrix who are dedicated to manufacturing, marketing and selling trusted, well-known products that are designed to ‘make dentistry easier.’” ~ Centrix Founder, William B. Dragan, DDS.

    New NoCord VPS from Centrix is another great example of this core belief. NoCord VPS was designed by a dentist for dentists to address some of the greatest challenges you face daily in your practice. NoCord VPS replaces the time-consuming need for packing cord, helps control fluids and bleeding and is super easy to use based on the standard wash and tray technique. If that’s not making dentistry easier, we don’t know what is.

    Congrats to the Centrix team for the amazing recognition from Dental Product Shopper and Readex Research!

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  2. Couture Diamond Gripstrip™ – Easier Proximal Finishing

    central incisor with Class IV fracture that was restored with direct composite

    The Couture Diamond GripStrip was recently used in a case study for a central incisor with Class IV fracture that was restored with direct composite. The final finishing of the proximal area was done with the Couture Diamond GripStrip.

    Dr. Enachescu likes the Couture GripStrip due to the wide array of grit sizes and the free zone in the middle of the product. Dr. Enachescu uses the product by sliding the free zone between the contact point and holds the GripStrip with the short part towards the mouth and pulls back and forth to remove or polish the proximal area. Dr. William Dragan states, “GripStrip Finishing and Polishing Strips are diamond-coated to provide precision finishing and polishing for restorations in proximal areas. Because our strips contain two working areas of different grit sizes – a coarser grit for stripping and removing material, and a finer grit for polishing – you can finish and polish with only one strip… making interproximal finishing faster and easier!

    In the case study, Dr. Enachescu states “I use GripStrip to finish the proximal area after direct and indirect restorations and also to remove excess cement after cementation of indirect restorations.

    To read this case study or for more information on Couture GripStrips visit https://www.centrixdental.com/couture-diamond-gripstrip.html or http://centrixcouture.com/diamond-gripstrip.php or to request a demo visit http://centrixcouture.com/request-a-demo.php

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  3. Protecting teeth from White Spots

    Protecting teeth from White Spots

    Have you seen polka-dotted teeth in your office?

    White spots (otherwise known as Caries Lesions or Hypocalcification) on teeth can result from a variety of causes. Most white spots are formed during the development of the tooth while in the jaw. If the tooth is disturbed, or a change in the body causes the enamel formation to be atypical, white spots will occur however they are usually a sign of enamel breakdown and decalcification. Caries lesions are also common during orthodontic treatment and usually form around the bracket interface near the gingival margin. If plaque and bacteria builds up, such as streptococci and lactobacilli, they create an acidic environment around braces and over time enamel breakdown can occur resulting in white spots. These white spots can be permanent on the teeth and can lead to tooth decay. Studies show that over 60.9 % of patients with braces develop white spots.1 The ADA states "active orthodontic treatment" is a risk factor for cavities due to plaque removal being difficult with orthodontic appliances2 .

    Steps to reduce white spots with your patients

    1. Regular visits to the general dentist – Regular cleaning and patient education with an emphasis on the importance of oral hygiene is key! AAO provides patient educational materials you can use with your patients.
    2. Fluoride varnish – When applied properly, fluoride varnish has a proven track record in white spot reduction. In a study by Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, “… the application of fluoride varnish was an effective measure in reducing white spots lesions. The report conclusion states, “This review found some moderate evidence that fluoride varnish applied every six weeks at the time of orthodontic review during treatment is effective.”3
    3. Fluoride mouthwash – Daily fluoride rinse is recommended however patient compliance may be low.
    4. Sealants – For patients that show poor oral hygiene, sealant can be added before and after bracket bonding.


    Even with excellent oral hygiene, having braces puts your patients at a greater risk for white spots and dental decay. A proactive oral prevention program is highly recommended. The provider as well as the patients’ need to take measures to reduce enamel demineralization while the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment.

    • 1 Enaia M, Bock N. Ruf S. White-spot lesions during multibracket appliance treatment: A challenge for clinical excellence. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2011;140(1)17-24
    • 2 www.ada.org
    • 3 Benson PE, Parkin N, Dyer F, Millett DT, Furness S, Germain P. Fluorides for the prevention of early tooth decay (demineralised white lesions) during fixed brace treatment Cochrane Database of systematic reviews 2013, 12
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  4. Making Accurate Detailed Impressions – Part 2

    By: Frank J. Milnar, DDS, AAACD

    This article originally appeared in Inside Dentistry.

    In part 2 of this blog, Dr. Milnar discusses how he was able to take an accurate impression when his 34-year-old patient experienced excessive bleeding during the procedure. Read Part 1.

    After the excessive bleeding had mostly been controlled, the impression was taken using NoCord VPS (Figure 4 through Figure 9). Before and after the impression, the preparation was disinfected with Consepsis® (Ultradent). The preparation may be desensitized using Glu/Sense Dentin Desensitizer (Centrix), a glutaraldehyde gel in a syringe with a unique sponge tip.

    The impression was sent to the laboratory to fabricate the final EZR Zirconia Crown (Valley Dental Arts). The pre-restorative impression was fabricated using Access Blue and the impression taken at the start was used to make the temporary crown using Access Crown Ultra (Centrix). The provisional crown was cemented with Bifix Temporary dual cure (Voco).

    After crown fabrication, the temporary crown and residual cement were removed. The tooth was rinsed with Concepsis, and the fit and occlusion of the crown were verified. The crown was cemented with AbsoLute (Centrix) dual-cure permanent cement (Figure 10 and Figure 11).

    "A trifecta for impression material with NoCord VPS"

    The challenge facing dentists every day is to take quality impressions, which requires a trifecta of circumstances—sulcus expansion, hemostasis, and impression accuracy. Approximately 95% of impressions sent to dental laboratories are VPS and more than 80% of prosthetic cases are single units.3 NoCord VPS is the next generation of impression materials that allows the dentist to save time with fewer steps and excellent results.

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  5. Making Accurate Detailed Impressions – Part 1

    By: Frank J. Milnar, DDS, AAACD

    This article originally appeared in Inside Dentistry.

    Taking impressions is a critical step in creating quality restorations. Pressure, astringency, and time are the key elements needed to create the proper environment for taking a good impression. There are well over 40+ brands of impression materials offered by nearly 30 different companies—most are very similar.1 It can be overwhelming and confusing to understand and select the right material types and properties for your clinical use.2

    NoCord VPS Impressioning System (Centrix, www.CentrixNoCordVPS.com) is the first material that is truly different. The newest impression material in the market, NoCord VPS brings all three critical areas into play. It is an impressioning system that retracts the tissue, stops bleeding, and takes an accurate impression all in one step. It is able to do this because it incorporates the astringent within the NoCord Wash Material (Centrix) and combines it with NoCord MegaBody® Tray Material (Centrix) to help create the force (pressure) for retraction and hemostasis. The purpose of this article is to introduce a new class of impression material that takes advantage of these properties, while maintaining the accuracy and stability benefits of a vinyl polysiloxane.

    Case Presentation

    Here is a typical case that one may run into during an average day in the dental office.

    A 34-year-old patient presented with decay and discoloration from ferrous contamination under an all ceramic e.max crown (Ivoclar Vivadent) on No. 14 (Figure 1). The patient was given a local anesthetic using Anutra's buffered anesthetic system. Before removing the crown, an Access Blue® (Centrix) quick set impression was made in order to make a temporary restoration. The crown was removed by sectioning it in half using an 850-814-ML diamond (Diatech). After the sectioned crown was removed, the tooth was re-prepared by removing the decay and stain using an 850-814-ML diamond and H32.31.012 diamond (Brasseler USA). The defects in the tooth were filled with the core paste and were finally finished with a final modified chamfer using 850-814.10ML (Diatech).

    As a result of extensive subgingival decay on the distal, there was excessive bleeding (Figure 2). Centrix NoCord VPS was indicated as our final impression. NoCord Wash Material can be used by itself where there is minimal bleeding because of its astringent property. Simply wash and dry the preparation before using NoCord VPS to achieve an accurate impression with gingival retraction. In instances such as this, it may be necessary to control excessive bleeding by using additional hemostatic methods such as GingiTrac (Centrix) (Figure 3).

    TheraCal LC, a light-cured, resin-modified calcium silicate was placed as a liner. It is ideal for direct and indirect pulp capping and as a protective base/liner.

    The final steps in making an accurate impression will be addressed in our next blog.


    1. Cowie RR. Understanding impression materials and techniques. Dent Today. 2007;26(3):108, 110-111.
    2. Brown RL. An elastomeric impression material breakthrough. Dent Today. 2009;28(10):118, 120.

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  6. Help Us Share Your Stories of Dentistry

    Centrix is a company founded by a dentist and we’re on a mission to make dentistry easier. We believe there are no better teachers in dentistry than practicing dentists and hygienists that see patients every day. Now, we want to hear from you!

    Are you encouraged to motivate your peers working in dentistry? Share your experiences with us! We invite you to send us your best tips, how-tos and techniques that we will make available to thousands of other dental professionals through our website and social media. Additionally, we may reward some of the most popular posts with FREE Centrix merchandise.

    Help us spread the word and share your knowledge by posting this to your social networks too with hashtag #centrixshares!

    Email your stories to share@centrixdental.com. Please include your name, practice name, credentials and a photo if you can. We’ll make sure you get all the credit!

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