1. How Does Your Core Buildup Material Stack Up Against the Competition?

    Encore®D/C MiniMix®, our Unit-Dose Dual-Cure Core Buildup Composite material, truly stands up against its competitors!

    Encore® D/C is a superior core buildup material that ensures a complete cure, structural integrity and is easy-to-use. The unique MiniMix unit-dose cartridge eliminates waste and cross contamination; use only what you need! Encore D/C stacks beautifully, without slump, and ensures complete curing via dual-cure chemistry. Highly filled with superior compressive strength and radiopaque for easy identification, it cuts like dentin to avoid ditching in the margins. Both natural and contrast blue shades are available in unit-dose MiniMix cartridges, or in standard 25mL automix cartridges.

    Take the challenge and test your material against Encore D/C!

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  2. Prevention for Life, Download our e-book

    Prevention for Life e-book


    Cradle to Dorm - Getting kids to college with a healthy smile is easier with FluoroDose®

    Patients of all ages will find something to love about our FluoroDose Fluoride Varnish! When applied on their very first tooth, the littlest patients will love the great taste. Toddlers will sit still for the fast, 30-second application; four swipes and you are done! Whether FluoroDose is being applied on primary teeth or during ortho, patients will enjoy the smooth feeling; and the maximum uptake will prohibit white-spotting. And, all kids love that FluoroDose goes on clear and stays clear, with no yellowing.

    This e-book provides educational material to the RDH on why FluroroDose should be with their patients every step of the way, from cradle to dorm!

    Here's a list of topics you'll find covered in the e-book:

    • First Tooth Fluoride Application
    • Toddler Fluoride Application
    • Primary Teeth Fluoride Application
    • Ortho Fluoride Application
    • College-Diet and Oral Health
    • Why I Recommend Fluoride Varnish
    • Protecting Teeth from White Spots
    • Donna Brogan Blog
    • FluoroDose Support Materials
    • Professional Articles
    • Patient Self-Assessment CAMBRA and Other Forms


    Download the e-book today!

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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