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Lecture at the University of Malmö
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Lecture at the University of Malmö, Sweden on 13.03.2019

On 13.03.2019 a lecture with the topic "Nano-Hybrid Composite and ORMOCERE: Basics and Clinical Cases" took place at the University of Malmö in front of the students of the 10th semester (graduation year). The renowned dentist and VOCO Fellow from Copenhagen, Dr. Eren Cicek, impressively presented these two product groups in his lecture – from the chemical composition to the product properties and daily use in everyday practice.
GrandioSO, a universal composite for the highest demands, served as an example for the nano-hybrid composites. Among other things, Dr. Cicek described the striking combination of functionalized nanoparticles together with special glass ceramics, whereby the enormously high filler content of 89 % by weight can be achieved. From this and also from the low resin content result the excellent properties of GrandioSO, which the students were able to convince themselves of during the presentation of several clinical cases.


The ORMOCER technology was, of course, illustrated using Admira Fusion, the world's first purely ceramic-based nano-hybrid ORMOCER filling material. Dr. Cicek spoke about the innovative combination of the proven nano-hybrid technology with ORMOCER technology and the resulting combination of the advantages of both filling systems. Another area of focus regarding ORMOCERES was placed on the excellent biocompatibility due to the absence of classical monomers. The universal applicability was illustrated and made tangible by means of various clinical cases.


With this lecture, the students had the opportunity to get to know two universally applicable filling materials that meet all requirements, both physically and aesthetically.
 

Lectures focus on world first VisCalor bulk
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IDS speakers

The halls of the Köln Messe will be full once again from 12 to 16 March. Hundreds of exhibitors from the dentistry sector and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the International Dental Show (IDS). And VOCO will once again be a part of this year’s IDS extravaganza, and will be holding a comprehensive range of lectures in addition to its presentation of new and focus products. The practice-oriented and succinct lectures will present a wide range of information and expertise regarding VOCO’s filling materials, and in particular the VisCalor bulk, which will be being presented at the trade fair for the very first time, and the Admira Fusion, the world’s first ceramic filling material. The brief lectures will take place right at the VOCO main trade fair booth R008 + S009 in hall 10.2. A detailed overview including the lectures at the additional booth P010 can be found here.

 

At 13:00 on Friday 15 March, VOCO’s Dental Knowledge Manager Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will be giving a lecture on VisCalor bulk, the world’s first thermoviscous composite, as part of the “Dental Tribune Study Club”. If you can’t make it to this lecture, why not come along to the “Speaker’s Corner” at 15:30 on either Wednesday 13 March or Friday 15 March, where Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will also be talking about VisCalor bulk. At 15:30 on Thursday 14 March, Knowledge Communication Manager Matthias Mehring will be giving a lecture at the “Speaker’s Corner” on “The first filling ceramic – Admira Fusion”.

About IDS: Stay fully informed with the VOCO app
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Stay fully informed with the VOCO app.

Visitors to the IDS in Cologne will once again have hundreds of specialist lectures, product information and exhibitors to choose from, but may only have a few days or even hours to see it all. It is therefore extremely important to plan the visit well and in good time. That’s why VOCO has created an app for the IDS to make it easier for visitors to find their way around during the trade fair and to find out important information. 

 

With its clearly designed menu, VOCO’s practical app for the IDS means that an overview of the VOCO product highlights and many other features are just a fingertip away. The user-friendly app also provides quick access to the trade fair hall plan for simple orientation, as well as all of the information regarding the special VOCO prophylaxis booth, an overview of all new and digital products as well as a list of specialist lectures at the Speaker’s Corner, the Dental Study Club and the VOCO booth.

 

The app is available for free for Android phones from the Google Play Store.

 

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New VOCO prophylaxis stand at the IDS
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Take a selfie with our Molarius.

The countdown to the IDS in Cologne has started. At the 38th International Dental Show, countless visitors from all around the world will have the chance to discover new products from the dental industry. VOCO will also be present on three trade fair stands – and for the first time, this will include a special prophylaxis stand.

 

Fluoridation, protection, care, sealing: this will be the focus of exhibits in Hall 5.2. VOCO also has a stand this year and will be exhibiting its complete oral care portfolio. From Clean Joy, the tooth cleaning and polishing paste, through to VOCO’s Profluorid Varnish and Perfect Bleach, the tooth whitening gel, you will find everything there. Come to the VOCO stand and talk to the prophylaxis experts and, of course, also try out the products yourself. Haven’t you always wanted to know what the mint, caramel, melon, cherry and bubble gum flavours of the fluoride-containing varnish actually taste like?

 

VOCO has created an exciting trade fair promotion for all fans of the cuddly VOCO tooth, Molarius. Anyone who takes a selfie with the giant-sized Molarius and then uploads the photo to Instagram with the hashtag “VOCOmeetsIDS” will be in with a chance to win the main prize of a spa weekend for two in Cuxhaven, the home of VOCO. So you see, our stand C040 is well worth a visit.

 

In addition to the new prophylaxis stand, VOCO is also exhibiting at its two familiar stands in Hall 10.2. VOCO will be presenting a real world first here. With VisCalor bulk, VOCO is launching the very first thermoviscous composite, which combines the benefits of both flowable and carvable materials. The special properties of the restorative material allow the dentist to be as flexible as possible when placing a restoration. At the same time, VOCO has expanded its range of precision impression materials. The portfolio of successful V-Posil products is now complemented with the putty material V-Posil Putty fast in large cartridge format.

 

VOCO stands: Hall 5.2 (C040) and Hall 10.2 (R008/S009 and P010)

VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device
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VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device

Now, for the first time, composite Caps can be warmed and applied immediately using just one device – VOCO’s VisCalor Dispenser makes it quick and easy.

The Cap heats up extremely quickly (approx. 30 sec) thanks to the near-infrared technology integrated in the dispenser. An acoustic signal indicates that the material is ready to be applied directly from the dispenser.

The VisCalor Dispenser is the perfect device to use in combination with VisCalor bulk. This material is the world’s first nanohybrid composite specially developed for heating up. The increase in temperature gives the material a lower viscosity, allowing it to flow optimally on margins and undercut regions. This also prevents air bubbles and minimises the risk of marginal gaps. The VisCalor Dispenser has two heating programmes: one for VisCalor bulk and one for all other VOCO composites.

 

 

 

 

V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line
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V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line

Modern impression materials have to meet a whole range of demands. Dentists require a material that provides a particularly high level of precision, while a convenient working time combined with a short intraoral setting time are also on the wish list. The material needs to offer high fracture resistance and dimensional accuracy plus a high degree of resilience.

V-Posil, the precision impression material from VOCO, based on addition silicone technology, meets all of these requirements. The successful product line has now been extended to include a putty material in large cartridge format.

V-Posil Putty Fast is used as a carrier material for the following techniques:

            •           Putty and wash technique (two-stage)

            •           Sandwich technique (single-stage)

            •           Putty and wash technique using a spacer foil

            •           Or as an impression material for functional margin shaping

 

With an intraoral setting time of 2:30 minutes, V-Posil Putty Fast from the cartridge is also considered a fast-setting material. This saves time for the dentist while also improving patient comfort. The material has a Shore A hardness of 63, meaning that it is particularly recommended for the putty and wash technique. The material has 99.5% elastic recovery from deformation, which ensures precise pouring results and therefore perfectly fitting restorations.

 

VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite
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VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite

For dentists, restorative treatments are an everyday procedure. Depending on the type of cavity, there are various options available. If an adhesive technique is selected, there is then another decision to be made. Dentists often start by using a flowable composite, which flows optimally onto the cavity walls in the area of the cavity floor, but is then difficult to sculp. To solve this problem, the dentist either uses a sculptable material as an additional layer, or alternatively may decide to use a sculptable bulk composite right from the outset, which can be placed in a single step.

 

The job of deciding which technique to use is now a thing of the past because with VOCO’s VisCalor bulk, there is now a new composite that combines the benefits of both techniques (composite bonded to flow). VisCalor bulk is the world’s first restorative material with “thermoviscous technology”, which has been specially developed for heating up. The extraoral warming means that the composite can initially be placed in the cavity in flowable form, but then changes its consistency within a few seconds to become sculptable.

 

VisCalor bulk is heated to approx. 68°C before it can be applied. It is also a 4 mm bulk material and does not need to be applied in layers. VisCalor bulk is available in four shades (A1, A2, A3, universal) and covers the entire indication range for classes I, II and V restorations.

Great interest in lecture in the Turkish city of Antalya
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More than 400 dentists listened to the lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can.

During the ‘Dentists’ Week’ in Turkey, the dentists' association of Antalya invited to a lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can. She is a renowned dentist, who practices and teaches at the Yeditepe University in Istanbul in the special fields of endodontics and restorative dentistry. Therefore, it is no surprise that about 400 dentists were interested in her lecture on ‘Closing diastema with composites’. The focus of her presentation was on VOCO’s products GrandioSO, Grandio blocs as well as Bifix QM. Based on diverse clinical cases, Prof. Dr. Can explained the correct application of the products and convinced the audience with her results.

Convincing some 300 dentists in two weeks
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Hands-on course. Participating dentists in Xi´an. Theoretical part of the course. Participating dentists in Taiyuan. Dr. Marcelo Balsamo (on the left) with a participant. Participants during the theoretical part in Nanjing. Participants during the hands-on course.

Two weeks, four cities, about 300 dentists reached. These are the facts of Dr. Marcelo Balsamo’s (Brazil) and VOCO’s Area Manager Dr. Chuanhao Luo’s trip through China.

During their common journey, in every city they presented dentists the application of VOCO products in a two-day training session. They visited the cities of Taiyuan, Xi´an, Nanjing and Nanning and reached a total of about 300 Chinese dentists, who enthusiastically followed their presentations during the theoretical training programme. The focus was among other products on the restorative materials Amaris and Grandio, the composite material Structur 2 for the fabrication of provisional restorations and the model silicone Die Silicone. Approximately one third of the participants even got the chance to test the products on the second training day during a hands-on course. Also, the practical use of the products convinced the dentists.    

Indian flair in cool Cuxhaven
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Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. The Indian dentists together with (back row from left) Dr. Peter Kopecky and Dr. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course.

VOCO’s dental products are renowned and appreciated throughout the world, also in India. In order to get informed about the manufacturing and application of the products made in Germany, 13 dentists from India visited the headquarters in Cuxhaven. 

 

The two training days focused on the highly aesthetic restorative material Amaris, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER Admira Fusion and the glassfibre-reinforced composite posts of the Rebilda Post System. During the practical part of the training session, the dentists could immediately make use of the theoretical knowledge acquired, such as tips and tricks for the application of the products. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek explains, “The advantage of the personal contact is, that the dentists can test the materials here on-site and that they always have a dentalist at their side for answering questions and providing assistance.”

 

The visit of the Indian guests ended with a sightseeing tour in the city of Bremen. Here, they enjoyed the typical northern German cultural programme and finally, returned with lots of new impressions to their home country.

The reasonable alternative for Christmas gifts
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VOCO supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ also in 2

At the end of the year, it is a nice tradition to say thank you to customers and business partners. A reasonable and sustainable alternative to such Christmas gifts is a donation, which offers children the chance for a better future. VOCO, the manufacturer of dental materials, also would like to make the world for children a bit better. Like in the previous year, the company supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ with 20,000 euros.

 

‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ has existed for more than 15 years. The money collected is transferred to the UNICEF programme ‘Children in crisis regions’. The donations allow for school attendance or the organisation of blankets and tents, which should provide comfort and warmth for the children. Because, there still are millions of children, who would hardly have the chance to access clean water, regular meals, necessary health measures or school attendance without the support of aid organisations.    

 

Against this backdrop, the management of VOCO GmbH has decided to donate in this year, too, the budget planned for Christmas gifts to customers and business partners. “When you see the terrible pictures from conflict areas, one realizes how urgent people there need help. With our donation, we are glad to contribute to the improvement of these children’s lives,” explains Olaf Sauerbier, member of VOCO’s management, while handing over the cheque to UNICEF volunteer Elke Schmidt from Stade. In the name of the aid organisation she thanked for the generous donation.  

Enthusiastic about products made in Germany
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Dentists from Indonesia. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post.

Indonesia, with its 255 million inhabitants, is the fourth most populous nation in the world. Being number 14 in terms of the surface area, Indonesia is ranking among the top places, too, and hence, almost six times the size of Germany. Nevertheless, in ‘little’ Germany there is VOCO, one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. In order to get an impression of the high quality of the products made in Germany, 16 dentists travelled to the company location in Cuxhaven.  

 

The guests received information and practical guidance on VOCO’s glassfibre-reinforced composite posts, composites and ORMOCER materials, e.g. Admira Fusion, the worldwide first purely ceramic-based restorative material, as well as on the correct light polymerization. During a company tour, the training also offered the dentists the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. They could ask questions regarding research and development and also production at VOCO. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concludes, “The dentists gained positive impressions in Cuxhaven. Particularly working with Admira Fusion has impressed them. We were able to win new brand ambassadors for VOCO for the future.”

Mission in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"
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Florian Schilling (in white clothing) during his humanitarian mission in Peru. Florian Schilling (in white clothing) during his humanitarian mission in Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru.

A field report by Florian Schilling (University of Erlangen, Germany). Organization: "Zahnärzte helfen e.V."

 

"Just after having passed my examination und before starting a professional life, I decided to look beyond the dental doctrine and dental standards at Germany’s university hospitals. Peru was my dream destination: On the one hand, due to its culture and way of living. On the other hand, due to reports about this project and association by fellow students, who had already experienced such an adventure during their studies. The decision was taken in favour of a project in Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The German association ‘Zahnärzte helfen e.V.’ manages a dental project in Urubamba and there, cooperates with the Peruvian association ‘Corazones Para Perú’. They offer medical assistance to needy children and also to adults in remote mountain villages. Further to my donation request to different dental companies, in the weeks before my departure, I received various dental materials and instruments suitable for using them during the mission in Peru.

 

After landing in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, which was the former capital of the Inca empire, I drove about one and a half hour to the town Urubamba, which would be my home base for the next three weeks. There, I lived in a shared accommodation together with three other dentists. The flat was situated upstairs in the house of a Peruvian female teacher, who took care of everything. As well as a Peruvian female dentist, employed by the association, who organizes a major part of the unscheduled campaigns and supports in case of communication difficulties. In addition, one is assisted by young people from Germany, who are doing their voluntary service and also have very good Spanish skills.    

 

Every morning from Monday to Friday, we treated children aged between 6 and 12 years from the ‘Collegio Ccotohuincho‘, a school in Urubamba. With the aid of former equipment from the German Armed Forces and donated goods from Germany, we carried out prophylaxis treatments, fillings and extractions. The children had to bring an ‘authorization’ signed by their parents to receive a treatment. Systematically, findings of all school grades were generated, and the most urgent cases were taken care of first. 

 

Two afternoons a week, we drove to a children village of the association ‘Corazones Para Perú’ in Munaychay. There, we focused on prophylaxis. We explained the children how to do a proper oral hygiene with the available means. Another project of the association is in Chicon. There is a small health centre, which, however, has largely ceased its activities except for the dentist’s chair. 

 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a pickup truck started very early in the morning towards Huilloc, a mountain village located at an altitude of about 3,500 meters – the ‘highest’ place of treatment in the surroundings of Urubamba. Here, we were able to carry out root canal treatments due to X-ray equipment.

 

Sometimes, the association also organises unscheduled activities. After a two-hour drive to a small town, in which the Peruvian military had built supply tents at the central place, we were allowed to use one tent as an ‘Odontologia’. Because there was a large number of patients and thus, one dentist chair was not enough, we had to extract teeth or make prophylaxis treatments on simple garden chairs. But the biggest problem was, that the power supply was only functioning for a limited time and often, the right instruments were not available or not yet prepared again. Hence, the range of treatments was narrowed down to mostly prophylaxis, filling therapy and extractions.   

 

The majority of the children shows a desolate condition of the milk teeth respectively of the first permanent teeth, partly with fistula formation already. The causes are on the one hand the constant availability of sugar in the form of sweets and beverages. On the other hand, the fact that parents are either not able to or do not want to explain their children how to brush their teeth. Compared to Europe, Early Childhood Caries appears disproportionately frequent and more pronounced. The case is different for elderly inhabitants, especially in the remote mountain villages. This is probably due to the fact, that those got in contact with sugar-containing nutrition only at a very late stage. 

 

On weekends, we had time for several excursions to the surrounding areas. We visited Puno at Lake Titicaca, the Uru Islands, the Bolivian coastal city of Copacabana, the Rainbow Mountain, the Salt ponds of Maras, the ruins of Ollantaytambo, the Old Town of Cusco, churches, temples, places and museums, Arequipa and, of course, Machu Picchu.

 

The cordiality and gratitude, with which I was received everywhere in Peru, mirrors the people’s mentality. It was an honour for me to gain an insight into their culture and daily life. Since in the villages in the Andes, where never a tourist gets lost, one really gets to know Peru.    

 

I thank VOCO GmbH for the generous support!"

Dentist at work between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
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Dr. Benita Kunze performing dental check-ups in a primary school. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treated the children together with Tanzanian dentist Diana. Pho Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze

Tanzania, the sixth most populous country in Africa is a prime tourist destination thanks in particular to the safari opportunities in the north. Mountains like Kilimanjaro also attract geologists year in, year out. However, Dr. Benita Kunze’s two-week trip to Tanzania was neither for research purposes nor to explore the country as a tourist: The dentist, who runs her own practice near Leipzig, Germany, was offering support to a Tanzanian dental clinic built alongside a general health clinic and a number of other facilities by the “Africa Amini Alama” aid project in Momella (a settlement at the foot of the Mount Meru volcano).

 

No comparison with European training

 

In this and other remote regions of Tanzania, the people live with practically no access to dental treatment. This means that patients requiring treatment never get to see a dentist and simply have to put up with their pain and the consequences it has for their general health. In order to avoid this, Diana has been treating patients at the dental clinic in Momella since December 2016. “She is a very young African dentist,” said Dr. Benita Kunze, going on to explain why she flew to her to offer her assistance: “Diana’s training is far below European standards, so I taught her about the dental products I had brought with me and showed her how to use them.” Dr. Kunze’s luggage contained restorative materials above all. The two dentists practised the precise placement of fillings together, so as to put Diana in a position to be able to help the local population even better in the future.

 

Teeth as fragile as glass

 

Many people in Tanzania are very poor. Dental treatment is very expensive and dentures are practically unheard of. The only procedures performed are those aimed at relieving pain. The treatment offered by Diana in Momella is free of charge thanks to the efforts of the aid project.

Most people living in the region around Mount Meru suffer from severe dental fluorosis. The water they drink comes from a local source containing a high quantity of fluoride, the cause of which is the nearby dormant volcano. The high quantity of fluoride causes brown discolouration of their teeth and destruction of the enamel. The dentine is exposed and also becomes brown in colour. “Their jawbones are very hard, which is particularly noticeable during extractions. Their teeth, in contrast, are so fragile that they break like glass and don't move a millimetre in the bone. Together with Diana I extracted a lot of teeth, as root canal treatments are also not possible,” said the German dentist.

 

Gratitude beyond compare

 

Dr. Benita Kunze also treated lots of children in the remote Massai region of Madebe, where they attend the “Simba Vision” primary school. “We gave the children a check-up and treated their teeth. All the while, we were showered with gratitude – from the children and the adults alike. They truly were two weeks rich in experiences. Young girls who had already known so much suffering learned to trust and allowed themselves to be treated. Small children took me by the hand and simply thanked me.”

The focus is now on preserving teeth by means of regular check-ups, raising awareness and regular training in the proper way to clean their teeth. As it is the most basic things which are needed most, every donation is welcome. “That’s why I’d like to say a special thank you to VOCO both from me and on behalf of the aid organisation.” Dr. Benita Kunze hopes to return to Tanzania next year. “My goal is to equip the children in the Massai school and at Simba Vision with toothbrushes, teach them how to care for their teeth and give them check-ups.”

 

 

Bulgarian dentists impressed by product development
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The Bulgarian dentists Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov and Dr. Iliyana Trencheva (in the c

For many years, the dentists Dr. Iliyana Trencheva and Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov from Bulgaria use products from VOCO in their everyday practice. Thus, it was a particularly impressive experience for both of them to watch how these products are manufactured and packed in Cuxhaven. The future opinion formers have travelled to Germany in order to get a picture of their own of the dental materials producer of their choice. Furthermore, they shared information with the dentalists about the latest developments in dental technology.  

 

During a company tour, the visitors learned about the research and development department as well as the production. They also used the opportunity to ask questions about the development of VOCO’s products. Some products were then discussed in detail in the modern training centre. In the future, both dentists will be present at information events as opinion formers and will convince their colleagues in hands-on courses of the products made in Germany.

V-Print splint – 3D printing material
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V-Print splint

Those suffering from bruxism can often be helped with an occlusal splint, which should be worn as frequently as possible and therefore needs to be of a certain durability, which is best achieved by a high grade of elasticity. VOCO’s new 3D printing material V-Print splint offers exactly that.

 

V-Print splint is a light-curing resin, designed for generative production using a 385 nm LED DLP printer. This printing material is suitable for:

  • splints used in treatments,
  • bleaching trays, as well as
  • auxiliary parts and functional parts for dental diagnostics.

 

V-Print splint  can be used for printing in layers of 25 μm, 50 μm, 75 μm or 100 μm thickness. Just like V-Print SG and V-Print ortho, V-Print splint
has been carefully matched to the SolFlex printer, thus producing optimal printing results.

Ceramic Bond SingleDose – coupling agent for ceramics and composites
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Ceramic Bond SingleDose

In this day and age, hardly any dental practice will utilise adhesives in 3-bottle-systems, and there is good reason for that: after all, adhesives have by now become available in single-bottle systems and also in SingleDose presentation. Both of these versions guarantee quick and straightforward working, putting an end to mixing errors. Reason enough to now also offer VOCO‘s proven coupling agent, Ceramic Bond, in SingleDose.

 

Ceramic Bond provides an optimal chemical bond between restoration and luting material (e.g. Bifix QM) for indirect ceramic or composite restorations.

 

In the SingleDose version Ceramic Bond is simple, quick and hygienic to apply. It is also incredibly straightforward to use: apply, allow to take effect, then dry.

Three alternatives to amalgam fillings
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The EU has resolved that dentists may no longer use amalgam fillings in children under the age of 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. So what alternatives are available to dentists?

With the restorative materials IonoStar Plus, Ionolux and x-tra fil from VOCO, dentists can choose between three different products which can be processed more easily and quickly than amalgam, yet which are just as cost-effective and long-lasting. What’s more, they are significantly more aesthetic.

 

A high-quality alternative

 

When time is of the essence, VOCO recommends IonoStar Plus. The glass ionomer material is a self-curing restorative material which cures in just two minutes making it ideal for treating children. IonoStar Plus is ideal for the permanent restoration of deciduous teeth and comes in four shades.

 

Those who want to determine when the curing process is to begin should opt for Ionolux. The light-curing glass ionomer offers flexibility and covers a broad range of indications (e.g. Class I fillings). Ionolux is available in five different shades.

 

VOCO recommends the composite x-tra fil for definitive restorations in permanent teeth.

With x-tra fil dentists get a composite restorative material with strong physical properties which guarantee a permanent yet economical solution. It can be inserted in increments of up to 4 mm and cured within 10 seconds.

From training room to race track
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Even though their professions are quite different, there are some parallels between dentists and racing drivers. Both are wearing work clothes and are familiar with high speeds: The dentist knows it from his daily work with the dental turbine; the racing driver knows it from his highly-motorized vehicle. So why not change the doctor’s white coat with a racing suit?

That’s exactly what VOCO and the Danish depot ‘Cenger’ thought and thus, they organized a training day followed by an event on the race track.

 

Recently, 22 Danish dentists met at the motorsport race track Jyllandsringen located in the middle of the Danish region Midtjylland. However, before the dentists were allowed to feel as a racing driver and get on the race track, they participated in a comprehensive training programme. Dentist Eren Cicek gave a lecture on the production of inlays with VOCO’s GrandioSO Inlay System and Matthias Mehring, Manager Department Knowledge Communication, presented bonding products, particularly Futurabond U, to the dentists.

Enthusiastic about the characteristics of the different products, the training participants were pleased to receive many practical tips. They could make immediate use of these tips in the following hands-on course, during which they were able to test the bonding, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER restorative material Admira Fusion as well as the restorative material GrandioSO.

 

Afterwards, VOCO and the depot invited the dentists to a trip on the race track. The training participants got a brief instruction and could then prove their driving skills on the race course with its 22 curves.

Visit of renowned dentists from ‘REALITY Publishing Company’
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Dr. Michael Miller with his wife Dr. Ingrid Castellanos and daughter Jennifer (m

The ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ is a full-service information and product testing company located in Texas. A team of 37 of the most distinguished and renowned dentists from all over the world as well as nine additional members of the editorial board are responsible for different print publications and a wide range of online services in the field of aesthetic dentistry. Recently, two members of the editorial board visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven.

 

Since 1975, Dr. Michael Miller (photo left) is a dentist and runs a private practice in Houston, Texas. He is the author of a series of articles on bonding, lectures internationally and is a Fellow of the ‘Academy of General Dentistry’. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the ‘American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’ and has memberships in the ‘International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research’ as well as in the ‘Academy of Dental Materials’. Dr. Miller is co-founder and President of the ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ and professor at the ‘University of Texas School of Dentistry’.

 

He was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Ingrid Castellanos (photo right). She is specialized in orthodontics, lectures internationally and is a member of the 'International Association of Dental Research’, of the ‘Mexican Academy of Orthodontists’, of the ‘American Association of Orthodontists’ and a Fellow of the ‘World Federation of Orthodontists’.

Ingrid Castellanos and Michael Miller travelled to Germany not only to get an impression of the company, where the products made in Germany are manufactured, but also to visit their daughter Jennifer (photo in the middle). For several weeks, she did an internship at VOCO’s research and development department. The visitors from the USA were guided by Leif Ebert (Managing Director VOCO America) and Matthias Mehring (Manager Knowledge Communication).

VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device
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VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device

Now, for the first time, composite Caps can be warmed and applied immediately using just one device – VOCO’s VisCalor Dispenser makes it quick and easy.

The Cap heats up extremely quickly (approx. 30 sec) thanks to the near-infrared technology integrated in the dispenser. An acoustic signal indicates that the material is ready to be applied directly from the dispenser.

The VisCalor Dispenser is the perfect device to use in combination with VisCalor bulk. This material is the world’s first nanohybrid composite specially developed for heating up. The increase in temperature gives the material a lower viscosity, allowing it to flow optimally on margins and undercut regions. This also prevents air bubbles and minimises the risk of marginal gaps. The VisCalor Dispenser has two heating programmes: one for VisCalor bulk and one for all other VOCO composites.

 

 

 

 

V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line
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V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line

Modern impression materials have to meet a whole range of demands. Dentists require a material that provides a particularly high level of precision, while a convenient working time combined with a short intraoral setting time are also on the wish list. The material needs to offer high fracture resistance and dimensional accuracy plus a high degree of resilience.

V-Posil, the precision impression material from VOCO, based on addition silicone technology, meets all of these requirements. The successful product line has now been extended to include a putty material in large cartridge format.

V-Posil Putty Fast is used as a carrier material for the following techniques:

            •           Putty and wash technique (two-stage)

            •           Sandwich technique (single-stage)

            •           Putty and wash technique using a spacer foil

            •           Or as an impression material for functional margin shaping

 

With an intraoral setting time of 2:30 minutes, V-Posil Putty Fast from the cartridge is also considered a fast-setting material. This saves time for the dentist while also improving patient comfort. The material has a Shore A hardness of 63, meaning that it is particularly recommended for the putty and wash technique. The material has 99.5% elastic recovery from deformation, which ensures precise pouring results and therefore perfectly fitting restorations.

 

VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite
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VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite

For dentists, restorative treatments are an everyday procedure. Depending on the type of cavity, there are various options available. If an adhesive technique is selected, there is then another decision to be made. Dentists often start by using a flowable composite, which flows optimally onto the cavity walls in the area of the cavity floor, but is then difficult to sculp. To solve this problem, the dentist either uses a sculptable material as an additional layer, or alternatively may decide to use a sculptable bulk composite right from the outset, which can be placed in a single step.

 

The job of deciding which technique to use is now a thing of the past because with VOCO’s VisCalor bulk, there is now a new composite that combines the benefits of both techniques (composite bonded to flow). VisCalor bulk is the world’s first restorative material with “thermoviscous technology”, which has been specially developed for heating up. The extraoral warming means that the composite can initially be placed in the cavity in flowable form, but then changes its consistency within a few seconds to become sculptable.

 

VisCalor bulk is heated to approx. 68°C before it can be applied. It is also a 4 mm bulk material and does not need to be applied in layers. VisCalor bulk is available in four shades (A1, A2, A3, universal) and covers the entire indication range for classes I, II and V restorations.

V-Print splint – 3D printing material
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V-Print splint

Those suffering from bruxism can often be helped with an occlusal splint, which should be worn as frequently as possible and therefore needs to be of a certain durability, which is best achieved by a high grade of elasticity. VOCO’s new 3D printing material V-Print splint offers exactly that.

 

V-Print splint is a light-curing resin, designed for generative production using a 385 nm LED DLP printer. This printing material is suitable for:

  • splints used in treatments,
  • bleaching trays, as well as
  • auxiliary parts and functional parts for dental diagnostics.

 

V-Print splint  can be used for printing in layers of 25 μm, 50 μm, 75 μm or 100 μm thickness. Just like V-Print SG and V-Print ortho, V-Print splint
has been carefully matched to the SolFlex printer, thus producing optimal printing results.

Ceramic Bond SingleDose – coupling agent for ceramics and composites
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Ceramic Bond SingleDose

In this day and age, hardly any dental practice will utilise adhesives in 3-bottle-systems, and there is good reason for that: after all, adhesives have by now become available in single-bottle systems and also in SingleDose presentation. Both of these versions guarantee quick and straightforward working, putting an end to mixing errors. Reason enough to now also offer VOCO‘s proven coupling agent, Ceramic Bond, in SingleDose.

 

Ceramic Bond provides an optimal chemical bond between restoration and luting material (e.g. Bifix QM) for indirect ceramic or composite restorations.

 

In the SingleDose version Ceramic Bond is simple, quick and hygienic to apply. It is also incredibly straightforward to use: apply, allow to take effect, then dry.

Three alternatives to amalgam fillings
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The EU has resolved that dentists may no longer use amalgam fillings in children under the age of 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. So what alternatives are available to dentists?

With the restorative materials IonoStar Plus, Ionolux and x-tra fil from VOCO, dentists can choose between three different products which can be processed more easily and quickly than amalgam, yet which are just as cost-effective and long-lasting. What’s more, they are significantly more aesthetic.

 

A high-quality alternative

 

When time is of the essence, VOCO recommends IonoStar Plus. The glass ionomer material is a self-curing restorative material which cures in just two minutes making it ideal for treating children. IonoStar Plus is ideal for the permanent restoration of deciduous teeth and comes in four shades.

 

Those who want to determine when the curing process is to begin should opt for Ionolux. The light-curing glass ionomer offers flexibility and covers a broad range of indications (e.g. Class I fillings). Ionolux is available in five different shades.

 

VOCO recommends the composite x-tra fil for definitive restorations in permanent teeth.

With x-tra fil dentists get a composite restorative material with strong physical properties which guarantee a permanent yet economical solution. It can be inserted in increments of up to 4 mm and cured within 10 seconds.

10 years of Amaris – 10 years of perfect dental aesthetics
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Amaris, the highly aesthetic composite from VOCO, made its début at the IDS in 2 Condition before treatment: Incisal fractures on teeth 11 and 21 Anterior region restorations produced using Amaris Beautiful teeth are a reason to smile! Perfect dental aesthetics with Amaris (cl

There is an ever-growing awareness of the importance of healthy and also attractive-looking teeth. Today, for many people, dental aesthetics are integral to a good quality of life. An increasing number of patients thus want non-visible, natural-looking high-end restorations, particularly in the anterior region. This trend goes hand-in-hand with a rise in demand for high-performance restoration materials. Such materials are not only expected to boast impressive physical properties but also, and in particular, outstanding handling. Amaris, which was presented by VOCO in 2007 at the IDS, is a composite with an innovative shade system which was specially developed for highly aesthetic restorations. This product ensures incredibly simple and convenient shade management for all users, whereby only a few shades are required. Amaris has won numerous awards, including from the renowned US testing institute, “The Dental Advisor”, due, in particular, to its shade concept.

 

11 shades instead of 33

Together, dentine and enamel define the overall appearance of the tooth. The Amaris shade system is also based on this natural principle. The most varied forms, shades and surfaces can be modelled quickly using a two-layer technique requiring just a base shade (Opaque) and an enamel shade (Translucent). Compared to other systems with more than 20 or, indeed, 30 shades, the Amaris system is made up of just 11 shades: Six base shades (O1, O2, O3, O4, O5, O Bleach), three enamel shades (Neutral, TN; Light, TL; Dark, TD) and two individual shades (Amaris Flow High Translucent, HT; Amaris Flow High Opaque, HO). The base and enamel shades can be combined in a variety of ways and thus ensure a high degree of flexibility when producing shades. The optional individual shades, Amaris Flow HT (High Translucent) and Amaris Flow HO (High Opaque), also allow further individual structures and special accents to be realised. HT is ideal, for example, for creating highly translucent incisal edges and HO for covering discoloured areas.

 

Simple shade management

The core is firstly built up using an opaque base shade. A covering layer of translucent enamel shade is then applied; with an optimal shade appearance, Amaris Translucent Neutral (TN) is used. If the shade appears to be too light, the covering layer is darkened using Amaris Translucent Dark (TD). If the shade appears too dark, Amaris Translucent Light (TL) is used. The final tooth shade can thus be achieved during layering; corrections, however, are still possible during restoration. To this end, any layers which were applied beforehand do not have to be removed. Despite their relative small number compared to other systems, the many possible combinations of the base and enamel shades included with this product enable the entire dentally relevant shade spectrum to be covered. This means that even the finest of nuances can be produced for successful restorations every time.

 

Natural teeth as the yardstick

The developers of Amaris were committed to achieving the closest possible alignment to the natural tooth. Dr Reinhard Maletz, Head of the Research and Development Department notes: “The Amaris concept is based on natural layering and shading and not on pre-set industrial standards. With Amaris, seamless shade transitions and harmonious adaptation to the surrounding dental hard tissue can be realised. The interplay between opacity and translucence in restorations produced using Amaris is based on natural teeth and thus an outstanding degree of light dynamics and fluorescence is guaranteed. Consequently they cannot be distinguished from natural teeth.”

 

Excellent physical parameters

Amaris also has excellent physical properties. The material has a high filler content (80% by weight) with just minimal polymerisation shrinkage (2.0% by volume). With its high surface hardness (99 MHV) and compressive strength (375 MPa), its great flexural strength (120 MPa) and diametral tensile strength (51 MPa) as well as its outstanding abrasion resistance (48 µm, 3-media abrasion) and low degree of water solubility (< 1 µg/mm3), Amaris is a guarantee for permanently stable restorations. Primarily conceived for the anterior region, thanks to its physical properties it is also suitable for the posterior region. Amaris can be used for a wide range of applications. The indications include aesthetic anterior region restorations of Classes III, IV and V, aesthetic posterior region restoration of Classes I, II and V, the reconstruction of traumatically damaged anterior teeth, direct and indirect composite veneers, the veneering of discoloured anterior teeth, form and shade corrections to improve aesthetics, the repair of highly aesthetic ceramic (e.g., facet repairs) as well as the splinting of anterior teeth.

 

Optimal handling properties

In addition to its innovative shade system, Amaris also impresses with its optimal handling properties. The material has a non-sticky, silky consistency and can be easily adapted and sculpted. Amaris allows very thin layers to be applied and finished, which means that even the finest of incisal edges can be created. The ambient and surgical light resistance of up to five minutes provides sufficient time for working, however, depending on the shade and layer thickness, the curing times range between just ten and forty seconds. Given its intelligent material composition, Amaris can be easily polished which, in turn, means a great and durable shine is ensured. The material can be used universally with all dentine adhesives.

 

Commercial forms with introductory set

Amaris is available in a variety of commercial forms, e.g., in sets and refills with syringes and caps. VOCO offers an introductory set to allow consumers to get to know this intelligent shade system. This set features four caps in the opaque shades O1, O2, O3, O4, O5 and in the translucent shades Light (TL), Neutral (TN) and Dark (TD). The set additionally comprises two syringes with the individual shades HT and HO as well as the Amaris shade guide. Amaris can be ideally combined with Amaris Gingiva, the highly aesthetic restorative material in gingival shades. As such, perfect results can be achieved where red-white aesthetics are indicated.

About IDS: Stay fully informed with the VOCO app
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Stay fully informed with the VOCO app.

Visitors to the IDS in Cologne will once again have hundreds of specialist lectures, product information and exhibitors to choose from, but may only have a few days or even hours to see it all. It is therefore extremely important to plan the visit well and in good time. That’s why VOCO has created an app for the IDS to make it easier for visitors to find their way around during the trade fair and to find out important information. 

 

With its clearly designed menu, VOCO’s practical app for the IDS means that an overview of the VOCO product highlights and many other features are just a fingertip away. The user-friendly app also provides quick access to the trade fair hall plan for simple orientation, as well as all of the information regarding the special VOCO prophylaxis booth, an overview of all new and digital products as well as a list of specialist lectures at the Speaker’s Corner, the Dental Study Club and the VOCO booth.

 

The app is available for free for Android phones from the Google Play Store.

 

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The reasonable alternative for Christmas gifts
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VOCO supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ also in 2

At the end of the year, it is a nice tradition to say thank you to customers and business partners. A reasonable and sustainable alternative to such Christmas gifts is a donation, which offers children the chance for a better future. VOCO, the manufacturer of dental materials, also would like to make the world for children a bit better. Like in the previous year, the company supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ with 20,000 euros.

 

‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ has existed for more than 15 years. The money collected is transferred to the UNICEF programme ‘Children in crisis regions’. The donations allow for school attendance or the organisation of blankets and tents, which should provide comfort and warmth for the children. Because, there still are millions of children, who would hardly have the chance to access clean water, regular meals, necessary health measures or school attendance without the support of aid organisations.    

 

Against this backdrop, the management of VOCO GmbH has decided to donate in this year, too, the budget planned for Christmas gifts to customers and business partners. “When you see the terrible pictures from conflict areas, one realizes how urgent people there need help. With our donation, we are glad to contribute to the improvement of these children’s lives,” explains Olaf Sauerbier, member of VOCO’s management, while handing over the cheque to UNICEF volunteer Elke Schmidt from Stade. In the name of the aid organisation she thanked for the generous donation.  

Lecture at the University of Malmö
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Lecture at the University of Malmö, Sweden on 13.03.2019

On 13.03.2019 a lecture with the topic "Nano-Hybrid Composite and ORMOCERE: Basics and Clinical Cases" took place at the University of Malmö in front of the students of the 10th semester (graduation year). The renowned dentist and VOCO Fellow from Copenhagen, Dr. Eren Cicek, impressively presented these two product groups in his lecture – from the chemical composition to the product properties and daily use in everyday practice.
GrandioSO, a universal composite for the highest demands, served as an example for the nano-hybrid composites. Among other things, Dr. Cicek described the striking combination of functionalized nanoparticles together with special glass ceramics, whereby the enormously high filler content of 89 % by weight can be achieved. From this and also from the low resin content result the excellent properties of GrandioSO, which the students were able to convince themselves of during the presentation of several clinical cases.


The ORMOCER technology was, of course, illustrated using Admira Fusion, the world's first purely ceramic-based nano-hybrid ORMOCER filling material. Dr. Cicek spoke about the innovative combination of the proven nano-hybrid technology with ORMOCER technology and the resulting combination of the advantages of both filling systems. Another area of focus regarding ORMOCERES was placed on the excellent biocompatibility due to the absence of classical monomers. The universal applicability was illustrated and made tangible by means of various clinical cases.


With this lecture, the students had the opportunity to get to know two universally applicable filling materials that meet all requirements, both physically and aesthetically.
 

Lectures focus on world first VisCalor bulk
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IDS speakers

The halls of the Köln Messe will be full once again from 12 to 16 March. Hundreds of exhibitors from the dentistry sector and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the International Dental Show (IDS). And VOCO will once again be a part of this year’s IDS extravaganza, and will be holding a comprehensive range of lectures in addition to its presentation of new and focus products. The practice-oriented and succinct lectures will present a wide range of information and expertise regarding VOCO’s filling materials, and in particular the VisCalor bulk, which will be being presented at the trade fair for the very first time, and the Admira Fusion, the world’s first ceramic filling material. The brief lectures will take place right at the VOCO main trade fair booth R008 + S009 in hall 10.2. A detailed overview including the lectures at the additional booth P010 can be found here.

 

At 13:00 on Friday 15 March, VOCO’s Dental Knowledge Manager Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will be giving a lecture on VisCalor bulk, the world’s first thermoviscous composite, as part of the “Dental Tribune Study Club”. If you can’t make it to this lecture, why not come along to the “Speaker’s Corner” at 15:30 on either Wednesday 13 March or Friday 15 March, where Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will also be talking about VisCalor bulk. At 15:30 on Thursday 14 March, Knowledge Communication Manager Matthias Mehring will be giving a lecture at the “Speaker’s Corner” on “The first filling ceramic – Admira Fusion”.

New VOCO prophylaxis stand at the IDS
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Take a selfie with our Molarius.

The countdown to the IDS in Cologne has started. At the 38th International Dental Show, countless visitors from all around the world will have the chance to discover new products from the dental industry. VOCO will also be present on three trade fair stands – and for the first time, this will include a special prophylaxis stand.

 

Fluoridation, protection, care, sealing: this will be the focus of exhibits in Hall 5.2. VOCO also has a stand this year and will be exhibiting its complete oral care portfolio. From Clean Joy, the tooth cleaning and polishing paste, through to VOCO’s Profluorid Varnish and Perfect Bleach, the tooth whitening gel, you will find everything there. Come to the VOCO stand and talk to the prophylaxis experts and, of course, also try out the products yourself. Haven’t you always wanted to know what the mint, caramel, melon, cherry and bubble gum flavours of the fluoride-containing varnish actually taste like?

 

VOCO has created an exciting trade fair promotion for all fans of the cuddly VOCO tooth, Molarius. Anyone who takes a selfie with the giant-sized Molarius and then uploads the photo to Instagram with the hashtag “VOCOmeetsIDS” will be in with a chance to win the main prize of a spa weekend for two in Cuxhaven, the home of VOCO. So you see, our stand C040 is well worth a visit.

 

In addition to the new prophylaxis stand, VOCO is also exhibiting at its two familiar stands in Hall 10.2. VOCO will be presenting a real world first here. With VisCalor bulk, VOCO is launching the very first thermoviscous composite, which combines the benefits of both flowable and carvable materials. The special properties of the restorative material allow the dentist to be as flexible as possible when placing a restoration. At the same time, VOCO has expanded its range of precision impression materials. The portfolio of successful V-Posil products is now complemented with the putty material V-Posil Putty fast in large cartridge format.

 

VOCO stands: Hall 5.2 (C040) and Hall 10.2 (R008/S009 and P010)

Great interest in lecture in the Turkish city of Antalya
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More than 400 dentists listened to the lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can.

During the ‘Dentists’ Week’ in Turkey, the dentists' association of Antalya invited to a lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can. She is a renowned dentist, who practices and teaches at the Yeditepe University in Istanbul in the special fields of endodontics and restorative dentistry. Therefore, it is no surprise that about 400 dentists were interested in her lecture on ‘Closing diastema with composites’. The focus of her presentation was on VOCO’s products GrandioSO, Grandio blocs as well as Bifix QM. Based on diverse clinical cases, Prof. Dr. Can explained the correct application of the products and convinced the audience with her results.

Convincing some 300 dentists in two weeks
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Hands-on course. Participating dentists in Xi´an. Theoretical part of the course. Participating dentists in Taiyuan. Dr. Marcelo Balsamo (on the left) with a participant. Participants during the theoretical part in Nanjing. Participants during the hands-on course.

Two weeks, four cities, about 300 dentists reached. These are the facts of Dr. Marcelo Balsamo’s (Brazil) and VOCO’s Area Manager Dr. Chuanhao Luo’s trip through China.

During their common journey, in every city they presented dentists the application of VOCO products in a two-day training session. They visited the cities of Taiyuan, Xi´an, Nanjing and Nanning and reached a total of about 300 Chinese dentists, who enthusiastically followed their presentations during the theoretical training programme. The focus was among other products on the restorative materials Amaris and Grandio, the composite material Structur 2 for the fabrication of provisional restorations and the model silicone Die Silicone. Approximately one third of the participants even got the chance to test the products on the second training day during a hands-on course. Also, the practical use of the products convinced the dentists.    

Indian flair in cool Cuxhaven
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Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. The Indian dentists together with (back row from left) Dr. Peter Kopecky and Dr. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course.

VOCO’s dental products are renowned and appreciated throughout the world, also in India. In order to get informed about the manufacturing and application of the products made in Germany, 13 dentists from India visited the headquarters in Cuxhaven. 

 

The two training days focused on the highly aesthetic restorative material Amaris, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER Admira Fusion and the glassfibre-reinforced composite posts of the Rebilda Post System. During the practical part of the training session, the dentists could immediately make use of the theoretical knowledge acquired, such as tips and tricks for the application of the products. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek explains, “The advantage of the personal contact is, that the dentists can test the materials here on-site and that they always have a dentalist at their side for answering questions and providing assistance.”

 

The visit of the Indian guests ended with a sightseeing tour in the city of Bremen. Here, they enjoyed the typical northern German cultural programme and finally, returned with lots of new impressions to their home country.

Enthusiastic about products made in Germany
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Dentists from Indonesia. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post.

Indonesia, with its 255 million inhabitants, is the fourth most populous nation in the world. Being number 14 in terms of the surface area, Indonesia is ranking among the top places, too, and hence, almost six times the size of Germany. Nevertheless, in ‘little’ Germany there is VOCO, one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. In order to get an impression of the high quality of the products made in Germany, 16 dentists travelled to the company location in Cuxhaven.  

 

The guests received information and practical guidance on VOCO’s glassfibre-reinforced composite posts, composites and ORMOCER materials, e.g. Admira Fusion, the worldwide first purely ceramic-based restorative material, as well as on the correct light polymerization. During a company tour, the training also offered the dentists the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. They could ask questions regarding research and development and also production at VOCO. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concludes, “The dentists gained positive impressions in Cuxhaven. Particularly working with Admira Fusion has impressed them. We were able to win new brand ambassadors for VOCO for the future.”

Bulgarian dentists impressed by product development
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The Bulgarian dentists Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov and Dr. Iliyana Trencheva (in the c

For many years, the dentists Dr. Iliyana Trencheva and Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov from Bulgaria use products from VOCO in their everyday practice. Thus, it was a particularly impressive experience for both of them to watch how these products are manufactured and packed in Cuxhaven. The future opinion formers have travelled to Germany in order to get a picture of their own of the dental materials producer of their choice. Furthermore, they shared information with the dentalists about the latest developments in dental technology.  

 

During a company tour, the visitors learned about the research and development department as well as the production. They also used the opportunity to ask questions about the development of VOCO’s products. Some products were then discussed in detail in the modern training centre. In the future, both dentists will be present at information events as opinion formers and will convince their colleagues in hands-on courses of the products made in Germany.

From training room to race track
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Even though their professions are quite different, there are some parallels between dentists and racing drivers. Both are wearing work clothes and are familiar with high speeds: The dentist knows it from his daily work with the dental turbine; the racing driver knows it from his highly-motorized vehicle. So why not change the doctor’s white coat with a racing suit?

That’s exactly what VOCO and the Danish depot ‘Cenger’ thought and thus, they organized a training day followed by an event on the race track.

 

Recently, 22 Danish dentists met at the motorsport race track Jyllandsringen located in the middle of the Danish region Midtjylland. However, before the dentists were allowed to feel as a racing driver and get on the race track, they participated in a comprehensive training programme. Dentist Eren Cicek gave a lecture on the production of inlays with VOCO’s GrandioSO Inlay System and Matthias Mehring, Manager Department Knowledge Communication, presented bonding products, particularly Futurabond U, to the dentists.

Enthusiastic about the characteristics of the different products, the training participants were pleased to receive many practical tips. They could make immediate use of these tips in the following hands-on course, during which they were able to test the bonding, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER restorative material Admira Fusion as well as the restorative material GrandioSO.

 

Afterwards, VOCO and the depot invited the dentists to a trip on the race track. The training participants got a brief instruction and could then prove their driving skills on the race course with its 22 curves.

Visit of renowned dentists from ‘REALITY Publishing Company’
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Dr. Michael Miller with his wife Dr. Ingrid Castellanos and daughter Jennifer (m

The ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ is a full-service information and product testing company located in Texas. A team of 37 of the most distinguished and renowned dentists from all over the world as well as nine additional members of the editorial board are responsible for different print publications and a wide range of online services in the field of aesthetic dentistry. Recently, two members of the editorial board visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven.

 

Since 1975, Dr. Michael Miller (photo left) is a dentist and runs a private practice in Houston, Texas. He is the author of a series of articles on bonding, lectures internationally and is a Fellow of the ‘Academy of General Dentistry’. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the ‘American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’ and has memberships in the ‘International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research’ as well as in the ‘Academy of Dental Materials’. Dr. Miller is co-founder and President of the ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ and professor at the ‘University of Texas School of Dentistry’.

 

He was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Ingrid Castellanos (photo right). She is specialized in orthodontics, lectures internationally and is a member of the 'International Association of Dental Research’, of the ‘Mexican Academy of Orthodontists’, of the ‘American Association of Orthodontists’ and a Fellow of the ‘World Federation of Orthodontists’.

Ingrid Castellanos and Michael Miller travelled to Germany not only to get an impression of the company, where the products made in Germany are manufactured, but also to visit their daughter Jennifer (photo in the middle). For several weeks, she did an internship at VOCO’s research and development department. The visitors from the USA were guided by Leif Ebert (Managing Director VOCO America) and Matthias Mehring (Manager Knowledge Communication).

Mission in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"
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Florian Schilling (in white clothing) during his humanitarian mission in Peru. Florian Schilling (in white clothing) during his humanitarian mission in Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru.

A field report by Florian Schilling (University of Erlangen, Germany). Organization: "Zahnärzte helfen e.V."

 

"Just after having passed my examination und before starting a professional life, I decided to look beyond the dental doctrine and dental standards at Germany’s university hospitals. Peru was my dream destination: On the one hand, due to its culture and way of living. On the other hand, due to reports about this project and association by fellow students, who had already experienced such an adventure during their studies. The decision was taken in favour of a project in Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The German association ‘Zahnärzte helfen e.V.’ manages a dental project in Urubamba and there, cooperates with the Peruvian association ‘Corazones Para Perú’. They offer medical assistance to needy children and also to adults in remote mountain villages. Further to my donation request to different dental companies, in the weeks before my departure, I received various dental materials and instruments suitable for using them during the mission in Peru.

 

After landing in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, which was the former capital of the Inca empire, I drove about one and a half hour to the town Urubamba, which would be my home base for the next three weeks. There, I lived in a shared accommodation together with three other dentists. The flat was situated upstairs in the house of a Peruvian female teacher, who took care of everything. As well as a Peruvian female dentist, employed by the association, who organizes a major part of the unscheduled campaigns and supports in case of communication difficulties. In addition, one is assisted by young people from Germany, who are doing their voluntary service and also have very good Spanish skills.    

 

Every morning from Monday to Friday, we treated children aged between 6 and 12 years from the ‘Collegio Ccotohuincho‘, a school in Urubamba. With the aid of former equipment from the German Armed Forces and donated goods from Germany, we carried out prophylaxis treatments, fillings and extractions. The children had to bring an ‘authorization’ signed by their parents to receive a treatment. Systematically, findings of all school grades were generated, and the most urgent cases were taken care of first. 

 

Two afternoons a week, we drove to a children village of the association ‘Corazones Para Perú’ in Munaychay. There, we focused on prophylaxis. We explained the children how to do a proper oral hygiene with the available means. Another project of the association is in Chicon. There is a small health centre, which, however, has largely ceased its activities except for the dentist’s chair. 

 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a pickup truck started very early in the morning towards Huilloc, a mountain village located at an altitude of about 3,500 meters – the ‘highest’ place of treatment in the surroundings of Urubamba. Here, we were able to carry out root canal treatments due to X-ray equipment.

 

Sometimes, the association also organises unscheduled activities. After a two-hour drive to a small town, in which the Peruvian military had built supply tents at the central place, we were allowed to use one tent as an ‘Odontologia’. Because there was a large number of patients and thus, one dentist chair was not enough, we had to extract teeth or make prophylaxis treatments on simple garden chairs. But the biggest problem was, that the power supply was only functioning for a limited time and often, the right instruments were not available or not yet prepared again. Hence, the range of treatments was narrowed down to mostly prophylaxis, filling therapy and extractions.   

 

The majority of the children shows a desolate condition of the milk teeth respectively of the first permanent teeth, partly with fistula formation already. The causes are on the one hand the constant availability of sugar in the form of sweets and beverages. On the other hand, the fact that parents are either not able to or do not want to explain their children how to brush their teeth. Compared to Europe, Early Childhood Caries appears disproportionately frequent and more pronounced. The case is different for elderly inhabitants, especially in the remote mountain villages. This is probably due to the fact, that those got in contact with sugar-containing nutrition only at a very late stage. 

 

On weekends, we had time for several excursions to the surrounding areas. We visited Puno at Lake Titicaca, the Uru Islands, the Bolivian coastal city of Copacabana, the Rainbow Mountain, the Salt ponds of Maras, the ruins of Ollantaytambo, the Old Town of Cusco, churches, temples, places and museums, Arequipa and, of course, Machu Picchu.

 

The cordiality and gratitude, with which I was received everywhere in Peru, mirrors the people’s mentality. It was an honour for me to gain an insight into their culture and daily life. Since in the villages in the Andes, where never a tourist gets lost, one really gets to know Peru.    

 

I thank VOCO GmbH for the generous support!"

Dentist at work between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
VOCO Dental Aid
Dr. Benita Kunze performing dental check-ups in a primary school. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treated the children together with Tanzanian dentist Diana. Pho Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze

Tanzania, the sixth most populous country in Africa is a prime tourist destination thanks in particular to the safari opportunities in the north. Mountains like Kilimanjaro also attract geologists year in, year out. However, Dr. Benita Kunze’s two-week trip to Tanzania was neither for research purposes nor to explore the country as a tourist: The dentist, who runs her own practice near Leipzig, Germany, was offering support to a Tanzanian dental clinic built alongside a general health clinic and a number of other facilities by the “Africa Amini Alama” aid project in Momella (a settlement at the foot of the Mount Meru volcano).

 

No comparison with European training

 

In this and other remote regions of Tanzania, the people live with practically no access to dental treatment. This means that patients requiring treatment never get to see a dentist and simply have to put up with their pain and the consequences it has for their general health. In order to avoid this, Diana has been treating patients at the dental clinic in Momella since December 2016. “She is a very young African dentist,” said Dr. Benita Kunze, going on to explain why she flew to her to offer her assistance: “Diana’s training is far below European standards, so I taught her about the dental products I had brought with me and showed her how to use them.” Dr. Kunze’s luggage contained restorative materials above all. The two dentists practised the precise placement of fillings together, so as to put Diana in a position to be able to help the local population even better in the future.

 

Teeth as fragile as glass

 

Many people in Tanzania are very poor. Dental treatment is very expensive and dentures are practically unheard of. The only procedures performed are those aimed at relieving pain. The treatment offered by Diana in Momella is free of charge thanks to the efforts of the aid project.

Most people living in the region around Mount Meru suffer from severe dental fluorosis. The water they drink comes from a local source containing a high quantity of fluoride, the cause of which is the nearby dormant volcano. The high quantity of fluoride causes brown discolouration of their teeth and destruction of the enamel. The dentine is exposed and also becomes brown in colour. “Their jawbones are very hard, which is particularly noticeable during extractions. Their teeth, in contrast, are so fragile that they break like glass and don't move a millimetre in the bone. Together with Diana I extracted a lot of teeth, as root canal treatments are also not possible,” said the German dentist.

 

Gratitude beyond compare

 

Dr. Benita Kunze also treated lots of children in the remote Massai region of Madebe, where they attend the “Simba Vision” primary school. “We gave the children a check-up and treated their teeth. All the while, we were showered with gratitude – from the children and the adults alike. They truly were two weeks rich in experiences. Young girls who had already known so much suffering learned to trust and allowed themselves to be treated. Small children took me by the hand and simply thanked me.”

The focus is now on preserving teeth by means of regular check-ups, raising awareness and regular training in the proper way to clean their teeth. As it is the most basic things which are needed most, every donation is welcome. “That’s why I’d like to say a special thank you to VOCO both from me and on behalf of the aid organisation.” Dr. Benita Kunze hopes to return to Tanzania next year. “My goal is to equip the children in the Massai school and at Simba Vision with toothbrushes, teach them how to care for their teeth and give them check-ups.”