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Indian flair in cool Cuxhaven
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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. 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.  

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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www.voco.dental

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.

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).

Readers’ Choice Award for Admira Fusion
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Readers’ Choice Award

For the second time, the US American journal Dentistry Today has selected the top 25 “First Impression” category products. And VOCO’s Admira Fusion is among them again this year.

 

Dr. George Freedman’s reasoning reads as follows: The two main problems confronting dentists when placing direct composite restorations are short-term and long-term shrinkage. VOCO‘s Admira Fusion is the first fully ceramic universal restorative material, and it contains both fillers and a matrix which are based on silicon oxide (no BISGMA, BPA, UDMA/HEMA or TEGDMA). The nano/ORMOCER technology reduces the restorative shrinkage to 1.25 % by volume, and shrinkage stress by up to 50 % (3.87 MPa), thus improving long-term integrity.

 

Admira Fusion is compatible with all types of bonding agent and offers excellent shade stability as well as outanding balance of translucence and opacity, which makes restorations highly aesthetic. Admira Fusion is non-sticky and easy to work with. This composite is available in 18 shades, all of which can be polished to a high gloss with ease.

Better than existing favourites: Five stars for V-Posil
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The test dentists from the renowned Zahnmedizin Report rated V-Posil “very good” V-Posil won over the test dentists: over 85 per cent would be happy to recommend The addition silicone-based impression material is available in five different v V-Posil: Particularly precise impressions combined with optimal working conditio

As a “sophisticated impression-taking system” with particularly high precision, a working time suited to practice requirements and a conveniently short exposure period in the mouth, the VPS impression material V-Posil (VOCO) left a great impression on the independent test dentists. More than half of the dentists even found V-Posil better than their current favourite products. The Zahnmedizin Report (IWW Institut) gave the addition silicone a rating of “very good” overall and awarded it five stars out of five.

 

This assessment is based not only on the personal practical experiences of each of the test dentists, but also on the measurements recorded concerning the product’s physical properties. V-Posil amazed from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. The extraoral working time and the intraoral setting time are both approximately (up to) 2 minutes. “Optimal conditions” according to the testers. The dentists – all experienced addition silicone users – also appreciated the simple manner of removal from the patient’s mouth, the precision fit of the restoration, the dimensional stability, the colour contrast of the preliminary impression material and the correction impression material as well as the “readability” of the impression.

 

More than 85 per cent of the Zahnmedizin Report testers would be happy to recommend V-Posil to their colleagues and also want to use it themselves in future. For good reason: compared with the products used to date, V-Posil offers greater dimensional stability, can be “carved” better and offers a smoother surface in combination with a higher degree of precision. The entire V-Posil system with the viscosities Heavy Soft Fast, Putty Fast, Light Fast, X-Light Fast and Mono Fast as well as V-Posil Adhesive, the tray adhesive for VPS, was awarded the overall rating of 1.3 and thus the full five stars out of five.

Visitors from overseas
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13 Filipino dentists and Country Manager Dr. Joseph Postigo (on the right) visit Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on

In dental practices worldwide, the use of VOCO products is daily routine. In the Philippines too, the demand of innovative materials with the “Made in Germany” quality seal is growing steadily. Hence, during the visit of a group of Filipino dentists at VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven, the focus was on the combination of new ideas with reliable quality.

 

The visitors from overseas obtained comprehensive information and practical advice regarding the purely ceramic-based restorative material Admira Fusion, the Rebilda Post System for post-endodontic treatment as well as the CAD/CAM blocks Grandio blocs.

 

During a company tour, the advanced training offered the dentists the possibility to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials and to ask questions about VOCO’s research and development as well as its production.

 

Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concluded “Also in Southeast Asia, VOCO’s quality products are much sought-after by dentists. Many of them use our products in their dental practices for years. During their visit in Cuxhaven, the dentists could see how they are manufactured and packed.”

 

The visit ended with a transfer to Bremen in the evening and, on the next day, with a sightseeing tour in the Hanseatic City.

Filipino dentists impressed by product development
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Filipino dentists received a warm welcome at VOCO: They have already been workin

Many of them have already been using VOCO products in their practices for many years, so it was a particularly impressive experience for the Filipino dentists to see how the instruments are produced and packaged in Cuxhaven, Germany. The 36-strong group travelled to Germany specifically to get a picture for themselves of their favourite dental materials manufacturer and discuss the latest developments in the field of dentistry with the dental specialists.

 

After meeting with the sales management for dinner, the guests from overseas seized the opportunity the following day to take a tour of the R&D and production departments and pose questions they had concerning the conception and development of the VOCO products. Some products were then discussed in detail in the state-of-the-art training centre. The focus was on the all-ceramic-based Admira Fusion and the Rebilda post family for postendodontic treatments.

 

The guests from the Pacific island nation also demonstrated particular interest in the GrandioSO inlay system. “Many of them reported having already had very good experiences with the set for the chairside production of indirect composite inlays,” said VOCO Head of Non-EU Sales, Heinz-Peter Schnicke. He was very pleased by the lively discussions and especially by the confidence the Filipino dentists show in VOCO: “We have an excellent partnership basis for the growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.”

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
Product News
www.voco.dental

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.

Readers’ Choice Award for Admira Fusion
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Readers’ Choice Award

For the second time, the US American journal Dentistry Today has selected the top 25 “First Impression” category products. And VOCO’s Admira Fusion is among them again this year.

 

Dr. George Freedman’s reasoning reads as follows: The two main problems confronting dentists when placing direct composite restorations are short-term and long-term shrinkage. VOCO‘s Admira Fusion is the first fully ceramic universal restorative material, and it contains both fillers and a matrix which are based on silicon oxide (no BISGMA, BPA, UDMA/HEMA or TEGDMA). The nano/ORMOCER technology reduces the restorative shrinkage to 1.25 % by volume, and shrinkage stress by up to 50 % (3.87 MPa), thus improving long-term integrity.

 

Admira Fusion is compatible with all types of bonding agent and offers excellent shade stability as well as outanding balance of translucence and opacity, which makes restorations highly aesthetic. Admira Fusion is non-sticky and easy to work with. This composite is available in 18 shades, all of which can be polished to a high gloss with ease.

Better than existing favourites: Five stars for V-Posil
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The test dentists from the renowned Zahnmedizin Report rated V-Posil “very good” V-Posil won over the test dentists: over 85 per cent would be happy to recommend The addition silicone-based impression material is available in five different v V-Posil: Particularly precise impressions combined with optimal working conditio

As a “sophisticated impression-taking system” with particularly high precision, a working time suited to practice requirements and a conveniently short exposure period in the mouth, the VPS impression material V-Posil (VOCO) left a great impression on the independent test dentists. More than half of the dentists even found V-Posil better than their current favourite products. The Zahnmedizin Report (IWW Institut) gave the addition silicone a rating of “very good” overall and awarded it five stars out of five.

 

This assessment is based not only on the personal practical experiences of each of the test dentists, but also on the measurements recorded concerning the product’s physical properties. V-Posil amazed from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. The extraoral working time and the intraoral setting time are both approximately (up to) 2 minutes. “Optimal conditions” according to the testers. The dentists – all experienced addition silicone users – also appreciated the simple manner of removal from the patient’s mouth, the precision fit of the restoration, the dimensional stability, the colour contrast of the preliminary impression material and the correction impression material as well as the “readability” of the impression.

 

More than 85 per cent of the Zahnmedizin Report testers would be happy to recommend V-Posil to their colleagues and also want to use it themselves in future. For good reason: compared with the products used to date, V-Posil offers greater dimensional stability, can be “carved” better and offers a smoother surface in combination with a higher degree of precision. The entire V-Posil system with the viscosities Heavy Soft Fast, Putty Fast, Light Fast, X-Light Fast and Mono Fast as well as V-Posil Adhesive, the tray adhesive for VPS, was awarded the overall rating of 1.3 and thus the full five stars out of five.

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.

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.  

Indian flair in cool Cuxhaven
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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. 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.

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).

Visitors from overseas
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13 Filipino dentists and Country Manager Dr. Joseph Postigo (on the right) visit Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on

In dental practices worldwide, the use of VOCO products is daily routine. In the Philippines too, the demand of innovative materials with the “Made in Germany” quality seal is growing steadily. Hence, during the visit of a group of Filipino dentists at VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven, the focus was on the combination of new ideas with reliable quality.

 

The visitors from overseas obtained comprehensive information and practical advice regarding the purely ceramic-based restorative material Admira Fusion, the Rebilda Post System for post-endodontic treatment as well as the CAD/CAM blocks Grandio blocs.

 

During a company tour, the advanced training offered the dentists the possibility to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials and to ask questions about VOCO’s research and development as well as its production.

 

Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concluded “Also in Southeast Asia, VOCO’s quality products are much sought-after by dentists. Many of them use our products in their dental practices for years. During their visit in Cuxhaven, the dentists could see how they are manufactured and packed.”

 

The visit ended with a transfer to Bremen in the evening and, on the next day, with a sightseeing tour in the Hanseatic City.

Filipino dentists impressed by product development
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Filipino dentists received a warm welcome at VOCO: They have already been workin

Many of them have already been using VOCO products in their practices for many years, so it was a particularly impressive experience for the Filipino dentists to see how the instruments are produced and packaged in Cuxhaven, Germany. The 36-strong group travelled to Germany specifically to get a picture for themselves of their favourite dental materials manufacturer and discuss the latest developments in the field of dentistry with the dental specialists.

 

After meeting with the sales management for dinner, the guests from overseas seized the opportunity the following day to take a tour of the R&D and production departments and pose questions they had concerning the conception and development of the VOCO products. Some products were then discussed in detail in the state-of-the-art training centre. The focus was on the all-ceramic-based Admira Fusion and the Rebilda post family for postendodontic treatments.

 

The guests from the Pacific island nation also demonstrated particular interest in the GrandioSO inlay system. “Many of them reported having already had very good experiences with the set for the chairside production of indirect composite inlays,” said VOCO Head of Non-EU Sales, Heinz-Peter Schnicke. He was very pleased by the lively discussions and especially by the confidence the Filipino dentists show in VOCO: “We have an excellent partnership basis for the growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.”