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An estimated 25 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances have proven to be a viable option for treatment and a huge opportunity for dentists and labs, but there are numerous complexities in the market.
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As part of our ongoing State of the Industry 2015 coverage, LMT Editors visited the world’s largest dental show to bring you the scoop on the latest product and process innovations worldwide—including digital dentures, laser milling and more—and what else is coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
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Whip Mix’s new MAXAlign is a digital android app for technicians and dentists that captures important patient information and aids in providing predictable results when mounting models.
Here’s how it works: The lab and dentist purchase the MAX app through the Google Play store and also purchase a kit from Whip Mix; the lab kit includes a tablet, lab stand and occlusal stand and the dentist kit includes a tablet and doctor stand. Doctors use the app to photograph the patient and send the photo to the lab. The lab compares the photo of the patient to the photo of the model to verify the accuracy of position of the midline and horizontal plane, increasing predictability when mounting models.
The company also launched the Preference Soft Denture Liner system ideal for new, rebased and relined dentures. The liner snaps up and around the ridge, even uneven ridges; provides a long-lasting, soft cushion with a natural feel; and offers a strong seal to protect against delamination.
- December 2014
LMT’s Laurel Carbonneau visited Whip Mix in October for its third annual Survive or Thrive Forum, where more than 30 attendees heard real-world advice on technology implementation.
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- April 2014
Dental Technology Solutions, Whip Mix’s outsource service, has expanded its offering to include Vericore titanium and zirconia custom abutments. The Vericore Zirconia Hybrid Custom Abutments provide the natural esthetics of zirconia with the precision and durability of a titanium interface. The Vericore Premier Titanium Custom Abutments are polished and engraved with tooth numbers. Each custom abutment comes with a titanium platform and screw; 19 platforms for seven major implant systems are available. The company accepts .stl files with a two-day turnaround time. All milling services are backed by a seven-year warranty.
LAB DAY attendees also got the first look at Whip Mix Corp.’s Infinity ZR Sintering Furnace, which features Thermal Web Technology for more even heating. With 30 programs and four stages, the unit offers flexibility and consistently accurate sintering of zirconia materials.
For details, call 800-626-5651 or visit www.whipmix.com.
- November 2013
Whip Mixâs second annual Survive or Thrive Digital Forum was chock-full of advice and take-home strategies to help attendees make informed decisions about digital technology.
- September 2013
A year ago, Whip Mix Corp. promoted its Vice President of Manufacturing, Jim Myers, to President of the company, succeeding Allen Steinbock, the grandson of Whip Mix Founder Edmund Steinbock, Sr. This promotion makes Myers the first non-family member President in the company's history. LMT travelled to Louisville, KY, to talk with Myers about his new position and where the company is headed.
LMT: As President, how has your role changed?
Myers: For 11 years, my priority was our manufacturing processes; now, it's more focused on customer needs and opportunities. I have much more interaction with our sales team and Whip Mix customers.
LMT: What stands out to you regarding your customers?
Myers: The most striking thing about our laboratory customers is their level of energy, dedication and desire to improve their businesses. Rather than hoping digital technology won't affect them, they're rolling up their sleeves, re-inventing themselves and embracing new technology.
LMT: Tell us more...
- April 2013
In Chicago, Whip Mix introduced its Vericore milling discs. From highly translucent zirconia for monolithic full contour restorations or substructures, to PMMA burnout materials to wax, Whip Mix offers a wide variety of materials and sizes for multiple applications. All Vericore discs offer a diameter of 98mm and are available with and without collars in a variety of sizes from 10mm to 25mm.
The company also introduced a series of articulation products, including:
Two products for Denar Mark 300 Series articulators. Designed for use with the 3Shape scanner and software system, Denar® Split Cast Mounting Plates allow you to mount the model on the benchtop articulator using facebow records, arbitrary mounting stands or CR records; capture the position and cant of the patient's teeth; and then scan to replicate that benchtop positioning on the virtual articulator in the 3Shape software. Designed specifically for mounting, the Denar LabRelator helps extend the life of your current...
- November 2012
The CNC Group—a group of 31 laboratories that share knowledge and group purchasing activities—are participating in a CNC Goes Pink campaign through the fourth quarter of this year to raise money for breast cancer research.
Whip Mix Corp. has manufactured pink articulators exclusively for the group and will donate a percentage of sales of the articulators; laboratory members are using Whip Mix's pink mounting stone and will donate mounting fees to breast cancer research. Whip Mix has also provided CNC member labs with marketing materials to educate clients about the program.
The CNC group was started in 2004 and got its name from the initials of the three founding laboratories: Carter, Naturalike and Centric. For details, visit www.CNCGroup.org.
- May 2012
Attendees took advantage of two full days of clinics on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, and were eager to shop exhibits on Saturday. In fact, the exhibit hall was already bustling with crowds
- April 2012
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
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- April 2011
LMT Associate Publishers Kelly Carr and Laurie Freddino traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for some Southern hospitality and to learn how third- and fourth-generation members of the Steinbock family...
Dental Services Group's annual meeting is well-regarded for its open environment and sense of camaraderie among the laboratories. With the theme, Gateway to the Future, this year's event emphasized management and leadership, new technology and custom
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