Value, Validation, and Visibility

Edison Awards

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
-Thomas A. Edison

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Bert and Ernie, chocolate and peanut butter — complementary partnerships that stand the test of time.

Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine joins forces with the Edison Awards™ in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.
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In the words of Incisal Edge Founders Chuck Cohen and Rick Cohen:

“Together, we are bringing dental innovations out of the shadows and giving them the international recognition they deserve. Here’s how: Edison will now feature categories honoring the year’s most innovative dental equipment, merchandise and technology. They’ll rigorously screen all nominees to determine the finalists, who will be featured in the spring issue of Incisal Edge. The finalists will then be invited to attend the annual Edison Awards Gala (the Oscars of innovation) and bask in the adulation.”

Join the ranks of previous winners including 3M, Disney, Craftsman, Johnson Controls, Dyson, and Logitech and nominate your company’s innovative product or service. The value of an Edison Award™ is powerful in terms of its ability to boost recognition and market visibility.

How to Enter
To nominate a product or service for an Edison Award or Edison Green Award, download the 2015 Nomination Guide and complete the online Nomination Form that will be posted on September 1, 2014. Final deadline is December 5, 2014. Follow the instructions on the form, and submit your nomination, along with the entry fee, as directed. Winners will be announced during the April 2015 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

What do 2 dentists, an architect, a professor and a visionary have in common?


The 2nd annual Incisal Edge Design Awards sponsored by Clarion Financial, for one.

Dentists, dental students, architects and interior designers might be a few photos away from winning a $1,000 prize in the competition. Nominations will be accepted and winners awarded $1,000 in each of the contest’s five  categories: new construction, repurposed practice, eco-friendly practice, specialty practice and Design of the Future. This year’s juried panel for the dental lifestyle magazine contest will include five experts from the worlds of architecture and dentistry.

Entries will be accepted through September 5, 2014. Enter here:

Get the inside track on the blue ribbon panel of judges:
DAVID ALLISON, FAIA, NCARB, ACHA,  is the Alumni Distinguished Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture and Health at Clemson University, focusing on health-care architecture. His primary areas of study are operational efficiency and effectiveness; health outcomes and patient safety; patient, family and staff satisfaction; and accommodating change. He is a founding member of the Fellowship of the American College of Healthcare Architects and the Coalition for Health Environments Research.

TRISTAN HAMILTON, DDS, M. ARCH., holds degrees in architecture (from Andrews University in Michigan) and dentistry (from Loma Linda University in Southern California). He practiced as an architect for several years in Washington, D.C.; among the projects he worked on were renovations of numerous U.S.embassies around the world.  He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he practices in an office he designed himself, a space previously featured in Incisal Edge as one of the best dental offices in America.

LISA PHILP, RDH, CMC,  combines practical applications of dentistry with real life solutions as the innovative leader and business owner at the full-service coaching company for dentistry – Transitions Group North America. Her mission: To make dentistry simple and fun, allowing dental professionals to achieve personal and professional fulfillment in the workplace. A graduate from East Tennessee State University, she began the clinical portion of her career as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the United States and Canada.

REX WILDEY, DDS, holds a degree in dentistry and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. A second generation dentist, he infuses a commitment to the welfare of children into his practice, a surf-themed haven created around a vintage Volkswagen microbus. In 2014, Wildey Pediatric Dentistry, Texas earned an Incisal Edge Design Award in the Specialty Practice category.

ADAM M. WISE, LEED AP DESIGNER, BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON, is an architect and an LEED Accredited Professional whose primary focus concerns using state-of-theart technology to streamline design. He earned his master’s degree in architecture from Judson University near Chicago, where his thesis proposed viable solutions for the development of environmentally friendly “net-zero” homes. Wise is employed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a national architectural, planning and interior-design firm that has received more than 500 awards for design.




Grasping greatness

Hu-Friedy presents the Air-Flow Handy 3.0, and handy it is — with a slender handpiece that offers superior grip and rotation, the result of an exhaustive design process done in collaboration with a team of ergonomic specialists.

“WHAT’S IN A NAME?” asked William Shakespeare. “Here’s what, Willie,” reply the good folks at Hu-Friedy, as their latest air-polishing marvels make their way to the hands of grateful dentists everywhere.

The first is called the Air-Flow Handy 3.0, and handy it is — with a slender handpiece that offers superior grip and rotation, the result of an exhaustive design process done in collaboration with a team of ergonomic specialists.

The Handy’s a beaut, too; its sleek minimalism calls to mind the look of the original iMac. It offers unencumbered access to the treatment area, and its powder chamber is positioned to enable maximum visibility into the nookiest nooks and cranniest crannies of your patient’s mouth. (It also comes with a one-year repair-or-replace warranty, should said patient bite down hard on it in a moment of anxiety.)

Hu-Friedy recently introduced as well the Handy 3.0 Perio, designed for both supragingival and subgingival applications. Unique to this unit are a special perio handpiece and nozzles for easy biofilm removal in pockets up to 5 millimeters.

Both devices go easily from operatory to operatory, giving you flawless air polishing throughout your practice. That’s the kind of precision and quality that would have appealed to a man like Shakespeare. As Donalbain says in Macbeth, after all, “There’s daggers in men’s smiles.” We suspect this pair of Handy air polishers would have made quick work of that.

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Camera ready? Maybe not at first.

Mike Tyson in 1989 and 2014, Courtesy
Look at those pearly whites: Celeb smiles then and now from Page Six.

Caption: Mike Tyson in 1989 and 2014, courtesy

Although an array of celebrities proudly embrace their gap-toothed smiles (diastema), the majority of those in the public eye gravitate to more appealing grins.

Need convincing? Compare the “Celeb Smiles Then and Now” from Page Six:


Their aim is true: To deliver success smile after smile


Making sure to “deliver success smile after smile™”. That goal drives the sales team at Benco Dental, the largest privately owned, full-service distributor of dental supplies, equipment, consulting and equipment services in the United States.

Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family owned and focused on that unique mission. During Benco Dental’s 83-year history, the company has grown from a single storefront location in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. into the nation’s fastest-growing dental distributor, with more than 65 regional showroom locations and five distribution centers in Pittston, Pa., Fort Wayne, Ind., Jacksonville, Fla., Dallas, Texas and Reno, Nev., servicing more than 35,000 dental professionals in 45 states.

In 2010, Benco Dental reached a milestone in the company’s history by unveiling a 272,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and distribution center in Pittston, Pa., including a dental design showroom unlike any other in North America. The CenterPoint Experience combines design, technology and equipment. In 2012, to support West Coast customers, Benco created a mirror image CenterPoint Experience in Costa Mesa, Calif. Both locations provide dentists with the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the latest dental equipment and technology, as well as receive a consultation with Benco Dental’s InSite™ Design team.

Benco Dental provides more supply and equipment options than any other full-service dental distributor, an offering enhanced by a comprehensive suite of services, including office design, equipment repair, practice coaching, financing and real estate planning, wealth management, and dental-specific technology solutions. These services are supported by more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and more than 300 factory-trained service technicians.

Benco Dental new appointees are featured in the August edition of First Impressions Magazine. Check out the publication: