Picture yourself here. Nominate today for a 2016 Edison Award.

Follow the leaders. The first battery-operated, handheld intra-oral X-Ray system, first FDA approved, CO2 9.3 micron dental laser for hard and soft tissue, and first 45 degree electric attachment handpiece paved the way for dental innovations everywhere in 2015. Earlier this year, these dental revolutions were spotlighted during the prestigious Edison Awards™ gala in New York (shown) when The Edison Awards — which has recognized advances such as the Apple ipad; Keurig Vue® single cup brewing system;  and OnStar For My Vehicle (FMV)— added a dental category.


Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 alumnus Dr. Casey Culberson (second from right) with his parents and wife after winning a Bronze Edison Award for his Molar Media Mount in 2015.

Groundbreaking discoveries in dentistry, and their creators, earning Gold, Silver and Bronze, included: Vatech, 3M, 3D Systems, Aribex, Convergent Dental, Kerr Endodontics, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, NSK, Molar Media Mount, Benco Dental, and Inventionstring.

Nominate a product or service for an Edison Award or Edison Green Award to achieve this distinguished status and gain entrée into this elite circle of visionaries that features previous winners, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing.

Download the 2015 Nomination Guide and complete the online Nomination Form: http://www.edisonawards.com/nominations.php. Final deadline is December 4, 2015. Follow the instructions on the form, and submit your nomination, along with the entry fee, as directed. Winners will be announced during the April 2016 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

For the second year, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals aligns with The Edison Awards in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.  Here’s how: Edison will feature categories honoring the year’s most innovative dental equipment, merchandise and technology. They’ll screen all nominees to determine the finalists, who


Incisal Edge 2015 Spring Edition featured exclusive interviews with Edison Awards finalists in all dental categories.

will be featured in the spring issue of Incisal Edge.

Magazine’s founders Chuck Cohen and Rick Cohen discussed the collaboration: “Incisal Edge applauds the lifestyle of dental professionals and their desire to achieve great things for their patients and themselves. What could be better than the broad national recognition of the Edison Awards –- the definitive honor for innovation in our field?”

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime.  For additional information regarding the magazine, visit: https://www.facebook.com/BencoIncisalEdge

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’  For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.


Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world. The Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product and market development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name across the world. The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

The value of an Edison Award™ is powerful in terms of its ability to boost recognition and market visibility. For more information, visit edisonawards.com


Innovators from 3M ESPE Dental, which took a 2015 Silver Award in the Dental 3D Printers and Services category for the 3M True Definition scanner.


A peek at the GNYDM and your practice of the future

Looking for a moment where virtual reality meets dentistry?


Benco Dental Marketing Communications Manager reports on product launches at the GNYDM in NYC.

Benco Dental Marketing Communications Manager Rachel Pugh shared that moment in her description of a product launch during the Greater New York Dental Meeting: Oculus Rift Design Initiative.


“This software will virtually walk a dentist through her or his newly designed office before construction begins. A gaming style controller allows the user to walk forward and open doors,” said Rachel Pugh.  

You wear goggles (shown) so if you look up, you literally look at the ceiling of your office. It was really cool…although this girl got terrible motion sickness from it,” she joked.

At Booth 5014, attendees are able to walk through the dental office of Dr. Jeff Suh in Scarsdale, NY via Oculus Rift glasses. A collaboration between Masserano REC and the folks at Game U created the experience, with the use of CAD and gaming software

The goal: helping clients to fully understand their practice designs before they are constructed.

For anyone not in attendance, John Masserano offers a peek:  Oculus Rift Design Initiative.

Guide your staff more effectively — and vice-versa.

BY DR. LISA KNOWLES, Intentional Dental, as featured in Incisal Edge

“IF YOU HOLD the suction this way, you’d help retract the cheek better,” I coached my dental assistant one afternoon.

“I can’t put my fingers that way,” she insisted. “It never works for me.”

And so we struggled our way through the appointment. I couldn’t see a thing, and she kept sucking up the patient’s cheek.

Being a coach is one of the most challenging aspects of dentistry. Yet we often find ourselves in that position right after graduation. Sometimes we’re simultaneously coached by senior team members while coaching entry-level staff. The first lesson in coaching is to look inward and ask, “Am I coachable?” This will help you establish protocols for such moments with others — and as such, here are a few rules I try to apply to dental coaching in my practice.

Rule #1: Care enough to challenge your team. Talk with them about their mistakes, and praise their positives. Not providing feedback demonstrates a fear of confrontation or a lack of concern for your team’s development. If the leader doesn’t care, why should anyone else?

Rule #2: Don’t assume someone else will provide feedback, or that it’s outside your purview. A formal annual review isn’t enough; feedback should come weekly, at a minimum.

Rule #3: Just do it. That’s only way to get better at this critical skill. You won’t be perfect; I could kick myself for some of the things I’ve said to my staff. To this day, it’s a work in progress — and it does get easier.

Rule #4: Build a good leadership reference library. It’ll be invaluable when you’re dealing with human-resources issues. I read as much about leadership as I do about clinical dentistry; you need many perspectives to understand how others think and are likely to react.

Rule #5: Make coaching fun for you, too. Create that win-win situation in which you get to revel in others’ progress and your staff can move along the development continuum that suits them best.

Rule #6: Forgive. Nothing wrecks team cohesion faster than the inability to forgive. Nurse your patients, not your grudges.

Rule #7: Be open to feedback from everyone. It’s tough for a doctor (for fear of being challenged) to offer feedback to the staff, and even more difficult for the staff (for fear of being fired) to give feedback to the doctor. Don’t let that kind of fear rule your practice.

My dental assistant, it turned out, was right: She really couldn’t place her fingers the way I suggested. So we coached each other through the process. At root, dental coaching is about communicating well. It’ll never be perfect, but the faster a team can move in and out of conflicts, the better the patient outcomes — and the more satisfying the work environment.


Dr. Lisa Knowles has practiced for 16 years. She founded IntentionalDental
Consulting (IntentionalDental.com) to help dentists achieve greater peace in their practices. She blogs regularly at Beyond32Teeth.com.

There’s a first for everything.

This year at the largest dental meeting in the U.S., two inaugural events will take place: the First Annual Global Orthodontic Conference, and the First International Oral Cancer Symposium.

During the Greater New York Dental Meeting at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, general practitioners and orthodontists will enjoy five full days of seminars and workshops given by notable orthodontic speakers.

On Saturday, the first International Oral Cancer Symposium, entitled “The Science and Practice of Treating Head and Neck Cancer,” will provide a comprehensive overview of the current surgical and medical management of oral and oropharyngeal cancer patients. Sponsored by the Benco Family Foundation, and members of the dental community, the all-day event will feature diagnostic criteria, rehabilitative medicine and guidelines for oral cancer management during discussions by leading experts in Otolaryngology, Pathology, Craniofacial Surgery, Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics.

Learn how you can still attend the November 27 – December 2 meeting sponsored by Second District & New York County Dental Societies: https://nyd151.experientevent.com/ShowNYD151/


Just in time for holiday shopping.

“Modern form and function, in a horological context, can be tricky: For watchmakers, it’s a delicate task to blend contemporary materials with slightly futuristic designs that echo traditional timepieces just enough to make them appropriate for both a day in the practice and a night on the town.”

So says timepieces columnist Ariel Adams in the current edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine. She examines a quartet of high-tech watches strike that balance nicely, evoking the best of aviation, racing, technology and even space flight.

First up, the Apple watch, shown.

The Bite: $399 and up The Basics: Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Apple didn’t invent the smartwatch, but per custom, it’s done it better than anyone else has been able to. Perhaps that’s because this first iteration was very much inspired by traditional watches, making it a useful digital tool that’s as carefully designed as the finest luxury timepiece. Whether it’ll one day be as ubiquitous as the iPhone is an open question, but dentists looking to be on the leading edge of wearable tech could hardly do better. apple.com

Learn more about CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE SATELLITE WAVE F900, OMEGA SPEEDMASTER X-33 SKYWALKER and TAG HEUER CARRERA HEUER 01 in the Incisal Edge feature:  http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9975d83d#/9975d83d/86