Dr. Betsy Carmack: Dentist, bodybuilder and worldwide champion. #IE40under40

A “Sports-Center” life

Dr. Betsy Carmack has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her accomplishments. She and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack run four dental offices in Bennington, Rutland and Shaftsbury, Vermont and carve out time for humanitarian outreach, family and other passions in life.

One that has always been central to Dr. Betsy Carmack’s life: Sports. Her childhood days were filled with everything from gymnastics, dance and cheer to basketball, softball, track and swimming.

However, as Betsy entered her teen years, she knew she could only focus on one or two sports. Ultimately, she made the choice to continue her cheerleading and gymnastic careers, and competed in both sports throughout all four years of high school.

Vanderbilt University

Betsy continued her cheerleading career at the collegiate level when she attended Vanderbilt University to earn her undergraduate degree.

Academics win the race

Dental school brought about quite a change in Dr. Carmack’s life; as someone who was always involved in athletics, attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine meant that she had to dedicate the majority of her focus on academics.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Dr. Carmack got involved in competitive athletics again. Having just moved to Connecticut and preparing for her upcoming wedding, she began to work with a trainer at a local gym.

It was there that she was introduced to head trainer Sherry Carature and several other women who were prepping for an upcoming fitness show.

Getting back into the game

Dr. Carmack was not only attracted to the idea of getting involved in a sport again but also the opportunity to bond and make some new friends, which she was able to do right away.

“I was immediately drawn to and inspired by Sherry and connected seamlessly with the other girls,” Dr. Carmack said.

After going through the group training, Dr. Carmack competed in her first fitness show, Fitness Atlantic, in April 2010.

Fitness Atlantic, 2010

Even though she did not place in the show, Dr. Carmack said that she cherished the experience because she made a ton of new friends and fell in love with the sport’s contagious energy.

Time off pays off

Dr. Carmack had to take some time off from bodybuilding and fitness shows once she and her husband, Dr. Tyler Carmack, welcomed their two children to the world. However, once they settled into their new roles as parents, Dr. Carmack was inspired to return to the sport once again. This time around the results were a bit different.

In 2014, Dr. Carmack re-entered the fitness competition world, and she was eligible to compete in the Master’s Division.

Being in this division allowed Dr. Carmack to compete against women who faced similar life situations and circumstances. Eager to compete once again, Dr. Carmack trained for and placed 4th in the Green Mountain Thaw, an all-natural bodybuilding competition hosted in Vermont.

Green Mountain Thaw is an annual fitness competition hosted in Vermont.

Dr. Carmack returned to the Green Mountain Thaw in 2018, and all of her hard work paid off, earning her the 1st place spot in the Open Tall Division and the Overall Bikini Division.

These two victories meant that Dr. Carmack received a World Beauty Fashion and Fitness (WBFF) Pro Card, along with a spot to compete in the World’s Competition in Las Vegas that August.

The World Beauty Fashion and Fitness Inc. features 9th place winner Betsy Carmack.

To prepare for this competition, Dr. Carmack completed more advanced training than ever before. At the WBFF World’s competition, Dr. Carmack not only bonded with many other like-minded fitness women from all over the globe, but also had the honor of finishing 9th worldwide in her first Pro Fitness Show.

Training behind the scenes

As if the weightlifting didn’t seem challenging enough, Dr. Carmack also took several other steps to prepare for each of her competitions.

“In bodybuilding, half of the difficulty is training your body through weights and cardio, along with knowing your angles and poses. The other half is training your mind, self- discipline and determination.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack
Dr. Betsy Carmack during a fitness photoshoot.

With such a tight schedule as a dentist, mother and humanitarian, Dr. Carmack acknowledged how difficult it is to stick to a diet when training. She often ate six meals a day, all of which consisted of vegetables, proteins, and carbs. On top of all of that, she drank a gallon of water a day, at minimum.

Goal-oriented and determined, Dr. Carmack used her objectives and desired results as the drive to keep her on track when her training challenged her. Overcoming obstacles like time constraints, energy shortages and doubt was easy once she pictured herself on stage competing.

By keeping her goals at the forefront of her mind, Dr. Carmack was able to shrink the troubling obstacles she faced, allowing her aspirations and dreams to shine through.

Life outside of the fitness world

Dr. Betsy Carmack and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack (left).

At present, Dr. Carmack is taking time to focus on her family life and her career. She is currently receiving training on dental implants and advanced surgical techniques from the Misch International Implant Institute.

This fall, she’ll be sharing her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago. Dr. Carmack will join 10 incredible speakers, including CNN’s Poppy Harlow at this celebration of women in dentistry. On the panel “Healthy Me,” Dr. Carmack and three other experts will discuss proven methods of staying in a positive headspace while working under stress. Find out details and register to attend: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

This fall, Dr. Betsy Carmack will share her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago.

Despite her busy professional and home life, Dr. Carmack still makes time to work out five to six days each week and has enrolled in a few trail races this summer. Dr. Carmack hopes to make a return to the competitive world of bodybuilding once the timing is right for both her family and her career.

Want to start your own fitness journey?

As for her advice to fitness challenge newcomers, Dr. Carmack urges anyone considering it to just go for it.

“Whether it be running, dieting, lifting or walking, find a challenge and sign up! Decide, commit, succeed.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack

Just as Dr. Carmack first began training with a group of her friends, it may be beneficial to find a training partner to make a set, recurring schedule. Dr. Carmack relied on her own accountability and determination to achieve her training goals and urges everyone else to do the same.

“Keep your head in the game and your body will follow.”

Dr. Besty Carmack advises fitness enthusiasts.

Extending a helping hand

The challening journey to humanitarianism

Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.

Apart from being both a dentist and an architect, Dr. Tristan Hamilton is also an avid humanitarian. From his first medical mission in Western Zambia to his current clinic in Grenada, mission work has always been a staple in Dr. Hamilton’s life.

After spending some time in Western Africa, Dr. Hamilton said he knew that mission work was his passion. This ultimately led him to create the Church Street Clinic in the city of St. George’s on the island of Grenada.

Dr. Hamilton said Grenada proved to be one of the more difficult places that he has done mission work in, mostly due to their strict regulations.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton during some of his early mission work.

“I’ve been all over the world doing mission work and doing every aspect of mission work; whether I’m building a facility, using my hands to do construction, or whether or not I’m doing medical or dental work. It’s never been difficult to actually do good, except in Grenada,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Dr. Hamilton was fully expecting to see patients when he first arrived in Grenada, but a quick call from the liaison in the United States changed all of that.

Instead of being able to sit down and care for the patients in Grenada, Dr. Hamilton said he spent his first day scrambling around to try and get his dental license passed by the Grenada Medical and Dental Council.  

“I spent a whole entire day visiting four different government offices, and at the end of the day, they only qualified me to be able to do sealants,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton with his family in Grenada.

Although being approved to do sealants may not seem like that big of a deal, Dr. Hamilton counted this as a huge victory and even said he learned some other lessons from that challenging, hectic day.

“That day made me aware of a lot of things, like how patients are a great virtue to have,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Overcoming other hardships

Construction barriers

Dr. Hamilton still had some hurdles to get over once his license was approved in Grenada. Construction in third-world countries is not always the easiest, and Dr. Hamilton said the builders had to get creative sometimes.

“We were inspecting the office and got down into the basement where I inspected the suction and the compressor. I walked right outside to see that the drain hose from the hi-vac suction was sticking out of the window of the basement and into the gutter of the stree. Totally normal, right?” Dr. Hamilton said.

The difference in something as simple as what materials were being used really blew Dr. Hamilton away.

Even though some of the projects had to be redone, both the builders and Dr. Hamilton were able to work together to get the clinic up and running.  

 Being in two places at once

While doing work at the Church Street Clinic, Dr. Hamilton soon realized that his consistency would make the biggest impact on the community. This was a hard pill to swallow because his original plans did not include him being in Grenada full-time.

Dr. Hamilton assessing the inventory at the Church Street Clinic.

“My vision for the Church Street Clinic was that I’d go down a few times a year and spend a couple of weeks serving the people of that area, but then I asked myself, what happens in the mean time?”

Dr. Hamilton soon became concerned about what would happen to the patients who needed a dentist when he wasn’t readily in the country. It was hard for him to accept the fact that he wouldn’t be the ultimate cure-all for the St. George’s community.

Thankfully, Dr. Hamilton was able to find a solution to this problem with the help of Dr. Noel. Dr. Noel will act as the boots on the ground year round, catering to those patients in need when Dr. Hamilton isn’t around.

“Now we have somebody that’s in place and that’s really committed to giving back to her people. Now we have that consistency within our clinic’s setting to provide the greatest impact to the community.” Dr. Hamilton said.

Apart from Dr. Noel, there are two other volunteers who help out at the clinic. Dr. Hamilton is even in the process of hiring a dental hygienist to work at the clinic that would act as another constant presence for the community.

Why it’s all worth it

Though the process of creating and working in the Church Street Clinic were troubling and difficult, Dr. Hamilton said he persevered for all of the moments that fill his heart with joy.  It’s not just about the dental work Dr. Hamilton does for his patients, but about going that extra mile and showing his patients that he cares.

“Once they know that you care, you become more than just some outsider who’s there for a two-week fix,” Dr Hamilton said.

Dr. Hamilton said going above and beyond with his patients has always proven to make the greatest impact above all.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton (center) during his mission work.

His mission work has taught him that he’ll never know what’s about to walk through the door, just that he has to be prepared to try and offer the best care that he possibly can. “My take home was that I need to provide a quality of care no matter what I encounter,” Dr. Hamilton said.

One patient that’s close to Dr. Hamilton’s heart is a man who had a mass removed from the right side of his face. Dr. Hamilton knew that this patient was in a dire situation, since the five-centimeter mass blocked his right eye and went down towards his jaw.

The patient’s reaction after the procedure is one that Dr. Hamilton will remember for the rest of his life.

“His first comment was, ‘Now I can get a girlfriend because I don’t have this mass on my face!’” Dr. Hamilton said.

Future Plans

As Dr. Hamilton continues to improve the clinic, he’s also aiming to expand his reach to the other surrounding islands. “There’s a couple of different islands within the chain, such as Carriacou , that we’re eventually trying to get to with a mobile dental unit in order to serve some of the people who have a harder time getting to Grenada to be treated.”

Even though majority of the clinic’s patients come from Grenada, Dr. Hamilton wants to be able to extend his treatment and care to all of those who need it.

Dr. Hamilton with a child during his mission work.

Dr. Hamilton plans on traveling down to the Church Street Clinic this upcoming September. He has certain goals to achieve for the clinic and hopes to see a lot of progress get made. Even though the clinic is functioning, Dr. Hamilton realizes that improvements can and always will always be made.  

Supporting the clinic

Those interested in supporting the Church Street Clinic can do so directly on the clinic’s Facebook page. The Church Street Clinic team accepts all donations including things like thoughts, prayers, monetary donations and even instruments and supplies.

Want to volunteer?

Don’t worry about a lack of dental knowledge or experience.

Volunteers can take on a variety of roles, including ones where they act as additional support.

Dr. Hamilton realizes that oftentimes it’s the extra help and support that makes the biggest difference in mission work such as the Church Street Clinic.

Benco Dental gets creative about community support

The giving season is every season at Benco Dental. This month, it includes a Christmas in July food drive at the company’s home office in Pennsylvania. Each department competed to see who could raise the most money and donate the most food.

The CEO Food Bank in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

The money collected is being donated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the food is being donated to the CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) Food Bank. The competition took place over the past two weeks, and the departments got a little competitive.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Talk about competitive spirit

Truckloads of donations in the IT department

Benco associates unload a trailer full of non-perishables donated by the IT department.

The IT department was determined to donate as much food as they possibly could for the food drive.

To accomplish this goal, some associates brought in trailers full of non-perishables to contribute.

By Friday, July 19, the IT department had collected a whopping 1,452 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables.

“Wow… the most impressive thing about the win is that we won for the right reasons. The IT Team really got behind giving back to the community and making a difference – mission accomplished! Thank you to everyone in the IT team who passionately participated!”

Benco Chief Information Officer Mike Burns

What’s better than a sweet treat after lunch?

Associates in the Marketing and Supply Chain department decided to take a sweeter route to help raise their donations.

The team decided to host a bake sale in Kitty’s Kitchen, the company cafeteria where all of the CenterPoint East associates eat lunch during work days.

The Marketing and Supply Chain team members contributed baked goods for the sale, and their hard work resulted in an additional $365 in donations.

Operations department takes action to ‘ketchup’ in the rankings

Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, was determined to help the Operations department a higher ranking than in previous years.

That would explain why Lisa and two of her peers, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control and Returns, dressed as the summer picnic favorites of ketchup, mustard and a hot dog to solicit donations around the building.

Operations department associates at Benco Dental dressed in festive costumes to create excitement for the Christmas in July community fundraiser from left: Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control.

The effort put forth by the three Operations associates proved to be effective, considering they earned $187 on their walks around the building.

They traveled around the second floor and down to the first floor of the building to see if their costumes would persuade employees in other departments (aka their fundraising rivals) to donate.

The Operations Trio collects donations from associates in the Tooth Room.

Apart from their costumed collection to help out good causes, the Operations and Finance team divisions also hosted a “pie-the-manager” or “pie-the-supervisor” competition, where associates could contribute funds via individual jars that featured their managers’ and supervisors’ names.  

How did the competition ‘wrap’ up?

The food drive competition drew to its end Wednesday, July 24, and the results have finally been announced.

The IT department led the company in first place, managing to collect a total of 4,571.20 lbs. of food and monetary donations. This beats their last year’s total of 3,603.75 lbs.

Overall, the entire building raised a grand total of 11,868.87 lbs. in both food and monetary donations. This beats last year’s total by 77 lbs.

Who’s getting a pie in the face?

As the food drive came to an end, so did the intense sub-competition within the Operations and Finance Departments.

All Operations Managers and Supervisors were at risk of getting a face full of pie, but only two will actually have to face the desserts head on.

Darren Savage, Returns and Vendor Credits Supervisor, had a total of $422.95 donated to the Pie-the-Manager competition. Mike Zwierko, Manager of the Distribution Center, earned second place with donations placed in his jar. These two Benco Associates were able to collect the most money and food within the Operations Department and each will receive a face full of pie next week.

Pie, hot dogs, baked goods … it all led to more support for those in need in one Pennsylvania community

No matter who ends up getting pied, all that matters is that the Benco community was able to come together to make a difference for those in need.

Summer sizzle? Cool dental products have you covered.

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 
As the July temperatures sizzle outside, Benco Dental presents a few of cool advancements to consider in the form of their Six Neat Things promotion.

The Six Neat Things featured from July 19 to August 8, are, from left: Two Striper Dental Diamond Instruments, PRO-SYS™ JetFloss, Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement, Ivoclar Vivadent 3s PowerCure System, and DCI Edge bluetooth dental chairs.

Fix faulty chairs in a snap with DCI Edge Bluetooth technology

The DCI Edge dental chairs offer Bluetooth technology for quick troubleshooting.

Now offering Bluetooth diagnostic capabilities, DCI Edge chairs allow dentists to get to the root of issues faster than traditional dental chairs.

What does this mean for your office?

  • Reduced downtime
  • Reduced service calls
  • Reduced disruption

The chairs are also equipped with a circuit board that communicates with a web app and stores error codes that aid in diagnosing problems both onsite and remotely.

The Bluetooth technology connects with a web app to make problem-solving easier.

How the technology benefits your office

The new Bluetooth DCI Edge chair technology saves time, money and frustration for both doctors and their patients.

The PRO-SYS JetFloss offers effortless flossing all through the power of water.

The PRO-SYS JetFloss.

This water-powered flossing system is more versatile and flexible compared to traditional dental floss.

With 12 quick connect tips, it’s easy to leave your whole mouth feeling clean.

  • Jet tip: reaches around teeth and under the gumline more effectively than floss.
  • Orthodontic tip: washes away plaque and particles around braces, bridges and crowns
  • Periodontal tip: provide cleanliness and comfort by massaging the gum tissue all while reaching into the pockets for a deep clean.
  • Tongue tip: keeps breath fresh by removing bacteria from the very back of the tongue.
Some of the tips offered with the PRO-SYS JetFloss from left to right: jet tip, orthodontic tip, peridontal tip and tongue tip.

On top of all of that, the PRO-SYS JetFloss even keeps your breath fresh with its tongue tip, which removes bacteria from the very back of the tongue, an area not easily reached by traditional toothbrushes or dental floss.

This water-powered flossing system is easy to clean and care for with self-contained tip storage and a large 800ml. water reservoir.

To learn more about the PRO-SYS JetFloss click here.

Never worry about a loose crown or bridge again with the Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement.

The Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement.

This single-component, moisture-activated temporary cement is a perfect short-term solution for loose crowns and bridges. The professional-strength cement saves both doctors and patients from making emergency trips to the office. The NoMIX Temporary Cement gives patients an alternative solution to provisional crown failures.

The take-home applicators help avoid unscheduled visits and late-night trips to the dentist office by allowing patients to temporarily reseat their own crowns.

What are Centrix’s NoMIX Temporary Cement benefits?

The NoMIX Temporary Cement comes in convenient take home tubes.
  • Ease of use, dispensing, cleaning and removal from prep
  • Syringe delivery for chairside application
  • Take-home applicators for patient use emergencies
  • Slight expansion upon setting for a tight margin seal
  • Low-film thickness
  • Eugenol-free, so it won’t interfere with resin placements

Learn more about the NoMIX Temporary Cement here.

Create long-lasting Class I and Class II adult composite restorations with Ivoclar Vivadent’s 3s PowerCure system.

Ivoclar Vivadent’s 3s PowerCure System.

By offering a three-second curing process, this system shortens the curing process greatly. The kit offers a variety of pieces that all aim to reduce the number of materials, shorten the process, lower the chance of errors and deliver high quality esthetics for your patients.

The 3s PowerCure offers automatic assistance that ensures reliable curing results. The curing light automatically detects movement of the handpiece and even alerts the user of improper use by vibrating and automatically extending the exposure time by 10%.

Items offered in the 3s PowerCure System Kit.

What’s included in the kit?

  • The Bluephase PowerCure curing light
  • The new Tetric Powerfill and Powerflow composites
  • The Adhese Vivapen bonding agent

For more info on the 3s PowerCure System, read about it on Benco’s website.

Make impressions even easier with DenMat’s The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays.

The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Tray by DenMat.

The Gripper® Double-Bite Impression Trays offer a versatile function of being both an impression tray, as well as an ergonomic thumb grip that doubles as a writing surface.

This impression tray is a metal-plastic hybrid that fits most patients and a comfort to VPS dual arch impressions. The slim profile and soft mesh lining offer maximum strength and accuracy without causing any discomfort to patients.

The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays offer:

  • multi-functional trays that fits most
  • ergonomic thumb grip that also doubles as a handy writing surface
  • double-reinforced design with wall grooves for superior material retention and precision

Read more about The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays here.

The Two Striper Diamond Dental Instruments offer diamonds that last longer and deliver faster than other brands.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack of diamond dental instruments from Two Striper.

Two Striper burs are developed with a proprietary P.B.S. brazing process that is recognized as the best bonding system in the industry.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack offers a variety of different instruments.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack offers the highest-rated all-ceramic-cutting and is especially effective on today’s new generation of tougher ceramic materials

The Diamond Standard Two Striper offers many benefits such as fewer burs, less chair time and happier patients.

Check out more info on the Two Striper Diamond Dental Instruments here.

Destiny is never set in stone

Frank Lafata had the rest of his life planned. As an undergraduate student working toward a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene at Detroit Mercy Dental, Lafata (shown above with one of his favorite dentists Dr. Meri) was ready to storm the world and pursue his dream of becoming an orthodontist.

Lafata’s entire blueprint changed after a car accident during his studies in hygiene school. The accident left him with a serious back injury, threatening his hopes of becoming an orthodontist. However, Lafata persevered and continued working hard to reach his goal.

As Lafata moved into the professional world as a Registered Dental Hygienist and worked at several private practices, but he soon came to realize that the physical demands of the dental profession would take too much of a toll on his body. This was the moment Lafata decided that it was time to make some changes in his life blueprints.

Frank Lafata is featured in the Spring/Summer edition of the Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Magazine Leading Edge.

Not wanting to stray from the world of dentistry, Lafata decided to put his skills to use in dental equipment sales. Lafata said that Detroit Mercy Dental fully prepared him for whatever role in sales he decided to fulfill through curriculum like dental material classes. He was featured recently in the school’s alumni magazine, Leading Edge: https://dental.udmercy.edu/alumni/leading-edge.php

“Detroit Mercy [Dental] helped me a ton! I learned so much about instruments, ergonomics, dental equipment and so much more,” Lafata said.

Frank Lafata, RDH

How did Lafata overcome such a setback?

The most important thing Lafata had to tell himself was to “just keep pushing on.” Lafata said that because the accident happened when he was in hygiene school, it was even more difficult to give up because he was so close to reaching his goals.

“Sure, I have my bad thoughts when things don’t go my way, but everything happens for a reason. I process what happens and adjust accordingly,” Lafata said.

Lafata gives this advice out to anyone who feels like they may have reached a dead end or a stumbling block. Remembering what the ultimate goal is and the rerouting process to get there are the most important components of his everlasting work ethic.

Even though he did not end up where he expected, Lafata said that every day he can make an impact in his current position as a Territory Representative at Benco Dental.

Lafata said that his past experience allows him to better relate to his clients when selling dental equipment because he can offer in-depth explanations about how the products will function. The fact that Lafata has been in his clients’ position allows them to better trust his judgement.

“They trust me because I’ve been in their shoes and understand their needs,” Lafata said.

“I feel like I have a better working knowledge of how the [products] run in dental practices,” Lafata said.

Not to mention, Lafata is constantly learning from his coworkers and other clinicians, which allows him to continuously fine tune his skills in dental sales.

He still manages to find time to work clinically on Saturdays and even keeps himself active by playing hockey every Monday night.

Lafata said his role at Benco Dental illustrates the best career move he could have made. This just goes to show that sometimes the plan you have set for yourself may not be your true destiny.

2D or not 2D? That is the question for dentists.

A 3D panoramic model offered by Carestream.

When should you stick with a 2D pan or make the switch to a 3D pan at a dental practice?

Both 2D and 3D panoramic images are useful when diagnosing and further treating dental patients. However, the two technologies cannot be used interchangeably, and there are situations where each would be a better fit. To make sure your patients receive the best treatment and care possible, it’s important to determine the different times each of these panoramic imaging technologies should be utilized.

What is 2D imaging?

2D panoramic imaging is most simply explained as a two-dimensional view of the three-dimensional oral cavity space. 2D pans use fan-like imaging to capture views of patients’ mouths and are most useful in common, simple procedures or diagnoses.

When are 2D pans most beneficial?

  • Diagnosing Tooth Decay. Since 2D images primarily highlight the teeth, it’s easy to see when something is amiss. In a situation where a patient is experiencing tooth decay, the use of 2D imaging can help identify the issue quickly.
  • Diagnosing Bone Loss. For similar reasons, bone loss in and around the oral cavity can also be examined and repaired with the help of a 2D panoramic image.
  • Routine Check-ups. 2D imaging is crucial to help the everyday flow in an office. Keeping up to date on patients’ records is simple with 2D imaging. With reduced amounts of radiation exposure, regular updates of patients’ oral cavities serve as references when identifying any implications they may be facing.
A 3D panoramic X-ray model offered by Kavo.

3D pans in the spotlight

3D pans use Cone Beam Computed Technology to produce three-dimensional images that offer height, width and depth. Useful in more intricate procedures, they can also help diagnose seemingly unsolvable issues.

CBCT offers insight as to the location of nerves and blood vessels to ensure a more accurate depiction of the patient’s oral anatomy. 3D pans are often used for more serious procedures or diagnoses.

When are 3D pans most beneficial?

  • Placing Dental Implants. Thanks to a seemingly infinite amount of information on a patient’s oral cavity the 3D pan offers, a doctor can be completely certain when deciding where to place an implant.
  • Identifying Bone Defects. CBCT offers a higher percent of sensitivity when detecting artificial bone. It can also aid in identifying bone destruction from a tooth infection.
  • Extraction of Wisdom Teeth. For a complicated procedure like extracting implanted teeth, having a full array of knowledge is vital. With 3D pans, doctors can view everything from the nerves in a patient’s oral cavity to sinuses. Having this knowledge ensures a smooth and painless procedure.
A 3D panoramic X-ray model offered by Vatech.

Ready to take the next step?

Benco Dental offers cone beam imaging solutions that for any panoramic X-ray need.

  • Benco Dental can open doors to industry leading manufacturers like Carestream Dental, Vatech and Kavo.
  • The result: unprecedented treatment planning and patient communication capabilities, along with world-class service and support.
  • Contact your Friendly Benco Rep today at 1.800.GOBENCO

Innovation doesn’t take a summer vacation

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with all of the latest equipment and technology.
Benco Dental presents a few of these advancements.

The four products featured from left: Digital Doc XTG, RelyX Luting Plus, TPH Spectra ST and Benco Brands Natural Extensions

Give your work a flawless finish with the TPH Spectra ST.

The TPH Spectra ST Universal Composite Restorative

When Dentsply Sirona added SphereTEC™ filler to TPH Spectra composite, the benefits were numerous.

TPH Spectra ST Advanced granulated spherical fillers were designed with a well-defined particle size distribution and surface microstructure that work together with a trusted resin matrix to enhance handling and esthetics.

Their extra step: Asking the experts — the clinicians — which product improvements could make the composite more valuable to their patients and more efficient in their process?

Those answers drove the innovation. The new and improved TPH Spectra ST offers optimized handling, enhanced chameleon blending and improved durability; all of the things that matter to dentists most. The TPH Spectra ST makes this process even easier by offering five ‘Cloud’ shades that cover the full VITA® range that help make procedures more efficient.

The TPH Spectra ST offers a variety of shades to ensure the perfect match.

For more information on the TPH Spectra ST, click here.

Gear up for any visit with the Natural Extensions nitrile air gloves.

The Natural Extension nitrile air gloves by Benco Brands

This new, high-tech exam glove offers protection but also yields freedom and range of motion

The Natural Extension makes it possible to forget you’re wearing gloves. Natural Extensions nitrile air practically disappear on your hands, so you can focus on what you’re feeling. Refresh your routine with the glove that’s more like an extension of your own skin.

  • The best tactile-sensitivity
  • Non-sterile
  • Single-use Only
  • Nitrile, powder-free

Read more about the Natural Extensions here.

Say goodbye to cement messes with the RelyX Luting Plus

The RelyX Luting Plus by 3M ESPE

RelyX Luting Plus offers an assist with procedures like cementing a Zirconia crown.

By offering better bond strength and easier cleanup compared to other leading RMGI cements, the RelyX Luting Plus by 3M ESPE is formulated to make every day procedures like PFMs (porcelain fused to metal) and metal, or pediatric, crowns faster and more reliable.

For convenience, the RelyX Luting Plus is also available in the Clicker Dispenser for trial usage.

For more info on the 3M RelyX Luting Plus, check it out on our website.

Don’t let your old X-ray machine hold you back.

The Digital Doc XTG portable X-ray system

The Digital Doc XTG portable X-ray system produces high quality, diagnostic X-rays for both film and digital sensors.

This device benefits dentists by offering the freedom of movement and the removal of clunky X-ray equipment. However, it can still be mounted on tripod or arms for added stabilization.

Benefits include:

  • Rechargeable Battery (at least 150 exposures per charge)
  • Low Patient Exposure
  • Camera-like Operation
  • Ease of Use
  • Portability for Multi-Operatory Use
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5 reasons to register for The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration

The Lucy Hobbs Project hosts an annual celebration that encourages dental professionals to become a part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry.

At this year’s event, the 7th annual celebration of women in dentistry, Cameo Dental Specialists is partnering with Benco Dental to host at The Blackstone Hotel on October 3-5 in Chicago, Illinois.

A national initiative, powered by Benco Dental and free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession through networking, innovation and giving back. It pays tribute to the legacy of the first woman to earn a dental degree in the U.S.: Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor. When she was refused admission to dental school in 1859 because of her gender, Lucy persevered (read her inspirational story here).
This pioneering spirit fuels the Project, and its members to drive dentistry forward.
The annual celebration will not only help attendees grow individually, but will also help dental teams grow together.

On the fence about registering? You’ll be able to make a concrete decision after reading the next 5 reasons to register for this year’s Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration.

1. Networking

  • Dental professionals from all over the country attend the three-day celebration. Attendees can learn from and network with peers to gain insight. Participants have the opportunity to take part in activities in line with this year’s theme “Mind+Body+SoulAchieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work“, hosted at The Blackstone, a location outside of the typical professional environment to encourage the creation of long-term bonds.

2. Giving Back

  • The Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration not only offers attendees the opportunity to better themselves and their dental practices, but also allows them to give back to those in need. Through a collaboration with the non-profit organization Let It Be Us, those at the event will have the chance to take part in a give-back activity aimed to help find homes for the 18,000 children living in foster care across Illinois.

3. Teamwork

  • Cameo Dental Specialists joins Benco Dental in hosting this year’s celebration. Cameo Dental Specialists includes practices located across Illinois. Its doctors and highly trained staff always strive to provide exceptional care to their patients in the most comfortable environment.
Dr. Vladana Babcic will be a guest speaker during this year’s celebration.
  • Dr. Vladana Babcic, of Cameo Dental Specialists, will participate as a guest panelist at the Celebration in October and share advice gained from working in the dental profession and offer words of encouragement to attendees.

4. Empowerment

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow will be this year’s featured guest. When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, she hosts the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow” with guests including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry. Attendees will be inspired to maintain a positive mindset while striving for their long-term career goals and balance professional growth with a fulfilling family life. Harlow’s passion for life is sure to spark initiative within participants.

5. Recognition

  • Among attendees will be six exemplary women in dentistry who will receive awards that highlight their perseverance and dedication to the profession. These awards shine light on their unique accomplishments. This year’s winners will be honored at a celebratory ceremony:

Still need another reason?

Attendees will also earn three Continuing Education credits. Those interested in registering for this year’s 7th Annual Celebration at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago Oct. 3-5 can do so here.

How to buy a dental chair: Start with 3 simple questions.

Want to be sure you select the right chair for your dental office?

The needs of every dental office and its patients vary. Sure, some general guidelines may stretch across the entire profession of dentistry, but when it comes down to it, what does your chair need to be capable of to suit you and your patients?

The process of buying a dental chair is simple when it’s broken down into three categories: function, fabric and color.


Fusion Package from Forest Dental, shown, features a patient chair with flip-down armrests that make it easy for your patients to get in and out.
  1. Function. What do you need your chair to do?
    How intricate do you want the controls to be? The Midmark UltraComfort Dental Chair (shown at top) offers four programmable presets to create effortless placement of both the patient and the chair. Do you need it to recline a little or a lot? How much do you need it to raise or lower? How accessible does it need to be? The Fusion Package from Forest Dental, shown above, features a patient chair with flip-down armrests that make it easy for your patients to get in and out. Backrest — narrow or wide? Select a chair that can do all that you need it to.
DCI Edge Series 5 Chair, shown, offers four layers of memory foam to ensure patients are always comfortable.

2. Fabric. What makes your patients the most comfortable?
From Ultraleather to pearlized or nauga soft upholstery, the material of your chair matters. A chair with memory foam like the DCI Edge Series 5 Chair (shown above) offers four layers of memory foam to ensure patients are at ease. Also, select a fabric that remains clean with everyday use.

The 1800 Spirit Dental Chair from Pelton & Crane, shown, is available in 37 color options.

3. Color. How can a chair complement your color scheme? Match your dental chair to the rest of your equipment, finishes and overall style. The 1800 Spirit Dental Chair from Pelton & Crane (shown above) is available in 37 color options. The color of your chair should not only match the office but should also balance it.

How does Benco make selecting a dental chair easy?

When renovating an operatory or dental office, there are many factors to consider. Benco Dental makes it easy with CenterPoint design showrooms located in California, Texas and Pennsylvania. Visit one of the locations to meet with an Equipment Specialist and test drive a huge selection of dental chairs. A wide range of options are guaranteed to fit every office and every budget.
Call 1.800.GOBENCO to learn more.