Product Awards

THE DENTAL ADVISOR is proud to present this year's Top Product and Preferred Product Awards. THE DENTAL ADVISOR awards are one of the most respected awards created to recognize quality products and equipment, taking into account clinical and evidence-based research to honor the best.

Direct Restorative Materials

Top 4th-Generation Bonding Agent

OptiBond FL

Kerr Corporation

Why we chose this product

  • “Material is easy to see on dentin, and not having to mix the adhesive is great.”
  • “Excellent fluoride-releasing light-cured bonding agent.”
  • “Instructions are excellent.”
  • “Adhesive sets quickly.”
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Top Bonding Agent - 5th Generation

iBOND Total Etch

Heraeus Kulzer

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Good surface wettability – only one application needed.”
  • “No need to refrigerate.”
  • “No post-operative sensitivity.”
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Top Composite - Esthetic

Venus Pearl

Heraeus Kulzer

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Good consistency and esthetic results.”
  • “Very radiopaque.”
  • “Material gains translucency upon light curing.”
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Top Composite Finishing/Polishing: System

Super-Snap X-Treme

SHOFU DENTAL CORP.

Why we chose this product

  • “Much more durable than original disks.”
  • “Increased flexibility adapts to tooth contours.”
  • “Ideal for anterior restorations.”
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Top Composite - Flowable HV

BEAUTIFIL Flow Plus

SHOFU DENTAL CORP.

½

Why we chose this product

  • “I can control the flow – composite doesn't slump.”
  • “I achieved good surface finish.”
  • “The composite is translucent and has a great color match.”
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Top Composite - Universal

Estelite Sigma Quick

Tokuyama Dental America Inc.

Top Handpiece - Air Driven

STATIS ML

SciCan

Why we chose this product

  • “I liked the light weight, balance and small head size.”
  • “Great all-around handpieces.”
  • “Very good torque.”
  • “Super warranty!”
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Top Handpiece - Electric

Why we chose this product

  • “This is a high quality handpiece - quiet, vibration-free and dependable.”
  • “Gets into tight areas well.”
  • “Curved angle improves access.”
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Top LED Curing Light

Bluephase Style

Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc

Why we chose this product

  • “Lightweight and ergonomically friendly.”
  • “Easy to get in tight spaces.”
  • “Quiet operation.”
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Top Pulpal Protectant

TheraCal™ LC

Bisco Dental Products

Why we chose this product

  • “No mixing required and it’s a one-step application.”
  • “It was not as messy as other liners and it’s simple.”
  • “Light-cure feature is a great advantage.”
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Top RMGI - Restorative

Riva Light Cure HV

SDI (North America) Inc.

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Easy to place – material provides good adaptation.”
  • “Finishes nicely.”
  • “Sets quickly.”
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Top Sectional Matrix

Why we chose this product

  • “Blue rings are retentive and stable on teeth.”
  • “I thought the original 3D was a good product, but the new blue face is even better.”
  • “Great contours and contacts.”
  • “No excess flash.”
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Indirect Restorative Materials

Why we chose this product

  • “This one kit does everything I need!”
  • “No refrigeration required.”
  • “Great bond strength.”
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Top Cement: Innovative

Ceramir Crown & Bridge

Doxa Dental Inc.

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Consistent mixes and setting times.”
  • “Low-viscosity cement does not inhibit complete seating.”
  • “Excess cement peels away with a light touch.”
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Why we chose this product

  • “My favorite features were ease of use, consistent mixing, and less assistant time.”
  • “Easy to dispense and clean up.”
  • “Variety of tips is helpful.”
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Top Ceramic Polishers
½

Why we chose this product

  • “Excellent polish.”
  • “High gloss finish.”
  • “The adjustment wheel is perfect for reducing contact areas.”
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Top Impression Material: PVS

Why we chose this product

  • “Good material - better than most VPS materials I have used in the past.”
  • “Quick setting time - patients loved how fast it set.”
  • “I never had a retake with this material in spite of some difficult subgingival preparations.”
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Top Provisional: Esthetic

Luxatemp Ultra

DMG America

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Nice esthetics and shade selection”
  • “Great material.”
  • “Luxatemp Ultra polishes to a high luster.”
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Top Soft Tissue Laser

NV Microlaser

Zila, Inc

Why we chose this product

  • “The unit is cordless.”
  • “Easy to set up and use.”
  • “The tips are disposable.”
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Top Soft Tissue Management Paste
½

Why we chose this product

  • “I have used Traxodent with my two-cord system and the results are great.”
  • “Easy to use; rinses off completely.”
  • “This material seemed to work well following a gingivectomy, where cord could not be placed. I would not recommend it if osseous surgery were performed.”
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Products for the Hygienist

Top Fluoride Varnish

FluoroDose

Centrix, Inc

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Seemed to be less sticky than other brands I have used.”
  • “Patients like the variety in flavors.”
  • “Every child liked it!”
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Top Preventative Product

MI Paste Plus

GC America, Inc

Why we chose this product

  • “Good consistency for spreading on the teeth.”
  • “I had high patient compliance.”
  • “I had great results in recalcifying white spots by etching them and applying MI Paste Plus.”
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Top Prophy Paste

Gelato Prophy Paste

Keystone Industries

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Does not splatter.”
  • “Easy to rinse.”
  • “Cups are color-coded and easy to open.”
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Products for the Dental Assistant

Top Alginate Alternative

Xantasil

Heraeus Kulzer

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Works great as a matrix for making a temporary crown.”
  • “Impressions turned out nicely each time!”
  • “I won’t go back to alginate.”
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Assistant's Choice
½

Why we chose this product

  • “Nice variety of scents.”
  • “Patients say they are comfortable.”
  • “Seals well around the nose.”
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Why we chose this product

  • “I have some patients who are very sensitive - having a gentle light output is great.”
  • “Three, 10-minute rounds - the system is quick to use.”
  • “This system produces the most consistent results. Every patient lightened at least three Vita shades.”
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Top Whitening: Take-Home

Venus White Pro

Heraeus Kulzer

Why we chose this product

  • “The 35% gel whitens the teeth fast!”
  • “Nice patient kit.”
  • “Some tooth sensitivity with all concentrations.”
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Disposable Products

Top Air-Water Syringe Tip

Seal-Tight

Kerr TotalCare

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Absolutely no water contamination when using air!”
  • “We are switching all our syringes over to this system. I liked the quality of the adaptor, uniform spray, and quality of the tips.”
  • “Spray was even and uniform. I could rotate the syringe tips, but they didn't twist during use.”
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Infection Control Products

Top Gloves: Polychloroprene

Why we chose this product

  • “The material stretches, unlike other non-latex gloves, making donning much easier.”
  • “Gloves are easy to remove from the box.”
  • “Feels like I don’t even have gloves on.”
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Top Hand Sanitizer
½

Why we chose this product

  • “I like this product - it is not greasy, absorbs quickly, and has a mild scent.”
  • “It didn't leave a slimy residue on my hands like some gels do.”
  • “I loved that it did not adversely affect my hands and in fact, conditioned my skin to be smoother and less irritated.”
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Top Instrument Processor
½

Why we chose this product

  • “Instruments are clean and dry before sterilization.”
  • “I used the five minute rinse cycle to clean soiled instruments immediately after use - later I ran a full cycle.”
  • “Control panel is easy to operate.”
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Why we chose this product

  • “Masks have a good fit and are secure and comfortable.”
  • “I like the top and bottom strips for better adaptation/comfort.”
  • “Easy to breathe - does not fog up glasses.”
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Top Sterilizer: Class B

BRAVO

SciCan

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Dries instruments and pouches better than any other sterilizer.”
  • “Easy to use; easy to load/unload.”
  • “I like the auto fill and auto drain features.”
  • “Somewhat noisy.”
  • “Make chamber diameter larger.”
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Top Surface Disinfectant

Optim 33TB

SciCan

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Optim 33TB sprays on evenly.”
  • “The pre-moistened wipes are wetter than my previous brand.”
  • “The product is non-irritating to eyes/skin – no warning labels needed.”
  • “Unusual odor.”
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Long Term Performers

Top Long Term Performer: Zirconia

BruxZir Solid Zirconia Crowns and Bridges

Glidewell Dental Laboratories

Why we chose this product

  • “Great option for second molars because minimal occlusal reduction is required (0.5-1.0 mm).”
  • “The recalled BruxZir restorations looked great and had excellent anatomy and surface finish.”
  • “I use BruxZir for all molars and bridges and for patients who brux. I have not had any failures.”
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Oral Surgery Products

Top Hemostatic Dressing

Sure Stop

Impact Medical Sales & Supply, LLC

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Stops bleeding very effectively.”
  • “Excellent product and a must have if you do extractions.”
  • “Good adjunct to pediatric extractions since kids have a hard time maintaining pressure on gauze.”
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Miscellaneous Awards

Top Air Compressor

Why we chose this product

  • “Quiet and requires little maintenance while providing consistent air pressure.”
  • “Very low maintenance, no oily smell.”
  • “Handpieces run strong, air lines are moisture free, and many operators are able to work at one time.”
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Top Amalgam Containment System

Hg Containment System

Anterior Quest

Why we chose this product

  • “No expensive filters to replace.”
  • “No more cleaning of the suction trap!”
  • “The removal service is quick and quiet - I didn’t even know the service was here.”
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Best Value Product

MIXPAC T-Mixer

Sulzer Mixpac AG

Why we chose this product

  • “Homogeneous mix and less waste.”
  • “I found the MIXPAC T-Mixer tips to be an excellent product, providing a savings to the office without changing procedures.”
  • “Got a good mix every time.”
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Top Caries Detector
½

Why we chose this product

  • “Easy to use and no calibration required.”
  • “Patients love to see the pictures of their teeth. They like the high-tech nature of the process, and it is a great motivator to follow through with treatment.”
  • “Easy to see the lesion with the color display.”
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Top Dynamic Mixer

Dynamix Speed

Heraeus Kulzer

Why we chose this product

  • “Loading an impression tray is usually hard on my hand from squeezing the handle of an automix gun. This mixing system is literally as easy as the push of a button.”
  • “Cartridges are easy to change.”
  • “Short mixing tips minimize waste.”
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Top Dental Dam

Isodam

Hedy Canada

Why we chose this product

  • “This is probably the best dental dam I have ever used. I was very pleased with it.”
  • “It is extremely flexible and doesn’t tear when stretching it.”
  • “Easy to place and floss it through without the need for lubrication of the dam.”
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Top Endodontic Medicament

Diapaste

DiaDent Group International

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Highly radiopaque.”
  • “Pre-mixed paste saves time.”
  • “Tips are flexible.”
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Top Endodontic Reparative Cement

NeoMTA Plus

Avalon Biomed, Inc.

½

Why we chose this product

  • “Versatile material.”
  • “Ideal material to treat a pinpoint pulp exposure during a restorative procedure.”
  • “Consistency is smooth, not gritty.”
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Top Innovative Product

Whole You Denture CP

Whole You, Inc

Top Intraoral Camera

Why we chose this product

  • “Great images!”
  • “Camera is lightweight with a slim head.”
  • “Lights are bright but do not wash out the colors in the images.”
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Top Panoramic Imaging System

CS 8100

Carestream Dental

Why we chose this product

  • “One of the easiest machines to use.”
  • “Clear, crisp images.”
  • “The 2D+ feature is useful in determining the buccal-lingual relationship of objects in the images.”
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Top Vacuum

Why we chose this product

  • “So simple and reliable.”
  • “There was no change in suction power, no matter how many operatories were in use.”
  • “Saving water and electricity is a bonus.”
  • “System may be expanded if my practice grows.”
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Direct Restorative

Top Topical Anesthetic

Cetacaine Topical Anesthetic Liquid (Cetylite Industries, Inc.)

Top Anesthetic Accessory

Onset (Onpharma Inc.)

Top Needle

Septoject Evolution (Septodont)

Top Bur- Diamond

NeoDiamond (Microcopy)

Top Bur - Carbide

NeoBurr (Microcopy)

Top 6th-Generation Bonding Agent, Type 1

Clearfil SE Protect (Kuraray America, Inc.)

Top 6th-Generation Bonding Agent, Type 2

ACE ALL BOND SE (Bisco Dental Products)

Top 7th-Generation Bonding Agent

G-Aenial Bond (GC America, Inc.)

Top 7th-Generation Bonding Agent, DC

Futurabond DC (VOCO)

Top Universal Bonding Agent

3M ESPE Scotchbond Universal Adhesive (3M ESPE)

Top Bioactive Product

ACTIVA BioACTIVE (Pulpdent Corporation)

Top Bite Registration

Futar Fast Bite (Kettenbach LP)

Top Composite- Bulkfill, Base

x-tra base (VOCO)

Top Composite - Bulkfill, Restorative

Tetric EvoCeram Buld Fill (Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc)

Top Composite - Flowable, Low Viscosity

ESTELITE FLOW QUICK (Tokuyama Dental America, Inc.)

Top Composite - Universal-Multilayer

3M ESPE Filtek Supreme Ultra (3M ESPE)

Top Composite Finishing Polishing - One Step

Gazelle Nano Composite Polishers (Microcopy)

Top Tofflemire Type Matrix Band

PinkBand (PinkBand Dental Solutions, Inc.)

Hygienists

Hygienist's Choice

Cavitron Focused Spray slimLINE 1000 FITGRIP Ultrasonic Insert (DENTSPLY Professional)

Top Desensitizer

TEETHMATE (Kuraray America Inc.)

Top Prophy Angle

2Pro Total Access Disposable Prophy Angle (Premier Dental Products Co.)

Pediatric

Top Pediatric Product

Zooby Prophy Angles and Zooby Prophy Paste (Denticator)

Miscellaneous Awards

Top Air Abrasion

Etchmaster (Groman, Inc.)

Best Value Equipment

STERLING High Speed Fiber Optic Handpiece (Benco Dental Company)

Best Value LED Headlamp

Featherlight LED (Ultralight)

Top Denture Reline Material

Sofreliner Tough S (Tokuyama Dental America, Inc.)

Top Endodontic Access Bur

Munce Discovery (CJM Engineering)

Top Green Product

BioPure (Bio-Pure Products, Inc.)

Top Innovative Equipment

Objet Eden 360V (Stratasys)

Top Laboratory Product

Perfect Polish Diamond Compound (American Dental Supply, Inc.)

Top Lab Handpiece

LabPro (Dental EZ)

Top LED Overhead Light

A-dec LED (A-dec)

Top Occlusal Analysis System

T-Scan System (Tekscan)

Top Oral Cancer Screening Device

Oral ID (Oral ID)

Top Patient Product

Cinema PROMED System (Total 3D Solutions)

Top Phosphor Storage Plates

ScanX Classic (Air Techniques)

Top Smile Simulation Software

SNAP Cosmetic Simulation Software (Snap Imaging Systems)

Top Splinting Material

Dentapreg SFM (Dentalpreg America, Inc.)

Top Team Training Program

ALL-IN-ONE FEDERAL OSHA/GHS/HIPAA Compliance Package (Dental Enhancements)

Indirect Restorative

Top Bite Registration

Futar Fast Bite Registration Material (Kettenbach LP)

Top Hemostatic Agent

ViscoStat (Ultradent Products, Inc.)

Top Provisional - Long Term

3M ESPE Protemp Plus Temporization Material (3M ESPE)

Top Provisional - Universal

Perfectemp10 (Den-Mat Holdings, LLC)

Top Cement - Temporary, Non-Eugenol

3M ESPE RelyX Temp NE Zinc Oxide Non-Eugenol Temporary Cement (3M ESPE)

Top Cement - Esthetic Resin

Variolink Veneer (Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.)

Top Cement - RMGI

GC FujiCem 2 Automix (GC America, Inc.)

Top Composite Core Material

Rebilda DC (VOCO)

Top Fiber Post

Parapost Taper Lux (Coltene/Whaledent, Inc.)

Top Crown & Bridge Remover

WAMKey (Golden Dental Solutions)

Top Ceramic Primer

Monobond Plus (Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.)

Assistants

Top Alginate

imprESSIX Color Change (DENTSPLY Raintree Essix Glenroe)

Disposables

Top Gauze

UltraPure Non-Woven Sponges (Crosstex)

Top Isolation and Evacuation Device

Dry Shield (DryShield)

Top HVE Tip

Safe-Vac (Safe-Vac LLC)

Top Saliva Ejector

Safe-Flo Saliva Ejectors (RJC Products)

Infection Control

Top Disposable Eyewear

TIDIShield Assemble 'n Go (TIDI Products)

Top Glove - Latex

Cyntek Powder-Free Latex Gloves (Cranberry USA)

Top Glove - Nitrile

Ultraform Powder Free Nitrile Examination Gloves  (Microflex)

Top Hand Care

Hand Essentials Skin Repair Cream (HuFriedy Mfg. Co.)

Long-Term Performers

Top Long Term Performer - Cement

3M ESPE RelyX Unicem Self-Adhesive Cement/RelyX Unicem 2 Automix Self-Adhesive Resin Cement (3M ESPE)

Top Long Term Performer - Ceramic

IPS e.max (Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc)

Top Long Term Performer - Composite

Tetric EvoCeram (Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.)

Implants

Top Implant Cement

implantlink semi (Preat Corporation)

Top Implant Attachment Pick Up Material

Quick-Up (VOCO)

Oral Surgery

Top Resorbable Membrane

Guidor matrix barrier (Sunstar Americas, Inc.)

Top Oral Surgery Instrument

Luxator (Directa Dental)