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Attendees stream into the exhibit hall of the Greater New York Dental Meeting Sunday morning after lining up almost back to the Javits Center entry doors. (Photo: Robert Selleck, DTA)

Greater insight at 2018 New York meeting

By Robert Selleck / DTA
November 25, 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: In today’s ever-expanding online world of endlessly scrolling “verified-user” reviews and near immediate delivery of virtually any product or service, many continue to predict the end of face-to-face conferences because of the inconveniences and time disruption.

But the predicted demise never seems to come for the world’s top gatherings, and the Greater New York Dental Meeting, taking place this year from Nov. 23 to 28, powerfully illustrates two key reasons why: The virtual world has yet to reproduce the tactile experience of actually holding a dental instrument or standing in front of a full-mouth scanning system while picturing it in your practice; and even more important, no number of reviews, articles or comment threads can replace the insight that comes from spontaneous encounters with colleagues and thought leaders in classrooms, social gathering, hallways and, of course — in the exhibit hall.

The opportunities feel endless.

In the Henry Schein booths alone, new product demonstrations feature 3Shape TRIOS MOVE, DEXIS Titanium, Planmeca PlanMill 30 S; TechCentral OmniCore and Dentrix G7 featuring Smart Image from Henry Schein One. Henry Schein representatives also are available to discuss the expanded portfolio of practice solutions from Henry Schein Business Solutions and Henry Schein Financial Solutions, including Henry Schein Dental Business Institute, the Henry Schein Practice Analysis tool, and the latest integration of CareCredit with practice management solutions, Dentrix and Easy Dental from Henry Schein One, which offers practitioners more financing options for patients. The company is also hosting live events as part of its Classroom series, featuring tips and tools for a productive practice, esthetic solutions for pediatric dentistry, handpiece equipment repair and many more topics to help enhance practice success.

At the other end of the spectrum, this afternoon, through its Henry Schein Cares foundation, Henry Schein is involved in a dental student competition hosted by the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, the Hispanic Dental Association, Dentsply Sirona, Colgate and the AEGIS Dental Network. Students from NYU, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts and the University of Texas at Houston are competing for start-up project funding. They will pitch their ideas to a demanding dental industry judging panel that includes Bruce Lieberthal, Henry Schein chief innovation officer; Olivier Schiller, Septodont CEO; Dr. Terri Dolan, Dentsply Sirona chief clinical officer; Dr. Matilde Hernandez, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals scientific affairs manager and Angel Figueroa, I-LEAD Charter School chief executive officer.

Back in the exhibit hall, in the Convergent Dental booth, you can work hands-on with the Solea all-tissue laser. In the Global Surgical booth, you can test out what microdentistry feels like with one of the two microscopes on display — and learn how growing number of practitioners are linking microdentistry with laser dentistry.

And of course, for those two booths alone, there are any number of alternative companies to hunt down with similar equipment for your practice. They’re more than ready to guide you through a hands-on demonstration and offer insights that only hands-on questioning seems able to generate.

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