A total of approximately 12,000 AAO members from around the world, team members, exhibitors and guests brought high energy and enthusiasm for learning to the 2023 Annual Session, April 21-24 in Chicago. This year’s meeting included the debut of the New Products Showcase Award competition, for products that became commercially available at any time since the 2022 Annual Session.

All orthodontists at the 2023 Annual Session were eligible to be judges in the competition and many were eager to cast votes for their top picks from the 17 New Products Showcase Award entries. Dr. Neal Kravitz*, chair of the AAO Committee on Technology, announced the winners on April 24 at the Innovation Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall:

Best in Show – DM Insights from DentalMonitoring

2nd Place –Spark Aligner’s Integrated Hooks from ORMCO

3rd Place –The Slate Electric Flosser from Slate Dental

“The AAO Committee on Technology is thrilled with the positive feedback received about the first-ever New Products Showcase Award competition from exhibitors and attendees alike,” said Dr. Kravitz. “It’s exciting to see so much innovation in the specialty. Congratulations to this year’s winners.”

DM Insights from DentalMonitoring
DM Insights delivers practice data and analytics to clinicians allowing them to refine workflows, compare appliance performance, benchmark practice performance and create operational efficiency.

Spark Aligner’s Integrated Hooks
Innovative alternative to current hook or button cutouts when elastics are needed. Durable throughout entire treatment, even with the use of extra heavy weight elastics.

The Slate Electric Flosser
Flossing with braces has never been this simple. The Slate Flosser’s slim flosser arm slides easily under the braces wire and between the brackets.

* Dr. Kravitz is pictured with Céline Cendras-White, director of marketing for DentalMonitoring.