August 20, 2015
Consistent with 3M’s strategy to increase customer relevance, the company has announced the formation of 3M Oral Care, combining the former 3M ESPE Dental and 3M Unitek Orthodontics into a single new division, led by Business Manager, Drew McCallum, effective immediately.
“The newly created 3M Oral Care division will build on our core brands and technologies to provide a continuum of oral care solutions for dentists and orthodontists. Improving patient outcomes has always been the impetus for our decades of innovations based on our fundamental strengths in science, said Matt Pepe, Vice President, 3M Health Care Business Group Canada.
“We will continue in our commitment to deliver quality solutions to help achieve greater clinical outcomes for doctors and their patients,” McCallum said. “We are confident that 3M Oral Care as a combined division will further build on our level of innovation consistency – meeting our customers’ needs and anticipating future ones.”
3M was recognized recently as the “Most Innovative Dental Company” for the 10th consecutive year, by The Anaheim Group (publisher of Dental Fax Weekly), for continuing to bring exciting new ideas to dentistry. 3M’s wide range of dental products and supplies includes restorative, crown and bridge, mini-dental implants, preventive, infection control and cosmetic dentistry. In addition, 3M helps integrate advanced digital technology and materials science through CAD/CAM dentistry and digital impressions. 3M has brought a number of amazing firsts to the dental industry, including the first-ever tooth-colored restorative material, the first self-adhesive universal resin cement, the first nano ionomer, the first malleable, preformed temporary crown and the first automated mixing of impression materials.
Delivering solutions across the continuum of oral health is not a new concept for 3M. One example of 3M innovation is the 3M True Definition Scanner for digital impressioning capability with unparalleled accuracy, ease of use, flexibility and control, for a broad range of dental restorations and orthodontic appliances. The product is gaining wide acceptance in both the dentist and orthodontics communities and is helping set new standards of care in the industry in terms of efficiency and accuracy.
3M also is known as a leader in orthodontic solutions. Recent innovations include: Clarity™ Advanced Ceramic Brackets which combine brilliant aesthetics with consistent strength and small bracket design for enhanced patient comfort; APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive which allow doctors to move directly from bracket placement to bracket cure without removing adhesive flash – no clean up; and Victory Series™ Superior Fit Buccal Tubes to hold arch wires to molars, designed with a large compound contour base for superior fit, exclusive “contoured funnel” for easy wire insertion and low profile and flush-mount hook for patient comfort; and “invisible” 3M™ Incognito™ hidden braces, which are placed on the lingual side of the teeth for highly aesthetic treatment.
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