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Gilles Pierson and Pierre Montillot. (Photograph: DTI)
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Interview: Having a greater impact on the market

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French companies Borea and Innixim are some of the newest corporate faces here at the FDI trade exhibition. The collaboration between them arose from the long-standing friendship between Gilles Pierson (CEO of Borea) and Pierre Montillot (Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Innixim). Dental Tribune spoke with them about their main products and how they can benefit dental practices.

Dental Tribune Online: What is the main incentive for your joint participation at the FDI congress?
Gilles Pierson: As two young French companies having freshly entered the dental market, we decided to join forces in some areas, such as participation in trade fairs and communication, by shared advertisements and promotion of our innovative products.

Pierre Montillot: Both companies are now at the same stage in launching our flagship products to worldwide markets. It is also a perfect opportunity for both teams to exchange knowledge, experience and networks. The main objective is to have a greater impact on the market and boost visibility for these two state-of-the-art devices.

What advantages does Rayplicker offer?
Pierson: Rayplicker is a dental shade matching solution. We speak of it as a “solution” because it consists of a handpiece (the Rayplicker device), which is a quick and user-friendly digital shade guide, and the associated software, a connected interface that facilitates communication between dentists and laboratories.

Rayplicker allows the dentist to easily capture a repeatable, accurate shade. At each acquisition, the device gives an analysis of the tooth according to five different mappings—overall shade, three and nine zones, detailed shade mapping and translucency—and this with the commonly used shade guides in the market. It is also an auto-calibrating device.

Regarding the software, all connected laboratories are visible on a map to all dentist users through geolocation. Integrating Rayplicker into daily practice will offer the dentist or laboratory the possibility of being part of a new community. With Rayplicker, the dentist can be sure to always send a complete order containing accurate tooth shade information for the perfect manufacture of the ordered crown. For the laboratory, the software allows easy management of conversion of shades, follow-up on current and pending orders, and validation of work. Borea expects to create a new standard in the dental prosthesis manufacturing process with its new connected software, allowing time-savings and facilitating the communication of objective information.

Innixim is showcasing a new imaging plate scanner here. What can clinicians expect from this device?
Montillot: We believe that there should not have to be compromises in terms of patient comfort or efficiency regarding intra-oral imaging in the future. We therefore launched Spark, a unique personal intra-oral scanner. Like a sensor, this device captures the image instantly, but by using different-sized flexible imaging plates, it offers the most comfortable solution for the patient. This means no more large, rigid or bulky devices inside mouth and, of course, no more cables or wires.

We have combined the benefits of both intra-oral technologies, but eliminated their weaknesses. To achieve this performance, Spark uses the patented Line Stream Scanning technology, which avoids all of the problems experienced with common scanners. With dimensions of only 12 × 18 × 6 cm, it is very small, allowing the dentist to keep it at the workstation and removing the need to share scanners. By far the fastest unit on the market, it scans an imaging plate in only 3 seconds. Furthermore, Spark requires dose exposures as low as 80 ms when using our special high-definition imaging plates, but still achieves outstanding image quality, providing a 35 LP/mm resolution.

With Spark, dentists will receive the performance and effectiveness of a sensor and patients will appreciate the enhanced comfort of flexible imaging plates.

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