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Attendees walk through the exhibit hall at the 2020 Pacific Dental Conference. This year all is being done virtually, but the exhibitors are just as ready to meet you. (Photo: Dental Tribune Canada file photo)

Pacific Dental Conference 2021: Time to shop

By Kristine Colker / USA
March 05, 2021

It’s a staple of every dental meeting — strolling aisles and aisles of booths stocked with the latest and best products in the industry, standing in lines to get questions answered by company reps and stocking up on essential products and purchasing some you just want to try out.

But even though it looks a bit different this year, there are still plenty of reasons, including some new and improved ones, to check out the exhibit hall at the virtual Pacific Dental Conference, going on through Saturday.

At last count, there were more than 100 exhibitors in the virtual exhibit hall, all waiting for you to join them. Booths are staffed until 4:30 p.m. (PST) today (Friday) and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PST) tomorrow (Saturday), but access to the exhibit hall will continue through April 30.

If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, you can also do that until April 30 at pdconf.com.

During the live hours, companies will have staff on hand to answer your questions via chat or video call, but there are also a number of features available at all times of day or night.

Companies are offering 30-minute, pre-recorded messages about all their latest products and technology. Some even have handouts or product info sheets you can download. A personalized “virtual swag bag” is also being delivered to each attendee’s inbox, featuring an exclusive discount or offer from PDC’s virtual exhibitors.

If you’re taking part in the PDC scavenger hunt (featuring codes hidden throughout the entire meeting, in such places as session feedback forms, descriptions, daily announcements and chats), you can get some codes from exhibitors when you visit their virtual booths.

And many companies are offering a variety of show specials to PDC attendees.

A full list of virtual exhibitors can be found at www.pdconf.com/ncs2021/attendees/exhibitors.jsp, but if you’re having trouble deciding where to start, here are a few highlights:

  • Air Techniques has a new Vent-Less Vacuum System series featuring the Mojave Vent-Less and VacStar Vent-Less systems. These dental vacuum exhaust air filtration models are ideal for high-rise buildings, current offices without vents and any office that wants to upgrade its vacuum system. Each model has a medical-grade ULPA filter with a 99.995 percent retention rate, ensuring it’s safe to exhaust directly into the mechanical room.
  • Align Technology is featuring the iTero Element Plus Series, which expands the company’s portfolio of iTero Element scanners and imaging systems to include new solutions that serve a broader range of the dental market. The new iTero Element Plus Series of scanners and imaging systems builds on the success of the award-winning iTero Element family and offers all of the existing orthodontic and restorative digital capabilities doctors have come to rely on. It is available in both cart and mobile configurations.
  • COLTENE SciCan is offering the OPTIM 1, a fast and effective one-step cleaner disinfectants that has a one-minute broad-spectrum contact time, according to the company. OPTIM 1 Wipes have excellent wetness, the company asserts, ensuring complete and fully compliant disinfection with each application.
  • Shofu Dental Corp. wants attendees to check out the FIT SA, a bioactive self-adhesive flowable composite that has eliminated the need for the technique sensitive bonding procedure. This nano-hybrid bioactive self-adhesive flowable composite is designed for use as a liner, small Class I (PRR), Class III, Class V and other non-load-bearing restorations.

For more information on the Pacific Dental Congress or to register, go to pdconf.com.

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