New Technologies and New Futures

My apologies to our readers for the gap in our blog. Between attending to my late Mom and helping to design the new future of the AACD (including becoming its new President), my staff and I adding new and improved technologies to better serve you, as well as your family and friends. Therefore, over the next few blogposts, I’ll share some of the latest and greatest and invite you to share your thoughts as we go “where few dentists have gone before”.

Let’s start our journey talking about new advancements in porcelain.

Back in the 50’s and 60’s dentistry had finally figured how to adhere porcelain to metals for crowns. In the 1980’s came the advent of bonding porcelain to teeth. Both of these steps were huge and employed “feldspathic porcelain” similar to quartz glass. Despite the layered beauty, these porcelains had limitations.

Fortunately, scientists developed better and stonger  materials that while promising , they were found to be less reliable. The good news is that these challenges led to innovation and the development of Emax porcelain (lithium disilicate).   Intensive research around the world led to great conclusions by Dr.Van Thompson and his team at NYU Dental School  .

Reading through the data has been summarized in an Executive Report. What’s most important to you are the advantages:

  • Lithium disilicate provides outstanding esthetics while ensuring greater strength
  • Due to its strength and multiple translucencies, e.max lithium disilicate can be used for a wide range of indications
  • Based on the research, it appears that the flexural strength is 3-4 times as strong as previous porcelains.


Bottomline: we are able to use materials that allow  us to make more beautiful and believable smiles that are designed to last longer. The world of smile enhancement continues to enjoy the benefits of new technology.

Looking forward to sharing more advancements. Feel free to comment on them or suggest others.

Keep smiling,





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  1. Hugh,

    You are right on here. eMax is truly revolutionary in it’s abilities and applications.
    We have been using it alot for no-prep veneer cases. Using the Lumineer concept and the ideas you and I have learned from Dr. Dennis Wells we are getting some beautiful results with eMax.
    It’s amazing stuff! Looks like we are getting close to a universal ceramic material. The future is bright and white!

    Hey, congradulations on your new position as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s new president. With your vision and passion I know you’ll do a great job.

    Best Wishes,

    Comment by dr. gary radz on May 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

  2. Thank you Gary

    It is great when technology broadens our scope to meet improved abilities. They go hand in hand which benefits our patients in long run


    Comment by Dr.Flax on May 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

  3. It is really exciting that we finally have a material that has both strength and beauty. I am always amazed at how natural this porcelain appears.
    Thanks again Dr. Flax for keeping us “in the know”.

    Comment by Tracey Crider on May 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm

  4. @Tracey Crider

    Just saw this great quote from the late McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc on Twitter that epitomizes what you are saying. “When your green you grow, when your ripe you rot!” Life get’s old when we think we know it all.
    We have to explore and grow to improve ourselves and the lives of others.

    Thanks for sharing

    Comment by Dr.Flax on May 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

  5. That’s a great quote! How true it is.

    Comment by Tracey Crider on May 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  6. Wow, great quote!!!!

    Comment by Hommer Z on June 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

  7. @Hommer Z
    Thanks for the feedback!

    Comment by Dr.Flax on June 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  8. Dear Sir
    Great blog. EMax liked by some on this side of the pond. others still using Zirconia

    We are an online dental community at
    Our aim is for members to share information, ideas, knowledge and experiences
    We have a vibrant articles section

    Could we interest you in writing some articles about your experiences ?
    You can email us at
    Look forward to hearing from you

    Many Thanks
    Dhru Shah

    Comment by Dentinal Tubules on August 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

  9. You have a very interesting blog that provides useful information for patients. I have been searching the net for various information, and I’m just thankful to find such a helpful blog by a dentist. SEO links several sites, but I’ve found yours suitable to my needs. Thanks again for a wonderful post.

    Comment by Jennifer Stinson on November 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

  10. @Jennifer Stinson

    Thank you Jennifer.

    Sounds like there may be some topics of interest of your.
    Just let me know and we’ll be happy to assist.

    Keep smilin’

    Hugh Flax

    Comment by Dr.Flax on November 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

  11. Dr. Flax, the job you did with me many years ago changed my smile and confidence. The newer technology is very exciting! Thanks for what you do.

    Comment by Scott Parker on March 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

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