When did you first hear about Ultradent?
I first heard about
products when I was a graduate student doing my MS in Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa from 1987–1989.
What was the first Ultradent Product you ever tried?
teeth whitening systems and
hemostatic were the first Ultradent product I ever used.
When did you first meet Dr. Fischer?
I was introduced to
by my good friend and professor, Dr. Gerald E. Denehy, at an
meeting in Miami in 1993. Being a young dentist who was just starting his career, I was in awe of Dr. Fischer's friendliness and how passionate he was about dentistry. He came across as a very simple, down-to-earth man in spite of all the knowledge and professional recognition he had. This simplicity and humble attitude are certainly a trademark that have accompanied him throughout the years I have known him.
What is your favorite Ultradent product, and why?
I have so many Ultradent products that I like! However, I became a fan of
composite from day one. It was a groundbreaking composite resin system that immensely contributed to the way I practiced and taught esthetic composite resin dentistry. Its layering concept was exceptional and the restorations turned out amazingly strong and life-like. I believe
composite is standing on the shoulders of its predecessor and shows tremendous esthetic and functional potential due to its improved biomechanical and handling properties. Also, I of course love the
curing light. It cures all composites, has varying energy output, and the ergonomics of its design are outstanding.
How is Ultradent different?
Ultradent stands out because it is a company founded and run by a dentist who endeavors to use state-of-the-art knowledge and innovative technology to serve other dentists with scientifically based, clinically relevant products.
Do you have a favorite memory of working with Ultradent throughout the years?
I have many! First, I remember I was teaching a course in Curitiba, Brazil, in 1993 and knew that Dr. Fisher was coming to Brazil to lecture at one or more locations, and I asked Dr. Fischer if he could take a slight detour to lecture to my students. He agreed without a second thought, and that lecture and his generosity to go out of his way to visit has always stuck with me. Later, Dr. Fischer came for the opening of the
, of which Ultradent is a partner. I’m extremely grateful to Dr. Fischer and Ultradent for helping the
realize its full potential as an educational institution. We opened in 1998 and are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year! Ultradent has been an invaluable partner and instrumental in its success in furthering dental education in Brazil and worldwide.
*These interviews have been edited and condensed