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Annual Session Attendees Chose New Products Showcase Award Winners 

For Immediate Release   

ST. LOUIS, May 2, 2023 – The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural AAO New Products Showcase Awards. Of 17 entries, DM Insights from Dental Monitoring was named Best in Show, Spark Aligner’s Integrated Hooks from ORMCO placed second, and the Slate Electric Flosser from Slate Dental placed third. 

The New Products Showcase Award competition took place at AAO’s Annual Session in Chicago from April 22 – 24, 2023, and was open to all exhibitors. Orthodontist attendees at Annual Session selected the winners by voting onsite for their favorite new product entry. The New Products Showcase Award competition was created to offer exposure to new products or services launched since May 2022 and is part of an ongoing effort to support innovation among industry suppliers.  

All orthodontists at the 2023 Annual Session were eligible to vote in the competition, and many were eager to cast votes for their top picks from the 17 New Products Showcase Award entries. The AAO Committee on Technology chair, Dr. Neal Kravitz, announced the winners on April 24 in the Innovation Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall.  

“The AAO Committee on Technology is thrilled with the positive feedback received about the first-ever New Products Showcase Award competition from exhibitors and attendees alike,” said Dr. Kravitz. “It’s exciting to see so much innovation in the specialty. Congratulations to this year’s winners.” 
Best in Show – DM Insights from DentalMonitoring  

DM Insights delivers practice data and analytics to clinicians allowing them to refine workflows, compare appliance performance, benchmark practice performance, and create operational efficiency. 

2nd Place – Spark Aligner’s Integrated Hooks from ORMCO  

An innovative alternative to current hook or button cutouts when elastics are needed. Durable throughout entire treatment, even with the use of extra heavy-weight elastics. 

3rd Place– The Slate Electric Flosser from Slate Dental 
Flossing with braces has never been this simple. The Slate Flosser’s slim flosser arm slides easily under the braces wire and between the brackets. 


The American Association of Orthodontists represents 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. Founded in 1900, AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. AAO is dedicated to ethically advancing the art and science of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics worldwide; improving the overall oral healthcare of the public; advocating for the health and safety of the public; educating the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment provided by an orthodontic specialist. For more information, visit  


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