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13 years and counting Study reveals long-term success of restorations with giomer material after eight and 13 years. »page 10 The business of budgeting Now is the time to plan for the future of your practice. We have some tips that can help. »page 4 Wisdom teeth woes no more Don’t have an instrument to properly extract wisdom teeth? Now there is a solution. »page 20 Chicago Midwinter Meeting · Chicago, Illinois · Thursday, February 26, 2015 Vol. 8, No. 1 n It was a night of “Smiles Under SilverStars”asdentalindustryprofes- sionals gathered Wednesday night for Oral Health America’s 25th Annual Gala & Benefit, which took place at the Hilton Chicago. In addition to being a major fundraiser for OHA’s programs, which connect communi- ties with resources to drive access to oral health care, this year’s occasion was also in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the gala and the 60th anniversary of OHA itself. OHA started in 1955 as the Ameri- can Foundation for Dental Educa- tion to expand the pool of qualified dental educators. OHA’s history was celebrated at a reception before the gala and with a presentation during the event. The evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by a culinary feast. The evening also featured live music and live and silent auctions. The 2015 raffle, sponsored by Aspen Dental, offered a chance to win a 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet. Presenting sponsor of the gala was Kavo Kerr Group; technology sponsors were Ivoclar Vivadent and Patterson Dental; diamond sponsors were Colgate Palmolive, DentaQuest Foundation, DENTSPLY International, Henry Schein, Philips Sonicare, Sci- Can and Septodont; platinum spon- sors were Darby Dental, DentalEZ and Midmark; and gold sponsors were Bel- mont Publications, Bisco, Burkhart, DentaPure, Unilever and Planmeca. Those in attendance represented hundreds of companies, dentists and industry professionals. OHA gala celebrates 25 years 5 (Photo/Provided by Oral Health America) The big 150 5 Cloud Gate at Millennium Park. (Photo/Cesar Russ Photography) n If you were turning 150 years old, you’d probably want to throw a big party to celebrate. The organizers behind the Chicago Midwinter Meet- ing feel the same way — and they are expecting about 30,000 dental profes- sionals and industry representatives to attend the big shindig. In a far cry from the first Midwinter Meeting, which consisted of a one- day gathering of local members, this week’s event features an array of live patient care presentations, hands- Chicago’s Midwinter Meeting shows how it’s grown with three days of education, events and, yes, cake pops 8 see 150, page 2

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