Cosmo Haralambidis, DMD, of Synapse Dental has won the 2023 AAO Ortho Innovator award for his invention, the Dental Pain Eraser.

The American Association of Orthodontists has announced the 2023 AAO Ortho Innovator Award will go to Cosmo Haralambidis, DMD, of Synapse Dental for the Dental Pain Eraser.

The 2023 Ortho Innovator Award recognizes Haralambidis as the inventor of the pen-shaped, portable electronic dental anesthesia solution.

“Our entire team is very excited to receive the AAO Ortho Innovator Award,” said Cosmo. “The Dental Pain Eraser delivers safe, immediate acting, and sustained pain relief by targeting areas of discomfort in the oral cavity. Patients of all ages can now enjoy pain-free, drug-free dental care reducing fear and anxiety traditionally associated with visiting a dentist or specialist.”

Through its patented Advanced Pulsewave Technology, the Dental Pain Eraser sends gentle, subsensory electric pulses to calm the nerves in the mouth and block oral pain.

It provides long-lasting pain relief and enhances the patient experience during and after their appointment. It is designed to eliminate the anxiety of discomfort in orthodontics and reduce the pain from the pre-needle injection, TMD/TMJ, canker sores, osteoperforation, lingual braces, and aligners.

The Dental Pain Eraser also offers the benefit of marketing your practice to referring dental colleagues, as patients can now bring practice-branded Dental Pain Erasers to their appointments for pre-application for a variety of procedures, ranging from perio, fillings, and extractions. The take-home version of the Dental Pain Eraser allows clinicians to use a teledental platform to help patients alleviate pain at home.

Haralambidis is a pioneer in orthodontics, always at the leading edge of the latest research in the field and creating several products used in orthodontics today, according to the AAO.

Now in its fifth year, the AAO Ortho Innovator Award program is part of an ongoing effort to support innovation among orthodontists and partners in the industry.

The AAO Committee on Technology (CTECH) judges the Ortho Innovator Award competition and this year reviewed 28 entries.

Businesses considered eligible to enter the competition are companies offering new products or services for orthodontic treatment or orthodontic practice management. CTECH evaluates each entry by its uniqueness, originality, functionality or feasibility, and value for the orthodontic practice.

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