Ultradent Products Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Ultradent Products Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Posted: February 2, 2018
Edited by Dentaltown staff

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah—This year, Ultradent Products, a family-owned, international dental supply and manufacturing company, celebrates 40 years in the dental industry.

"Looking back on the last 40 years, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for the sacrifice and hard work put in by so many people—whether it be my own family, our fabulous Ultradent employees, or the leaders in dentistry who championed us from the beginning and along the way in this wonderful endeavor. The time has truly flown by, and it's amazing to look back on the progress we've made since our humble beginnings at the kitchen table of my home," said Dr. Dan Fischer, Ultradent founder and CEO. "I often say that companies are not made of concrete, glass, and steel. They're made of people, and people serving people is what business is all about. I believe that is one of the key ingredients to Ultradent's success over the last 40 years."  

Forty years ago, Fischer, a young dentist who had recently graduated from Loma Linda University, wanted to create a product that would act as a solution to a common problem dentists face—achieving predictable, rapid, and profound hemostasis in the mouth. He knew that if he could come up with a product that met that criteria, he would not only save dentists time and money by allowing them to work more efficiently, but that it would also allow dentists to produce higher quality, more accurate impressions.

He began experimenting with different chemistries after-hours at his small dental practice in Salt Lake City, and by 1978, he had invented and patented Ultradent's first product, Astringedent hemostatic. That same year, he founded Ultradent Products, as a vehicle to market and sell his invention. Since then, the company has gone from one offering to more than 1,600 dental products worldwide. 

As business grew, Ultradent also expanded from its first headquarters, a 40-foot by 60-foot metal hay barn on Fischer's property, to its South Jordan headquarters, which encompasses more than 460,000 square feet. The company also has many offices and subsidiaries throughout the world in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. 

Ultradent researches, designs, manufactures, packages and ships 95 percent of what it sells in its South Jordan facility. It also exports 70 percent of its products beyond U.S. borders to more than 100 countries throughout the world.

"We believe in staying in touch with our products. The more one outsources, the more one delegates shipping, or production, or R&D to other parts of the world, the more one loses touch with what has made them who they are," said Fischer.
Ultradent's hallmark products include its expanded line of tissue management products, which still includes Astringedent hemostatic, and its line of tooth whitening products, Opalescence Whitening Systems. Ultradent's product family also includes the multiple-award winning Valo and Valo Grand curing lights, Ultra-Etch etchant, and its recently introduced dual-wave soft tissue diode Gemini laser. 

Beyond the dental community, Ultradent supports and donates products to humanitarian efforts both locally, nationally, and internationally, including the Crown Council and Sealants for Smiles. The company founded and sponsors its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Diversity Foundation, a progressive outreach program committed to preventing hate crimes and intolerance. The foundation is currently helping support more than 50 students in their efforts to pursue higher education at the college and graduate level. 

For more information, visit ultradent.com or call 800-552-5512.
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