By DentisytyIQ, Dental Economics Editors

As a preview to the Dental Economics September Best of Class Technology Awards supplement, we’re taking a closer look at one of this year’s two-product award winners, AMD Lasers. Keep reading to learn about AMD’s winning products, the LiteTouch Er:YAG dental laser and the Picasso+ 7.0-watt soft-tissue laser, and see our exclusive interview with the manufacturer.

Decided each year by a panel of dental technology experts following the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the Best of Class Technology Awards recognize the dental products—from software, to materials, to lasers, and everything in between—that are redefining what it means to practice dentistry.

Formerly sponsored by the Pride Institute, the Best of Class Technology Awards are now sponsored by Cellerant Consulting Group. While the name has changed, what the awards stand for has not—they remain unbiased and not-for-profit under the leadership of Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, and they continue to be what many call the Academy Awards of the dental industry.

In its September issue, Dental Economics will take a closer look at the awards with a special supplement. As a preview, we interviewed one of this year’s two-product award winners, AMD Lasers, a dental laser manufacturer that won for both its Picasso+ 7.0-watt soft-tissue laser and its LiteTouch Er:YAG dental laser. See our full interview below and keep an eye out for the full supplement coming this month.


The LiteTouch Er:YAG dental laser is AMD Lasers’s newest addition to the award-winning Picasso line of soft-tissue lasers, launched in collaboration with Syneron Dental Lasers. This Er:YAG dental laser provides the fast-cutting, high-energy nonfiber, and minimally invasive treatment for both hard and soft oral and maxillofacial tissues. LiteTouch offers unsurpassed precision for a wide range of dental procedures. With a cutting-edge ergonomic design, LiteTouch is the world’s most affordable and user-friendly all-tissue laser. The addition of the new LiteTouch allows AMD Lasers to tap into a brand new market by providing an effective and affordable solution in cavity preparation and bone surgery for any practice to provide a new level of patient care.


The new Picasso+ 7.0-watt soft-tissue laser and Picasso Lite+ 3.0-watt soft-tissue laser are the same—but better. More power, more easy-to-use functions, and the industry’s first Picasso periodontal treatment timers for predictive and reproducible results are just a few of the improvements. The Picasso+ and Picasso Lite+ combine ease of use, portability, training, marketing, and treatment planning at a very affordable price. Each unit boasts a full touch-screen interface with preset modes: Continuous, Pulsed, Perio, Aphthous Ulcer, and Custom (Picasso+ also includes a Whitening preset). Each system features five-second and 30-second timers for Perio and Aphthous Ulcer modes (Picasso+ also includes timers for Whitening).