Back to Her Roots
After devoting 14 years to the dental industry Marilin Luchetti founded Thermoplastic Comfort Systems, Inc. in Signal Hill, California, with the support and guidance of her father, inventor, Jorge Posca.
Coming from a family of dental technicians, manufacturers, designers, and dentists, Marilin understood the level of trust, respect, and innovation TCS needed to offer its customers in order to succeed.
TCS opened its doors in 2000 with the introduction of Unbreakable™ by TCS, a nylon-based thermoplastic resin, along with comprehensive courses taught by master technicians. Unbreakable™ quickly gained popularity for being resilient, flexible, and aesthetic, offering patients a seamless fit in the mouth.
The increased popularity of Unbreakable™ by TCS strengthened TCS’ image as a brand dental laboratories could rely on for quality and exemplary customer service. TCS’ growing customer following inspired them to expand their product offering in 2002 by manufacturing equipment specifically designed to inject Unbreakable™ resins. With the help of Jorge Posca, TCS focused on manufacturing units (in-house) designed with the functionality and simplicity laboratory technicians needed.
Increased demand for TCS to earn its CE Mark to sell overseas grew as word spread about Unbreakable™ by TCS and the TCS injection units. In 2005, Unbreakable™ by TCS obtained its CE Mark, and by 2006 TCS became available in international markets.
After TCS obtained its CE mark, TCS launched the TCS Hydraulic Injector in 2007. The Hydraulic Injector, another successful design by Jorge Posca, was admired by customers for not requiring air connection like standard injection units on the market.
Quality Materials with Piece of Mind
TCS re-enforces its quality policy through the implementation of an effective quality management system based on the ISO 13485 standards. ISO certificate.
Happy Fresh Smiles For All
In 2002 TCS began offering the TCS Concentrated Dental Appliance Cleaner, a cleaner originally created specifically for removable thermoplastic appliances made with TCS resins. Over the years, as the number of removable thermoplastic partials prescribed increased, TCS saw the opportunity to launch TCS Fresh – a TCS Brand. TCS Fresh’s launch allowed the team to market cleaners for all types of removable appliances.
Fresh is a brand dedicated to promoting healthy dental health habits by providing professional–grade tools and appliance cleansers for all types of removable appliances. Under the Fresh brand, the TCS Concentrated Dental Appliance Cleaner soon became the “go-to” cleanser for patients with all kinds of removable appliances.
Product Line Expansion
2012 was the start of a 4-year product expansion beginning with the TCS 2–Gallon Duplicating Unit, a redesign of the original 2- Gallon Duplicating Unit invented by Jorge Posca in the ‘70s. The original and the revamped TCS 2–Gallon Duplicating Unit was the first of its kind, with no water connections required and a double boil–out tank to help prolong the life of hydrocolloid paste.
In 2013 TCS launched iFlex™, a highly translucent polyolefin thermoplastic, as a second option for dental laboratories to offer dentists. In addition to iFlex™ being a great solution for patients, dental technicians appreciated how simple iFlex™ was to finish and polish.
JP90 Handheld Injector
At the age of 90, Jorge Posca invented the JP90 Handheld Injector and JP Flask. The JP90 saved technicians time and money by eliminating the need to flask small cases and repairs using traditional methods.
Jorge Posca saw the JP90 to fruition before his passing in 2016. TCS proudly named the JP90 after him, commemorating the lasting impact he had on the success and identity of the company.
At the end of 2016, TCS decided to refresh the company’s image to reflect the organization’s foundation as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.
The company’s new image served as the perfect introduction to Karadent™, a semi-rigid, microcrystalline polymer thermoplastic. Karadent™ made its debut in the market as an upgrade from traditional acrylic dentures. Unlike anything on the market, Karadent™ offers monomer free solutions for full dentures and cases that require semi-rigid materials.
The introduction of Karadent™ and the rebranding of TCS also inspired the team to modernize the appearance of the TCS injection units and all their product packaging to accompany its new look. By the end of 2017, TCS had fully rebranded its entire company.
Together We Smile
In 2018 TCS launched its very first Together We Smile – TCS Gives Back Charitable Events in the Dominican Republic. The outreach program continues to serve communities by traveling to remote areas across the globe to deliver partials and dentures to people in need. The program thrives today thanks to its collaboration with local dentists and technicians.
The start of 2019 brought a partnership with Aspen Dental, a dental practice management corporation. This partnership allowed TCS to become the preferred material for flexible partial dentures for all 850 Aspen offices.
TCS’s success with DSO, Aspen Dental, paved the way for TCS to become an industry partner of the ADSO (Association of Dental Support Organization).
With the popularity of TCS Fresh – a TCS Brand, the company decided to move the Fresh brand to its own website in November of 2019. The new website allowed for user experience to be solely focused on the Fresh line and Fresh resources.
Together We Smile Resumes
Together We Smile Charitable event resumes after a long break due to the pandemic.
The Together We Smile 2022 event took place in La Guajira, Colombia. La Guajira occupies the northeast region of the country, a unique and beautiful place full of san dunes, salt flats, and home to Colombia’s largest indigenous population. The Wayuu indigenous community suffer a poverty rate of roughly 85% with high infant mortality rates, child hunger, lack of medical and oral care.
With more volunteers than ever before, the Together We Smile team got to help restore the smiles of over 50 patients and created over 64 cases in only one week!
Today and Tomorrow
Today Marilin continues to serve as the CEO for TCS, Inc. alongside her sister Patricia Posca, TCS General Manager, and Patricia’s daughters, Allie Cortina, COO, and Pascui Krajewski, Marketing Director. The company built by three generations works together to continuously innovate; finding creative solutions to enhance the satisfaction of thousands of customers from 70+ countries.
The TCS team is currently working on millable discs, digital renovations and DSO partnerships, ensuring that TCS, Inc. has adaptable workflows, accessible resources, and stronger partnerships for the future.
Follow us on Social Media
Use #mytcs to share your work