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Dentistry LIVE 2012

Mon

The 2012 Dentistry LIVE symposium promises to be bigger and better than any other dentistry convention held across the nation, when it arrives at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on the 25th of May next year. 

The 48-session event will span two days and cover all areas of dentistry, including dental implants, endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, hands-on demonstrations, dental hygiene, and much more. Hosted by Independent Seminars, the symposium also incorporates the World Aesthetic Congress into one weekend of comprehensive, cosmetic dentistry. There will be events taking place all day, with plenty on offer for attendees of all different levels of skill. Sixteen verifiable CPD hours are up for grabs if dental teams are present on both days.

The convention has already garnered a lot of buzz within the industry, attracting some of the top professionals in the business to speak on various aspects of dentistry. Several of the star guests have been named as; Trent Smallwood, Simon Cunnington, Bob Khanna, Ashok Sethi, Jo Anne Jones and Eric Van Dooren.

Not only that, but many innovative dental companies will be a traveling from across the globe to put in an appearance at the two-day exhibition. There are also numerous products on offer, services to sample, and techniques to try out, it’s the most inclusive event on the dentistry calendar, something no one in the industry should miss out on.

General Dental Council calls for tougher controls on teeth whitening

Thu

General Dental Council calls for tougher controls on teeth whiteningStrict regulations should be placed upon teeth whitening practitioners to ensure patient safety, the General Dental Council (GDC) has claimed.

Calling for tougher controls, the organisation has put forward proposals to ensure those performing the procedure are appropriately trained, BBC News reports.

This comes after an increase in the number of people choosing to undergo the treatment in high streets and shopping centres in a bid to save money.

Chief executive of the GDC Evlynne Gilvarry warned people contemplating having their teeth whitened that the procedure should be carried out in a clean and hygienic environment by a professional.

She said: "Over the last few years we have received hundreds of complaints from the public and dental professionals about poor tooth whitening."

Meanwhile, the popularity of teeth whitening procedures in America has been highlighted after figures from the American Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed £1.4 billion (£846 million) is spent on the procedure annually, Stylecaster reports.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800519902-ADNFCR

Cosmetic dentistry ‘is no longer just for celebrities’

Fri

Cosmetic dentistry: Not just for famous faces.Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more accepted as something that would be available to ordinary people rather than just celebrities.

This is according to Dr Anoop Maini, a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, who said that a number of recent technological developments have resulted in procedures coming down in price, making them much more accessible.

He added that this is a good thing, because teeth are the "second most important feature of a face" after the eyes and it means ordinary people can emulate their celebrity idols.

"[Cosmetic dentistry] can really rejuvenate a face – in patients who have very worn teeth it can provide a lot support to the lips and therefore give a more youthful look," the expert remarked.

According to a recent poll carried out by YouGov, 33 per cent of people would have teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry to have their smile straightened if they could have any surgical procedure at all.

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Fraud cases remind patients to seek reputable cosmetic dentistry providers

Wed

Two men have been jailed for fraudulent cosmetic dentistry.Two new cases of fraud could prompt patients on the lookout for cosmetic dentistry treatment to ensure they seek the advice of a reputable practitioner.

Jaspal Singh Bachada and Ikhlaq Hussain from the West Midlands have both been found guilty of cheating patients out of thousands of pounds by pretending to be qualified private dentists when they were not.

The co-conspirators had also conned their bosses after fraudulently processing payments for dental implants and other cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Both were arrested after being caught trying to dispose of a van-load of patient records from the scam, which lasted two years.

Last week, Vinisha Sharma, 37, was told she is likely to face jail after working as a dentist for nine years despite having no qualifications.

She forged paperwork and got a series of jobs in top positions, resulting in her performing many complex procedures that could have endangered her patients.

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Archive of instruments demonstrates progress of cosmetic dentistry

Tue

Archaic instruments show the progress over cosmetic dentistry over the centuries. Anyone undergoing cosmetic dentistry soon may be relieved that technology has progressed so quickly in the field.

This comes after the charity Dentaid unveiled a large box of dentistry equipment from its archive of donations, some of which date back to pre-Victorian times.

Many of the pieces look extremely macabre and would surely have generated a fearful shudder from even the bravest patients.

For example, there is a pedal-operated drill that was used in a hospital for the insane, a box that would have contained cocaine and adrenaline solutions and a dental key that was once employed to extract diseased teeth.

Unfortunately, the latter often resulted in the tooth breaking or the jaw fracturing.

Dentaid spokesperson Diane Platt said all the items will be sold to raise money for the charity, which collects modern equipment for use overseas.

“Many of these items would make such an unusual present for anyone with an interest in dentistry,” she commented.

In August 2010, the Baltimore Museum in Maryland unveiled a display containing George Washington’s dentures to showcase just how much cosmetic dentistry has progressed.
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Cosmetic dentistry could help on a romantic date

Fri

Could teeth whitening before a date win someone over? People who are going on a romantic date in the near future may wish to invest in teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

The new Waterpik Sexy Smile Survey has discovered that oral hygiene is valued much more among prospective partners than traditional romantic gestures such as wearing perfume.

Indeed, 59 per cent of respondents said they would be disturbed if they found their partner had not brushed or flossed their teeth for a week, while only 24 per cent said they would be upset if they did not wear deodorant.

However, many people admitted their own oral hygiene regime leaves a lot to be desired, with 51 per cent only flossing just before they go to the dentist.

Jay McCulloch, vice president of marketing for Water Pik, said: “We were surprised at how important oral hygiene was in order to be attractive to your significant other.”

This follows a recent poll by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which found that 96 per cent of adults believe a better smile – perhaps achieved by teeth whitening – can make a person more appealing to the opposite sex.

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New cosmetic dentistry device ‘could help those with cleft palates’

Thu

Cleft palates could be corrected with the help of a device similar to invisible braces in reverse.A professor of orthodontics and biomedical engineering has created a device which he believes could use cosmetic dentistry to help correct cleft palates.

Dr Tarek El-Bialy from the University of Alberta in Canada has designed a device which sits on the outside of the teeth and pulls outward on them in the same way that invisible braces would push in.

This expands the teeth and the jaw without the patient having to be referred for surgery.

Dr El-Bialy hopes that if children with cleft palates begin wearing his new device from the age of seven, it will prevent the need for a surgeon to have to cut their jaws in the future.

“I’m looking for a company right now to get it from the prototype to the commercialisation so the patient can use it,” he commented.

According to the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, the condition affects approximately one in 700 babies born in the UK, making it the most common congenital craniofacial abnormality.

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Britons warned about dangerous cosmetic dentistry abroad

Wed

Brits have been warned about the dangers of cosmetic dentistry abroad.British people should think twice before seeking cosmetic dentistry abroad, as they could risk having permanent damage done to their teeth.

Although many practitioners in foreign countries offer services such as teeth whitening, many may not perform the correct procedures to ensure patients’ safety.

Consequently, those who opt for such services may find they end up needing reconstructive dentistry when they get home.

David Ross from the Hospital Group said: “What many people don’t realise is that some countries do not follow the same safety guidelines and practices that the UK does.”

Although he advised checking the credentials of the dentist before travelling, it may be more beneficial to look closer to home and opt for cosmetic dentistry in London.

Last month, Mintel said that nearly a third of men are concerned about having yellow teeth, which could result in an increase in demand for teeth whitening services in the UK.

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Invisalign braces ‘will work without interfering with your life’

Mon

Invisalign braces will not be on your mind all day every day.Invisalign braces have been recommended as the ideal way to transform anyone’s smile without interfering too much in their everyday lives.

DentistryIQ.com stated that the system of providing patients with clear aligners that are changed every two weeks is much better than having to have traditional braces fitted.

Invisalign gently moves your teeth into position, all the while offering you maximum discretion,” the article commented.

The fact that Invisalign braces allow the wearer to eat, drink and brush their teeth was also highlighted as a plus point.

Should patients being treated in this way wish to add “the wow factor”, they could also consider having teeth whitening treatment after their smile has been realigned, DentistryIQ.com suggested.

At the recent British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conference, 22 per cent of dentists said they are now using Invisalign braces to complement existing orthodontic treatments for patients.

This was put down to a growing trend for non-invasive procedures among Britons.

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‘It’s never too late’ to seek cosmetic dentistry

Mon

Invisible braces and cosmetic dentistry are not just for children.A dental specialist has advised anyone thinking of having invisible braces fitted as adults that it will be worth the effort once the teeth are in their intended position.

Robert Williams, an orthodontist who teaches at the University of Maryland in the US, told NPR.com he often fits braces to people who are no longer in the first flush of youth.

“Some of my patients are in their 60s and 70s. It’s never too late,” he insisted.

According to a recent poll by the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five new patients for cosmetic dentistry is an adult.

Earlier this month, Denise Calaman, a writer for the lifestyle website Helium, said invisible braces are sure to make a big improvement on the smiles of people who have struggled with misaligned teeth.

She said she recently had orthodontic treatment and it helped with her self-esteem, but warned patients not to expect miracles.
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