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Archive of instruments demonstrates progress of cosmetic dentistry


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.

Cosmetic dentistry could help on a romantic date


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.


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


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.


Britons warned about dangerous cosmetic dentistry abroad


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.


Invisalign braces ‘will work without interfering with your life’


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. 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, 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.


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


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 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.

Need for professionals to carry out cosmetic dentistry highlighted after arrest


Using unqualified people for your cosmetic dentistry could result in heartache.Anyone hoping to have cosmetic dentistry has been urged not to go for cheap deals or visit practitioners who cannot prove their qualifications.

This comes after 41-year-old David Lawrence was apprehended in the US for running three dental firms without a licence.

His crimes came to light after a patient went to have false teeth fitted and they subsequently broke.

After she went back to complain, she asked about Mr Lawrence’s qualifications and he refused to answer.

The Department of Health was called and it was found that he was not qualified to carry out any dental work or work as a dental hygienist, so the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged him.

In a similar case last month, Mario Alfredo Pacheco was also arrested and prosecuted after fitting dental implants and carrying out emergency dentistry without qualifications, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

One of his patients’ dental implants were so poorly fitted they caused an infection.


Cosmetic dentistry ‘could make a person appear more wealthy’


Teeth whitening could make a person appear richer to other peopleHaving cosmetic dentistry can make a make a person seriously attractive to a potential partner, a study has suggested.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) research found that 75 per cent of people are turned off by undesirable teeth.

Those who have treatments such as tooth whitening can appear more successful, brainy and rich, according to the report.

“When respondents were asked about improvements to their own smiles, the most common response concerned the desire for whiter and brighter teeth,” the AACD stated.

It added that a dazzling smile is considered by many to be an “important social asset” for men and women looking for love.

Earlier this month, cosmetic dental surgeon and implantologist Dr Shreyank Patel told the Times of India that tooth whitening treatments are proving to be particularly popular with people aged between 25 and 35.

She said that there is currently a “strong desire” among everyday people to achieve the dazzling smiles sported by the rich and famous.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800069019-ADNFCR

Dentists make case for green standards during cosmetic dentistry procedures


Cosmetic dentistry patients 'should aim to save water where possible'Providers of cosmetic dentistry procedures in Bangalore are doling out advice to their patients on ways they can help the environment while carrying out their daily dental hygiene routine.

Built around the theme “good for you and for the earth”, the programme sees dentists offer tips to their customers and wear green-themed badges to spark debate, reports Daily News & Analysis.

Among the recommendations is to conserve water while brushing teeth by switching off the tap and to use toothbrushes for the recommended amount of time rather than throwing them away after a few weeks.

Those carrying out cosmetic dentistry procedures in the city are also set to hold up their end of the bargain by using digital x-ray machines and utilising CLF bulbs rather than spotlights.

Dr Asish Shetty, a professor at the Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, remarked: “We are aiming to promote the concept of green dentistry. There are many practices in this profession that need to be changed to achieve this goal.”

Earlier this month, cosmetic dental surgeon and implantologist Dr Shreyank Patel told the Times of India that cosmetic dentistry can help ordinary people to have “dazzling smiles”.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800066188-ADNFCR

‘All sorts of people’ having cosmetic dentistry procedures


Cosmetic dentistry 'is not just for models'A healthcare professional has suggested there are all kinds of people who are currently deciding to get cosmetic dentistry.

Speaking to the Times of India, cosmetic dentist Dr Sunita Vhatkar pointed out that having a nice smile helps to boost self-esteem and often makes people more confident.

She suggested that having discoloured or damaged teeth can tarnish a person’s image, while correcting such issues is capable of making an individual look younger.

“Today, everyone is very conscious about their looks. Both the young and old, men and women go for a complete smile makeover,” Dr Vhatkar was quoted as saying.

Implantologist Dr Shreyank Patel told the news provider that such operations may previously have been dominated by actors and models, but ordinary professionals are now doing the same.

Last week, Perfect Wedding magazine claimed brides-to-be will often have cosmetic dentistry procedures carried out, since it allows them to look their best on the big day.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800066177-ADNFCR

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