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New 3D printed braces could cut down the time needed for orthodontic work


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New 3D printed braces could cut down the time needed for orthodontic workNew 3D printed braces could cut down the time needed for orthodontic work, the Daily Mail has reported. The new product is said to have lights and a battery fitted onto each tooth. Now, this may sound like a strange idea, however, it is thought that light therapy can enhance and speed up bone regeneration. It is this element that could cut the time needed to straighten teeth.

Light therapy can potentially alter the DNA in the cells and, therefore, help increase the energy supply to the tooth. This action could help speed up the orthodontic process in what is deemed a safe way. The device will be programmed by a trained professional to apply the correct amount of light therapy for each tooth. The LED lights will be powered by a non-toxic lithium battery.

Another great thing about the technology is that the light cannot be seen. This is due to the wavelength that the light operates on. Many people could benefit from this new technology and also be saved some of the discomfort that traditional braces produce. Watch this space!

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Pioneering jaw and dental surgery for hopeful beauty queen


Twenty-year-old Ellie Jones was born with a rare jaw deformity that also caused issues with the alignment of her teeth. A routine visit to her orthodontist at fourteen years old, uncovered that Ellie’s jaw had not grown in over six years.

At sixteen, Ellie went through a pioneering jaw surgery that completely changed her life. As part of the procedure, surgeons had to cut her jaw vertically and horizontally, before performing corrective chin surgery. The operation left her temporarily unable to talk, in significant pain, and on a liquid diet for a month. Ellie’s only means of communication with her family and friends was a pen and note pad.

However, the surgery was a complete success and Ms Jones now hopes to be crowned the new Miss Wales at next year’s competition. The aspiring beauty queen saw the pageant advertised on Facebook and, with her new-found confidence, decided to give it a go. Ellie’s mum Natalie spoke to the Daily Mail about the dramatic change she has seen in her daughter since the surgery, “The surgery has not only changed the way Ellie looked, but also the way she portrays herself. Her confidence has grown and she’s blossomed into a beautiful young lady.”




Scuba diving could be bad for your teeth


New research has shown that scuba diving could have a dramatic effect on people’s teeth, according to a new study. The research, undertaken by staff at Buffalo University, showed that forty percent of people engaging in scuba diving activities have reported issues with their teeth and jaw.

Before embarking on any scuba diving activity, a medical examination is required, however, this does not include any checks to oral or dental health. Lead author of the study paper, Vinisha Ranna, was quoted in the Daily Mail, “Considering the air supply regulator is held in the mouth, any disorder in the oral cavity can potentially increase the diver’s risk of injury.”

Inexperienced divers can often clench their jaw while underwater, due to the cold temperatures, which can cause an array of issues from jaw pain, lost fillings, or loose crowns. Water pressure also plays a role, as this can cause pockets of air to build up around the roots of the teeth, potentially leading to broken molars, in some cases shattering teeth completely. It is advised that anyone wishing to undertake recreational scuba diving should seek advice from their dentist beforehand, to avoid any potential issues.



Increase in chin operations due to digital dysmorphia


Increasingly, more and more people are turning to surgery to remove excess fat from their chins. The age of the selfie has brought about new concerns over ‘double chins’ and has perpetuated worries over achieving the perfect angle for photos. The new anxiety disorder has been dubbed ‘digital dysmorphia’ (an extension of body dysmorphia) and it seems that this is having a profound effect on people’s self-confidence online.

The social media craze of the ‘selfie’ has been linked to a dramatic rise in chin surgery, according to British Association of Aesthetics and Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) figures. Their statistics show that there has been a sixteen percent rise in the number of people opting for face, chin and neck lifts in 2015 alone. A BAAPS spokesperson was quoted in the Daily Mail, expressing their views over the growing trend, “The smartphone distorts your image and so people have a warped view of how they look. Procedures on necks and chins are a part of this.’


Digital dysmorphia is a condition that causes increased negative feelings about a person’s self-image and causes anxiety over what others are thinking about an individual’s photographs. People with the disorder may go to great lengths to capture the ‘perfect shot’ and this may mean going to drastic measures, such as going under the knife, to achieve what they see as perfection.




Bethenny Frankel says she gets Botox injections into her jaw


It’s probably no surprise that a reality star on the Real Housewives of New York is a fan of having cosmetic treatment, but Bethenny Frankel has revealed that instead of getting Botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, she has the treatment done into her jaw line, in order reduce the effects of a damaging case of Bruxism – grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw.

The 45-year-old admitted that she does look different because of the treatment but she told DailyMail.coms 2016 Newfront in New York that it is not for the reasons people think – fans of the show were speculating that the reality star had undergone invasive cosmetic treatment to change her face, when instead she has actually been getting Botox injections to deal with the grinding problem.

Bethenny explained that she started the injections three years ago at the suggestion of her dermatologist, because her jaw muscles were very tense and they were clenching the teeth together. The Botox injections have relaxed the muscles and softened the shape of Bethenny’s jaw line and she said that she was ‘excited’ by the improvement and added ‘ it think it’s why I can take a shorter haircut.’

Toothpaste developed that could repair holes in teeth


A new product has been developed that could help to repair holes in teeth and treat sensitivity long-term; the invention , called BioMiniF was created by a team at Queen Mary’s, University of London and contains a ‘miracle ingredient’ called bioactive glass. Researchers are hopeful that this breakthrough could eventually mean that drills are no longer used as part of dental treatment.

The product works by binding to the teeth to fill any holes, as well as releasing minerals into the tooth structure to make it stronger; it is applied by a form of sandblasting that would fire small particles of the BioMin at the damaged areas of the tooth, sealing and rebuilding it.

Leader of the study, Professor Robert Hill is hoping to sell the BioMin in the form of toothpaste that should cost around five pounds for a 75ml tube. Professor Hill said that this remineralising toothpaste would make teeth ‘far more resistant to attack from acidic soft drinks’ and ‘it is much more effective than conventional toothpastes’ because they do not bind to the teeth in the same way, and the minerals are washed away after the teeth are brushed.

Prof Hill told the Daily Mail that he was hopeful this product could reduce levels of decay in the country, as well as helping people who suffer with tooth sensitivity.  He added that the active ingredient could also be used in dental cleaning and polishing products also.


Could electric toothbrushes be damaging to the enamel?


The Daily Mail has raised concerns that many people could be unwittingly damaging their teeth by using an electric toothbrush, basing their story on several cases where patients have experienced sensitivity, gum recession, and bleeding from the gums after brushing. Some dentists have suggested that these problems could be caused by over-brushing – people brushing too hard and too fast with the electronic brush.

This may come as a surprise to many people, as electronic brushes are extremely popular and thought to be more efficient than manual brushes. However, Dr Sameer Patel, clinical director at Elleven Dental in London, suggested that it is not the actual product to blame, but the way people are using it to brush their teeth. He said that ‘hardly anyone knows how to use them correctly’ and advised people to aim their brush towards the gums at a 45 degree angle, rather than moving it ‘furiously’ across the teeth themselves, as this can cause erosion of the enamel and gum damage. These conditions will make the teeth more sensitive if the practice is continued.

Dr Patel told the paper that enamel cannot regrow and the treatment for gum recession can be ‘costly and uncomfortable’ so people should re-learn a proper brushing technique under the guidance of a dental professional or revert to a manual brush that is going to do less damage.


Geordie Shore’s Charlotte says she was having lip fillers long before Kylie Jenner


Reality star Charlotte Crosby recently debuted her brand new nose on social media and the Geordie Shore regular has now decided to share all of her cosmetic surgery secrets with the world, by claiming in an interview with Daily Mail Australia that she was having filler injections into her lips long before starlet Kylie Jenner made the procedure famous.

Charlotte said that the 18-year-old sister of Kim Kardashian may have brought the surgery into the limelight but she was having it done years ago, in order to keep her lips looking plump. The 25-year-old told the publication that she goes back to have further filler injections every five months to make sure the effects don’t wear off. She explained ‘I’ve been getting my lips done for about two years now’, mainly because she felt that her top lip was too thin and she wanted to have a better pout. She joked that this wasn’t the ‘Kylie Jenner effect’ as she was already a fan of the treatment before the young reality star ‘got trendy’.

Charlotte has undergone quite the transformation in the past year; as well as filler injections, she has had Botox treatment, a rhino-plasty, and dropped four dress sizes in order to film her best-selling fitness DVD’s.


Too many selfies are giving people ‘tooth paranoia’


Thanks to the current trend for taking lots of ‘selfies’, dentists are warning that more and more people are suffering with ‘dental dysmorphia’ as the practice makes them paranoid about having the perfect set of teeth. According to dentists, an increasing number of people are asking for unnecessary dental work to correct perceived flaws in their smiles.

Tim Bradstock-Smith, clinical director of the London Smile Clinic, spoke to The Daily Mail about the effects of rampant selfie taking, explaining that people can often end up with a distorted image of their face and this leads them to believe that they need corrective work for their teeth. He said that some people are under the impression that they have ‘horse-like’ because the teeth look like they protrude more than they actually do; a problem which could be emphasised by unflattering light.

Dr Bradstock-Smith said that ‘photos will undeniably exaggerate defects’ but this can be misleading if the person concentrates too much on the ‘flaws’ in the picture. He added that the front teeth are generally thought to be more aesthetically pleasing if they are slightly larger than the neighbouring teeth, but if selfies are taken too closely this will distort and ‘exaggerate’ the size of these teeth.

He went on to say that ‘We have seen a 30 per cent increase over five years in the number of patients sending selfies through the website with concerns about the look of their front teeth, yet when patients come in person, often the teeth don’t look too bad at all.’


Woman speaks out about unregulated fillers after going blind following treatment


A woman from Leeds who suffered permanent blindness in one eye after botched dermal filler treatment has decided to talk about her experiences in order to warn others about the dangers of unregulated filler injections. Meiska Mamajeski went blind in her left eye after the filler treatment went wrong back in 2011.

Meiska, 53, was admitted to A&E after she underwent the procedure at a London cosmetic clinic and became the first British woman to be blinded by botched dermal filler injections; although she is one of 98 known cases in the world, according to the World Congress of Dermatology. Meiska decided to speak out about her situation after she realised that fillers were entirely unregulated in Britain, leaving many people at risk of complications. She spoke to the Daily Mail about her harrowing ordeal in a bid to warn others about the risks of treatment at the hands of untrained providers.

After struggling to overcome the debilitating injury, Meiska managed to get back some of her independence and she was awarded a five figure sum after launching legal proceedings against the doctor that carried out the treatment. Despite the pay-out, Mieska is adamant that ‘it was never about the money’ because she just wanted the negligence of the doctor to be recognised.

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