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More patients are requesting ‘quirky’ veneers rather than the perfect smile

Fri

According to a top Belgravia dentist, the perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile is going out of fashion, as more and more people are requesting a ‘quirky’ set of veneers instead; Dr Peta Leigh, of Elleven Dental, spoke to The Telegraph about the change in trends with cosmetic dental work.

Dr Peta said that dentists based in the UK and Europe were finding that they were fitting perfect rows of white veneers less and less, as patients hope to avoid the ‘bulbous, unnatural look’ that is often associated with the ‘American style’ dental veneers. Patients are requesting more natural-looking veneers that offer a subtle improvement to their teeth, rather than something that would be obvious and may appear fake.

Dr Peta added that ‘imperfections can provide an endearing and memorable smile. The perfect set of white piano key teeth may not achieve that.’ He went on to say that ‘the most important element to a beautiful smile’ is to try and keep the teeth in proportion with the rest of the face, so that the overall look is one of ‘harmony.’ This needs to take into account the patient’s bone structure, tone of their skin, and the layout of the facial features.

It is also becoming more popular for veneers to be deliberately made ‘imperfect’ by creating a slight overlap with some of the teeth or making them slightly darker in colour so that they look like they are made from real enamel.

Cardiff dentist plans to travel to Calais to help refugees with dental care

Wed

A Cardiff dentist has said he would like to travel to Calais next month to help provide refugees with dental treatment; Raid Ali, 42, was born in Iraq and moved to Wales in 1998 where he lives with his wife and three children. Ali has been a qualified dentist for almost twenty years and is planning to use these skills to help refugees in Calais with their dental health, as well as providing medical help at the French port.

Raid called his trip a ‘humanitarian thing’ and added that he ‘really wanted to help’ the people who are fleeing warzones and looking for a better life in the UK. He told walesonline ‘A lot of people have been collecting and donating items but I don’t think a lot of people can give what I can give, which is medical and dental care.’

Raid, who runs his own dental practice, said that he would be willing to travel to help people all over Europe if necessary and he explained that, as the refugee crisis worsens, he felt he should do something to help the people in need. He said ‘Even if there are already doctors at refugee camps around Europe there may be language barrier problems. I could be there to translate for them, especially medical terms which can be quite hard to communicate.’

Researchers discover the first filling

Thu

Scientists in Italy are claiming they have discovered a very early form of dental treatment, after digging up a 6,500-year-old human skeleton in Slovenia that had teeth with beeswax applied to them – thought to be one of the first ways man tried to deal with cavities and dental trauma. Although it is not immediately clear whether the wax was added before or shortly after death, if it was before, this could be considered evidence of early dental treatment; researchers think that this was intended to reduce pain and sensitivity from a crack in the enamel. Dr Claudio Tuniz of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the study leader, said that ‘It is probably also due to its use in non-alimentary activities, possibly such as weaving, generally performed by Neolithic families.’

There is not much evidence for pre-historic dentistry but this new find could help provide an insight into the dental practices of our ancestors. Dr Federico Bernardini said that this was a significant development, saying ‘This finding is perhaps the most ancient evidence of pre-historic dentistry in Europe and the earliest known direct example of therapeutic-palliative dental filling so far.’

Using the specimen to build a picture of the patient’s life, researchers also felt that they were able to learn more about their dental history. They wrote; ‘If the filling was done when the person was still alive, the intervention was likely aimed to relieve tooth sensitivity derived from either exposed dentine and/or the pain resulting from chewing on a cracked tooth.’

New regulations for cosmetic surgeons

Wed

Cowboy cosmetic surgeons are going to find it a lot harder to pull in clients after The Department of Health announced a review of the practice to protect women from botched breast enhancements and bad Botox injections. It has been thought for some time that there needs to be tighter regulations surrounding cosmetic surgery, in an industry that sees people administering Botox after just a few hours of training.

The review comes months after the PIP breast implant scandal that affected thousands of women throughout Europe, and it is hoped that a ban on aggressive advertising will stop anything like this from happening again. The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is also expected to create a compulsory register that should help with monitoring women’s health, which includes surgeons warning patients that breast implants will need to be replaced every ten years. A cooling period should also be suggested to allow people who have booked surgery to rethink and make sure they are making the right decision.

As well as invasive surgical treatments, the big changes will affect inexperienced salon employees and beauticians who have been providing Botox injections, dermal fillers, and laser hair removal – all with very little training or relevant experience. At the moment, Botox can be administered by anyone who has done a half-day course in which they view a demonstration and attempt treatment on a volunteer. The drug is only available through prescription from a doctor but there are very few guidelines on who can supply it and how.

Will Young has tried Botox treatment

Mon

Will Young has tried Botox treatmentChart-topping solo artist Will Young has confessed to having Botox injections in an attempt to reduce sweating under his armpits.

Speaking to chat show host Jonathan Ross, the Leave Right Now singer revealed his doctor suggested he try the treatment in a bid to resolve the ongoing issue.

He said: "I tried it (Botox) once actually under my arms because I sweat a lot … So I went to this chap and he gave me some Botox and I sweated through it."

Young went on to reveal that the practitioner joked that he was the only man in Europe to sweat through Botox as a result of the treatment's reliability.

His comments emerge after former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson revealed she would never try the effective procedure in a bid to maintain her youthful looks.

The recent Big Brother contestant, who has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries, told New magazine that she would prefer to see what she looked like at an old age.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800732404-ADNFCR

Botox could treat urinary incontinence

Mon

Botox could treat urinary incontinenceImage-conscious individuals considering Botox injections in London to smooth the appearance of wrinkles could be interested in alternative uses for the product.

The substance's manufacturer Allergan has announced plans to develop the treatment to provide relief for people living with urinary incontinence.

Following positive feedback from the Irish Medicine Board, the company aims to gain support from the 14 countries involved in the Mutual Recognition Procedure.

The move is set to help the 60 to 80 per cent of multiple sclerosis sufferers who experience some degree of bladder dysfunction, along with people with spinal cord injuries.

Douglas Ingram, president of Allergan in Europe, explained: "[By] gaining effective control over their bladder and staying dry [the treatment] can be a significant step towards improving daily functioning and overall quality of life."

This news comes after the company reported an increase in total product sales for the quarter ending June 30th this year. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800693232-ADNFCR

New study could help improve healing for dental implants

Wed

New study could help improve healing for dental implantsScientists in Europe have conducted research that could facilitate quicker healing processes for patients with dental implants in future.

A study from the University of Gothenburg and Astra Tech has led to the creation a new method of analysing the topography of titanium dental implants at a nanoscopic scale.

This allows researchers to analyse the way in which the implant is anchored to the bone, as well as giving insight into how this could be enhanced via changes to its smoothness, conductivity and natural oxide coating.

According to the report, this breakthrough could make it easier for new dental implants could be developed that are optimised for increased bone formation and better healing.

Johanna Loberg at the University of Gothenburg's department of chemistry said: "This would reduce the discomfort for patients and makes for a better quality of life during the healing process."

According to a recent Cape May County Herald report, dental implants are becoming more popular as a means of providing a natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800591282-ADNFCR

More people in the UK ‘should opt for dental implants’

Fri

Dental implants could replace missing teeth. People in the UK should seek advice regarding dental implants if they feel they need them.

This is the advice of Anagram Solutions in France, which stated that many more procedures to put these in place are currently occurring across Europe and the US than is the case in Britain.

The company suggested that people may not be making enquiries about the technology if it is not mentioned by their dentist, but pointed out that it is available from private firms.

Furthermore, dental implants could help up to half a million people a year eat, talk and smile normally, Anagram said.

"[They] look, feel and function just like real teeth. Dental implants don't damage adjacent healthy teeth and the results can last a lifetime," patients were advised.

Earlier this month, new figures from a Brighton clinic showed that the number of implants fitted in patients since 2008 has more than tripled.

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Lady Gaga ‘uses teeth whitening product for MTV VMAs’

Wed

Lady Gaga 'had a teeth whitening product in her room'The MTV Video Music Awards took place this week and one source revealed that Lady Gaga may have needed her teeth whitening before she faced the cameras.

Speaking to the Mirror, a source revealed that the fashionable pop star wanted a white theme as a nod to Madonna’s Like A Virgin hit.

“Her dressing room was stocked with white tea sets, Smile Studio teeth whitening, white flowers, white sofas … Everything was ice white,” they were quoted as saying.

It was certainly a successful awards ceremony for the singer, who won eight gongs including best collaboration, best female video, best pop video and video of the year – most of which were for the song Bad Romance.

Lady Gaga’s teeth whitening was not the only colour change the star was involved in, with the publication reporting that she asked for the red carpet to be swapped for a white one.

The singer is currently touring the US before undertaking a series of gigs in Europe.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800066184-ADNFCR

Dental implants market ‘worth billions’

Fri

The dental implant industry is set to grow over the next five years, according to an American research company.Dental implants are rising in popularity, a new report has revealed.

Tooth implants will be worth around $4.2 billion [£2.7 billion] by 2015, up from this year’s value of $3.2 billion, the survey by research company MarketsandMarkets estimated.

Over 40 per cent of dental implant customers will be based in Europe and around 30 per cent are expected to be from North America, with expectations coming from current figures showing that Europeans have the largest market in cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry’s increasing popularity and the emergence of new technology are the reasons behind the rise, noted the organisation.

The US-based company estimates that between two and three per cent of the global population have already had the dental implants, describing them as the “most comprehensive and long-term solutions” for replacing missing teeth.

A single implant can be placed in half an hour, the Association of Dental Implantology claims, although the healing process can take several months.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19894828-ADNFCR

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