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Brace options available to Brits

Fri

There are many options available to those looking for teeth braces.

There are a number of options open to individuals who may need braces and they have been discussed by dental health magazine WorlDental.

It reported that people with misaligned teeth often suffer from pain in the jaw, an inability to chew properly, headaches and a lack of confidence, but orthodontic braces could help to resolve many of these issues.

The publication stated that braces work by “applying continued pressure over a usually long period of time to slowly move the teeth to a specific location”.

Indeed, the range of braces currently available include those which are worn all the time – such as face bow headgear – to those that are more discrete, such as Invisalign braces.

Elsewhere, figures from the Hospital Group recently revealed that the number of men seeking braces over the last two years has grown by more than 700 per cent.

The report showed that this was not the only treatment that has gained in popularity over recent months, with teeth whitening and the use of dental implants also becoming more widely used procedures during 2009.

Invisalign braces help Olympic medallist

Sat

Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero has had her teeth straightened.

Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero has had her teeth straightened using Invisalign braces.

She claimed the treatment had been ideal for her, as it did not interfere with her training. Indeed, she was able to take out the brace whenever she needed to brush her teeth or eat.

Ms Romero said: “I am so happy with the results, I feel happier with the appearance of my teeth and I am more confident about smiling now.”

She claimed the braces were practically invisible and that people often failed to notice them unless they were pointed out.

Elsewhere, Align Technology recently announced it is to remove its case requirements policy to allow more dentists to offer the treatment.

In the past, dentists could only offer the treatment if they were able to show they had at least ten cases per year. However, they will now no longer have to make this claim, meaning more Brits could soon benefit from Invisalign braces.

Align Technology funds $75k research grant

Sat

£75k grant awarded by Align Technology.

The maker of Invisalign braces Align Technology has announced the award of a $75,000 (£49,100) grant to researchers in the US as part of its Clear Aligner Research Award Programme. 

The recipients of the funding are Dr Maria Orellana, assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, and Dr Robyn Silberstein, clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

“We were pleased with the level of academic interest in clear aligner therapy research and we will continue to sponsor the programme for 2011,” said Align’s vice-president of clinical technology Dr Eric Kuo.

Meanwhile, the company also recently announced that it is to remove its prerequisite that dentists must demonstrate they are able to offer its products to at least ten patients over the course of a year in order to qualify for the use of Invisalign braces.

Dentists will now be able to offer this service however many patients they treat each year.

More dentists to offer Invisalign braces

Thu

More dentists will now be able to provide Invisalign braces.

More dentists across the UK could soon be offering Invisalign braces to their patients following an announcement by the manufacturer that it will remove case requirements.

In the past, dentists could only offer the treatment if they were able to show they had at least ten cases per year where Invisalign braces were an option.

However, the company has now back-tracked on this requirement, although dentists will still be required to take at least ten hours training in the use of the product.

A press release by Align Technology stated: “Effective immediately, doctors will no longer be required to start a minimum of ten shipped cases per year to maintain their active provider status.”

Elsewhere, Dental Plans recently reported that Dr Homayoun Aminyar, a New York dental professional, has said that having braces fitted could improve the oral health of many children and help them avoid a number of serious complaints when they become adults.

Make A Wish gives teenager Invisalign braces

Wed

Invisalign braces given to sick child.

A terminally ill child in Greece who wanted to have Invisalign braces fitted has had her wish come true through the actions of the Make A Wish Foundation. invisible braces

Teenager Samantha really wanted to have Invisalign braces fitted and as a result, the company donated the braces to the charity and Samantha was driven in a limousine to a local dentist’s office where the braces were fitted for free.

Karen Buckels of the Make-A-Wish Foundation commented: “These kids never stop smiling. Despite it all they will tell you that they will be fine.”

She added children who are facing such adversity are encouraged to think big when making a wish.

Elsewhere, North Bay Today recently reported the Canadian Dental Association has recommended that anyone taking part in a sporting activity should wear a mouthguard.

The organisation noted all athletes should use these devices to ensure that the rough and tumble of sport does not impact on their oral health.

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