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The British Dental Association warns against online dentistry, as US firm launches £1,500 invisible braces you can order on the web

The British Dental Association has warned against online dentistry, as a US firm launches £1,500 invisible braces you can order on the Internet. 

The SmileDirectClub is offering consumers the chance to benefit from cheaper braces by ordering online. The product, which retails at £1,500 is a significantly less expensive alternative to professional systems offered by dentists, including Invisalign. Invisalign treatment usually costs in the region of £3,000 to £5,000. As well as offering discounted prices, the company is also giving patients the chance to spread payments over the course of a 12-month period. 

The SmileDirectClub claims that customers can benefit from personalised, 3D printed braces and whitening treatment, as well as access to a British dentist online. The process would involve the individual visiting a high street pharmacy to undergo a 3D scan of the mouth. The braces would then be manufactured based on the mould. 

The US company is undoubtedly trying to capitalise on the popularity of a perfect smile, and this venture follows in the footsteps of cheaper contact lenses and glasses sold by cut-price online opticians. Although it may seem great on the surface, experts from the British Dental Association have reservations.

Vice chair of the BDA, Eddie Crouch, urged patients to think very carefully about pursuing online treatment. Orthodontics is a complex field of dentistry, and the best way to go about achieving a beautiful, straight smile is to see a trained orthodontist, or a dentist with advanced training in orthodontics, for a consultation. This will be followed by tailored treatment planning and close monitoring throughout the treatment stage. 

The US company already provides products for patients in the US, Australia and Canada, and it has plans to launch stores in cities across the UK, having teamed up with Well Pharmacy.

Aspirin Could Reverse The Effects of Tooth Decay, Claim Belfast Researchers

 

shutterstock_520260781According to research done at Queen’s University in Belfast aspirin could lead to fewer fillings being required or even reverse the effects of tooth decay, by stimulating stem cells in teeth to boost the regeneration of teeth.

Aspirin is a common painkiller drug which has been used for various treatments since its original formulation, and is often used to relieve the pain of head and muscle pains.

Teeth naturally have a very limited ability to regenerate, generally limited to a thin band of dentine (the tooth layer below the enamel layer) that forms if the inner pulp is exposed, but this cannot help in the case of large cavities, which generally need to be filled, removing more tooth material and may need replacing.

The findings of the research, led by Professor Ikhlas El Karim of Queen’s University, Belfast, has shown that aspirin can enhance the function of stem cells found in teeth and potentially by repairing damaged teeth directly could remove the need for fillings.

Professor Karim noted that this would be a gradual process, but that a therapy could be developed which would allow teeth to repair themselves.

There are several complications to get past first, chief among which is applying it to the damage tooth. Aspirin could easily be washed away if simply placed on a cavity, and so some form of delivery system will need to be created to allow for a long term delivery.

Development of a compound or treatment is helped by the fact that aspirin is a drug that already has a license to be sold and prescribed, which will increase the speed of development of any treatment.

What is exciting is that this is something that if the tests continue to be positive and a delivery method can be found, is a treatment that could end fillings in the near future.

Would you buy a Dyson toothbrush? Innovative inventor reveals latest project

shutterstock_354663890When you hear the name Dyson, you probably think of hoovers, but that could be able to change. Sir James Dyson, one of the world’s most prolific inventors, has revealed that his latest project is a state of the art toothbrush.

The Dyson firm, which is owned by the innovative inventor, has applied for several patents for its new super brush, which features a powerful water jet within the bristles. The aim of the jet is to disperse and remove food debris. The patent applications relate to a “dental cleaning appliance”, which features a delivery system that provides frequent bursts of water to banish bits of food and bacteria. It is also believed that the brushing device could be used as a flossing aid when used without the bristles.

The high-tech brush features a reservoir, which is located between the handle and the brush head. This reservoir is filled with water, which is released when triggered by a light sensor or a camera; this results in several short bursts during brushing. The sensor would ensure that water is released only when the brush is in position between the user’s teeth.

The new brush design also features six modes and the head can oscillate up to 6,000 times per minute. There’s also talk of an additional feature, which prevents brushing too hard, a major cause of enamel wear.

So far, no additional information, such as the recommended retail price or release date, is available.

Know What to Expect from Treatment with a Trial Smile

Before undergoing treatments, patients at Baker Street Dental have the opportunity to experience a “Trial Smile”. This novel option allows clients to design their own smile and get an idea of how they would look with new additions to their teeth such as porcelain veneers. Previously, patients could only acquire a rough idea of what to expect after treatment and the end result would only be visible once the procedure had been completed, but the Trial Smile offers clients much more insight.

How do Trial Smiles work?

With the aid of advanced technology, clients are now able to design and trial their smile before committing to treatment, as individual oral impressions and facial dimensions are sent to a lab where the client’s bespoke smile is then created. This process allows patients to experiment with different veneer options before finalising their choice, and adjustments to both the shape and colour of the veneers can also be made until a client is completely happy with their decision.

What happens next?

When the final look has been chosen patients can wear temporary veneers whilst waiting for their custom-made Lumineers or Emax Porcelain Veneers to arrive, safe in the knowledge that they have had complete control over the look of their beautiful new smile!

Dental Technology Has Come A Long Way In Central London

Like any industry over the past one hundred years, dentistry has benefited greatly from the massive leaps and bounds in technology that has weaved itself into dental surgeries around central London. The experimentation and progress behind the scenes has seen new and more durable materials being used for fillings, bridges and especially dentures; the glues and bonding chemicals have also been vastly improved to hold such fittings in place, which can only be good for you, the patient.

The world of orthodontics has also spread its wings: computer technology and digital imaging/x-rays have been able to make more accurate diagnoses on the teeth beforehand, after which, you have an incredible range of precision and bespoke braces and aligners to choose from to get the job done fast and discreetly. It was the turning point for dentistry when computers came along: they have made so many processes easy to analyse and perform…and quickly too. However, the most radical introduction into surgeries has been that of the laser that has seen the modern dentist dispensing with drills and scalpels- at last!

Lasers

A laser can perform fillings, root canals, gum contouring and its most sensational use, the fitting of dental implants; lasers do very little damage to bone and gum tissue- painlessly, making healing quicker than ever before. The golden age has dawned for dentists and their patients, whether it be all of the above that you need to have, or even just a touch or BOTOX or teeth whitening- dentists can perform anything these days, and who’s to say what newer technology lies ahead in the future!

How CEREC rocks in London

London is a demanding city to live and work in and it can leave you with very little time for yourself; especially trying to fit work on your teeth in if something goes wrong. You need a short, sharp fix sometimes if you want to retain that smile, which can be vitally important to you in some lines of work. Well help is at hand in the form of CEREC- a unique form of dentistry which can have you up and running in the hour. You just sit down, have images taken of your mouth and then the computer programme does the rest. It will design fittings such as a bridge, crowns or veneers and then relay this into a machine that will make your desire in less than 20 minutes. Whilst this is going on, the dentist will get to work on you and get you prepared for your fitting. CEREC truly is a joy to behold and it comes at a reasonable price too, so if you are one of these people that is constantly on the go, give it a look, for you can save valuable time.

‘Wicked’ Waterlase hits the dental surgeries of London

Fillings and root canal treatment were often a painful set of treatments in the past and could often leave you in pain and feeling like you had just been mugged in London: the old drilling and slicing techniques- not very nice at all. Thankfully though, technology has made its pretty little way into dental surgeries and there is a cracker in the form of WaterLase. This can do all of the above in just a few seconds: it fires a laser at any problem whilst also shooting water out to take the heat out of the treatment. It is not only fast, it is excitingly efficient- and painless to boot because of this efficiency. It truly is one of the modern wonder treatments in the dental surgery today and so whenever you get this done to any problems in your mouth; relax, sit back, because you won’t feel a thing at all and believe it- you are in safe hands with this.

 

Great protection with Mouth-guards in Central London

If you love to get right in peoples faces with the sports that you play in central London, you better make sure that look after and protect your own face beforehand, especially if there is a lot of contact involved. One way of going about this is to get a mouth-guard. Now you could simply pop into a shop and buy one off the shelf, but if you idolise the game you play, you would be wise to have a special one made up to cater for the demands that your particular sports throws at you. In the long run, it could keep you healthy and prevent you from suffering from serious injury. Dentists also use forms of mouth-guards in various treatments they offer. Some of the modern aligners are very guard-like in their design, but it is in the treatment of teeth grinding that mouth-guards are used the most; having one made up exactly to match the your teeth can prevent some serious damage being done. It won’t stop the grinding issue- that’s another problem altogether, but it will save your teeth.

 

Quick analysis through Digital X-rays in Central London

If something goes wrong in your mouth in central London, you want to know that you can get treated quickly and with precision. Well there has never been a better time for dental patients to get the best treatments around because modern dentistry is right up to speed on this front and embraced the technology on offer. A damn good example of this is the way x-rays have gone digital: x-rays have saved lives and teeth in the past- they do have a sense of magic about the way they can film inside your body. Digital though is even better because it is faster. When you sit down and are filmed in your dentists chair, the image is up in seconds on a computer screen and if it shows up any problems, your dentist will leap into action and sort you out immediately, and if not, find someone who can by sending the x-ray off in an e-mail…again in just seconds. Digital stores images easily on a computer and all can be accessed….again in seconds. This is just how digital x-rays have helped to make dental procedures so much more efficient, which as a paying customer, is brilliant for you.

 

Dynamic Digital X-rays in Central London

If things go wrong in your mouth, you don’t want to be hanging around for weeks before you get a diagnosis, because in that time, the condition could get far worse. Technology has put this possible crisis to bed though, thanks largely to the development of the digital x-ray. X-rays of old were cumbersome to store and could take weeks to process; not so with the digital version. Once the image has been taken of the affected area, the images will be on a screen in seconds, thus allowing the dentist to make a quick diagnosis of the problem and set about curing it immediately. These images can be stored easily in the computer files and retrieved very quickly when needed. They can also be sent off in an e-mail if your dentist requires a specific diagnosis from an expert in the field of your problem, anywhere in central London. All of this means that getting treated these days is a precise art-form, which is very good news for your oral health.

 

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