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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.

Comet the Labradoodle becomes Australia’s first dental therapy dog

Comet, a 3-year-old labradoodle, has become Australia’s first dental therapy dog.

Dr Dan Ford, a paediatric dentist based in Brisbane, has started bringing Comet into his practice to help young patients who suffer from anxiety and nervousness.

Dr Ford said that taking Comet into work isn’t just an excuse to have his beloved companion with him all the time, and he has already noticed an incredible difference in children’s behaviour and mindset when the lovable pup is around.

Many of the children Dr Ford treats need special care, and they are prone to anxiety and can get upset easily. Having Comet around helps to make them feel at ease, and it also gives them something to focus on aside from the imminent procedure. Comet is very affectionate and loving, but he also has a gift for reading situations, and he knows when to approach children and when they need a little extra reassurance. If he detects that children are anxious about having treatment, he often jumps up onto the chair so that the children can stroke him, and this helps them to relax. Having Comet around also makes the experience of going to the dentist a lot more enjoyable for children, so they look forward to the next trip, rather than being scared.

Comet is no ordinary dog, and he has undertaken intense training alongside Dr Ford to enable him to work with children in a dental clinic setting. Dr Ford trained Comet when he was a puppy, and he has also been trained by an experienced therapy dog trainer.

Therapy dogs are commonplace in practices in the US, but Dr Ford believes that Comet is the first dental therapy dog to work in Australia. So far, the feedback from parents and children has been really positive, and Dr Ford and Comet are looking forward to meeting more patients in the years to come.

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