Cosmetics
Western Dental debuts clear aligners
January 20, 2020 -- Western Dental has launched its own brand of clear orthodontic aligners, ClearArc.
SmileDirectClub wins in courtroom, dental offices
January 14, 2020 -- SmileDirectClub is having yet another news-filled week, announcing it will begin selling its teeth-straightening products to dentists and orthodontists. Also, the company scored a legal victory with a New Jersey court finding it does not engage in the "corporate practice of dentistry."  Discuss
Want to improve sleep apnea? Trimming tongue fat may help
January 10, 2020 -- Reducing fat tongue may help improve obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, according to a new study published January 10 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in obese patients, showing that a reduction in tongue fat lessened the severity of symptoms.  Discuss
Ex-NFL player announces oral brand partnership
January 8, 2020 -- Former NFL player Rob Gronkowski appeared on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" on January 7 to announce an exclusive partnership between teeth-whitening and oral care company Snow and clear-aligner brand Byte.
SmileDirectClub expands into Hong Kong
January 8, 2020 -- SmileDirectClub has brought its clear-aligner therapy to Hong Kong.
Ormco upgrades software for Spark clear aligner
January 7, 2020 -- Orthodontic technology company Ormco has released a series of upgrades for its Spark clear-aligner Approver software.
Orthodontist assistant joins 'The Bachelor'
January 7, 2020 -- An orthodontic assistant from San Antonio is one of 30 new contestants on the new season of "The Bachelor," which premiered on January 6 on ABC.
SmileDirectClub, Walmart team up to sell new oral care line
January 6, 2020 -- Direct-to-consumer orthodontics company SmileDirectClub is disrupting the industry again, debuting a new, complete line of oral care products that will be sold exclusively at Walmart's more than 3,800 stores and on its website.  Discuss
Latest beauty trend for lips may come with demonic twist
December 27, 2019 -- Devil lips, a look allegedly achieved when lip fillers add pointed edges to the rim of a mouth, is the latest must-have beauty treatment in Russia. Though the method has gotten many likes and shares on social media, it also has gotten its fair share of criticism and skepticism.  Discuss
SmileDirectClub to expand to Germany
December 17, 2019 -- SmileDirectClub is set to introduce its clear-aligner therapy to Germany early next year.
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Do whitening toothpastes live up to the hype?

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Conferences
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
January 30 - February 1
Boston, Massachusetts United States
Pacific Northwest Dental Conference
May 28-30
Seattle, Washington United States