Connecticut to try dental therapists; the key to good shade matching

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Connecticut looks to be the next state in the U.S. to experiment with the midlevel provider model. And in this case, the state dental association supports the idea.

In an effort to take control of the issue "before someone else takes control of it for us," the Connecticut State Dental Association's House of Delegates voted in November to set up a demonstration project using dental therapists. But there is opposition to this proposal, at both the state and national levels. Read more.

Meanwhile, over in the Cosmetics Community, a study in the January Journal of the American Dental Association found that clinical education and professional experience play a central role in a dentist's ability to correctly match tooth shades. But some experts say the trick to good matching is more elusive than that. Read more.

And in Restoratives Community news, a group of international researchers found that restorations placed with etch-and-rinse adhesives had tighter margins than restorations placed with single-bottle self-etch adhesives. Read more.

Finally, over on the Second Opinion page, Dr. Helaine Smith asks: when it comes to tooth whitening, what’s all the fuss?

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