Cosmetics
CDC report questions rise of dental fluorosis
April 23, 2019 -- A new publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) casts doubt on the reliability of previously reported data that suggested that U.S. dental fluorosis was on the rise among U.S. children.  Discuss
SmileDirectClub's antitrust lawsuit in Ala. can proceed
April 22, 2019 -- A U.S. district judge ordered on April 17 that SmileDirectClub's antitrust lawsuit against the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama can proceed. However, some of the lawsuit's claims, including those against the dental board members in a nonofficial capacity, have been thrown out.
New product: Philips launches sleep apnea mask
April 5, 2019 -- Philips has released a new over-the-nose continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) nasal mask for patients with sleep apnea.
Do porcelain laminate veneers last well over the long term?
April 1, 2019 -- Porcelain laminate veneers can provide dependable, conservative treatment for anterior teeth with aesthetic problems. However, issues such as porcelain fracture and chipping can mar results, and long-term clinical data are limited. To learn more, researchers investigated the long-term performance of this restorative option.  Discuss
3M settles dental crown lawsuit
March 28, 2019 -- 3M has agreed to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by 39 dentists concerning its Lava Ultimate dental crown, according to multiple published reports.
Swanky Smiles launches in-house orthodontics service
March 22, 2019 -- Mobile orthodontics company Swanky Smiles has launched a new program to help general dental practices provide orthodontic services.
Winter 2019 new-product roundup
March 20, 2019 -- Between the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting in February and the International Dental Show in March, a number of companies have released new products. DrBicuspid.com brings you this roundup of new releases from companies such as Planmeca, Align Technology, and others.  Discuss
Study finds Botox-A effective in treating TMD
March 12, 2019 -- The goal when treating patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is to relieve their symptoms and help them regain jaw movements. An injection of botulinum toxin type A (Botox-A) may help when conservative treatments are not successful, according to a new study.  Discuss
New products: Dentsply Sirona debuts scanner, software at IDS
March 12, 2019 -- Dentsply Sirona has debuted a new intraoral scanner and aligner software at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany.
Arbitration decision forces Invisalign stores to close
March 5, 2019 -- Medical device company Align Technology has announced that it will close its Invisalign stores after an arbitrator ruled that it violated its noncompete agreement with SmileDirectClub.  Discuss
Hot Topic
Do whitening toothpastes live up to the hype?

What should you tell your patients when they ask if whitening toothpastes are effective? Are claims that they remove tooth stains or whiten teeth substantiated? To find out if toothpastes live up to the marketing hype, researchers reviewed the existing literature comparing the effects of whitening and regular toothpastes. Read more.

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American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) 2019 Annual Session
May 3-7
Los Angeles, California United States
Treating the Apprehensive Dental Patient Alaska Cruise
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Cosmetic Pearls for the General Dental Practitioner
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