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Newer, higher translucency ceramics show reduced masking
February 15, 2018 -- Knowing the translucency levels and masking properties of pressable ceramics can be useful for choosing the right material for an aesthetically pleasing restoration. To learn more, researchers studied the optical properties of one widely used lithium disilicate ceramic system and a newer feldspar ceramic material.  Discuss
Study seeks best cleanser for denture biofilm
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February 7, 2018 -- While keeping dentures clean can be a challenge, it is important for a patient's oral health to try to eliminate Candida albicans biofilm that grows on these appliances. A new study tested three denture cleansers on three different denture resins to find out how effective they are against this fungus.
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New product: Water Pik debuts whitening water flosser
February 6, 2018 -- Water Pik has introduced a water flosser that incorporates teeth-whitening tablets.  Discuss
AP report: Dental students took selfie with severed head
February 5, 2018 -- Graduate dental students took a selfie with two severed heads used for medical research during a training workshop at Yale University in New Haven, CT, in 2017, according to a February 5 Associated Press (AP) report. The image also included a University of Connecticut orthodontics professor.  Discuss
Implantable sleep apnea system has 1st U.S. case
February 5, 2018 -- Medical technology company Respicardia announced the first commercial case of the company's sleep apnea system.
Can Botox help patients stop grinding their teeth?
February 1, 2018 -- Teeth grinding during sleep is fairly common, but devices used to help patients may not be effective. Enter Botox, a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles and is used to treat movement disorders and migraines. Researchers of a new study asked if it could be used to reduce the symptoms of sleep bruxism.  Discuss
3Shape gets FDA clearance for orthodontic software
January 30, 2018 -- 3Shape has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its 3Shape Ortho System 2017 software.  Discuss
3M, 3Shape partner on orthodontic digital workflow
January 30, 2018 -- 3Shape and 3M have announced a partnership that allows practitioners to use 3Shape's scanner and indirect bonding software for digital workflows.  Discuss
Align Technology reports increased Q4, 2017 revenues
January 30, 2018 -- Medical device company Align Technology reported increases in revenues and clear aligner shipments for the fourth quarter of 2017 and the year.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice marketing: Fill scheduling gaps with a whitening promotion
January 29, 2018 -- If you're having trouble keeping your schedule full, launch a minicampaign to bring in new patients for professional whitening at a special price, recommends Dr. Roger P. Levin. This will keep staff busy during what might otherwise be slow times and also give prospective patients direct exposure to your office and team.  Discuss
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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.