Cosmetics
Want to improve teens' oral hygiene? Text them
December 19, 2018 -- If you want your teenage patients to brush and floss regularly, you may want to text them. In a new study, teenage orthodontics patients who received daily text reminders showed remarkably improved oral hygiene within a few weeks.  Discuss
'Hope for the future' drives orthodontic decision-making
December 17, 2018 -- How do potential patients and their families make decisions about undergoing orthodontic treatment? The process can be complicated, in part because of the treatment's expense and largely cosmetic status, as well as the involvement of mental health factors. Researchers interviewed orthodontic patients to learn more.  Discuss
3Shape integrates with 3M ortho software
December 13, 2018 -- 3Shape and 3M have announced a partnership that allows practitioners to use 3Shape's scanner to digitally integrate with 3M's Oral Care portal.
Does CBCT top panoramic images for accuracy?
December 12, 2018 -- Researchers asked residents in oral surgery and orthodontics to make a diagnosis for nine different conditions by first looking at a panoramic radiograph and then at a cone-beam CT (CBCT) image. They reported on which modality was more accurate and the factors that might influence imaging decisions in a new study.  Discuss
Carestream Dental, 3M partner on aligner scans
December 11, 2018 -- Carestream Dental and 3M have announced a partnership that allows Carestream's CS 3500 and CS 3600 intraoral scanners to digitally integrate with 3M's Oral Care Portal.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Disruptive patient and incomplete restorative work
December 5, 2018 -- In their latest Legal Cases column, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler present a case in which a patient became disruptive and had to be removed from the dental office by the police after incomplete restorative work. Read on to learn how the case was resolved and what you can do to help your practice.  Discuss
New product: Digital workflow for dentures released
November 29, 2018 -- Ivory Digital Denture has announced that its digital workflow system is now available in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world.
Can CAD/CAM framework support a full-arch fixed prosthesis?
November 21, 2018 -- Is a CAD/CAM framework an alternative to a cast framework when restoring an edentulous arch? A new study followed 15 patients with 20 edentulous arches for almost four years to find out.  Discuss
Dental Excellence Award voting ends November 15
November 12, 2018 -- Time is running out to join hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the 2018 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards. Voting ends on November 15, 2018.  Discuss
U.S. fares better than similar countries for oral health
November 5, 2018 -- Researchers looked at data of nearly 15,000 people to compare actual and perceived oral health in four countries with fee-for-service dental care systems. They found the U.S. appears to fare better than similar countries when it comes to most metrics of dental health.  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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2019 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
January 17-19, 2019
Denver, Colorado United States
Prosthodontics in the 21st Century Southern Caribbean Cruise
February 17-24, 2019
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Mar. 31 - Apr. 7, 2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States
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April 4-6, 2019
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