Cosmetics
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.
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
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
Clear aligners vs braces: Which one comes out on top?
February 11, 2019 -- When you have to decide between clear aligners and traditional braces, which treatment option is best for your patients? Researchers reviewed multiple scientific studies to evaluate the pros and cons of both tooth movement techniques.  Discuss
CVS, Walgreens move into dental health space
February 4, 2019 -- Pharmacy giants CVS Health and Walgreens are making moves into the dental health space.
Align Tech reports increased Q4, 2018 revenues
January 29, 2019 -- Medical device company Align Technology has reported increases in revenues and clear-aligner shipments for the fourth quarter of 2018 and the year.
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.
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
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
May 31 - June 7
Seattle, Washington United States
Definitive Anterior/Posterior Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry
June 15-22
Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States
Cosmetic Pearls for the General Dental Practitioner
July 26 - August 2
Seattle, Washington United States