Cosmetics
Orthodontist pleads not guilty to charges of bribing Ark. lawmaker
September 11, 2019 -- An orthodontist who is accused of paying $157,000 in kickbacks and providing free dental work to an Arkansas lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the latest reports.  Discuss
ADA 2019: Technology use equals more productive dental teams
September 6, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Improved patient engagement and greater productivity at dental practices hinge on embracing new technologies. Bringing new technology into dental practices empowers staff to take more responsibility, which leads to a boost in patient engagement and productivity, according to a presentation at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress.  Discuss
Violet LED light offers whitening treatment alternative
August 28, 2019 -- Teeth whitening remains a sought-after treatment by patients, but concentrated peroxides are often used in these treatments and may cause tooth damage. Researchers tested whether the use of a violet light-emitting diode (LED) system was a valid alternative for teeth whitening.  Discuss
Transgender patients feel welcome at dental offices
August 27, 2019 -- Transgender and gender-nonconforming patients often feel welcome, or at least neutral, when visiting the dental office, according to new study findings in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The same isn't always true when they receive care in other medical settings.  Discuss
Whitening may prevent biofilm buildup on restored teeth
August 23, 2019 -- Whitening may prevent biofilm buildup on restored teeth, according to the findings of a new study. Restorations bleached with 35% hydrogen peroxide and 15% carbamide peroxide had significantly lower levels of biofilm than those left untreated.  Discuss
Orthodontist indicted on fraud, bribery charges
August 20, 2019 -- A well-known orthodontist in Arkansas has been charged with 15 counts of fraud and wire fraud on charges that he allegedly paid bribes to and performed free dental work for a former state senator in exchange for legislation that benefited his dental clinics.  Discuss
SmileDirectClub hopes to raise $100M in IPO
August 19, 2019 -- Direct-to-consumer teeth-straightening service company SmileDirectClub filed an initial public offering (IPO) on August 16. The company hopes to raise $100 million, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Discuss
New product: At-home whitening kit with blue light introduced
August 14, 2019 -- ARC has introduced a new at-home teeth-whitening system with a blue light device.
New product: Glidewell releases sleep apnea device
August 13, 2019 -- Glidewell Dental has released a new mandibular advancement device for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Dentsply Sirona updates orthodontic software
August 8, 2019 -- Dentsply Sirona has released the latest version of its orthodontic treatment software.
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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.

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Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC)
November 14-15
United States
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts United States
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) 2020 Scientific Session
April 22-25, 2020
Orlando, Florida United States