Dental Braces: Straight Teeth in 60 Seconds (video)

Dental Braces: Straight Teeth in 60 SecondsThe American Association of Orthodontists is the American professional association for orthodontists.

Through their online orthodontia videos, the AAO provides the public with an overview of what orthodontic treatment is and how braces can benefit patients of all ages.

The AAO  represents more than 17,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The Association encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of orthodontic dentistry to dental patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.

One of their popular online videos is the time-lapsed teeth straightening in 60 seconds. This week, our Friday random video showcases this popular braces YouTube video.

Click on Play to see one young girl’s smile completely changed in 60 seconds by the miracle of dental braces

This video is one of the best dental advertising for orthodontics. She does have such a beautiful smile at the end. Who wouldn’t want that for their child or themselves?

Science Friday: New Dental Imaging Software Helps with Dental Implant Treatment

Science Friday: New Dental Imaging Software Helps with Dental Implant TreatmentImaging Sciences International has announced the release of Tx STUDIO software for advanced 3D dental implant treatment and more.

This powerful software integration now creates the opportunity for general dentists and specialists alike to take advantage of i-CAT’s award-winning 3D imaging with comprehensive treatment planning tools for dental implants, airway, TMD, orthodontics, and a myriad of surgical procedures.

It is the only software to be bundled with a CBCT system that does everything from diagnostics to implant and orthodontic treatment planning, according to the iCat website.

Designed by clinicians for clinicians, Tx STUDIO delivers uniquely comprehensive tools covering treatments from implants to orthodontics. With its wide selection of treatment-planning features, Tx STUDIO is an excellent addition to i-CAT cone beam 3D systems which are known for their unparalleled clinical and dose control, as well as the industry’s fastest workflow.

With Tx STUDIO, implant, abutment, and restoration planning is simple, fast, and precise. The new abutment and restoration design feature allows dentists to plan an entire treatment, from the surgical placement of the implant and the abutment to the final restoration at the onset of planning.

Featuring an expanded implant library, single or multiple dental implants can be quickly placed in the 3D rendering or onto the panoramic layout. Scans are compatible with all major surgical guide systems; surgical guides from Anatomage can be conveniently ordered directly through the Tx STUDIO software.

For orthodontics, in addition to the included anchor pin library for virtual TAD placement, Tx STUDIO provides an optional 3D Cephalometric Analysis package which allows for the creation of ceph tracings with greater accuracy and in less time than traditional 2D ceph tracings. Also included in this package is the new face-MATCH photo-wrapping feature that allows easy and immediate wrapping of a facial photo taken with a standard digital camera onto the 3D volume.

Other optional services through this powerful software include AnatoModel which can provide virtual study models in occlusion that contain the full dentition— crowns, roots, and bone, and tools to predict soft tissue changes derived from orthodontic or surgical treatments.

Built into Tx STUDIO is a powerful application for airway analysis that allows for instant measurement of total airway volume, localization and area measurements of maximum constriction, and automatic color-coded constriction values of the airway volume.

The airway analysis tools benefit general dentists and specialists who treat sleep apnea or other airway disorders through dental procedures ranging from orthodontics to surgery to splints.2 TMJ visualization tools that allow for superimposition of changes to the TMJ complex over time are included in Tx STUDIO.

Through superimposition, changes in condylar position can be tracked over the course of a treatment to ensure treatment plans are having the desired effect.

The Diagnostic Reports Tool option allows for fast and efficient communication between health care providers. This new tool is optimized for power and speed, and is based on easy-tocreate templates that can be customized for the office. Knowing that clinicians seek ways to present dental plans to their patients, Tx STUDIO offers full 3D visualization.

Dental patients gain understanding of their anatomy, conditions, and treatment options as these come to life using 3D renderings. The software even allows video capture to further enhance patient education even after the appointment is over. Also, advanced annotation capabilities, such as custom labeling and layout displays, provide excellent tools for a dental implant patient and doctor communication.

To read more about iCat and Tx STUDIO 3D planning software see the company’s full press release (pdf).

Orthodontic Treatment for an Overbite? There’s No Rush


Study Says Timing Not Critical to Success of Treatment

An article in the UK’s Cochrane Library reports that orthodontic treatment for children with overbites can be successful no matter when the child is treated. Obviously treatment can’t be postponed until adulthood; but orthodontists can choose to start early on some patients and later on others – “making the punishment fit the crime,” joked one orthodontist.

An orthodontist will consider many factors in determining when and how to begin treatment. The child’s particular overbite is the most important factor, of course, but it’s not the only thing: Will the patient be cooperative? Are there social concerns? Will the family’s dental insurance cover costs? How will orthodontic braces figure into the overall treatment plan?

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Dutch Orthodontists Overcharging Patients

Government Institutes Mandatory Price Reductions

Braces have never been cheap, but authorities in the Netherlands are doing something about it. The government health watchdog NZa recently announced that orthodontists have been systematically overcharging patients – and that they’ll need to drop their prices by 29%!

Two years ago saw the first price slash, an officially-mandated 8% reduction. The new 29% price cut will be distributed over the next 4 years. The first scheduled decrease (an across-the-board price reduction of 2.5%) is set for this summer.

What do you think of governments setting health care prices? Is it always a disaster to put health care decisions in the hands of government officials, or are the Dutch absolutely right to be protecting both patients and their wallets? Post your comments!

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