Cosmetics
Align Technology, Straumann end distribution talks
June 14, 2019 -- Medical device company Align Technology and Straumann Group have terminated discussions regarding a possible development and distribution agreement. As a result, Straumann will pay Align Technology $16 million as part of a patent settlement agreement announced in March.
Dental crowns top men's most researched cosmetic procedures
June 14, 2019 -- Dental crowns and invisible-aligner treatment were the most researched cosmetic procedures by U.S. men in the first three months of 2019, according to the results of a new survey from RealSelf.
New product: Align Technology launches intraoral scanner
June 13, 2019 -- Medical device company Align Technology has launched a new intraoral scanner.
Treating kids with an advanced lightwire functional device
May 23, 2019 -- Childhood is when dentists and hygienists should be looking for early signs of malocclusion, writes Dr. Martin Gorman. One method to address this malocclusion is using an advanced lightwire functional appliance. Dr. Gorman reviews how this type of appliance can help.  Discuss
U.S. judge: SmileDirectClub's scans are practice of dentistry
May 16, 2019 -- A U.S. district judge has ruled that invisible-aligner manufacturer SmileDirectClub's digital scans constitute the practice of dentistry. This ruling came as part of a decision in a case involving the company and the Georgia Board of Dentistry.
New aligners, partnerships highlight AAO 2019 meeting
May 7, 2019 -- The 2019 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) annual session concludes May 7. DrBicuspid.com brings you some of the most relevant new products and news for general practitioners from the meeting, including news from Ormco, 3Shape, and more.  Discuss
Align Technology reports increased Q1 revenue, shipments
April 25, 2019 -- Medical device company Align Technology has reported increases in revenues and clear-aligner shipments for the first quarter of 2019.
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
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.

Conferences
Cosmetic Pearls for the General Dental Practitioner
July 26 - August 2
Seattle, Washington United States
15th Annual Mobile Health Clinics Conference
September 14-17
Fort Worth, Texas United States
Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC)
November 14-15
United States