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Feedback from BACD and AACD conference Sep 2010
This decade saw the stratospheric rise of the gleaming Hollywood smile, with celebrities and makeover show contestants sporting blindingly white, straight gnashers as the look! Yet these dramatic, fully veneered ‘smile makeovers’ can involve extensive and irreversible preparation of the teeth and often have a one-size-fits-all approach, which can look unnatural. An international conference hosted by the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (www.bacd.com) took place in London this month and was attended by the corresponding bodies from the US and Europe, unveiled new figures that demonstrate a massive increase in minimally-invasive dentistry – as the world finally takes notice of the rise of the more subtle and individualised ‘London Smile’.

Most UK patients, it turns out, wanted an attractive smile but one which preserved their natural teeth as much as possible. This preference led to some of the country’s leading dentists developing sophisticated but dramatically less invasive techniques – with the BACD pioneering new approaches now being taught to the rest of the world.

According to dentist “In the past, US dentistry was often perceived to lead the way in regards to cosmetic and restorative treatment, whereas uk dentistry did not always enjoy a very glamorous image in some countries around the world. Rules for what was considered aesthetic could lead to techniques involving tooth structure to be cut back, and replaced with porcelain veneers. Although individually veneers can look attractive, UK and European patients generally prefer individualised smiles that ‘fit in’ with the natural features of the face.”

The BACD three-pronged approach presented at this groundbreaking conference involves aligning teeth first with the newest ‘speedy’ orthodontics, alongside the use of gradual whitening and expert bonding to create a flawless smile makeover finish in less than 12 weeks. The patients then look like they’ve had veneers, without needing to have their teeth filed down. The top choice in quick-result braces overwhelmingly is a removable brace known as the Inman Aligner, with one out of every two dentists listing it as their main preference. Other choices included Invisalign (22%) and Clearstep or Six-Month Smiles (one in seven).
“The face of cosmetic dentistry is changing dramatically in great part due to simple aligning techniques pioneered in the UK and taught by the BACD.

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