The developments produced in the field of dentistry in recent years have been enormous. The growth of this field, which started with implants and called “invisible orthodontics”, has not stopped. And this Having beautiful teeth is important beyond aesthetics. and oral technology does not stop innovations to respond to this demand and seek solutions to problems such as dental hygiene for people with mobility problems.
For this purpose, a revolutionary toothbrush was born, especially in the province of Alicante, Spanish in design and manufacture, with a double-sided (also unique) head that simultaneously cleans the inside and outside of the teeth. The idea came to Paul Victoria Mancy, European Marketing Director and Head of Oral Health at pharmaceutical company GSK, when she devoted herself to caring for her parents who have cancer. He then discovered that as his worsening progressed, One of the biggest challenges when caring for people with reduced mobility is cleaning the mouth.. And he knew from his professional experience that poor oral hygiene and thus increased plaque presence is the gateway to all kinds of infections and diseases.
In this way, after leaving his job and researching and designing various prototypes for nine years, he succeeds in developing a brush that is unique in the world, which allows effective and effortless brushing thanks to its handle-independent head. Provides 180 degrees of movement with a fixed angle of 45 degrees, this provides greater efficiency in plaque removal.
In addition, another advantage of the brush, called Balene, is that it contains a new material to make the bristles. they replace traditional nylon with Tyflex, a hydrophilic elastomer (i.e. water repellent) that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria due to its composition. those who live in the hairs.
The latest issue of the prestigious science journal «Antibiotics» published an article The effectiveness of these brushes in terms of plaque removal compared to conventional ones. From the ETEP Research Group (Etiology and Treatment of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases) Dr. The study by David Herrera found that Balene brushes allow for effective tooth cleaning in less time than a nylon-bristle brush, and the recommended cleaning time of two minutes, according to the American Dental Association, is that Balene is effective in just 40 seconds of brushing.
“invention” so far received a worldwide patent and in a few weeks an electric version will be available, called sonic because of the type of movement the head makes.
goodbye to splints
Another innovation that affects both functionality and aesthetics is the so-called lingual brackets. Unlike traditional methods, this method is not visible because it is placed on the inner surfaces of the teeth. “Despite being the only orthodontic treatment we can consider invisible, they are not very well known. we place they are not visible on the inside of the teeth, even at short distances», explains Patricia Bratos, orthodontist and co-founder of Ferrus & Bratos Dental Clinic in Madrid.
“Many people ask us for covert orthodontics, and they almost always come up with the idea of installing invisible aligners, because it is the most advertised orthodontic system at the moment -says the orthodontist-, but when we tell them, orthodontics is the option of wearing invisible braces they are always surprised and prefer».
On the other hand, fixed lingual brackets make thembe aware of removing, storing, cleaning and replacing some splints. Also, while plaques must be held in place for at least 22 hours a day to adhere to the calendar, and these individuals must have a very solid image, “lingual braces give them the freedom to continue to improve their smile without needing to be aware of splint use,” continues Bratos.
The planning of this type of orthodontics should be very thorough and always checked, so that «bracket systems, being constant allows us to always have more control in each of the micro-movements performed by the teeth. When it comes to lingual arches, we have special brackets and archwires, not standard ones. For this reason, as orthodontists, we are faced with different dental appliances for each patient,” adds the expert.
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