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News Article | February 15, 2017
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Houston dentist, Dr. Behzad Nazari, announces that his dental office, Antoine Dental Center, is currently offering complimentary consultations and financing for orthodontics for a limited time. Complimentary for a limited time, patients can have their teeth examined for bite irregularities and learn about their orthodontic options. Walk-in, late-evening, Saturday, and same-day appointments are available. Antoine Dental also offers financing options, making orthodontic care more affordable for patients who need braces. Orthodontic treatments offer aesthetic and health improvements to patients of all ages. With straight teeth, patients gain better resilience against oral health problems, more confidence, and greater comfort. Orthodontics reduces the number of nooks and crannies where plaque tends to accumulate, so gum disease and tooth decay are less likely to develop. TMJ, a jaw joint condition sometimes caused by uneven bite pressure, is also less likely to develop after braces. Improved confidence in their smile can improve the lives of patients at work, school, and elsewhere. As discomfort is commonly caused by crooked teeth, orthodontics can improve comfort dramatically. Patients have a full range of treatment options when they visit Antoine Dental Center. The office provides general dentistry, including restorative and preventive care, as well as cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as veneers, teeth whitening, and dental extraction. Several types of braces are offered, including Invisalign, self-ligating, and lingual, and traditional metal braces. For patients suffering from gum disease, Antoine Dental Center provides periodontal care ranging from basic to advanced. Tooth replacements are also available, including bridges and dental implants, the leading choice. Several other treatments, including those for sleep apnea and TMJ, are performed at the dental office. Dr. Nazari has been serving area patients for eighteen years. Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Nazari was a Registered Pharmacist, having graduated from Texas Southern University in 1991. After earning his DDS with honors from University of Texas at Houston Dental Branch in 1998, Dr. Nazari founded Antoine Dental Center with the goal of giving patients a full range of care in one location. He has completed more than 1,800 hours of additional training in several specialties since graduating, allowing him to continue offering patients the latest dental treatments and technologies.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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During pregnancy, women are at an increased risk of dental problems ranging from gum disease to enamel erosion, and those dental problems can increase the risk of pregnancy complications. Unfortunately, according to research from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, many pregnant women are failing to get the dental care they need. Agoura Hills dentist, Philip Shindler DDS, comments on this new research about dental care during pregnancy. According to the study, about fifty percent of pregnant women scheduled routine dental cleanings during their pregnancies. For many years, a myth has persisted that dentistry is not safe for pregnant women, and this has kept them from getting the care they need. Although patients do need to notify Dr. Shindler of their pregnancy status at their appointments, it can be helpful if they do. He can take any necessary precautions while still providing them with essential treatments. “During pregnancy, the risk of pregnancy-related dental issues increases as a result of morning sickness, increased blood flow, gastric reflux, and heightened sensitivity to oral bacteria,” comments Dr. Shindler. A different study performed in 2011 linked periodontitis, or gum disease, to low birth weights, preterm labor, and miscarriage. Inflammation is linked to bacterial vaginosis, which is also linked to pregnancy complications. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has stated that dental care is safe and effective during pregnancy, including: Delaying these treatments can lead to a worsened condition and increased risks to the pregnancy. Dr. Shindler graduated from WITS University in Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed a postgraduate program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is certified through Nobel Biocare in dental implants restoration, and has completed other advanced programs in order to provide his patients with the latest options. Today, Dr. Shindler is a member of the Conejo Valley Academy, the American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association. He offers extensive treatment options, including CariFree, porcelain veneers, dental implant restorations, Kors whitening treatments, inlays and onlays, dental bridges, dentures, and dental crowns.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Wiseman Endodontics, formerly of San Diego, California, will now provide the Sioux Falls area with modern endodontic services backed by the latest technology and delivered in a friendly, accessible manner. The practice will open in March. Referrals are extensions of a dental practice. When general dentists send patients to a specialist, they expect the patients to receive a similar level of care. Patients visiting a specialist can experience heightened anxiety. It’s vital that a specialist takes the time to answer any and all questions, remains approachable and makes every patient comfortable. “I am an oral surgeon and have worked closely with Dr. Wiseman, who has done a marvelous job helping patients who need endodontic care,” says Stephen L. Wheeler, DDS. “In fact, our office manager was treated by Dr. Wiseman and could not say enough wonderful things about the professional care received at her office.” General dentists also expect a specialist to communicate well with their own practices. Wiseman Endodontics makes communication with referring dentists a priority. “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Wiseman,” says Sean Hariri, DDS. “Her level of communication and correspondence regarding cases was always constant and complete.” Wiseman Endodontics employs the latest technology available for the best possible care: Dr. Anne Wiseman, DDS, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. She has practiced in the San Diego area for the last few years. In addition to completing an endodontic residency and implant surgery fellowship, Dr. Wiseman also served a three-year tour of duty in the United States Navy.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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This report studies sales (consumption) of Access Control Systems in Global market, especially in United States, China, Europe and Japan, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these regions, covering Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with sales (consumption), revenue, market share and growth rate of Access Control Systems in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like Split by product Types, with sales, revenue, price and gross margin, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into Electronic Card Retina Other Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Access Control Systems in each application, can be divided into Household Industrial Security Other Global Access Control Systems Sales Market Report 2017 1 Access Control Systems Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Access Control Systems 1.2 Classification of Access Control Systems 1.2.1 Electronic 1.2.2 Card 1.2.3 Retina 1.2.4 Other 1.3 Application of Access Control Systems 1.3.1 Household 1.3.2 Industrial Security 1.3.3 Other 1.4 Access Control Systems Market by Regions 1.4.1 United States Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.2 China Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.5 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.4.6 India Status and Prospect (2012-2022) 1.5 Global Market Size (Value and Volume) of Access Control Systems (2012-2022) 1.5.1 Global Access Control Systems Sales and Growth Rate (2012-2022) 1.5.2 Global Access Control Systems Revenue and Growth Rate (2012-2022) 9 Global Access Control Systems Manufacturers Analysis 9.1 JSST 9.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.1.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.1.2.1 Electronic 9.1.2.2 Card 9.1.3 JSST Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.2 HIDGlobal 9.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.2.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.2.2.1 Electronic 9.2.2.2 Card 9.2.3 HIDGlobal Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.3 Honeywell 9.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.3.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.3.2.1 Electronic 9.3.2.2 Card 9.3.3 Honeywell Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.4 DAS 9.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.4.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.4.2.1 Electronic 9.4.2.2 Card 9.4.3 DAS Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.5 BOSCH 9.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.5.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.5.2.1 Electronic 9.5.2.2 Card 9.5.3 BOSCH Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.6 SIEMENS 9.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.6.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.6.2.1 Electronic 9.6.2.2 Card 9.6.3 SIEMENS Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.7 Tyco 9.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.7.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.7.2.1 Electronic 9.7.2.2 Card 9.7.3 Tyco Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.8 DDS 9.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.8.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.8.2.1 Electronic 9.8.2.2 Card 9.8.3 DDS Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.9 COSON 9.9.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.9.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.9.2.1 Electronic 9.9.2.2 Card 9.9.3 COSON Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.9.4 Main Business/Business Overview 9.10 ZKTeco 9.10.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 9.10.2 Access Control Systems Product Type, Application and Specification 9.10.2.1 Electronic 9.10.2.2 Card 9.10.3 ZKTeco Access Control Systems Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 9.10.4 Main Business/Business Overview For more information, please visit 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IRVINE, Calif. & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, announced today that it will host a “Lasers for Every Dentist” celebration as well as introduce its new, fifth-generation Waterlase Express™ all-tissue laser system at the Chicago Dental Society’s 152nd annual Midwinter Meeting February 23-25 at McCormick Place West. BIOLASE will also feature at the conference its new Epic Pro™ diode laser system now being sold in the U.S. and select international markets. The “Lasers for Every Dentist” celebration will begin at 12 noon Central Time on Thursday, February 23 at the BIOLASE Booth (# 811). President and CEO Harold C. Flynn, Jr. will discuss the new BIOLASE products at the event, the Company’s efforts to train and support its customers and introduce other special guests including Dmitri Boutoussov, the Company’s Chief of Technology, and Samuel B. Low, DDS, the Chief Dental Officer and Vice President, Dental and Clinical Affairs. The recently-launched Waterlase Express is the newest addition to the Company’s best-selling Waterlase® portfolio of Er,Cr:YSGG all-tissue lasers and represents the new foundation of the Company’s strategy to greatly expand all-tissue laser use in dentistry. Based on the Company’s proven Waterlase technology, the system is easy to learn and use, and is nearly one-quarter the size, one-third the weight, and half the U.S. retail price of the Company’s Waterlase iPlus system. Waterlase Express offers several breakthroughs including such exciting new features as a familiar tablet interface with simple, elegant laser controls; a built-in, one-touch learning center; a rich onboard reference library; and a customer care button, all of which will help dentists new to all-tissue lasers integrate powerful Waterlase technology into their practices. The Epic Pro, which was developed in partnership with IPG Medical Corporation, is an innovative new diode laser system that offers higher laser power than most diode lasers in dentistry. The newest addition to the Company’s Epic portfolio of soft-tissue diode lasers, Epic Pro offers important advancements in cutting speed, control, precision and improvements in consistency and predictability. “The Chicago Mid-winter conference is an excellent platform to launch our new products, which have been designed with the guidance of our partners and teams of expert dentists and educators,” Flynn said. “These products provide our customers an easy to use laser solution for all their patient treatments. All dentists, even those completely new to lasers, can now easily learn to operate these new laser systems and all our Express customers will be supported by our one-touch access BIOLASE Customer Care™. Our goal is to continue to develop and market new, innovative products both internally and with outside partners like IPG Medical that will make laser technologies the standards of care in dentistry.” Other highlights of the Chicago meeting include: To learn more about the Waterlase Express system, the Epic Pro, and other innovations designed to simplify laser dentistry, visit www.biolase.com BIOLASE, Inc. is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine and also markets, sells, and distributes dental imaging equipment, including digital x-rays and CAD/CAM scanners. BIOLASE’s products are focused on technologies that advance the practice of dentistry to both dentists and their patients. BIOLASE's proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 255 patented and 90 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times. Its innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver the best results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE's principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications, and a full line of dental imaging equipment. BIOLASE has sold approximately 32,800 laser systems to date in over 90 countries around the world. Laser products under development address BIOLASE’s core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer markets. For updates and information on Waterlase® iPlus™ and laser dentistry, find BIOLASE online at www.biolase.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/biolase, Twitter at www.twitter.com/biolaseinc, LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/biolase, Instagram at www.instagram.com/biolaseinc, and YouTube at www.youtube.com/biolasevideos. BIOLASE® and Waterlase® are registered trademarks of BIOLASE, Inc. Product photography is available on request. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Statements contained in this press release that refer to BIOLASE's estimated or anticipated future results or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements, as are any statements in this press release concerning prospects related to BIOLASE's strategic initiatives and anticipated financial performance. Forward-looking statements can also be identified through the use of words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” and variations of these words or similar expressions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect BIOLASE's current expectations regarding existing trends, and its strategic initiatives, and speak only as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from BIOLASE’s current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting BIOLASE’s business. These factors include, among others, adverse changes in general economic and market conditions, competitive factors including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions, uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and market changes, risks associated with managing the growth of the business, and those other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed, from time-to-time, in BIOLASE's reports filed with the SEC. BIOLASE does not undertake any responsibility to revise or update any forward-looking statements contained herein.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Teeth Tomorrow® Network is proud to announce that it is now the fastest growing network of Advanced Implant Dentists in the U.S., bringing a life-changing procedure to patients suffering from major dental issues across the country. “The Teeth Tomorrow® process is based on the concept of delivering a screw-retained provisional the next day (Tomorrow)”, says Dr. Michael Tischler, the network’s founder and implant editor of Dentistry Today, “The benefits of next day delivery instead of same day are: less chair time for the doctor and patient, a refined lab processed provisional, and easier delivery for the patient and doctor since the tissue has reduced in height overnight.” Tischler & Patch Dental is the flagship member practice for Teeth Tomorrow® Hudson Valley in Upstate New York. To date, Teeth Tomorrow® practices also include: Integrated Dentistry in northern Arkansas; Legacy Smiles in southern Arizona; Sonoma Smiles in Rohnert Park, CA; Carlsbad Dental Care near San Diego, CA; Mohammed Ali, DDS in San Francisco, CA; The Fort Collins Dentist in northern Colorado; Alafaya Cosmetic Dentistry near Orlando, FL, Trinity Dental Arts near Tampa, FL, Brar Dentistry northwest of Chicago, IL; Smile Glen Ellyn west of Chicago, IL; Thayer Dental Care in the Ozarks of Missouri; John Highsmith, DDS near Asheville, NC; Avason Family Dentistry near Charlotte, NC; Integrated Dental Aesthetics in northern New Jersey; Eastside Dental Medicine in Manhattan, NY; Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY; Staten Island Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry; Putnam Dental Associates in Brewster, NY; Sachem Dental Group with 6 locations across eastern Long Island; LifeSmiles by Randy Mitchmore, DDS in Houston, TX, and: Davis Dental in Bountiful, UT. These member practices are the foundation of a national dental network (limited to 250 franchisees) that provide proven surgical and prosthetic solutions with the Prettau Zirconia Bridge™. The Teeth Tomorrow® Network is the only US dental franchise dedicated to full arch zirconia as the final product. Network membership is only granted to carefully selected practices committed to providing premium-quality dental reconstruction services. The Teeth Tomorrow® network supports its members with state-of-the-art laboratory expertise from Tischler dental Laboratory that produces the most patient-unique and durable dental restoration products available anywhere in the world. By joining this nation-wide franchise, practices receive comprehensive surgical & clinical protocols, national branding and advertising, geographic exclusivity, and sales, marketing, and administrative support. Teeth Tomorrow™ dental prosthetics are constructed using 3D dental imaging, customized for each patient’s unique smile. Each Prettau Zirconia Bridge™ is a one-piece, non-porous, chip and stain resistant device, hand painted to create an individualized, natural look, with a 100% success rate based on a current 5-year study. The growth in the full-arch restoration market is driven by an aging population as well as replacement of single implants, removable bridges and traditional dentures with a permanent, premium solution. Teeth Tomorrow® Network members are certified and authorized to provide arch placements within protected territories defined by each practice’s geographic market. A member practice increased their full arch bridge placements from 18 to over 62, achieving a 300% increase in gross sales from 2013 to 2015. About Teeth Tomorrow®: The Teeth Tomorrow Network consists of advanced implant dentists delivering a proven full arch Prettau zirconia solution to their patients. The network doctors utilize the established Teeth Tomorrow clinical, laboratory and marketing protocols, working together to share knowledge and further the success of the Teeth Tomorrow brand, setting the gold standard for top recognized dentists for full arch restoration. The network enables members to expand their premium prosthetic and restoration practice through superior quality devices, inclusive doctor/staff training, an exclusive market within a designated territory, and customized national marketing and advertising support. Network membership is only available to carefully selected Advanced Implant Dentists. Dental Implant Dentists interested in learning more about joining the Teeth Tomorrow® Network while prime territories remain available should visit teethtomorrow.com , send inquiries to info(at)teethtomorrow(dot)com or call the Network Support Team at 845-679-1280.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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Dr. Alex Rabinovich, a leading oral surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area, is proud to announce an update to his website information page on wisdom teeth extraction. Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common reasons that patients seek out a top oral surgeon, not just in San Francisco but throughout anywhere in the United States. Most adults have to have their wisdom teeth removed. “Even in sophisticated San Francisco, the community may not know that removing wisdom teeth is a common oral surgery procedure,” explained Dr. Rabinovich. “The eruption of wisdom teeth for each person can be different. We recommend San Franciscans who think they are having problems with this issue contact us to take a look find the best way to solve the problem. Our information page has basic information on the procedure, but, of course, the best action is to reach out for a consultation or second opinion.” To review the newly updated page for wisdom teeth extraction in San Francisco, please go to http://www.oralsurgery-sf.com/wisdom-teeth/. Information about wisdom teeth, as well as other tooth problems such as dental implants and broken teeth can be found. Dr. Rabinovich also offers consultation services, which one can reserve via the website. (It should be noted that Dr. Rabinovich has a specialized website at http://www.sfdentalimplants.com/ focused on dental implants for San Francisco Bay Area patients). If a San Francisco local has new molars pushing through and causing pain, it may be time to consider wisdom teeth extraction. Dr. Rabinovich, a leading oral surgeon in San Francisco, has recently updated his informational web page for wisdom tooth extraction. This newly updated page is a good first step for someone seeking to understand wisdom teeth and the role of a good oral surgeon for the extraction procedure. The third and final set of molars can sprout from age eighteen to the early twenties. If wisdom teeth have space to grow, patients may not suffer any problems. If the final molars have no space to erupt, other teeth can push out causing pain and health issues. A top-rated Bay Area oral surgeon can easily diagnose the problem and find the best path to individual wisdom teeth extraction. Extracting wisdom teeth has become a common procedure. Each patient can experience different complications from erupted back molars. Meeting with a top oral surgeon skilled in removing wisdom teeth can be a good step after reviewing this newly updated informational page. Oral Surgery San Francisco is located in the Financial District of the City. Under the direction of Dr. Alex Rabinovich, a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon specializing in the field of oral surgery. This additional training, along with his years of experience, sets Alex Rabinovich MD DDS apart from the growing number of general dentists offering oral surgery and other dental procedures. Oral Surgery San Francisco serves all neighborhoods in the city of San Francisco including Pacific Heights, Russian Hill and Noe Valley. Contact:


Dentist William Stringham, DDS, of Stringham Dental in Fairfax, VA, has been rated among the top dentists in the Washington, DC Metro area for 2017 in articles published by Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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According to the CDC, dental caries (cavities) are at epidemic levels in the United States; although it is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5-17 years (4 times more common than asthma). Frustration for both patients and dental professionals regarding this disease is at an all-time high. Dr. Patel and his team were tired of drilling and filling patients' decay only to find them back in the chair months later with both recurrent decay and new areas of mineral loss. Dr. Patel knew it was time for something different. Dr. Patel and his team are now proud to offer a cavity prevention program. Developed by CariFree, a caries research company, the products are proven to remove cavity-causing bacteria in the biofilm. The process of decay formation has been widely misunderstood by the general public, and treatment recommendations oversimplified. Many have heard the same "brush, floss and avoid sugar" prescription for years, and despite their best attempts, still develop the disease. Dental caries is a transmissible bacterial infection of the teeth, and while home care and diet are key players in its development, the key factor affecting a patient's health or disease comes down to the pH of the oral environment. Prolonged periods of low pH in the mouth provide the biologic oral environment that selects for growth of cavity causing bacteria. Because the bacteria in an infected mouth produce an abundance of acid, the healthy bacteria are no longer able to survive. This is what ultimately leads to net mineral loss and breakdown of the tooth structure. With the implementation of CariFree, Dr. Patel has the capacity to help his patients determine what the statistical likelihood is that they will develop new decay in the next year. The traditional approach did not tell the patient exactly why they had the disease or what specific things they could do to get better. The drill and fill model, as Dr. Doug Young DDS, MS, MBA (leading expert on dental caries) states, is like “Building a deck on a house while it is burning down.” While national statistics on decay rates continue to climb, Dr. Patel and his team from Sacramento, CA are determined to stop this devastating disease in its tracks. Patients who see Dr. Patel can expect the best assessment, diagnosis and therapy recommendations at their next appointment. A hygienist who works directly with patients says this about the products: "The Carifree protocols are easy to use for our patients and we have seen great improvement in their dental health." With new information about the complexity of dental caries, the old model of brush, floss and avoid sugar is no longer relevant. The CariFree program in the office of Dr. Patel and his team is the new model for oral health and prevention. For more information on the CariFree program, go to http://www.carifree.com. To call now and make your appointment with Dr. Patel and his team call 916-483-5566, or visit: http://www.upenpateldds.com. Our office's mission is to work together with you to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in dentistry. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to: Listening to those we are privileged to serve. Earning the trust and respect of our patients and the community. Meeting and exceeding our patients' expectations. Ensuring a compassionate, professional environment. Providing state of the art procedures, materials and treatment choices to our patients. What Makes Us Different? Our patients really do mean everything! We get to know you, we want you to feel at ease, we listen and connect with you to build your trust. When you become a patient of Upen J. Patel, DDS, MAGD, you become part of our family. The long lasting relationship we build is what allows our patients to achieve a lifetime of good oral health.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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In a recent survey conducted among its members, the American Association of Orthodontists reports that nearly 13 percent of its member orthodontists are seeing patients who have tried do-it-yourself (DIY) teeth straightening; some of those attempts have caused irreparable damage. The methods and materials commonly used to attempt DIY teeth straightening include rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line, paper clips, biting on pencils, creating fake retainers and pushing teeth with fingers. “What most people don’t understand is that moving teeth is a biological process that involves bone that dissolves and re-builds as teeth are moved into their new positions,” says DeWayne B. McCamish, DDS, MS, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). “Moving teeth is best done under the direct supervision of an orthodontist after an in-person assessment, including complete diagnostic records." “It’s really a shame when someone comes in after attempting DIY orthodontic treatment and we determine that the damage they’ve done to their teeth is so extensive that teeth cannot be saved,” says Dr. McCamish. “By the time a lay person recognizes something is wrong with their teeth, it may not be reversible, even with professional help. The cost of dealing with replacing a lost tooth can easily exceed $20,000 over a lifetime and certainly be much less than ideal. You have to remember that the goal of good orthodontic treatment is obtaining a healthy, beautiful smile for a life time – shortcuts can be disastrous.” One orthodontist who responded to the survey noted, “The patient tried to close a gap between her lower incisors by wrapping string around the two teeth. I was horrified to see the string deep in the gum and the severe mobility in the two teeth.” The reported age range of people attempting to straighten their own teeth was from 8 years old to over age 60. Thirty-nine percent of orthodontists who reported seeing DIY patients had to provide corrective and restorative treatment, and the majority of those doctors say the patients would have ultimately saved time and money if they had gone to an orthodontist in the first place for professional treatment. Dr. McCamish attributes the DIY trend primarily to social media. “There are literally hundreds of videos on YouTube alone, with ‘tutorials’ on how to straighten your own teeth.” Approximately 70 percent of DIY patients seen by AAO members who took part in the study were in a social media-friendly age group, between the ages 10 and 34. Social media usage in these age groups exceeds 80 percent. (Source: http://www.pewinternet.org/data-trend/social-media/social-media-use-by-age-group/) “If it’s a matter of economics, many orthodontists do an initial consultation at no cost and with no obligation. It’s an opportunity to get the expert’s opinion about your problem, options to resolve it, and in so doing, avoid the unintended harmful consequences that could result from DIY treatment. Most orthodontists work with patients to fit treatment into their budgets. It’s common for AAO members to work out interest-free payment plans,” he continues. “We feel everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.” Indigent children may qualify for free treatment through the AAO’s Donated Orthodontic Services program. Advances in technology and techniques offer patients more options than ever. Today’s next-to-invisible treatment choices include clear aligners, ceramic (tooth colored) braces, and lingual (behind the teeth) braces. Small, sleek, more traditional braces can be an option, too. “Having confidence in your smile is priceless,” Dr. McCamish says. “The best way to achieve that smile is by working with the most qualified healthcare professional: the orthodontist. The public is invited to use the Find an Orthodontist service on http://mylifemysmile.org to locate nearby AAO member-orthodontists.” About the American Association of Orthodontists Members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) help children, teenagers and adults achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. Those who wish to become orthodontists must first graduate from dental school. Their education continues for an additional two-to-three academic years as they study orthodontics at an accredited orthodontic residency program. Only those with this formal education may ethically call themselves “orthodontists.” As specialists, orthodontists limit their scope of practice to orthodontics. The AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. Founded in 1900, it represents more than 18,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The AAO encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment. Only orthodontists qualify for AAO membership. For more information, and to find AAO-member orthodontists near you, visit mylifemysmile.org.

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