Build a solid foundation in science, formulation and product development—find out more!
Most Popular in:
Aerodynamic Dentistry: Nurturing Nature
By: Nicolas Davis, DDS
Posted: May 1, 2006
page 2 of 4
Against the Odds
Antiaging, antiwrinkle, antioxidant … consumers continue to fight against the odds of aging with skin and hair treatments designed to cover grey, blur expression lines or lighten sun damage. “Tooth whitening follows the antiaging trend,” said Davis. “I present a course for dentists called ‘Dentistry and the Aging Face,’ and the number one sign of the face looking old is yellow teeth.” With the baby boomer generation fighting to hang on to its youth, tooth whitening has become the number one procedure requested, according to Davis.
Whether a particular consumer seeks a natural, younger, lighter or darker look, new ingredients and techniques are being developed continually to integrate into cosmetics, personal care products and dental applications.
Making an Appearance
Formulas for thickening mascaras and shampoos, lip-plumping glosses or antiaging and brightening skin care products incorporate ingredients designed to produce specific effects. Reflectance pigments make wrinkles look less pronounced; stimulants stir circulation for plumping effects; and new nano-scale delivery systems are penetrating hair and skin for protection and repair purposes. As the methods and technology behind these treatments advance, meeting the needs of consumers becomes easier.
Creating the appearance of whiter, straighter teeth also has become easier as advanced methods and techniques are introduced to the dental industry. “Adhesive dentistry, which developed over the last 20 years, chemically bonds restorations to the teeth,” said Davis. “[This] has allowed us to do porcelain restorations, veneers, porcelain inlays and resin bonding without having to drill an area.” He added that perhaps one of the more interesting facts about this technology is that it originated from the aerospace industry.
The dental industry is seeing the emergence of genetics— research is underway to develop a vaccine for cavities.