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Invisalign Vs Smilestyler: Will Aussie Dentists Support the Local Competitor?

A huge aspect of cosmetic dentistry is the Invisalign phenomenon.

Until 1997 orthodontics offered no alternative to traditional braces. For at least 40 years the only option for someone wanting the straight teeth they weren’t born with was to get metal braces  – a wonderful modern technique in and of itself. Metal braces gave the opportunity for anyone to have the smile they wanted. It’s not fast, it’s not easy, and it’s certainly not the most comfortable, but it works.

One of the major issues of metal brace wearers was that all the brackets cross along the front of their teeth. It’s unattractive, inside lip injuries are common, and they can be unsightly after a meal. Wearers can be very self-conscious which is not something you need when your wires have just been tightened.

Systems development began in which the brackets could be placed behind the teeth. These systems came with their own set of problems that hadn’t been considered: that the interior is much more difficult to clean, and the brackets more likely to be damaged simply because the tongue has more access.

It’s the strongest muscle of the body, ya know; more than capable of also pushing the wire out of alignment,

It was the desire for more effective, and more comfortable teeth straightening solutions that had Invisalign begin its research and development into not the first set of plastic aligners.

New understanding of plastics and how teeth move had to be found.

That it did, Invisalign was emerged, and the invisible braces, or clear plastic aligner industry was born. Gentler than the conventional metal, removable plastic trays work faster and more effectively. What metal braces can do in 3 years, Invisalign can in half the time, all planned with software and hand-held scanners.

To date, Invisalign has treated more than six million patients. With 35,000 providers in the first decade, there are now more than double that worldwide. It is estimated that by 2023, Invisalign or aligner-type products will account for 50 percent of the teeth straightening market.

Orthodontists are shifting away from fixed brace techniques appliances because removable clear aligners have advantages beyond aesthetics. Notably, patients have fewer clinic visits and spend less time in the chair. On average, results are seen faster than with traditional braces, notwithstanding that you can actually see your teeth.

Price wise, clear aligners can be thousands of dollars cheaper than old style train tracks.

In a lot of practices, more than three-quarters of patients specifically request Invisalign, and the majority when offered the choice, choose it.

There’s something to be said about being the first kid on the block. Ask Hoover. And coke.

Invisalign also changed the demographics of patients  –  more adults are straightening their teeth because it’s a method that doesn’t make them feel like a 1970s teen. For some dental practices adults realigning their smile account for more than half their patients.

So Invisalign cracked the code and Smilestyler turned up in Melbourne, is gaining a reputation within Australia and is now taking on this $US30 billion tooth fairy giant.

While Invisalign focuses on orthodontists, SmileStyler is specifically targeted at dentists. Smilestyler knew there was a revenue decline for dentists year-on-year over time, with a range of market forces driving that process.

What became apparent was that really good dentists were developing a clear aligner business inside their practice, doing simple cases but nevertheless bleeding into the orthodontic market to add revenue to their practice. Smilestyler identified that as its key focus.

Aussie dentists can scan their patients and send the digital files directly for manufacture in Melbourne, making the process only a few days, in to six to eight with other brands. Smilestyler simplifies it for dentists not because they’re stupid but because they don’t specialise in teeth realignment like orthodontists. About three months into the treatment the dentist takes another scan. Algorithms tell whether it’s appropriate for the next set of aligners. That’s the beauty of digitisation. It’s not to say clear aligners are entirely without discomfort but brackets and wire systems are inherently irritating to the mouth, on top of the throbbing ache of moving teeth.

With the current class action against Invisalign for violating numerous anti-trust laws and consumer protection laws, it’s brand and reputation may suffer. Should it lose the case, the payout would be in the hundreds of millions.

More than 40,000 Australians a year use clear aligners, and globally, it’s the fastest growing dental category. There are an estimated 100 million consumers in Asia with an estimated worth of over $US200 million. It outstrips dental cosmetics in gross turnover; the poor cousin is dental veneer services.

There seems little reason for Australian dentists nationally, to not support a wholly Australian manufactured product, particularly in light of the worldwide logistic nightmare the COVID pandemic brings.

The strength of Australian economy used to ride on the back of sheep. Maybe the strength of a successful Aussie dental clinic is to convert the flocks from Invisalign to Smilestyler.

Not only is it useful to support locally grown, it could prove Invisalign’s lesson for trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.

A Bathroom Without Downlights is Not a Modern Bathroom

A Bathroom Without Downlights is Not a Modern Bathroom

Rushing to work just in time to be late the other day I noticed a dead possum in front of some units in the city. It may have been entirely unnoticed by me but for the illumination of the morning sun, reminiscent of the value of lighting in your bathroom reno. Just up a bit, is a place called The Abbey, which one may think a much better place to quietly unpack the suitcase of your earthly travels – although if life were supposed to make sense, politicians would instead be a moderately successful accountants, and real estate easily affordable.

In a suburb filled with all the inconvenience of convenience living, this particular possum conveniently died in a most inconvenient place determined by investment properties, strata management, corporate cleaning contractors and local council far from local. Inflamed lobbyists would no doubt argue the emotionally violent impact a live, dead possum has on our youth, and demand a $4 million targeted counselling programme.

I figure Poss was a ‘he’ having learned in childhood that gingham aprons are the distinction of females in small animals; pipes for males. In a suburb where it all could most certainly have been stolen, I could see no telltale apron marks, and since there’s nowhere to smoke a pipe but at home, it was probably untamped on the dining room table. I wondered whether Poss had, May Gibbs style, just decided to have a little lie down – or if, having forgotten his wire rimmed glasses, he’d came a gutser 35 feet up a tree. Splat. Like Wile E. Coyote. Maybe a high-quality downlight installation would have saved poor posthumous Poss.

In a world where everyone and everything has a message, Poss’ most surely is don’t forget your glasses and leave your pipe at home.


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Can Medical Cannabis Cure Cancer?

Can Cannabis Cure Cancer?Authored By Dr. Janelle Trees

Cancer is the number one cause of disease-related disability in Australia. Eight kinds of cancer are in the top twenty causes of death in Australia. It consumes people’s lives, causing untold suffering and grief. I would love to tell you that cannabis can cure cancer, but we have no solid scientific evidence that it does.

The disease we call cancer is actually a group of hundreds of diseases. All cancers have in common that they involve the uncontrolled and harmful proliferation (abundant growth) of cells in the wrong place in the body. Somehow these cells are able to evade the body’s immune system, which would normally kill them. Faulty cells normally kill themselves, too, and cancer cells have some way of avoiding cell death. There is an ongoing search for understanding of how this happens in the body afflicted by cancer. Other researchers continue to look for ways to kill or inhibit cancer cells once they have formed—that is, they look for medicines to help rid the body of cancer.

Researchers have made great advances in cancer prevention in the past fifty years or so. They have been able to confirm unambiguously that some cancers are caused by exposure to occupational chemicals and substances: like mesothelioma—caused by exposure to asbestos—or lung cancer, usually caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. Sometimes, applying this hard-won knowledge in the real world is a challenge. Look at the struggle to stop cigarette companies promoting their deadly products. Cancer of the respiratory system (the lungs and trachea or windpipe) remains one of the top five killers in Australia. And bowel cancers, for which we know several means of prevention, is number six.

Similarly, great advances have been made in treatment, surgical and medical, of some cancers. Some cancers which were previously almost universally fatal are now almost always curable. Thyroid cancer and testicular cancer are good examples.

Because we know that there are substances in fruit and vegetables that are likely to be protective against cancer, some people think that medical marijuana, because it is made from a herb, might help prevent or cure cancer, too. We have no firm evidence to support this idea. In fact, as you would expect, smoking marijuana can cause cancer through inhaling carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances.

The NSW Cancer Council suggests that medical marijuana, taken by a non-smoking method, can be useful for the relief of symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment. Cannabis plays a role for some patients in managing chronic cancer pain and nausea.

There is no evidence from controlled studies that shows cannabinoids can reduce tumour size or slow tumour growth.

Some anti-tumour effects have been shown in animal studies. Researchers had inconclusive results injecting CBD (a cannabinoid, one of the active ingredients in medical marijuana) into tumours in patients with terminal brain cancer. They plan to continue research.

Pancreatic tumour cells in a glass dish (called ‘in vitro’) and in mice have shown slowed growth, reportedly with increased break up (‘apoptosis’) of the cancer cells.

These results are encouraging, but still a long way from the gold standard for research that doctors consider proof.

Another study has shown that apoptosis could be induced in colon cancer cells in mice by a different (less often used) cannabinoid. We have so much more to learn.

Some early research into the effect of cannabinoids on cancer cells shows promise, but the test tube isn’t the same as a human body and a rat’s induced cancer is different in significant ways to cancer in a human. Marijuana, medical or otherwise, is no substitute for cancer prevention or treatments which have strong scientific evidence for their effectiveness.

Article republished with the consent of Cannabis Access Clinics

The Importance of Diet, Exercise & Sleep for Entrepreneurs

If you ask any entrepreneur (and not just the successful ones), you will discover that they lead intensely stressful lives at times. Particularly, when they are establishing themselves and growing their businesses. High risk behaviour gets the blood pressure moving; and the importance of diet, exercise and sleep for entrepreneurs cannot be overestimated. They will tell you, that it is often hard to get to sleep, when millions of dollars are at stake and the security of many staff may be compromised by an adverse outcome. Deals can make or break businesses and people.

Entrepreneurs Balancing on the Highwire of Risk, Stress, Success & Failure

To cope with balancing on the highwire of risk, stress, success and failure, it pays to be on top of your diet, exercising and getting enough sleep. Easier said than done, however, as many of us self-medicate with alcohol, food and drugs. The old play hard and party hard chestnut is a sure-fire recipe for an early grave. Better to burn up than fade away, might be okay in a Hollywood movie, but in the real world, the newspapers will be writing your obituary. Life on the steep slopes of potential success and failure demands lightning fast reflexes and a strong survival instinct.

Balanced on the Entrepreneurial Highwire with Daggy Aplomb

Success stories abound on the business speaking circuit (not many failures get a gig); and we all love to hear about those who overcome adversity to reach the giddy peaks of celebrity. Tech business moguls have been the flavour of the year for some time now; and these, often nerdy geniuses appear quite nondescript. They have, obviously, balanced on that entrepreneurial highwire with daggy aplomb. Perhaps, a good diet, exercise and plenty of sleep, pushed Bill Gates and the Google boys to the very top of their professions? Somehow I doubt it, but you never know.

Beat Stress with Exercise & Nutrition

The cocaine and the booze will not, ultimately, serve you well on the road to success. Exercise the monkey body and eat plenty of nuts and bananas. Avoid the pizza, the burgers, and the fried chicken. Drink in moderation; and don’t mix social drinking with your work commitments. You want a clear mind when challenges appear on the horizon. Taking deep breaths and meditating is a better way to deal with business pressures. Go for a brisk morning walk to start your day or close it with some stress releasing exercise.


Contemplating Corrective Surgery?

Seven Tips for Selecting a Cosmetic Surgeon

The most important factor to be cognisant about is the difference between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons. Most of us think that both terms are synonymous with each other, but that is not the case. In Australia, it is a matter of specialist training and length of education within that specialised field. Plastic surgeons must have studied specialist surgery for a minimum of five years and have a total of twelve years of medical and surgical training. They then, can call themselves Specialist Plastic Surgeons (SPS) and are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). These SPS have been especially trained to perform invasive surgical procedures. Doctors with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) do not have the same level of training in invasive surgical procedures and are not accredited by the governing body. They are, however, able to promote themselves as performing cosmetic surgery on this basis. Here are seven tips for selecting a cosmetic surgeon.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon?

If your selected surgeon is not a SPS, then, your cosmetic surgeon, may have done a weekend workshop conducted by a breast implant distributor in how to perform breast augmentation surgery. This may be on top of a basic medical degree and a one-year internship in a hospital. Is this enough specialised training to perform invasive surgery on your body? Reports in the media about horrific cases of cosmetic surgery gone wrong in Australia, would indicate that is not the case. If your doctor is promoting himself or herself, as Dr Smith (or whoever) operating from a cosmetic surgery clinic, then, you know they are legally not allowed say they are a surgeon, because they are not. Invasive surgical procedures are not to be taken lightly or something to bargain with.

Check Your Cosmetic Surgeon’s Credentials

Never assume anything, my father used to say to me, and he was right. Check your cosmetic surgeon’s credentials prior to signing any contract or having any procedure performed upon your person. There is a common misconception, in this day and age, that plastic surgery is somehow safe as houses. All surgery carries serious risks by its very nature; and if your surgeon is not really an experienced and highly trained specialist surgeon, then, you may be in trouble.

The First Cut is the Deepest

Invasive surgical procedures and the title of this well-known song have some essential things in common. Once you are under the knife there is no backing out or time for second thoughts, so, do not rush into cosmetic surgery. This tip may save you some expensive reconstructive surgery, which will be needed to clean up the mess made by your first hasty wrong choice.

Plastic Surgeons Do It Better

SPS have available to them, a comprehensive range of surgical techniques and solutions at their fingertips, because they are specifically trained to do so. Your inexperienced cosmetic surgeon may only have one trick to their bow, when it comes to performing your augmentation. Don’t put yourself into the hands of shallow learning and abilities. Plastic surgeons know that cosmetic surgeons, often, take shortcuts, due to their lack of technical surgical knowledge and experience.

Word of Mouth Recommendations

Another smart tip for selecting a cosmetic surgeon is to ask around friends and family for a word of mouth recommendation. The proof is in the pudding, as they say; and truthful feedback from someone you trust who say has had a successful breast augmentation operation is worth a thousand shiny brochures and website pages. They say, time heals all wounds, so, hearing positive reports about a cosmetic surgery procedure a year or two down the track is particularly valuable information.

GP Referrals for Cosmetic Surgeons

A referral from your local GP is another good source to investigate, when seeking the services of an excellent cosmetic surgeon. GPs are referring hundreds of patients to reputable plastic surgeons every day of the week.

Proper Exercise & Nutrition for Bone Health

When considering a change to your diet and a new approach to your health and fitness levels, it pays to have a good grounding in basic nutritional science. Now, nutrition has been the neglected sibling in the medical science family, with doctors and professors overly enamoured with pharmaceuticals and their corporate backers. This is beginning to change, however, as a new generation of medical scientists recognise the fundamental importance of a good diet and healthy lifestyle to the functioning of the human body.  Governments, in my view, have, also, neglected the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles to our communities.

Preventative Measures Can Improve Bone Health

Where are the PR ads for fruit and vegetable consumption to combat the high rotation of fast food and sugary snack ads funded by vested commercial interests? Where are the ads promoting an active lifestyle to challenge the endless number of ads for cars on our TV screens? This is where the minimal role of government in the conservative political spectrum does not serve the community well. The food and health industries cannot be left to the vagaries of the marketplace if we want to avoid billions of dollars of medical costs and enjoy longer and healthier lifestyles in Australia. Preventative measures can improve bone health, but they must be promoted by governments and health departments.

Good Nutrition Saves Lives

We need, as a nation, to find proper alignment between the needs of our community and the needs of business. Good health, which includes teeth, should be promoted on par with the many advertising campaigns promoting things, which do not equate to optimal wellbeing. Controls, which exist over the marketing of tobacco and alcohol, must be extended to foods high in sugar, with no nutritional value, and fast foods. These are not freedom of speech issues, they are small sectors of our society exploiting the suggestibility and ignorance among the young and unsophisticated among us. Good nutrition saves lives and improves bone health.

The Sedentary Lifestyle is Killing Us

The sedentary lifestyle is killing us. All these labour-saving devices, which have been invented over the last hundred years are contributing to obesity and poor bone health. Pushing buttons to wash your clothes, your dishes, do your daily work, and so on, is not conducive to good health in the long term. I mean, people are now paying to go to the gym, because their lifestyles are too physically undemanding; how ironic is that?


Living Cruelty Free in India

The cruelty free lifestyle is beginning to take hold in small pockets around the globe. The idea that we, as human beings, can make every effort to navigate our lives without contributing to excessive cruelty to animals and other human beings is a good thing. Some would go much further and take a vegan approach to their interaction with other species on this planet. Some Buddhists are committed to a similarly non-violent footprint upon the earth. Living cruelty free in India is probably easier than in the west. The country has a rich vegetarian tradition, which provides an enormous range of flesh-free ingredients and dishes.

Cruelty Free Issues in India

This is not a utopia for animals, however, with many reported bad dairy farming practices occurring around the country. There are cruelty free issues in India, which need to be addressed, before any stamp of approval is given. Developing nations are often more concerned with having enough to eat, than with the more sophisticated concerns of wealthy westerners. India has emerged in recent times as a rapidly growing middle-class behemoth. Thus, many observers feel it is time for them to pay attention to things like cruelty free practices in their agricultural and manufacturing industries.

The Cruelty Free Focus in the Beauty Industry

The cruelty free focus in the beauty industry, through animal testing in the manufacture of cosmetics, is where this whole impetus got started. In my own view, if we all stopped wearing makeup and cosmetics the world would be a better place per se. There is something basically dishonest in manipulating your appearance via makeup. The reliance on billions of dollars’ worth of creams and cosmetics, reeks of insecurity and the suggestible nature of human beings being exploited by big business, in my opinion. That animals are being made to suffer, so that the skins of human beings do not have an adverse reaction to an external substance, just makes it worse.

Humans Have Been Hurting Animals Since the Beginning

Yes, humans have been hurting animals since the beginning, in India and throughout the ancient world. You can study the writings of the ancient Greeks, Romans and early Christian fathers and find a disdainful and callous attitude to animals in the main. A very few figures like Pythagoras, Porphyry and a couple of other ancients, made the case for treating animals kindly, but the vast majority were keen to distance human beings from their four legged mammalian peers.


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