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International Dental Show (IDS) 2007 in Cologne

Functionally convincing and aesthetically pleasing treatment methods are making

orthodontics even more attractive. A traditionally structured sector - focus on comfort and lifestyle choices - one of the main themes of IDS.

A great deal has changed in the field of orthodontics in recent years. Whereas the development focus in the past was mainly on functional aspects, aesthetics and comfort enjoy a significantly higher priority today. To highlight these developments, IDS in Cologne (20th to 24th March 2007) will offer an overview of the latest innovations that are making orthodontic diagnoses and treatments better and easier to perform. One of the driving forces in this sector of dentistry is the changed attitude of many patients. Today, a great wish among patients in all age groups is to have an attractive smile. Beautiful straight teeth are a sign of youth and vitality, and essential ingredients for a successful career and private life. As a result, orthodontics has become a part of today's demanding lifestyles. Although conventional fixed devices will remain very important due to their high level of precision and reliable quality, the tried and tested principles and technologies are also being steadily enhanced in this area. For example, it was possible to firmly establish the lingual treatment method, which is an essential part of orthodontic treatment of adults. The lingual method makes it possible to achieve optimum treatment results as well as the very best in aesthetic improvement. The existing systems of various manufacturers are again being improved for this year's IDS. One of these improvements is the simple and secure adhesion of preservative plastic, metal or ceramic restorations. Many new developments have also appeared on the market for self-ligating brackets. Because of the system's easy handling, work can be performed in an effective and time-saving manner, and the low friction values make it possible to use weak forces. In addition, steady advancements in the field of materials research in recent years have made it possible to substantially increase the variety and quality of tooth-coloured brackets. What's more, these high strength and discolouration-resistant brackets are very appealing and comfortable to wear. The importance of mini-screws has increased in recent years for use as skeletal anchors for purely orthodontic treatments as well as for pre-prosthetic orthodontic treatments. Measuring only a few millimetres long, the mini-screws provide an excellent and secure anchor for a wide range of tooth movements. In many cases, brackets do not have to be used on a wide scale. In addition, mini-screws make it possible to dispense with extra-oral devices such as headgear. Mini-screws almost always make it possible to employ an inexpensive and frequently also "invisible" treatment. Another topical issue among "invisible" treatment methods is the variety of deep-drawing systems available. Splints made of plastic have the advantage that they are transparent, which makes it possible to make very effective corrective measures. They are also comfortable to wear. Due to the very patient-friendly design of these treatment materials, the concept is particularly popular among adults and its use will become even more widespread in the future. In the field of dental materials research, the orthodontic sector has benefited in recent years from a number of innovative developments, including new adhesive materials. Among them are various products that exude fluoride, thereby optimally supplementing today's tooth-friendly treatment concept. Just as important, however, are numerous new developments in orthodontic wires as well as various newly developed aids that make it possible to make treatments with fixed devices much simpler and more efficient. However, because treatment using fixed devices always harbours an increased risk of decalcification, orthodontic surgery requires a corresponding prophylactic concept. Many innovations that are especially designed for orthodontic patients make the implementation of optimum treatments much easier for orthodontists and patients alike. A wide range of new products is also available for furnishing surgeries, including products that have been improved with regard to function, form and ergonomics. In this context, an important role is also played by technical systems, particularly those for managing surgeries and the electronic administration of patient files. Orthodontists are now also provided with innovative high-quality software solutions for creating and administering digital models, making diagnoses, planning treatment, and simulating treatment procedures and results. Users can now employ filter functions to prepare digital X-ray images for orthodontic diagnoses, use their mouse and keyboard to measure distances and angles, and conveniently store treatment results in electronic archives. A more spatial impression than traditional X-ray images is provided by today's 3D diagnosis systems. The latest digital imaging products create top-quality diagnostic images with short scanning times, and thereby ensure a high level of efficiency. "In a traditionally structured sector such as orthodontics patients can be particularly easily won over for advanced treatment methods ensuring a high level of comfort and an attractive appearance," says Dr. Markus Heibach, President of the VDDI. "From 20th to 24th March 2007, the International Dental Show in Cologne - the world's largest trade fair for dental medicine and dental technology - will be the best place for trade visitors from surgeries and laboratories to talk to specialists from the exhibiting companies and experienced users about modern orthodontics concepts and current trends related to implementing them cost-effectively." The International Dental Show (IDS), which takes place in Cologne every two years, is organized by the Association of German Dental Manufacturers, Cologne (http://www.vddi.dee), represented by its Society for the Promotion of the Dental Industry (GFDI). The trade fair is staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne. Note for editorial offices:
Photos from the last IDS are available in our photo database on the Internet (http://www.ids-cologne.de) on the "Press information" pages (click on "Photos"). If you reprint this document, please send a voucher copy.. More information: VDDI e.V. – Pressereferat - Burkhard Sticklies Fon: 0221-500687-14 Fax: 0221-500687-21

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