The extent of the global pandemic can not only be felt in multiple aspects of daily life, it has also had a surprising impact on oral health as well. From increasing cases of stress-related temporomandibular joint disorder and cracked teeth resulting from heightened anxiety, to mask-related halitosis (aka mask breath), which one must endure quietly alone, proper tooth and oral care has become top of mind, especially since visits to the dentist might now be few and far between. From at-home offerings to a new vision of what the dentist’s office should be like, we’ve canvassed the industry for the latest offerings in dental care.
Klen tongue scraper
When Dr. Brian Harris launched his comprehensive dental brand Klen this past summer, he wanted to give clients a way to achieve and maintain optimal dental hygiene when a visit to a dentist might not be immediately possible. The LA-based label has not only rethought essentials such as a toothpaste (fluoride-free), mouth rinse, toothbrush, an expanding floss, and breath spray with an all-natural slant, Dr. Harris has also developed several tools, including a medical-grade stainless steel tongue scraper that’s been designed to remove bacteria from the entire tongue at once – a must, especially when dealing with dreaded mask breath or halitosis in general.
Vvardis dental kit
Whitening, brightening, and protecting teeth might not be revolutionary demands when it comes to oral care, but the freshly launched dental label Vvardis counts on innovative new technology to get results. Its patented formula, which is sustainably produced in Switzerland, mimics enamel’s natural remineralization process. Added fluoride helps to fight cavities, prevent acid erosion, and also whiten teeth, without any peroxide. Formulated by dentists and sisters Golnar and Haleh Abivardi, the four-piece line is made up of a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, a brush-on whitening gel serum (all enriched with its proprietary WX Formula) and a sustainably made toothbrush crafted from Swiss beechwood, designed to prevent over-scrubbing.
Quip refillable floss pick
When Quip launched its affordable electric toothbrush back in 2015, it became ubiquitous and a staple for any design-forward sink side. Now available in a smart version and kids size as well, Quip has gone on to extends its mission for accessible, high-quality care to other aspects of the oral care realm. Since launching its refillable floss string last year, the brand unveiled a refillable floss pick – a sleek, intuitive and eco-friendly alternative for the non-conventional flosser. Made to house Quip’s expandable nylon floss that are each housed in a 100% recyclable paper refill pod, the floss pick replaces 180 single-use plastic picks at one time. Housed in an equally stylish compact, complete with a built-in mirror, flossing could not be more appealing.
Teledentistry might still be taking flight, but at the head of the pack is Byte, a doctor-directed orthodontic brand that has developed a kit for invisible aligners, primed for at-home use. For a monthly fee of under $100 per month, clients will be able to get straighter teeth all from the comfort of home. To start, dental impressions are taken from home and sent back to Byte’s LA headquarters. The company’s network of licensed orthodontists then creates a treatment plan and a 3D model that tracks week-by-week progress. The custom-made aligners are then sent back to the client, along with HyperByte, a proprietary high frequency vibration device that helps to increase the rate of tooth movement and cuts down the treatment time by half.
Terra & Co pulling mouthwash
In search of naturally whitening toothcare, sisters Amra and Azra Hajdarevic developed a line of products infused with charcoal, which naturally absorbs impurities. With over two decades of experience in the beauty business, they combined their passion, knowledge and address books to create a set of products in contrast to those full of harmful chemicals that get absorbed by gums. Their Brilliant Black Pulling Oil, a powerful Ayurvedic blend of coconut oil, activated charcoal, peppermint oil, works to reduce inflammation, bad breath and dry mouth. Plus it looks good on the bathroom shelf.
Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.
Wallpaper* wants… non-wearable sleep solutions to make the best of bedtime
These ten bedside accessories, low to high tech, aim to help you sleep, wake, and keep abreast of all your slumbering statistics
By Jonathan Bell • Published
BITE Studios: ‘We want to have a brand which makes an impact’
BITE Studios is marrying sustainable textiles – from seaweed fabric to pea silk – with designs by a team including alumni of Proenza Schouler and Acne Studios
By Tilly Macalister-Smith • Published
Crush hour: Richard Mille’s sports watch has all the tools for perfect timekeeping
Discover the new Richard Mille sports watch
By Hannah Silver • Published
The best gyms around the world for design buffs in 2018
By Mary Cleary • Published
The lingerie brand making ‘couture’ mastectomy patches
With her Barcelona-based accessories label Anna Bonny, 2019 Swarovski Grand Prix Hyères Festival winner Noelia Morales creates sensual and bedazzled mastectomy patches inspired by Helmut Newton portraiture
By Hannah Tindle • Published
Studio Aisslinger designs retro-futuristic apothecary in Berlin
By Elly Parsons • Published
Melbourne’s most laid-back seafront suburb gains a new yoga retreat
By Sotos Varsamis • Published
The Brick answers Antwerp’s design gym call
By Siska Lyssens • Published
Inspired by a 20th-century German illustrator, Anatomē looks to a new era of wellness
By Sotirios Varsamis • Published
Chemical reaction: a modern holistic haven in Taiwan reinvents the pharmacy
By Emily Simpson • Published
We Are Huntly conjures an oasis of calm in Melbourne’s latest wellness space
By Sara Sturges • Published