Makeovers - Maybe It's Time to Smile

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The other night my wife was watching a reality TV show called "Extreme Makeovers". Don’t tell anyone but I was watching it also. This is a show where people start out as ugly ducklings and then are incredibly transformed into swans by the end of the show. This magic is done with the help of plastic surgery, fitness experts and cosmetic dentistry. This particular episode had a shy young woman named Amy who looked to be in her twenties. You could really tell that this woman had suffered in her youth from the teasing brought on by the way she looked. That problem about herself that bothered her the most was her teeth. She spent most of her life with oddly spaced, discolored ugly teeth. This problem affected her self confidence so much, that she rarely smiled or even spoke to anyone. Her cosmetic dentistry makeover consisted of porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. The porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain which are bonded to her existing teeth. The beauty of this procedure is that in one feel swoop, a dentist can correct color imperfections, size problems and also spacing issues. The veneers, being made of porcelain, appear perfectly lifelike and natural. They can lighten dark teeth, lengthen teeth shortened by the ravages of time, and straighten teeth for those people who might not have had the ability to get braces when they were younger.

This process was painless and the results were quickly seen. For her teeth that did not receive veneers, a bleaching process lightened them to match the veneers.
When Amy saw her teeth for the first time, she started sobbing. She just couldn’t believe the difference her teeth made in her overall appearance. Amy felt that just the improvement in her teeth alone would make a big change in her life. It gave her the boost in confidence she needed to get out and join the rest of the world. This young woman’s happiness was so evident and extreme, that my wife sat there with tears streaming down her face. My wife was amazed at the effect cosmetic dentistry had on this woman. I wasn’t surprised because I see it all the time. The advances in cosmetic dentistry have made it easier and more predictable than ever.

If you, or a family member or friend have been thinking about changing your appearance, consider improving your smile. Most people notice a nice smile on someone’s face above everything else. A nice smile will definitely improve a person’s self confidence. Who knows, this might also lead to a better job and a higher quality of life. Ask your dentist for an opinion about what can be done for you. You will be glad you did.

Cosmetic dentistry – The changing of our lives

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"Nothing personal, Doc, but I don't like coming here!"

As a dentist, I have to say that this statement is the one that I hear most often. I don't take it personally because I know that down deep, most people appreciate the care given to their mouths by dental professionals. Still, day in and day out, that "nothing personal Doc" statement is something that I have learned comes with the territory.

However, the territory is changing constantly. Cosmetic dentistry is one aspect of dentistry that is in permanent overdrive. Bleaching, all porcelain single crowns and bridges, bonded esthetic fillings and onlays and a myriad of other procedures have left the patient with a lot more choices than ever before. The old silver filled teeth and chalky looking crowns are being replaced by many new and exciting options. Once people are educated about what cosmetic dentistry can do for them, their attitudes about good dental treatment and its proper maintenance change drastically.

Suppose a woman had discolored, chipped or misshapen front teeth. Perhaps she doesn't smile very often due to being embarrassed about the look of her smile. Once esthetic porcelain restorations are placed in her mouth, there was a tremendous boot in her self-esteem. Patients have mentioned how they used to talk with their hands in front of their faces all the time. Other people say that replacing old, ugly crowns in the front of their mouth brought them peace of mind. No longer are they afraid that others are staring at their teeth. Instead, people ask if their hair is different or whether they've lost some weight. The effect of beautiful and natural dental work is that of illusion. Something is different, but because everything looks so natural, nothing stands out. Gone are the days of yesteryear when the white chicklet "Hollywood" look was the norm after someone had "caps" done.

Please don't think that cosmetic dentistry is only for the front teeth. New and exciting options are available for the back teeth, too. Tooth colored ceramic restorations can eliminate the silver look of the past. Tooth shaded ceramic onlays can be placed to strengthen a broken down tooth that in the past could only be fixed with a crown. These onlays are much more conservative because much more tooth structure is left intact. If a crown is needed there are several new types that are incredibly lifelike and vital looking. Many of these esthetic looking crowns are very difficult to detect.

If you have been walking around with some "old" dentistry, and do not like how it looks anymore, you owe it to your self to investigate the new alternatives.