Cosmetic Dentistry Your Ticket To A Glamorous Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry Your Ticket To A Glamorous Smile

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A picture-perfect smile is often the first thing we notice about celebrities. And each camera-ready grin is unique.

“A round face, like Queen Latifah’s, looks best with teeth that are slightly rounded at the edges,” said Dr. Michael Schneider, a cosmetic dentist. “Usher has a square face – his teeth are more square and slightly smaller. Will Smith, who has a rectangular face, has teeth that are similar to Usher’s, yet with slightly sharper line angles.”

“With a heart-shaped face like Drew Barrymore’s, the chin is more noticeable. The teeth can’t line up like [those with] a square or rectangular face and need to have some slight rotation, showing characterization.”

However, some of us weren’t born with a superstar grin. The dazzling smile you see in magazines and movies or on the street may be the result of cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers.

To avoid the pain that can come with applying regular veneers, people are turning to Lumineers by Cerinate.

Unlike regular veneers, Lumineers doesn’t require drilling or grinding down sensitive tooth structure. The procedure is minimally invasive, making anesthesia and pain shots unnecessary.

Clinically proven to last up to 20 years, Lumineers is contact lens-thin and provides instant teeth straightening and permanent whitening, transforming misshapen teeth into a naturally beautiful and perfect smile. It is a convenient substitute for braces and can be used on worn teeth to strengthen them and prevent further wear. Lumineers also can be placed over crowns and bridges to improve aesthetics.

A Lumineers application can be completed in two short visits to the dentist.

Approximately 8,500 dentists use Lumineers, made from Cerinate, a porcelain developed by Santa Maria, Calif.-based Den-Mat Corp. It comes with a five-year replacement warranty.

A Simple, Natural Approach to Stress Management

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One of the most common reasons for doctor visits these days is anxiety, or “stress.” Whatever one chooses to call it, we have all felt the feeling of being overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, a sense of dread, fear, hyperventilation, sweaty palms before going into a meeting. For most of us, most of the time, this is a fleeting, occasional problem. For some of us, it is a frequent, even omnipresent issue. This is directed at both groups, but it will surely be of greater value to the chronically stressed.

Over the years, medications aimed at helping patients manage stress have been very popular. In the 1970’s, Valium was for a time such a commonly prescribed drug that it became a cliché, and was almost a featured character in some TV sitcoms and movies. Even before that, in the 1960’s, medications such as Miltown, Soma and Vistaril were often prescribed for the same problem: stress or anxiety. In the 1980’s, things changed dramatically, with the development of the SSRI category of drugs – the “serotonin reuptake inhibitors.” These drugs, beginning with Prozac, quickly became the most prescribed drugs in America and Europe, like Valium before them, becoming the subject of popular books and movies, and achieving cultural icon status.

How much has changed, twenty-some years later? Not much, really. The names are new – Celexa, Lexapro and Zoloft, to name a few – but the concept is the same. In 2007, in the US alone, there were over 72 Million prescriptions of just those three medications, alone. Some of those prescriptions were for depression treatment, which is a different topic, and one I hope to cover in a different article, very soon. The fact is, these drugs are being prescribed to treat anxiety, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and other, similar, stress related diagnoses.

Along with the popularity of these new, pharmacological treatments for stress-related illnesses has come a backlash among patients who have found the new drugs to be unacceptable for various reasons. Among the reasons reported for discontinuation of the newer, anti-anxiety medications are: lack of efficacy (“they just don’t work for me”), potential for serious side effects when they are stopped (now renemed “discontinuation syndromes” rather than withdrawal), sexual dysfunction, insomnia, nightmares, dry mouth, undesired weight loss or gain. In my own experience with patients, many seem to report that these medications have been a Godsend, helping when nothing else would, but just as many seem to feel that the side effects – the “down side” – just wasn’t worth it; they wanted a natural alternative that really worked.

Personalise Your Dental Treatment With Coloured Braces

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If you are going to be using braces in the next couple of years, then you might too have some fun with it don’t you think? Most people do not know it, but you can develop your braces; especially the colours. You might be questioning though, how do these colours get presented and how do you set about picking the right ones?

Gone were the days when individuals had no option but to choose whatever colours your orthodontist has provided for your braces. Coloured braces for teeth are an excellent method for individuals to embrace the procedure and have a little bit of fun while you are at it.

Selecting the best colours for braces.

As you may currently understand, your braces are a sum of numerous parts – archways, O rings, brackets and rubber bands set up around the latter. The wires and brackets are silver; the bands is precisely what lets you include some personalised colours in your braces. What’s more is that these bands are swapped out in between adjustments (about when every 4 to 6 weeks). Hence you get to experiment with different colours throughout your dental treatment.

What colours should you choose for your braces?

So what colour braces should you get? The excellent thing about coloured braces is that you get to select your very own set of colours for your braces. Your orthodontist can even give you access to programs that will enable you to test out your chosen set of colours practically and have everything ready for your next dental consultation.

A popular choice of colours consists of tints of yellow, green, red, blue and pink merely to mention a few. If not sure with your options, you can talk to your orthodontist for advice. There are no rules when it concerns plotting colours for your braces. For example, you can opt for darker shades like pink, violet or orange if you want your teeth to look whiter. You might also want to think about picking colours that match your eyes or the colour of the clothing that you typically use. Avoid picking white as it can make your teeth appear yellowish. The same chooses brown bands which can make it look like you have got food stuck in your teeth.

While the cost of cosmetic dentistry treatments like coloured braces can be steeper than regular braces, most people would agree that they are well worth the investment. If you must wear braces for a considerable period, there is no reason not to have fun in the process.

The Art of Smile

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Have you ever thought of your smile as a work of art? Cosmetic dentists often do, as they strive to create the perfectly proportioned smile.

“I believe there is an ideal proportion to teeth in the most naturally beautiful smile,” says David Nusblatt, a dentist in Manhattan who often uses Lumineers to perfect his patients’ smiles.

Dentists such as Nusblatt are increasingly adopting Lumineers as the procedure of choice over traditional veneers. Lumineers, made from patented Cerinate porcelain, are painless and minimally invasive. The procedure, which requires only two visits to the dentist, requires no anesthetic or numbing shots.

Unlike Lumineers, traditional veneers involve drilling or grinding of the teeth – often down to the nubs. Patients require an anesthetic for the process and painkillers for recovery. Because the sensitive tooth structure is destroyed, the process is irreversible.

“Lumineers allows me to create a smile that is balanced and perfect for every unique face in the most minimally invasive way,” Nusblatt said.

Contact lens-thin, yet strong, Lumineers are proven to last up to 20 years. In most cases, the original teeth are left intact, making the procedure completely reversible.

“I have gone through life very self-conscious about my teeth and my smile,” said Ben Ferrari of Nipomo, Calif. “From an early age I had an extremely large gap. With Lumineers I had an instant, beautiful smile. I was very amazed with the results, and to top it off, the procedure took only 40 minutes.”

Lumineers, named one of Dental Products Report’s list of “Top 10 Products,” can be used over crowns and on worn teeth to prevent further wear. In some cases, they also can be a convenient substitute for braces.