Everything You Need to Know About Six Month Smiles®

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A good cosmetic dentist knows that straight teeth are crucial to a healthy, beautiful smile. With Six Month Smiles®, anyone can have straighter teeth in no time. Six Month Smiles is ideal for the busy adult who does not want the look of traditional braces to disrupt their professional and personal lives.

Perfect teeth from the work of a cosmetic dentist

Braces Are Best

Traditional braces are the obvious favorite for straightening teeth because the techniques used are the most effective and offer predictable results. With Six Month Smiles, patients get all of the benefits of braces without the obvious, bulky appearance. A cosmetic dentist applies clear brackets to the teeth and anchors them with tooth-colored wires, which blend in to create a natural-looking smile. Six Month Smiles is just as safe as regular braces and can be applied by a patient’s cosmetic dentist, forgoing the need for an orthodontic specialist. In addition, each patient has a series of trays that are prepared before each appointment, so visits to the dentist are as convenient and comfortable as possible.

Fast and Easy

In most cases, Six Month Smiles focuses on the teeth at the front of the mouth, known as the “social six.” Although Six Month Smiles moves the teeth at the same speed as traditional braces, the focus on the visible front teeth means that most patients are able to achieve their ideal results in about six months. Since the treatments often take less time than traditional full-mouth braces, the cost of Six Month Smiles is usually a more affordable option.

How to Choose Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces

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Invisalign and metal braces are both used to correct misaligned teeth. Each method comes with pros and cons. Invisalign is usually a more comfortable option, but metal braces may be necessary for more complicated dental problems.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are now available in colors that closely match the teeth so they are less distracting, lessening the effect on a patient’s social and work life. Metal brackets are glued to the teeth and then manipulated with wires and rubber bands to achieve the desired results. These braces are not removable, which enhances consistent alignment.

Patients can experience some soreness from the movement of the teeth as well as irritation from the braces. A dentist may still recommend metal braces, however, for complex problems that plastic can’t correct.


These braces are made of clear, BPA-free plastic and are worn over the teeth to move them into the proper position. They are nearly invisible, hence their name, and are easily removable. Invisalign aligners are altered every two weeks as the teeth shift. Consistent use of Invisalign for 22 hours a day is required to attain the desired results. Patients report some mild discomfort due to tooth movement, but rarely offer many other complaints. They are often the choice for simple tooth alignment.

Treatment for metal braces averages two years compared to 18 months for Invisalign. However, the overall cost of metal may be less depending on the patient’s condition. The follow-up is essentially the same and includes the use of a retainer at night. Your dentist will suggest which one is best for your situation.

Learn About the Different Types of Tooth Implants

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Dental implants can be an excellent alternative to partials and dentures, and they can often provide higher quality oral health. However, there are various forms of implant dentistry to explore before making a decision.

Root Form Implants

The most common type of implants, these replace a tooth’s missing root with a titanium screw-like post that is inserted into the jawbone. An abutment is then placed on top of the post for structure and support. Lastly, the implant is covered by a crown to mimic the look of the other teeth. These types of implants are best for a jawbone that is wide and deep, due to the implant needing plenty of bone to attach to when it is inserted. The healing time can range from three to six months.

Plate Form Implants

This type of implant dentistry is often used for those that have a narrow jaw or have experienced bone deterioration. This is because the implants are laid on top of the jawbone as opposed to being inserted. An incision is made in the gums, and the small, flat implant is then placed in between the gums and the jawbone. After the tissue has almost completely healed around the implant, which takes an average of three to six months, the abutment and crown are added.

Subperiosteal Implants

A subperiosteal implant is used for patients whose jaw is too thin or deteriorated to accept root form or plate form implants. This implant dentistry creates an artificial metal jawbone that is placed over the existing bone for more support and surface area. This is typically done to cover a large portion of the jawbone and to replace multiple teeth. After the implant has been placed under the gums and the gums have healed, a partial or bridge is then attached to small posts that protrude from the implant. Healing time varies, depending on the size of the implant.

Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain Veneers


Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached or bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. The material very closely resembles the appearance of enamel and each veneer is crafted and personalized giving the patient an instant transformation. Although veneers are thought to be mostly a cosmetic enhancement, many dentist use veneers for orthodontic adjustments such as to close spaces or gaps between teeth, give a rotated tooth the appearance of a properly aligned tooth, and to change the color of teeth that may have been damaged by fluorosis or tetracycline staining.





Thanks to life-like appearance, porcelain veneers rank amongst the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Patients who are considering porcelain veneers are typically looking to address multiple structural or cosmetic issues with their teeth, such as:


  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor misalignment
  • Chipped edges
  • Discoloration
  • Displeasure with the size of teeth



In order to have porcelain veneers placed, patients should:

  • Have healthy teeth, preferably with enough enamel, as the dentist usually has to remove a thin layer before placing veneers
  • Have good  periodontal health
  • Commit to having excellent oral hygiene home-care
  • Have realistic expectations and cosmetic goals and be able to articulate them to the dentist



Signs that veneers may not be the right choice:


  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Root canal infection
  • Heavy bruxor (grinding of teeth)


Even with one or more of the conditions above present, a patient can be cleared for cosmetic work once the issues have been addressed. If you are considering veneers, keep in mind that it is considered a permanent procedure and in most cases a layer of enamel is usually removed to make room for the veneers.



Choosing the right Dentist:


There are clear distinctions between general dentist and specialist. Just like a general MD can check your cholesterol or perform basic heart test, when the problem calls for detailed attention, they will refer you to a Cardiologist. Why? Well because they are the experts, that’s all they do and they are good at it. Same with cars, a regular mechanic can take care of most basic situations, but if you have a luxury car, you would probably want the dealer or an expert in that specific type of car to take care of it. Veneers are like a luxury car that requires a cosmetic specialist. Specialist in dentistry have special training in their field of dentistry. If I need a root canal, I prefer to see the Endodontist, for a wisdom tooth extraction I would go see an Oral surgeon, and for veneers I definitely want to see a Cosmetic Dentist. A general dentist has some knowledge and limited experience in all the fields but does not have the additional training that a specialist would have.


Like I mentioned previously, veneers are a big decision and investment, both in time and financially, so I encourage you to have two or three consultations and quotes before settling on a cosmetic dentist. In the cosmetic consultation you should be able to get a good feel for the whole dental team and decide if they are a good match for you. You can usually tell the bedside manner of the doctor during the examination, the cleanliness of the operatories, the professionalism of the team, and your overall comfort with the office.  Make a list of what’s important to you to help you finalize your decision. .



  • Experience (how long has the dentist been in practice and how many cosmetic cases has he/she done).
  • Cost- compare at least 2-3 quotes to make sure you’re not over paying
  • Dental team- your overall feeling of the office. The doctor’s bedside manner, the friendliness of the team, financial arrangement understanding, location of the office (will it be a burden to get there?)
  • Reputation- look at reviews and testimonials, before and after work. Check their credentials (anyone can claim to be a cosmetic dentist).





How much should my Veneers cost:

The cost of veneers varies and there is a wide range in cost. Unlike dealing with insurance for a covered service, veneers are considered cosmetic work and most dental insurances will not pay for them, dentist can charge any fee they like. Remember you are paying for labor, very similarly like you would pay for a painting or a custom made piece of furniture. Some of the factors determining cost will depend on these key factors:

  • The number of teeth that the patient will be placing veneers on
  • The dental lab the Dentist works with
  • Geographic location of the dentist
  • Competition
  • Overhead of the practice


You will find that some dentists will lower the cost if a patient is doing multiple veneers at once. The main reason for this is that the cost of the lab, materials, overhead, and labor are all lessened when more units (teeth) are worked on simultaneously.


Cost is an important factor, but it should not be the only thing to consider in when searching for a cosmetic dentist to do your veneers.  I hope this information was helpful to you.

Implant or Bridge?

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Making quick decisions about our teeth has to be the worst feeling in the world. You go in to see the dentist because you have a slight tooth ache, and the next thing you know, you are being bombarded with information, options, and fees. You know you have to do something, but you’re not quite sure what or how soon. On top of that, you are hit with the bad news that your tooth has to be extracted. YIKES!!!!!!!

My recommendation is to NOT make a snap decision, especially if you don’t have a long standing relationship with the dentist and the office. Instead ask the dentist to help you buy some time, perhaps prescribe some antibiotics and pain medication to make sure things don’t worsen. Gather all the facts, define your options, and ask for your records (including x-rays, treatment plans, and estimates).

Now that you have a clear mind and you are not in immediate pain or discomfort, take a look at all of your options. If your 2nd and 3rd opinions have recommended the same treatment, narrow down the dentist you want to be treated by. Your realistic options after an extraction are to have a bridge put in or to have an implant placed followed up with a crown. So let’s break down both options.

First, let’s go over what a bridge is and the pros and cons of that option. A bridge is used to cover the space from a missing tooth. It requires at least two teeth on either side of the missing tooth to anchor the bridge. Structurally, it’s the same as most crowns, with metal substructure covered by porcelain, except there are at least three units fused together. The most common materials used for this procedure is metal with porcelain over it. The pros: The aesthetics, if done well are very acceptable and well constructed bridges look very natural. The part that covers the area where the tooth is missing is called the pontic and the anchors that are attached to the adjacent teeth are called the abuptments. This procedure on average takes 2-3 weeks to complete and the dentist will place a provisional bridge while you wait so you will never really be without a tooth in place. These restorations can last for many years with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups. Here is the down side to this option. To place a bridge, you have to use and cut on two other healthy teeth to anchor the bridge. Since the bridge is fused together, you will not be able to floss easily in that area, causing concern for decay under the bridge to develop. If anything happens to either anchor, like decay or a fracture, the whole bridge will fail and need to be replaced. The anchor teeth are usually weakened due to the amount of extra force they endure. The cost of this option is what ever the dentist fee is for a crown times three, this is not including other possible procedures the abuptment teeth might need (like root canals or core build up)

Now let’s look at the implant option. This is the more conservative option because it does not involve other teeth. Each tooth has two main parts to it: the crown and the root. The crown of the tooth is the part that is above the gum line, the root is the part that is below the gum line and is not visible (unless with a scan or x-ray). The implant takes the place of the root and the shape is based on the design of your natural roots. It’s basically an artificial root placed inside the gum, with an attachment that connects the implant to the crown. The implant is made out of titanium, which our body normally accepts. The process usually takes at least two visits, although it can be completed in one visit if the conditions are favorable. The cost per implant is comparable to the cost of a bridge. A well placed and restored implant looks and functions just like your natural teeth. The implant will not decay and they rarely need to be replaced (they have a success rate of 90-95% rate). The main concern with implants is that not everyone is a perfect candidate for implants (due to health conditions or lack of bone support). Cost and time it takes from when the implant is placed to when it is completely restored.

Now that we’ve discussed all the facts, pros and cons of both options, I would highly recommend going with the implant option. The main reason is that each implant stands alone and does not require the support of other teeth. With new technology and research, dental implants are more common than ever.

What to Expect from Teeth Whitening

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Before & AfterIn the early nineties, I worked in a dental office in the heart of Hollywood, California, home to the stars and glamour. I remember the doctor that I worked for explained to me how his office worked, what type of clientele his patients are, and what procedures were the norm. He went on to say how the patient’s main concern was to have nice white teeth and how we must cater to that. Veneers, white fillings, and teeth whitening were the procedures we did most often. I still remember whitening was about $1,000 and the procedure was long and painful. I recall the solution was packaged in two dark bottles, with a poison warning label and skull to emphasize that it was a dangerous chemical.

Fast forward some 20 years or so and boy have things changed. You can buy over the counter whitening products or go on Youtube for home remedies to have your teeth whitened with strawberries. I’ve even seen whitening booths at the mall, which amazes me how much the procedure has evolved. Or you can go to your local dentist and have your teeth professionally whitened. Any solution you choose will be cheaper and faster than it used to be 10, 15, 20 years ago. With the market so saturated with whitening products and techniques, it’s hard for the average consumer to know which one is best for them.

The truth is most of the options I mentioned above work to some degree. The best option is still to have your teeth examined by a licensed dentist so that they can determine if whitening is a good option for you before whitening, its best that the dentist checks that your enamel is thick enough for whitening, that your gums are healthy and that you are cavity free. What this does is ensure that you will have the best results with the least amount of discomfort.

Before any type of whitening, the patient should be plaque and tartar free, a cleaning is usually recommended at least one week prior to whitening. There are two ways that most dentists recommend you whiten your teeth. In-office whitening or take home whitening. What’s the difference? Let’s dive into to the differences.

With the In-office whitening most patients can see a difference of 2-6 shades lighter after one visit (usually 3 twenty minute sessions). The complete visit takes about one and a half hours. The procedure is somewhat invasive as it requires complete isolation which includes gauze and a dam around the soft tissue so that only the teeth are exposed. Once the procedure starts, the patient can’t move or close their mouth. The immediate concern with this method is post operative sensitivity because of the high concentration of peroxide used and soft tissue irritation because the gel sometime leeks into the soft tissue. Although the patient sees immediate results, the concern with this method is fade back because the patient fails to comply with the post operative instructions (the tubules on the teeth remain open for 48 hours after whitening, leaving the teeth vulnerable to re-staining from eating or drinking dark foods). Cost for this method varies but on average is about $200-$500 per session

The second method is to make custom fit trays for the patient. This process requires two visits. The first visit is about half hour to take impressions. The dental assistant then fabricates the custom fit trays. The patient is then brought back about a week later. The second appointment is also about half an hour. This appointment is not invasive at all, it consist of fitting the trays and giving the patient whitening gel to dispense into the trays, and post operative instructions. Pros and cons with this method: Patient compliance. For best results, patients are to wear the trays for 10-14 consecutive days over night or for at least 1 hour each day (wear time depends on strength of gel). Usually that’s a tall order for even the most compliant patients. While whitening, the patient is instructed to stay away from any foods or drinks that stain, which is tough to do for such a long period of time. What I love about this method is the contact time of peroxide on the teeth as opposed to the in-office whitening. Clinically, the longer the peroxide is in contact with the teeth, the better and longer the results are. I also like that you can control how white your teeth get. With the in-office whitening, it’s a little bit of a crap shoot (the results are not as predictable). I like the long term results with the custom trays. Cost for this method also varies but on average the cost is between $99-$300.

So what is the best method? In my opinion, the best method is a combination of both. Do the in-office whitening and send the patient home with gel and custom made trays. Think of whitening like dying your hair, eventually your natural color will come back and you will have to redo your hair again. With whitening, it’s the same thing, no matter what the results, your teeth will eventually return to their original color. The combination method works great because you see immediate results with the in-office method and then you have the trays to “touch up” when the teeth begin to fade back. You will get more bang for your buck this way. The cost for the combo technique is either the same price as the in-office whitening or some office increase the fee by $100-$200.

Do I Have the Right Dental Coverage?

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I have an exercise for you. Call a local dentist and try to make an appointment for a cleaning. Tell them you have dental HMO insurance. Observe how long before they can see you. Call back at a later time and do the same thing, this time tell them you have a dental PPO plan and see what happens. The results might surprise you.

If you are looking for dental coverage, either through your employer or on your own, you will frequently come across two terms: Dental HMO or Dental PPO.

Here is where the confusion begins and often where someone might as well flip a coin to determine which plan is best for their dental needs.

To be able to make the correct decision you should at least know the basic differences between the two plans. Be careful who you ask because you might get distorted information, you see the insurance company will give their version of what the coverage means, while the actual dentist who will be looking over your dental health has a totally different perspective of the same coverage.

To get a really good understanding, I will take a different approach; I will explain how the treating dentist looks at the coverage and what it means to your oral health and wallet. While both plans are viewed as a source of income by the dentist, and no matter what the insurance company claims the coverage should do, the dentist will treat you as he or she see fit.

So here’s how both plans pay the dentist:

The PPO Plan (Preferred Provider Organization) plan pays the dentist a contracted fee for the services they provide. The customer or patient receives a yearly allowance (usually between $1,000-$3,000). With this plan there are usually co-payments and sometimes a deductable the patient has to pay to the dentist. The plan has a three tier coverage: Preventive, Basic, and Major.  The preventive services  (exams, x-rays, regular cleanings, and other diagnostic procedures) are usually covered at 100% with no co-payments. Basic procedures (sealants, fillings, some extractions, deep cleanings, and other listed procedures) are usually covered at 80%. Major procedures (root canals, crowns, surgeries, extensive periodontal procedures, and other listed procedures) are usually covered at 50%. The exact percentage of coverage may vary from plan to plan. So what does this mean to the patient and to the dentist? For example, let’s take a filling that is covered at 80%, the insurance company will pay the dentist 80% of the agreed fee for the filling, let’s say of $200. Say that leaves the patient with a co-payment of 20% or $40.  That would seem like a fair transaction to both the dentist and the patient.

The HMO Plan (Health Maintenance Organization) pays the dentist on a CAPITATION scale, meaning per head or in this case per person. Fees paid out to the dentist under this plan for services are usually free or very low. The only way the dentist can charge the patient more is if they perform procedures not covered under the plan. Instead, the insurance company pays the dentist a set amount for every person who signs up as a patient with the participating dentist (on average $2-$7 per person). The dentist gets paid every month for each person on their patient roster regardless if they go in for treatment or not. Now you might say $2-$7 dollars is not much, but if you consider that each dentist could easily reach 500 patients on their roster at  $4 per person on the roster. Now let’s say the dentist signs up for 10 different plans, that’s 500 participants times 10 times $4 each month. You do the math! While the dentist agrees to such low fee, they make their money on volume.

What you should know, Summary for each plan:

PPO– Dentist are paid for the services they perform, the more services they perform, the more they are paid by both the insurance and the patient.  Under this plan the patient is free to go to any dentist they want or switch dentist as they please. The patient receives a new allowance of benefits every year, allowing the dentist to prioritize treatment and allow the patient to maximize coverage benefits.

HMO– Dentist are paid a set fee for each person on their roster regardless if they are treated or not, in turn the dentist agrees to perform dentistry for free or at a very low cost. The less they see and work on the patient the better. The only time they are compensated outside of this agreed structure is if they perform services not covered under the agreement.  In a way, the Insurance companies reward doctors for doing less. If the dentist performs covered services, they are losing money.  Under this plan you are assigned to a dentist and it limits the choice of dentist you can go to.

The next time you are deciding on a new dental plan or dentist, find out how the dentist is reimbursed. What standard of care are you most comfortable with?


Same Day Crowns

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As dentistry evolves, dentist must decide what side of the evolution or revolution of dentistry they are on. When my grandparents were alive, their idea of the dentist was a place where you go and get teeth “yanked out” or some other painful and unpleasant experience. Dentistry in the new millennium is all about prevention, painless, and fast. With technology comes the expectation of perfection. Paperless is the norm, a clean bill of health with no cavities is the goal, and people actually look for the “right” dentist to provide them with whiter teeth, painless procedures, and lasting results.

Same Day CrownsThis brings me to the topic of same day crowns. Traditionally when a patient needs a crown, you can pencil them in for at least to visits. They probably have to miss work twice, they will need Novocain twice, they will need to recover twice, and wait two weeks (on average) while their crown is being fabricated by an outsourced lab. All the meanwhile wearing an uncomfortable temporary crown that carries many restrictions such as avoiding certain foods, expecting sensitivity, the color may not completely match, or worse, it falls off before your appointment.

Advancements in dentistry and in digital imaging have come so far that it is part of the curriculum at most major dental institutes. Students are using digital imaging in place of impressions for such things as crowns, veneers, bridges, and clear braces. When they graduate and open their own practice, they look for equipment that they are familiar with. They are more likely to embrace the latest techniques and equipment than say a dentist who graduated 20 years ago and sees no reason change what is already working for them.

Back to same day crowns, with digital imaging the doctor is able to fabricate crowns without compromising beauty and quality. This is how the technology works: The doctor numbs up the patient like usual, prepares the tooth for the crown like usual, then instead of the gooey impression, the “scan” the teeth with a digital imaging system, then design the crown (right there in front of the patient), the information then is transferred wirelessly to the milling unit. In the milling unit, a porcelain block is placed and the machine begins to shape the square block into the crown the doctor designed. Once this process is completed (usually takes 7-14 minutes), the crown is polished and glazed (almost like pottery), then placed in the oven where the heat transforms it into a beautiful piece of art. The turnaround time for same day crowns is usually 1-2 hours instead of 2 weeks. This saves the patient time and the doctor over head cost. There is no metal in the crown and the material is just as durable. This is Technology’s answer to the here and now, to the demand for quality and efficiency.

Can I Afford a Beautiful Smile?

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You go to the dentist on a regular basis for checkups and x-rays; you get your teeth cleaned twice a year, and besides an occasional cavity your teeth are in good shape. So why aren’t you completely satisfied? Your smile is not quite as bright or straight as you would like it and you’ve been thinking of what your teeth would look like with a smile makeover, then you start imagining what it would cost and your thoughts dissipate.

Afford Quality DentalMore and more dentists are now in the “Full Smile Makeover” business and that’s great news for you. As more and more dentists enter the field of cosmetic dentistry, competition has driven the cost down and the quality up.  So let’s dive into what a Smile Makeover can do for you?

For starters, a new smile not only makes you feel better, but it also makes others feel good about you. The impact on your social and professional encounters would be greatly enhanced. Whether it’s a date or a job interview, a great smile says a lot about a person. It screams out that you care about your personal appearance and it also translates into your trustworthiness, professionalism, and financial success. Who says a smile isn’t worth a thousand words?

Where do you begin? Here is a checklist to help you sort things out:

  • Get your mind right! Think of your makeover as an investment into your health, professional, and social life. Once you complete your makeover, you and your dentist should come up with a game plan to preserve and maintain your investment (hopefully for the rest of your life).
  • Find the right doctor! You want a COSMETIC dentist NOT a general dentist. Think about it, when you need heart surgery; does your regular doctor do it? Check the credentials of your cosmetic dentist because anyone can label themselves a “cosmetic dentist” and not be truly qualified for the job.
  • Get a second opinion: Don’t settle for the first person you meet but don’t confuse yourself with too many opinions. Do your research on the Dentist prior to making your appointment.
  • Be realistic and manage your expectations. If you have old photos of how your smile used to look and you want to duplicate it, show them to your dentist. It’s also a good idea to bring cut out pictures from magazines or other sources to illustrate to your dentist what you are looking for. Use these tools as a guideline of what you want and let the dentist determine how close he or she can come to your expectations.


The key to a successful cosmetic case is to involve YOU, the patient in the process. Ask for a WAX UP. This is a trial run that allows the patient essentially to “try on” the smile before making a final decision. How does a Wax Up work? Easy, once you and the dentist decide to work together, impressions of your teeth are taken and they are sent off to the lab. There, they will create the ideal smile or follow the prescription the dentist and you agreed on. The dentist will then present you with the WAXUP. If you like the smile design, you will then move to the next phase. The dentist prepares the teeth and places provisional restorations on them. This step is a “test run” so you can see, wear, and feel your new smile outside of the dental office before you make a definitive decision. Generally the doctor wants you to wear the provisionals for 1-2 weeks. Once you decide that this is the smile you’ve always wanted, the doctor then asks the lab to fabricate the final restorations and bring you back to fit and bond the restorations in place.

Once you’ve completed treatment, it is important NOT to skip regular check-ups and cleaning appointments, as this is when the dentist can check to make sure your investment is intact. If there is a problem developing, the doctor can usually catch it early (with x-rays and probing) and fix it before it becomes a big problem.


Full Mouth Make Over’s vary in price. Some factors that determine cost are:

  • How many teeth are involved in the Make Over?
  • Does your Make Over require other specialists such as a Periodontist, Oral Surgeon, or Orthodontist?
  • Missing teeth- will implants be necessary? Will you need surgery to remove teeth?
  • Periodontal disease- will you need extensive gum treatment or surgeries?

When doing an initial consultation, doctors can offer a vague pricing structure based on a visual exam or what you’re asking for. A good financial coordinator will be clear at presenting you with different payment options. Generally, if it’s more than 10 teeth involved, think of it as if you were preparing to purchase a car. The more teeth involved, the more expensive the car. This will help you put things into perspective and give you realistic expectations and avoid a “Sticker Shock” when the fees are presented to you.


I hope this helps with your search for SMILE MAKE OVER options.

Anti-Aging Dentistry

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More and more Americans are becoming proactive towards their health. As gym memberships and diet awareness increase, Americans are looking for alternative ways to improve their health and physical appearance. We often hear the terms holistic, natural, and organic used with every sales pitch thrown our way. Plastic surgery is still a hot commodity with Americans, but what if there was a safer, less invasive alternative?

All-On-4 Implants Apple Valley Cosmetic dentistry is evolving into more than just clear braces and whiter teeth. Dentists are now looking at the overall health and the impact that oral health has on the facial appearance of their patients. Cutting edge techniques and proactive procedures can help reverse or at least slow down the aging process and perhaps avoid the ever so popular facelifts, Botox, and dermal fillers. The answer for some may be ANTI-AGING DENTISTRY. 
Anti-Aging dentistry looks at the impact teeth have on the face, lips, cheeks, and jaw line. Your bite will determine the shape of your face; an incorrect bite can cause premature aging. Let’s look at other dental factors that can make a person look and feel older:

  • Worn down teeth
  • Stained or yellow teeth
  • Large spaces between teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Over crowded teeth
  • Dark spaces between cheeks and teeth (Black Triangle)

These factors and can cause a number of problems associated with an aging look; such as wrinkles, collapsed chin, thinned lips, and a crooked smile.

The goal of ANTI-AGING DENTSITRY is to restore the mouth both from a health aspect and a structural standpoint, giving patients their smile and confidence back. A common theme in ATI-AGING DENTISTRY IS “Opening up the Bite”. This process helps restore volume to the lips and cheeks, restore collapsed chins, and get rid of the dark shadow between the cheeks and teeth known as the “Black Triangle”.

Can any dentist perform ANTI-AGING DENTISTRY? NO! Some Cosmetic and most general dentist do not have the necessary training in Bio-Esthetics necessary to understand the intricacies of bite relationships. Make sure you do your homework when doing your search. Find out how many years experience they have in this field and ask the treating dentist for their training and qualifications.

How much does ANTI-AGING DENTISTRY COST? The cost will vary from patient to patient. The treating dentist has to determine if your teeth are decayed, if there are old crowns and filling that need to be replaced, do you have missing teeth, will you need implants? Will the process require other specialist like a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon to be involved? All of these questions can be answered during the consultation visit.