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Smile Makeovers Have Positive Effects Inside and Out!

While the visual impact of the smile makeovers we create for our patients is obvious, what cannot be seen, just by looking, is the significant effect a more flattering smile can have when it comes to (what we refer to as) “smiling from the inside out.” It’s the uplifting feeling these patients have when their smile truly reflects their inner joy.

An attractive smile tends to boost one’s self-esteem and level of confidence. Our ‘smile makeover’ patients often tell us they find themselves smiling more often and feel more outgoing. From what we witness, it’s no surprise that research has found that the mere act of smiling gives a boost to one’s mood.

Apparently, the brain reacts to smiling by releasing endorphins, which are our ‘natural high’ chemicals that make us happy. Even ‘faking’ a smile seems to prompt this reaction, according to research.

When it comes to smile improvements, however, having a ‘makeover’ isn’t always needed to make a positive result in both appearance and perception of how one feels about their smile. Sometimes, even small changes can have a tremendous effect. In some cases, we’ve placed just four veneers on upper, front teeth for a marked improvement.DrB Pt Mirror copy

Porcelain veneers are the ‘gold standard,’ providing optimal durability, longevity and natural appeal. Veneers give a opalescense like that of natural teeth, even reflecting light in a similar way. Yet, there are a number of ways to improve the appearance of a smile.

Whitening teeth can create a notable improvement for those who have stains or discoloration from foods, aging, smoking or medications. A whiter, brighter smile tends to camouflage flaws and projects a cleaner, healthier appearance of teeth.

Bonding is another way to repair minor flaws, such as chips, uneven teeth, or gaps between teeth. Although not as durable as porcelain veneers and less resistant to staining, bonding is a less expensive method for improving small issues. And, when it comes to a smile, these small issues can have a dramatic effect on how one feels about their smile.

You may be surprised that many esthetic treatments can often be completed in just one visit. And, as with all procedures in our office, comfort is a high priority. For those who desire, we make oral or IV sedation available. Both are safe relaxation methods that erase most, if not all, memory of your procedure time. Recovery is quick and you are monitored throughout treatment with advanced equipment and trained staff.

Imagine yourself with a smile that gets compliments often. Would it make you want to smile more often? Would you feel more attractive? Would it boost your confidence in social or business settings?

Yes? Then, begin with a free Consultation to learn about the latest techniques and materials in esthetic dentistry. During this time, we’ll discuss the best options to create the smile you desire. I’ll go over the specifics of treatment and estimated costs. If desired, you can also meet with our Financial Coordinator to learn about easy payment options, most are interest-free with no down payment required.

Imagine that smile you want and then take a first step to fulfilling your dream! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a time convenient for you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Should Never Look Like Cosmetic Dentistry

After the Academy Awards were televised a couple of years ago, all the rumble was NOT about the winners. Social media lit up with comments on the dreadful face lift of one of the presenters. The once-ravishing movie star hadn’t been in the public eye for quite some time. Her invitation to present was a surprise to many, yet it was her face lift that was the biggest surprise.

Her face lift was more like a face ‘pull.’ It had a ‘wind-blown’ look, where the skin is pulled taut from the center of the face to the ears. The plastic surgeons I know use a technique that pulls facial muscles upward, rather than pulling the skin tight. This upward lift gives a much more natural appearance, bringing youthfulness back to the individual’s face while preserving the skin’s suppleness. The advantage is that it doesn’t look like the individual had plastic surgery.

Like outdated plastic surgery techniques, there are still those who use old techniques and materials for cosmetic dentistry. Although these older methods may whiten teeth, camouflage some flaws and even out crooked, crowded teeth, it’s not too hard to spot someone who has had dentistry gone wrong.

An example of cosmetics gone wrong is in the repair of a gap between the two front teeth. I’ve seen cases where bonding was used to widen the two teeth, leaving the patient with a ‘bunny look.’ While a cheaper alternative than four or six veneers, perhaps, the individual’s gap has merely been replaced with an awkward appearance.

Consider the teeth. When correctly sized, shaded and shaped, porcelain veneers, crowns and crown-&-bridge combinations should complement an individual’s facial features. For example, longer teeth may be recommended to slenderize a wide face.

Additionally, the teeth should reflect light and have a luminosity like that of natural teeth. A solid, uniform white tooth will look like a fake tooth because real teeth simply aren’t solid, white blocks. The gum tissue that arches each tooth should also be at the same level as neighboring teeth for an even smile line with a natural curve.

Cosmetic Dentistry Patient of Dr. Ban Barbat
Cosmetic Dentistry Patient of Dr. Ban Barbat

Just as important is the placement and alignment of the teeth. As a neuro-muscular dentist, I see patients who have endured years of headaches, migraines, dizziness, ear ringing, sore jaw joints and night-time clenching and/or grinding. Many have worn teeth or chipped or fractured teeth. My advanced training and diagnostic equipment enables me to pinpoint teeth that contribute to an imbalance in the jaw joints, head and neck muscles and chewing function. All it takes is one or two improperly placed or designed crowns.

There is always a cheaper way to do something. Like anything, you get what you pay for in cosmetic dentistry. We create new smiles based upon the most natural, flattering look combined with proper function and exceptional longevity. Our goal is to have people compliment your smile because it is beautiful and looks like you were lucky enough to be born with it!

There is no cost for a consultation appointment, and no obligation. Let’s sit down together and discuss your options. Then, I can discuss an anticipated treatment time and cost to achieve a smile you’ll share with pleasure and pride! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for an appointment.

Smiles Put You At Your Best!

A girlfriend recently shared her secret to a facelift alternative. “I noticed that when I smile, it pulls sagging areas up. So, I try to remember to keep a smile on my face!”

Liz is right, but there are far more benefits to that smile of hers than a more youthful facial appearance. People who smile often are said to add two years to their life while frequent frowns tend to decrease one’s lifespan by a year. Why is this?

Smiling increases endorphins.  Endorphins are a chemical in your brain that lead to feelings of happiness, giving you a natural high. From some studies, you can effectively change your psychological and physiological state by smiling, even when faking a smile. Smiling is said to improve immunity, increase pain and frustration tolerance and heighten creativity levels.

When a smile shows chipped, broken or worn teeth, teeth that are discolored or crooked or missing teeth, people tend to ‘hold back’ on their smile. A subconscious habit of those with smile flaws is covering their smile with a hand or showing a ‘lips-only’ smile.

A beautiful smile enhances appearance, mood, and apparently your longevity! Who needs a facelift when a smile can do so many wonderful things?!!! Our dental office provides all services for every need. From orthodontics (braces and Invisalign) to dental implants or crown & bridge to porcelain crowns and veneers to tooth whitening, your best smile can be created in one location, often in just one or two appointments.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free Consultation. During this time, we can discuss options that are best for you and I’ll answer your questions thoroughly. We can also discuss payment plans that allow you to make affordable monthly payments while enjoying the terrific smile you desire now!

Complete Dental Care For Every Smile!

People often first come to know us by hearing of our advanced technology and offering advanced treatments such as dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. However, the foundation of our practice is general dentistry, or what some refer to as ‘family dentistry.’

The way most think about general dentistry is for routine care, such as  6-month cleanings and exams. General dentistry also covers sealants, filling cavities and extractions.

We are proud to provide a comprehensive array of dental services, including:

• General Dentistry – Regular and preventive care for all ages

• Cosmetic Dentistry – Improving the appearance of smiles through crowns, veneers, bonding, tooth whitening, and gum recontouring

• Restorative Dentistry – Protecting or replacing teeth with crowns, crown & bridge, partials, dentures

• Implant Dentistry – All phases of dental implants including diagnosis, placement and attachment of the final teeth.

• Orthodontics including Invisalign – Tooth straightening for a healthy, natural smile.

• TMJ Therapy – Adjustments to correct most problems caused by bite misaligment.

• Sleep Apnea/Snoring Therapy – Custom-designed, comfortable mouth appliances are created to restore sound, restful sleep without the need for CPAP.

• Gum Recontouring & Gum Disease Therapy – Our technology can reshape gum tissue to provide a more natural smile line as well as combat many stages of periodontal disease.

• Oral & IV Sedation – We are highly experienced helping fearful patients and feature many comfort options, including these sedation types.

We pride ourselves on our complete care environment and ability to fulfill virtually every dental need for all ages. We are committed to exceptional comfort and optimal outcomes at every appointment.

Whenever you (or someone you know) have a dental need, of any type, we are happy to help. It is our goal to be the only dental office you’ll ever need!

Extreme Whiteness On Teeth Not Always Flattering

As a dentist who performs cosmetic dental procedures on a regular basis, I am often removing crowns, bonding or veneers placed by another dentist. While repair is occasionally the reason for removal, the most common reason is their appearance. Without modern techniques, materials and technology, smile enhancements in any form can look fake, not providing the natural look and feel that patients desire.

Yet, the same can be true for tooth whitening. At times, I see people who have gone overboard on bleaching. Their teeth are no longer white, they’re “day glo!”

White teeth provide a more youthful appearance to one’s face as teeth become stained yellow or brown as we age. When you lighten the color of your teeth, it tends to brighten your face overall. This results in a more youthful appearance. Yet, too white can look unnatural, even ridiculous.

Areas to take into consideration when seeking a gleaming smile include:

  • Age – A naturally-white smile at age 30 and age 60 vary. Because it is normal for teeth to become duller and discolored as we age, bleaching too light creates a “fake” look.
  • Complexion – Your natural skin color and your teeth should have similar undertones. For instance, for those with pink skin undertones, the teeth should retain some blue or gray for a flattering match. Someone with olive skin is better with ivory undertones.
  • Current Shade – A Liquid Paper smile is not the goal. Bleaching teeth to the extent of extremely white doesn’t mean your smile will look better. When whitening occurs under a dentist’s supervision, the extent of whiteness that’s appropriate for you can be better controlled.

After bleaching, teeth can retain their new luster even longer by drinking water or swishing after drinking colored beverages, such as tea or coffee. Plus, drink colas and dark juices through a straw whenever possible.

Your smile can be as flattering to your appearance as your hair color. The key is to work toward a degree of whiteness that is naturally flattering and complements you as an individual.

Zoom 2 gives an exceptional white in about an hour!
Zoom 2 gives an exceptional white in about an hour!

We offer the Zoom 2 Whitening system. This is safe, causes minimal (if any) sensitivity and provides an outstanding result that has exceptional longevity. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for more information.

Take Years Off With Smile Enhancements!

At a certain age, we can’t help but notice signs of our years. Crow’s feet, sagging skin, age spots… these are typical reactions to Father Time that reveal we are, indeed, getting into more mature years. While eyelid lifts, micro-dermabrasion, injectable fillers and Botox can conceal one’s actual age, nothing reveals the truth like your smile.

In addition to teeth that discolor as we age, teeth can chip or wear down over time. Fortunately, today’s cosmetic dentistry provides exceptional options for a more youthful appearing smile. Most are completed in just one or two visits.

Teeth whitening: Dull gray, yellow or brownish teeth are often the result of age. This build up is deep within tooth enamel and cannot be brushed away. Although over-the-counter whitening systems give some degree of shade adjustment, most discoloration responds best to a professional whitening system. We use Zoom II, an effective, safe system that causes minimal sensitivity and provides dramatic, long-lasting improvement for a bright, flattering smile.

Gapped or uneven teeth: If your smile has chipped, wide-spaced teeth or uneven lengths, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your smile’s appearance. These give a highly natural appearance, even reflecting light as do natural teeth. In some cases, bonding can improve minor gaps or elongate teeth, creating an even smile line that projects a more youthful look.

Crowded, crooked teeth: As we age, crooked teeth seem to stand out more prominently, also causing the lips to appear thinner in some cases. While porcelain veneers can esthetically correct crooked teeth, severe misalignment may require braces or Invisalign. This is best for individuals who have crooked but nicely-shaped teeth. Straightening teeth that are small, short or uneven may not result in the attractive smile you ultimately want.

A smile is the most frequent aspect of your appearance that others notice when first meeting you — your ‘first impression.’ Having a bright, flattering smile tends to make people smile more often. This projects a happy, upbeat individual – an ageless, beautiful feature!

Think about your life with a terrific smile. Then call us at 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss esthetic options to create the smile you desire. Also, ask about payment plans that allow you to enjoy a more youthful smile while making easy payments that fit your budget.