Cosmetic dentistry should not just be about white fillings in teeth.
The first person one thinks about when talking about improving ones’ looks is the plastic surgeon. And while they really do offer some wonderful options, most people fail to look at other options. A dentist who is well trained and experienced in the combination of Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry can also achieve amazing “facelift like” results without surgery. While it is great to have nice skin, it is just as important to have a nice smile and a proportional lower 1/3 of the face. Cosmetic dentistry should not just be about white fillings in teeth.
For most dentists who say they do cosmetic dentistry, that is just what they do. That’s O.K. if all the other parts of your face are in balance. But my personal philosophy is that Cosmetic Dentistry is about creating or restoring the harmonious balance between the size, shape and color of the teeth with facial features and facial profile. It takes into consideration your bite position, the muscles of your face, and the proportion of the components of your face. A bite position that is placed in a neuromuscular relaxed position has many benefits. This usually results in a facial profile where the upper, middle, and lower 1/3 of the face are in proportion and balanced, a much more pleasing and natural look. It helps minimize wrinkles around the mouth. Teeth that are the correct color and shape help restore a more youthful “vibrant” appearance. Another benefit is that a bite restored to a more muscle balanced position reduces muscle tension and strain in the face. It helps improve headaches, neck pain, and jaw pain.
So what I consider real cosmetic dentistry is not just about looking good, it is also about feeling good. Both go hand in hand in improving and preserving our quality of life as we get older.