Paisley Prescriptions - February 2018

Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist Will Make You Smile

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Cosmetic Dentistry—Science and Art
Americans are investing in their looks more than ever before. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), approximately 2.75 billion is spent annually on cosmetic dentistry. There are many reasons people seek to enhance their smile, including to look more attractive, to look younger, to increase self-esteem and confidence and to increase overall life opportunities.

Smiles are contagious, and there are health benefits associated with smiling. Smiling not only offers a mood boost, but also helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins, which provide numerous health benefits, such as reduced blood pressure, increased endurance, reduced pain, reduced stress and strengthened immune system.

Cosmetic dentistry is as much of an art as it is a science, and beauty can be created and measured using your own golden proportions. But making sure your smile looks incredible isn’t all that needs to be considered. Your smile needs to be in harmony with your natural teeth, your bite and your facial muscles. Technology such as Tekscan, a digital bite measurement that shows how much pressure is being placed on every tooth and restoration, can help insure that bite forces are balanced.

Take a Test Drive
If you are considering a smile makeover but not really sure if the outcome is worth the investment, why not “test drive” your smile?  With digital photography and digital impressions, you can see your new look before proceeding forward with treatment. A variety of dental problems can be addressed, including correcting tooth proportions, lengthening teeth, correcting rotated teeth, aligning arches and correcting crossbites. Creating a customized designed, temporary smile for you to “try on” your teeth with no shots, no drilling and no commitment is the ultimate educational tool and will have a profound impact on you making the right decision for your smile enhancement.

The Perfect SMILE
Because we want to look younger, not only can the perfect smile be achieved, but facial enhancements can also come with that perfect smile for a nonsurgical facelift appearance. As we age, our teeth begin to wear down, therefore decreasing the natural height of the lower part of our face, making our cheeks look droopy. Also as we age, we lose collagen in our face, our lips become thinner and wrinkles and lines appear.  By providing you the perfectly crafted smile and technology driven bite, the right cosmetic dentist can restore the length of your teeth and support for facial musculature, resulting in a permanent facial cosmetic improvement.  You can have that perfect smile, and look younger too!
Cosmetic Dentistry and the AACD.

It may come as a surprise that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty. Any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist, regardless of his or her experience and skill. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) was founded in 1984, and over the past three decades has matured into the world’s largest and most trusted organization for cosmetic dentistry. The AACD now includes more than 6,000 dental professionals, laboratory technicians, educators and researchers from 70 countries worldwide. The mission of AACD member dentists is to practice responsible esthetics. That means helping patients to maintain their oral health, function and appearance for a lifetime. AACD dentists believe that beauty is more than skin-deep and that cosmetic dentistry should complement the overall general and oral health of the patient.

Very few dental schools provide general education in cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, it is essential that a dentist pursue post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry to master the principles. Those dentists striving to be the best, apply for Accreditation in the AACD, testing their skill through practical examinations and real-life case presentations.

ASK QUESTIONS:

• In addition to education and hands-on training, it is important to know how many years of experience a dentist has practicing cosmetic dentistry.
• Ask the dentist how much of his or her practice is devoted to cosmetic dentistry.  
• Ask to see examples of cosmetic work completed by the dentist.  
• It all comes down to how comfortable you feel in the practice. If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist near you, try the Find a Dentist tool on the AACD website (www.AACD.com) and learn more about the difference between a general member and an accredited member.

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Dr. Angela Britt, DMD, AAACD, LVIF is owner of Dentistry by Angela Britt located at 110 Professional Center Drive, Brunswick, Ga 31525. Call: 912.264.5550. Her practice offers Tekscan and certified cosmetic dentistry.  www.angelabrittDMD.com.

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