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A great smile, it takes so little but gives so much!

                                                 Smile Anatomy                                          Smile Therapy

Dentist are the "Smile Experts"

      Go Wireless..invisible braces with Invisalign

We can create smiles to last a lifetime.

     Until recently if you did not like your smile there were not many options to change it.  Today there are dental procedures that are works of art, hand crafted and designed to look natural.     
Smile Enhancing Procedure Are Your Teeth A Candidate? Length Of Time Needed For Completion: Additional Information:
Whitening Supervised Safely lightens the color of teeth due to darkening from age, coffee, tea or smoking
Removes discoloration of teeth
2-3 weeks up to 6 months Dentist determines if patient is a candidate for bleaching

Patient needs to be custom fitted for mouthguard for at-home procedure 

Results can last 1-3 years


Correct crooked, crowded teeth, overbites or under bites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints 18-20 months, depending on procedure The more complicated spacing or problem, the longer the period of treatment

A retainer must be worn following braces

Bridges Replaces one or more natural missing teeth by cementing a false tooth (a pontic) fused between two crowns onto the surrounding teeth 2-4 visits Impression of the teeth

It might take longer than 4 weeks in order to get a natural shade match of teeth


White fillings (composite Resin)


Restore decayed area with natural colored composite resin to look identical to actual teeth l visit Depending  on location and size of cavity, it will take at least an half hour or longer
Crowns Covers or "caps" broken, cracked, badly shaped or severely discolored teeth to restore it's normal shape and size 2 visits Impression of tooth 
Bonding Used for slightly discolored teeth and those in need of reshaping
Fill in gaps
Change color of teeth
1-3 office visits
Procedure same as veneers, but a composite resin is used instead of porcelain
Lasts several years
Enamel Reshaping Correct crooked, chipped, cracked teeth 1 visit Ideal for candidates with normal healthy teeth yet in need of subtle changes in smile
Veneers Used to mask discoloration and/or change shape of teeth improve the smile 2-3 visits Three appointments are needed: diagnosis, preparation, bonding

Tooth surface is reduced slightly

Ultra thin shells of ceramic material are bonded to front teeth   *


 Invisible braces by Invisalign
Invisalign can provide with you with a beautiful smile.

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American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed:

bulletOver 92% of the adults surveyed believed an attractive smile is an important asset

Six Beauty Moves for a Superstar Smile

The average woman smiles about 62 times a day!
A man?  Only 8!
Kida laugh around 400 times a day.
Grown-ups just 15:-(
Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker faced peers.

  1. Relax- a real smile reveals facial muscles all pointing upward from your jaw right up to your eyebrows, mouth is often open and your eyes are crinkly :-)  

  2. Plump lips-lay off the lip pencil, it looks fake.  Just trace a clear, shimmer highlighter pencil above the cupid's bow on your upper lip, the reflection makes it look fuller or try a mouth moisturizer.  Well-hydrated lips look fuller.

  3. Brighten your teeth in seconds-try a lipstick in true reds, avoid coral or orangey shades...they bring out the yellow.

  4. Go white...just not too, too white-refrigerator white teeth are out...instead go for a softer, more translucent shade.  Bring a photo of a person whose teeth you admire with you to the dentist office.  

  5. Sparkle up your eyes-Smear a little shimmer cream under your brows and down onto the center of you lids, every time you blink your eyes will sparkle and get plenty of rest.

  6. will do your body good. 30 minutes of a hearty laugh, your white blood cell count shoots up by 25%, strengthening your disease fighting powers.

The first thing we notice about others are their eyes and the second thing we notice is their SMILE.

bullet88% said they always remember someone with an especially attractive smile
bullet85% agree that an unattractive smile makes a person less appealing to people of the opposite sex
bullet74% agree than an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success

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New Study On the Affect of a Nice Smile

Smile Is Worth More Than Anything

The British Dental Health Foundation  has backed research that says smiling can give more pleasure than sex or chocolate but added that people need to keep their smile looking its best for maximum effect.

The BDHF was commenting after scientists revealed that a smile gives the same level of stimulation as eating 2,000 chocolate bars or receiving 16,000 in cash.

The clinical tests, carried out on volunteers in Scotland, measured brain and heart activity as participants were shown pictures of people smiling and given money and chocolate.

Seeing a smile creates what is termed as a `halo' effect, helping us to remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive and more motivated. We have long been drawing attention to the fact that smiling increases happiness both in yourself and those around you, so it is good to receive the backing of this scientific research.

A healthy smile can improve your confidence, help you make friends and help you to succeed in your career, so you need to keep it looking its best. Hopefully this research will get more people thinking about their oral health.'

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Making A First Impression

      Researchers have shown that we make snap judgments about a person's social and intellectual abilities, just by the appearance of their teeth. 

bullet The participants associated the presence of decayed and discolored teeth with lower levels of social and intellectual competence, and with poorer psychological adjustment
bullet They judged the male subjects with no apparent dental disease to be more socially competent, to show greater intellectual achievement and to be better psychologically adjusted

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  Virtually all Americans (99.7%) believe:

bulletA smile is an important social asset. 
bullet96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. 
bulletThree-quarters (74%) of adults feels an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success. 
bulletWhat is the first thing you notice in a person's smile?: 
bulletWhiteness & Color of Teeth 
bulletCleanliness of Teeth 
bulletSincerity of Smile 
bulletMissing Teeth 
bulletSparkle of Smile 
bulletWhat types of things do you consider make a smile unattractive?
bulletDiscolored, Yellow, or Stained Teeth 
bulletMissing Teeth 
bulletCrooked Teeth 
bulletDecaying Teeth
bulletGaps & Spaces in Teeth 
bulletDirty Teeth 
bulletWhat would you most like to improve about your smile?
bulletWhiter & Brighter Teeth 

All stats are based upon a 2004 scientific poll of the American public. AACD stats Cosmetic Dentistry Consumer Stats In a recent independent study conducted on behalf of the AACD,

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The appearance of our teeth can say allot about ourselves to others:

It happens in a flash, but creates memories that can last a lifetime.

Its value is priceless, but only when shared with others.

It brightens the lives of all who receive it,
 while enriching those who give it away.....

A great smile, so much



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*Compliments From DentalNotes Summer 2000
AGD Fact Sheet AGD Impact March 202 pg 21

  'Dr Jonathon Timothy Newton, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Guys, Kings and St Thomas' Dental Institute and Professor Peter G Robinson,  Department of Dental Public Health, Sheffield Dental School. June 2002

September 29, 2008

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