open, attractive smile makes people feel accepted and confident. The
appearance of an attractive smile carries great
significance. A smile can indicate an individual's sense
of well-being. A healthy, attractive smile continues to be
an important facet of life that impacts:
relationships, personally and professional.
the first thing a person notices is our smile.
It is an important part of
the overall impression we make. If
you are unhappy with your smile, you may be sabotaging yourself by
covering your mouth with your hair or hiding your smile behind your hand,
or the worst, not smiling at all.
People who don't smile naturally,
may be seen as:
When you smile, people around you will smile
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goal is to provide
you with an experience that is positive, comforting and even relaxing (some
patients even fall asleep in our chairs).
When you enter we hope
you enjoy our office smell of vanilla. We have scented candles and
soothing music and nature sounds to relax you.
We have warm beverages like
flavored coffee, teas and hot chocolate to warm you from the chill of our
unpredictable seasonal weather. These are just some of the things we do to
offer you comfort so that you may feel closer
to being at a dental spa than a traditional dental office.
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This page is
to sharing with you the things we do to improve and pamper you and your smile.
chair massager with heat to help relax you during treatment.
Power Prophy service in which your gums will
be hydrated with jets of warm water to remove plaque with Pro-Sonic, polished with flavored
paste and finished with flavored fluoride.
Sound machine in each treatment room where
you can choose to listen to ocean, stream, rain or heart beat sounds.
We are the
You can know exactly what we are doing on a
computer screen that gives you the big picture through the use of an intra
This technique involves a plasticlike resin instead of
porcelain, and dentists perform it "freehand" in the mouth.
It's excellent for smaller work, such as fixing a chip. But,
unlike veneers, it can't be used to reshape or whiten a
broad surface. to repair
chipped, stained or worn teeth to enhance your smile in a single
visit. Many offices charge between $500.00 to $1,500 per
tooth. Our cost is between $200.00 to $400.00 a tooth.
The convenience of being able to purchase the
items you need to keep and maintain your smile such as Breath
RX, Automatic Flosser, Sonicare,
Buffing. The is a procedure
that uses a fine diamond disk or file to shave down a stain. It
cost $100.00-$300.00 in many areas. Our cost is
Crowns and Bridges
can be used to proved a stable bite and to enhance the appearance
of your smile. They are your very own "personalized
Headphones with the music of your choice.
room of your choice.
TV in comprehensive exam
When we see yellow
teeth, we subliminally think that the person is older.
supervised at home Whitening System that gives your the best at home
results using carbamide peroxide to lighten stained teeth.
Plastic trays are make for the upper and lower teeth, which you wear
for one to two hours a day for two to three weeks. This
procedure is noninvasive, affordable and painless. It can cost between
$300.00 to $500.00. Our cost between $200.00 to $300.00.
Trident Advantage gum that is actually good
for your teeth. It strengthens your teeth by boosting saliva flow to
remineralize your teeth and reduce plaque build-up.
It's the most expensive option but the
best way to improve the shape of your teeth. (One
downside: veneers may need to be replaced every 10 years
or so.) A dentist typically grinds down your tooth
enamel, then glues on a custom-made porcelain shell. To
save money, you can buy veneers for just the top six to
10 "smile zone" teeth and bond or bleach the rest. Don't
go too white or you'll end up looking like Wayne Newton,
who had a special color made so his audience could see
his mouth from the back of the concert hall. To avoid
the horse look, tell your dentist explicitly that you
don't want big teeth, and ask for "temporaries"—resin
mock-ups that mimic the smile you'll end up with.
Bleaching. A good option for people who don't
need to straighten or reshape their teeth. Peroxide
bubbles out some—but not all—stains that collect within
tooth enamel. (Ask your dentist ahead of time if
bleaching will fix a particular blemish you're concerned
about.) Typically, custom-molded bleaching trays—worn at
home for an hour a day for two weeks and can get your
teeth five to eight shades whiter.
Those in need of instant gratification
can turn to "power whitening," which takes only one hour
in the dentist's office and uses a light-activated
peroxide gel. The treatment—under brand names like Brite-Smile,
Zoom! and Rembrandt. Over-the-counter products like
Crest White strips are a
good place to start when you're trying to decide if
professional bleaching is for you. But be wary of
store-bought bleaching trays, which can make it tricky
to keep the gel spread evenly.
Before you jump into the dentist's
chair, do your homework. Not all practitioners are
equally trained in esthetic techniques, so check their
Not everyone needs an extreme
makeover," says Messina. "Small changes may make a big
DENTAL MAKEOVER SELF-TEST
September 28, 2008
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