The Grin Lift and the The Dental Face Lift ® are two procedures to help patient’s look and feel better about themselves. Both procedures have value and benefit the patient in different ways. Some patients may even want both procedures.
The Grin Lift
The goal is to reduce the drooping from the corners of the mouth by surgically cutting away the excess soft tissue that causes the mouth to droop. This procedure has value and is less expensive than the The Dental Face Lift ® treatment however the results are entirely different.
With the Grin Lift, there is a permanent scar that in this case actually forms a crease or fold in the corners of her mouth. The scar also makes the mouth look wider. The patient may need to have the surgery done twice to minimize the scaring and the treatment helps those patients that have a grumpy look when they are not smiling. Many older patients develop the grumpy look because of bite and facial collapse. The patients actually have the “sunken” face look.
The Dental Face Lift ® Treatment
The The Dental Face Lift ® has a significant health component because it treats the source of the problem for patients that have the grumpy look.
The reason that there is excess soft tissue at the corners of the mouth is due to bite wear, teeth wear and the gradual shortening of the face. As the face gets shorter and more round, the chin looks smaller and the bite gets deeper. The purpose of this treatment is to lengthen the face and support the lips in order to remove the grumpy look. No soft tissue surgery is required. The Grin Lift changes the corners of the mouth whereas the Dental Face Lift ® treatment improves the entire face, the smile, the lips and the bite.
The Grin Lift vs the Dental Face Lift ®
The Grin Lift doesn’t change the smile but it does improve the corners of the patient’s mouth when the patient is not smiling. The reality is that some patients that do not care about their teeth, their smile or their bite would find the Grin Lift beneficial. For those patients that want an improved bite, possible jaw pain relief, facial support and facial optimization, the Dental Face Lift ® treatment would be a good choice.
The patient with the Grin Lift would benefit significantly from cosmetic dentistry because of the patient’s bite, smile and tooth color. The patient that received The Dental Face Lift ® treatment received improved tooth color, smile, TMJ pain relief and facial lengthening.
The most significant differences between the two procedures are as follows:
- The Grin Lift is much less expensive.
- The Dental Face Lift ® treatment benefits the patient’s health and appearance.
- The Grin Lift only benefits the patient’s appearance when the patient is not smiling.
- The Dental Face Lift ® treatment benefits the patient when they are smiling and when they are not smiling.
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