Beyond Cosmetic Dentistry
Face Lift Dentistry ® goes beyond Cosmetic Dentistry because it handles health and jaw function components in addition to achieving cosmetic results vastly superior than just porcelain veneers or teeth whitening in most patients.
The concept behind Face Lift Dentistry ® and its “beyond cosmetic dentistry” concept is that the entire bite of the patient is completely restored. Only the teeth are treated. No jaw surgery, no down time from work. A completely restored bite allows the patient more comfort, clearer speech and increased facial height.
The big questions are why do we look older? How can we reverse years of aging off of our faces? My lips are thin can they be fuller? My speech is not as clear as it used to be could it be improved? How can I look younger and have it look completely natural? Where did no upper teeth go, I can hardly see them anymore when I talk?
Face Lift Dentistry ® answers all of those questions and more for some people. The key is that all of us have unique characteristics. The treatment must be customized to everyone’s individual characteristics. It takes many years of training by the dentist to be able to achieve reasonable results considering all of the variables between people.
We look older because of our bite. Our teeth are wearing down and causing our faces to shorten. When our faces shorten, our lips are pushed together making our lips look thin. Thin lips make us look like they are mad even though we are not upset at all. Thin lips can be made into thicker, fuller lips with teeth supporting the lips from behind. The dentist can actually make lips almost permanently fuller and thicker looking by only working on the teeth. The patient’s teeth do not have to be ground down. The teeth can be totally preserved yet have longer and whiter looking teeth that support the face.
The bite is a functional component of our facial features and smile and when the teeth do not fit together properly, our jaw goes into a less than optimal position. We continue to clench and grind our teeth and the jaw position worsens. The bite on the patient deepens, the teeth get shorter and shorter, the face begins to shorten, the lips get pressed together, we get facial wrinkles around our mouth and we obviously look our age. Sometimes the patient’s get headaches and jaw soreness or pain. The bite dictates the position of your jaw.
When the bite is lengthened again, the jaw is functionally in a better position, the lips are supported and the speech is clear, we have completely revitalized the entire face. We look and feel younger and it looks natural. The patient looks a lot better but most people cannot tell why? It looks very natural if the dentist was able to construct a functioning balanced bite and teeth that are in harmony with the face.
The health component is the biggest benefit to “face lift dentistry” ® because the patient’s health is dramatically improved in most cases. All of the old, decaying dental work is removed at one time. All of the old crowns, old fillings and old dental work is removed, all decay cleaned, of the teeth are disinfected and new, matching porcelain crowns, fillings and veneers are placed. For the first time in their life the patient has matching teeth with no decay.
The entire health of the patient is improved because they are no longer swallowing bacteria that were growing under the old dental work. Keep in mind that the dentist cannot see under the old crown, it is only speculation that it is OK. Many times when a old crown that looks OK form the outside, is completely infected on the inside. By removing all of it, there are no bad guesses.
Face Lift Dentistry ® removes all decay and all conflicting metals in an older patient’s mouth. Younger people that do not have this problem can still have this level of care because their natural teeth do not have to be drilled at all to have their bite corrected with porcelain.
With maximum dental health, the functionally best jaw position possible and the ultimate tooth color, three dimensional shaping and facial support, the Dental Face Lift ® will be achieved for each patient.
Non-Surgical Mouth Reconstruction and Facelift Dentistry, Santa Monica, CA