The field of cosmetic dentistry is quickly evolving beyond just a pretty smile as we all look for the next big thing. For a long time dentistry has focused on either cosmetic treatments like veneers or health treatments like crowns, fillings, and bite corrections, but the two were never put together into one cohesive philosophy. It was almost as if you had to choose between a beautiful smile or a healthy bite.
Finally Dr. Sam Muslin in Los Angeles, CA introduced a new and encompassing approach to field of dentistry, which forever changed the expectations for the consumer, called the Face Lift Dentistry® procedure, which could also be referred to as the best cosmetic dentistry option.
With life expectancy increasing every year it is important to choose dental procedures that keep you looking and feeling great for years to come. It is no longer good enough to focus purely on cosmetic procedures like veneers and smile dentistry because most of this type of treatment involves grinding down your healthy teeth..
This procedure unites smile dentistry, bite correction dentistry, and non-surgical jaw repositioning into one treatment. By merging all of these disciplines into one science, the aesthetic and health results that can be achieved are unprecedented. The best cosmetic dentistry bar is permanently raised, as we discover that we can have the smile we always wanted while idealizing our bite and jaw position at the same time.
He is a severe tooth grinder even at a young age leaving his teeth uneven and worn down. A set of veneers will do nothing to help his bad bite, which is encouraging his tooth grinding habit. He chose Face Lift Dentistry® to correct his bite and create a more comfortable jaw position.
It is about time that a dentist finally looked beyond smile dentistry and oral health to develop one procedure that optimizes both. The days of paying a fortune for a beautiful smile that does nothing to improve your health and bite are gone. The Face Lift Dentistry® treatment cosmetically accomplishes more for your smile than just veneers while at the same time idealizing your bite and jaw position. Your entire face can be improved without even smiling while years of tooth wear, old dentistry, and TMJ symptoms are reversed.
The Face Lift Dentistry® procedure is the first non-invasive dental treatment that corrects the problem of a bad bite and jaw position while creating a phenomenal smile. So the next question becomes how do you know if you have a bad bite or jaw position? For some of us the symptoms are extremely obvious such as jaw pain, TMJ problems, muscle fatigue or tightness, trouble chewing, and headaches. An overbite, underbite, open bite or cross bite, are also conditions that are not ideal. For others the signs are there but we are unaware or in denial about the problem. Have you ever been told by a dentists that you clench or grind your teeth? If so do you have a hard time believing that you are a grinder or are you just not concerned about the problem?
Take a look at the photo below on the left hand side. Notice how his front teeth are flat and look sawed off. Do you see how his lower teeth are taller where his upper teeth are shorter and how they look like they fit together? This is because he has sculptured his teeth this way by grinding and clenching at night. Even though he is young the damage is already significant. Your wear patterns may be different and not as severe but it is important to realize the problem and address it sooner rather than later.
He did not choose veneers because he knew he had to address his grinding problem if he wanted the results to last. Instead he chose non-invasive Face Lift Dentistry® to idealize and correct his bite so that his smile could be better than ever.
At first he considered getting veneers on his front teeth to hide the grinding damage that he is doing. Unfortunately the veneers would be primarily a cosmetic solution and they would not correct his bite problem. Without correcting his bite he would likely break the veneers or grind them back down to a similar state that his natural teeth are in today. This is a mistake that so many people make when they focus on using veneers to change the aesthetic problem without understanding why their teeth look that way in the first place. Masking the cosmetic problem by veneering front teeth will not resolve the technical problem of a bad bite. Too often people veneer their teeth only to find the veneers breaking and chipping in a short period of time, which could be caused by your unaddressed bite issues.
In order to correct your bite your rear teeth need to be involved in the overall design. It is important to have rear teeth that are the height and shape that allows your bite to function in a healthy way. The most ideal bite is one where all of your teeth work together to create balance and support for your TMJ and face. Unfortunately very few of us had an ideal bite from the start and then after just a little grinding and wear it becomes dysfunctional. Because your teeth all came in at different times it is no surprise that the end result is not well planned. Only when your bite is redesigned for your specific anatomy will it stand the test of time and help you look your best.
While he is young, he is already starting to exhibit the look of an older person by showing too much of his lower teeth when he talks. In short, older people show mostly lower teeth when they talk and younger people show mostly upper teeth.
He is already showing too much of his lower teeth because his upper teeth are worn down and they were probably not an ideal length from the start. The only way to look younger is to have the physical attributes of a younger person. Showing too much of your lower teeth is a dead giveaway as to your age. If you are young and already experiencing this type of premature aging then the Face Lift Dentistry® procedure might be the anti-aging solution for you.
While his upper teeth still show, his lower teeth are becoming far too prevalent and this is aging his face. He needed all of his upper teeth lengthened to reverse the grinding damage and to keep him looking young for years to come.
One of the best features of the Face Lift Dentistry® treatment is that it is non-invasive. This means that none of your healthy teeth are ground down. Without any grinding there is no pain and your healthy teeth have not been compromised. Just because you may exhibit extensive grinding wear does not mean that what is left of your teeth is not good. There is no reason to grind down this patients healthy teeth anymore than he already had done on his own. All of his Face Lift Dentistry® treatment was put in without any pain or shots because his healthy teeth were left in tact.
As most people are familiar with a typical full mouth reconstruction you know that the teeth are usually ground down to stumps in order to place crowns. Face Lift Dentistry® does just the opposite by using the VENLAY® method so that healthy teeth are not ground down. VENLAY® method create a more ideal bite position while also cosmetically giving the tooth the color and shape that is desired. Dr. Sam Muslin invented the VENLAY® method many years ago as a way to avoid damaging healthy teeth while creating an ideal bite and jaw position for his patients. He knew that the downsides and risks to grinding teeth down had to be avoided at all cost despite the fact that it made the bonding side of the task infinitely more complex.
When a dentist places a crown, filling, veneer, or VENLAY® onto your tooth it is only as good as the bond that holds the two together. The most beautiful porcelain veneer in the world will never last unless it is bonded perfectly to your natural tooth. Have you have ever heard someone say that their crown fell off or that their crown was leaking underneath? Even worse have you heard of those nightmare stories where someone gets a smile makeover only to the have the veneers falling off left and right? These problems could be because of less than ideal bonding.
Along with the development of VENLAY® technology Dr. Sam Muslin invented his own bonding system to assure as good a bond as possible. With over 30 years of bonding experience he combines multiple products and techniques into one super bonding method. He has proven that with perfect execution, state of the art chemistry, and active thinking, in many cases his bonding technique can last more than twice as long as the industry standard. According to Dr. Muslin the only way to maintain the consistent results that he has shown is to never take short cuts or cut corners
There is nothing better than having the peace of mind that your new smile and healthy bite will last. Yes it is possible to break part of your porcelain or wear it down just like you would your natural tooth but risks are minimized with state of the art planning, execution, and materials. Whether you are young and already showing the signs of a bad bite or older and looking for anti-aging dentistry, it is really never too soon to idealize your bite and jaw position with Face Lift Dentistry®.
Be sure to explore several patients in the gallery as every person featured has different issues and goals that you might find interesting. All of these patients are Dr. Muslin’s patients and none of the photos have been touched up to altered in any way. If you are ready to schedule your consultation exam for the best cosmetic dentistry possible, give our office a call at 310-829-6796 or Contact Us online.