How does dentistry have such a dramatic effect on the face? The secret to improving the shape of the … Keep Reading... about How Does Face Lift Dentistry® Work?
Surgical procedures are one tool employed by the medical field to solve health-related issues. They can range from setting broken bones to organ transplants. Sometimes they’re purely for cosmetic reasons. The mouth – specifically the jaw - isn’t immune from surgery. Before opting for jaw surgery, learn what it entails. Jaw Bones The jaw consists of two bones; the maxilla and the mandible. The maxilla – more commonly known as the upper jaw - is fixed in place. While the lower jaw – the mandible – … [Read more...] about What to Know About Jaw Surgery
Jaw alignment issues are likely much more common than you imagine. The Boston Children’s Hospital reports that severe malocclusion affects a sizable percentage of school-aged children, roughly 10 to 15 percent. For people who grew up with jaw alignment problems, many had to deal with well-intentioned but ultimately harmful advice from parents and teachers (e.g. “Don’t hold your chin like that!”). At best, that advice just puts a Band-Aid on a much more fundamental issue. At worst, that advice … [Read more...] about Why Common-Sense Cures For Irregular Bites Are Especially Harmful
“Cosmetic dentistry.” What comes to mind when you see those two words? If the first thing that pops into your head is an organization like Operation Smile, then you’re on the right path — but only beginning to skim the tip of the iceberg. While we, as a society, are becoming more and more conscious of our health, we’re also beginning to understand the importance of taking a more holistic approach to wellness — one that includes our mental, emotional and often spiritual well-being in addition … [Read more...] about The Beauty Talk Orthodontists and Dental Professionals Need to Be Having
The quality of your smile impacts multiple aspects of your life. It can lead to more confidence, higher self-esteem and a better overall quality of life. So, it should come as no surprise that people will do just about anything to attain a perfect smile. Bobby Doherty talks about this in New York Magazine. “Americans supposedly prefer a nice smile to clear skin and are willing to go to great lengths to get one, even giving up dessert (39 percent) or vacations (37 percent),” he writes. One … [Read more...] about The Cost of Veneers: Why They Might Not Save You Money in the Long Run
People from all walks of life suffer from varying medical maladies. Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Arthritis are three common disorders that, if not controlled, can greatly affect aspects of daily life. You might not realize that medical ailments can occur in your mouth as well. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders is one oral condition that can cause folks a great amount of daily discomfort. Temporomandibular Joint TMJ Disorders Disorders of the temporomandibular joint are highlighted … [Read more...] about What You Should Know About the Temporomandibular Joint
There are several factors that determine how attractive a person’s face is. Alison Pearce Stevens explains in Science News for Students that symmetry, averageness (how similar a face is to most other faces in the population) and personal preference are big contributors. But another interesting factor that you might not be aware of is jaw alignment. As it turns out, your bite has a considerable impact on the shape of your face. Normal jaw alignment creates more symmetry and better facial … [Read more...] about Bite Profiles: The Link Between Jaw Alignment and Facial Aesthetics
Facelift Dentistry® is a mouth and bite reconstruction that corrects problems or imperfections caused by the wrong jaw and bite position. By using no-prep VENLAY® Restorations, patients can have true bite correction without the need to drill down healthy teeth and with minimum discomfort. When weighing up the cost of Facelift Dentistry® you should also consider what it will cost you by not having a healthy bite and jaw position. The traditional method for a full mouth reconstruction requires … [Read more...] about Is Face Lift Dentistry® Too Expensive?
People deal with health issues daily. They can be as simple as seasonal allergies, chronic migraines, and even life-threatening as is the case with cancer. To complicate matters, sometimes one health problem can be the springboard to another, more serious matter. An underbite is one such example. Underbites A person has an underbite when the lower jaw (the mandible) overlaps the upper jaw (the maxilla) causing the upper teeth to close behind the lower teeth. Some underbites are … [Read more...] about Health Problems Related to an Underbite
A few years ago, The New York Times’ Paul Sullivan told the story of a New Yorker in her early 30s who had ground her teeth for years while sleeping. Over time a number of jaw problems emerged. Her jaw began to click when she opened and closed her mouth. So, she tried jaw surgery, but to no avail. Eventually, she developed pain in her jaw. A subsequent surgical procedure gave her nerve damage, and she lost several teeth. By the time she went in for a third surgery, she’d stopped chewing on … [Read more...] about Self-Confidence and the Emotional Weight of Severe Jaw Misalignment
Smiles happen every day. People give them, receive them, or, in most cases, a little bit of both. And while you’ll almost certainly notice a shiny set of pearly whites flashed your way, you probably won’t notice the type of bite the smiler has. Bites issues are also referred to as malocclusions. A malocclusion occurs when teeth don’t properly align according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A normal bite finds the upper teeth just slightly fitting over the bottom teeth and the … [Read more...] about Underbites and Overbites: Causes and Differences