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What’ll it Be, Smile Makeover or Harmonious Symmetry…ask Kate Middleton

In Dental Celebrities on November 29, 2011 at 7:40 AM

According to recent reports from across the pond, Kate Middleton underwent some cutting edge cosmetic dentistry to shape up her sassy royal smile.

It has widely been clamored about in the tabloids from Beverley Hills to Buckingham Palace, how the Duchess of Cambridge discreetly managed to tweak her smile without having exposed the dentist responsible for the glimmering teeth transformation.

But instead of opting for the total white bright anchor-person chicklet smile, the Duchess favored a more realistic and natural approach.

Supposedly, the Queen-to-be in question owes all the credit to a French dentist who specializes in an area of cosmetic dentistry he coins, “harmonious symmetry.”

What'll it Be, Smile Makeover or Harmonious Symmetry...ask Kate Middleton

Photo Credit: Getty Images Archive, The Telegraph

That just sounds nice, doesn’t it – harmonious symmetry?

“What’ll it be today Mrs. Haversham, harmonious symmetry or porcelain veneers?”

We can just hear it now, sit down in our dentists’ chair, and it’s;

“What if we could give your smile the harmoniously balanced symmetry of say a Kate Middleton, is that something in which you might be interested?”

“We also have the George Hamilton whitening package available, it’s a sharply contrasting treatment regime of around the clock tanning and super enhanced laser teeth whitening designed to make your smile pop and your skin wrinkle…”

Aside from having a way with words, the Duchess’ cosmetic dental work was reportedly carried out by Didier Fillion, a London-based dental surgeon.

According to the article on CalgaryHerald.com, his close friend and colleague Bernard Touati has said Dr. Fillion’s work on the Duchess involved “micro-rotations” of her teeth to create an improved, but still natural look.

Touati said: “They aren’t absolutely aligned. In the United States, they want teeth that are symmetrical, monochromatic, artificial.

“He (Fillion) did some little micro-rotations on Kate Middleton so that it looks like a natural, healthy smile, but not artificial.”

We’re guessing the dentist’s friend is helping get the word out on harmonious symmetry, as Dr. Fillion is probably restricted by patient confidentiality. But who knows, we’re not solicitors, or attorneys either for that matter.

There are plenty of options available to us as dental patients when it comes to teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, or complete full mouth reconstruction. And we don’t have to sell the royal jewels to shape up our smiles, as procedures vary so do costs.

Our best bet is to talk to our dentists, ask them what’s best for us, how we can pay for an afordable smile solution, and how drastic the effects may be,  and together reach a workable cosmetic smile improvement regimen!

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So which side of the cosmetic dentistry debate do you favor?

Will it be harmonious symmetry of balanced imperfection, or the clean sleek lines of a traditionally American cosmetic smile makeover?

Are we still talking about dentistry..


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John Lennon’s Rotten Molar Fetched $31,000!

In Dental Celebrities on November 8, 2011 at 4:30 AM

For the past month or so the dental social-centric newswire has been buzzing with the news of the Beatle’s front man’s nasty gnarly discolored tooth.

Yes, one of John Lennon’s teeth was up for sale at auction.

Pre-auction predictions and posturing were abundant, rumors flew, and what was forecasted as a $16,000 ceiling for the dingy damaged tooth, eventually turned out to be a $31,000 final sale.

This past Saturday in England, Omega Auction House successfully sold the decrepit piece of dental history to…a dentist in Canada.

It figures!

John Lennon's Rotten Molar Fetched $31,000!
Image Courtesy of Omega Auction House

As the BBC explained, the story about the former tooth trauma goes like this:

The tooth was given to the former Beatles’ house keeper Dot Jarlett when she worked for him at Kenwood mansion in Surrey in the late 1960s.

He told her to give it her daughter “as a souvenir” after he had pulled it out in the kitchen of the Weybridge property.

Dot’s son Barry Jarlett said: “He was in the kitchen and he had this tooth which he had wrapped in a piece of paper.

“He said: ‘Dot will you dispose of this’ and then he said: ‘Or, as your daughter’s a Beatles fan, you can give to her as a souvenir’.

“It is something that we felt was very personal and my mum actually gave it to my sister who has kept it safe.”

It comes with an affidavit signed by Mrs. Jarlett who has previously sold items including the jacket worn by John Lennon on the Rubber Soul album.

“He was very generous to my mother,” Mr. Jarlett said.

“He treated her like family because he didn’t really have a very big family and he really looked after my mum. He used to call her Aunty Dot.”

Imagine what that tooth is going to be worth in another 40 years…

What historical person do you think has the most famous teeth?

Sources:

BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-15357068

RollingStone.com – $16,000 ceiling for the dingy damaged tooth

 

 

 

What Lindsay Lohan’s Visit to the Dentist Can Teach Us

In Dental Celebrities on October 18, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Have you seen Lindsay Lohan’s new teeth?

How embarrassing it must be to have your sappy, somewhat discolored smile, splattered across the tabloid headlines from here to Timbuktu.

With the speed at which information (read: gossip) travels these days, we all could have witnessed this Hollywood transformation in real-time.

We all could have eye spied Lindsay’s brighter, whiter smile come streaming across the screen of our mobile phones even before she was frantically hitting the ‘close door’ button on the elevator, in attempt to evade the paparazzi outside her dental office .

No matter your perceived presupposition toward the subjects in discussion, one Ms. Lindsay Lohan & dental hygiene; that kind of publicity is difficult to swallow, even despite the accompanying positive PR spin opportunities available.

Just think how Lindsay’s recent foray across the tabloids and dental blogs could actually do some good this October by advancing dental hygiene awareness!

With just one astutely timed, strategically hashtagged tweet, Lindsay could let all her followers know how good her dentist is with visual before and after proof!

lindsay_lohan_teeth

Photo Courtesy of HollywoodLife.com

Lindsay – or her various stable of proxies could refute all the piling on so intrinsic with Hollywood and the media in general, by educating the rest of us on just how dangerous smoking cigarettes combined with poor oral health habits can be.

Lindsay could even get some social local dental-centric sharing started by letting all her Facebook fans know the truth…

Taking care of our teeth and gums need not be expensive, inconvenient, or uncomfortable!

Even with all the dental pain management procedures now making a root canal feel like a walk in the park, not adhering to a simple daily hygiene regimen will guarantee us pain in the future… to our wallets!

Here are some more daily hygiene tips, courtesy of KnowYourTeeth.com & The Academy of General Dentistry: 

Hygiene tips for a stellar smile:

  • Brush with the radio on – dentists recommend brushing for the entire length of a song.
  • Use fluoridated, antimicrobial toothpastes and mouth rinses. They help to make the tooth structure resistant to decay.
  • Keep oral hygiene products at work. Studies show that the chance of a person using them during the day will increase 65 percent.
  • Talk to your dentist about new products you’re using, as all products are not suited for all people.
  • Skip the caffeine. Avoiding caffeine before a dental appointment can make you less anxious.
  • Communicate. Use hand signals to inform the dentist that you are uncomfortable, and talk to your dentist about your specific fears.