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Beyond the Smile: Cosmetic Dentistry & Self-Esteem

In Cosmetic Dentistry on January 12, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Now that we’ve settled into 2012 without a sun spot induced radiation storm or a cataclysmic world-ending cosmic event, let’s get back to what’s important…taking care of ourselves.

In this age of total health and wellness, sometimes vanity wins out over practicality.

Sure, it’s nice to show off that anchor person smile and get compliments about how nice our teeth look, but the benefits of cosmetic dentistry go so much deeper.

We’d like to take this opportunity to showcase a touchingly genuine cosmetic dental patient video recently published from Dr. Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. – a practicing New York City cosmetic dentist and weekly contributor at the Huffington Post.

Congratulations on your new smile Johanna, you look great!

No matter if it’s a full mouth reconstruction or a complete smile makeover, there is just as much function following form when it comes to cosmetic dentistry and the health of our teeth & gums…at least there should be.

Do you know a dentist – or dental practice – that deserves a little social dental love

Why not post a quick word to their Facebook wall, or ‘Share‘ & ‘Recommend‘ them to friends & family?

How do you leave the dentist – uncomfortable and in pain, or happy to show off your smile?

Why is Charlie Sheen’s Dentist #Winning?

In Dental Humor - Oxymoron? on January 10, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Despite the overdose of all things Charlie Sheen in 2011, we’d like to take this opportunity to commend the much-maligned thespian (depending on your view of much-maligned) for tackling some nagging dental health issues in 2012.

According to some recent tabloid TV-slash-world-wide-webternet-gossip-giants – &, seems Mr. Sheen reached out to long-time dental connection, Dr. Kevin Sands – also known as the “Dentist to the Stars.”

From this photo here, we can no longer see the formerly missing molar…or was it an incisor? 

Why is Charlie Sheen's Dentist Winning
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A gap toothed smile is no way to land your next TV role, endorsement deal, or any kind of gainful employment!

Key Takeaways

Form follows function with a missing tooth and cosmetic dentistry.

Maybe we’re all not so lucky to have a dentist to the stars on speed dial, but we could all be so lucky as to have a dentist that cares enough the share the important dental health news more than the two times per year we’re actually sitting in their chair.

So the next time your dentist cares enough to send a postcard or text message, or even a friend request on Facebook, don’t be so quick to dismiss the opportunity to save money on regular dental care, and/or cosmetic dentistry elective services.

And give your dentist some social dental street cred; subscribe to their blog, leave them a review online, post a message to their Facebook wall, follow them on Twitter…you never know, it could mean reduced dental health costs in your near future.

Don’t let the dental paparazzi catch you with a less than stellar smile!

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, 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..