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For many adults, braces or orthodontics have just not been an option. They do not want to invest the time and effort to make their teeth straight. For those that do want to correct their occlusion,  it is a worthwhile investment. Orthodontics is a great way to fix bite issues as well as some cosmetic issues. However, if you do not have any bite issues and are looking for a fresh start with a new smile, instant orthodontics may be the answer for you.

How Does Instant Orthodontics Work?

Instant orthodontics is achieved using multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures in a fairly short time to give you the white, bright, straight smile you desire. Depending upon how extreme your smile issues are to begin with, instant orthodontics can range from 2-3 visits to 2-3x times that number. Let’s take a look at some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures involved in instant orthodontics:

-Porcelain Veneers. This is a hallmark procedure in cosmetic dentistry for an instant orthodontics case. Porcelain veneers are a custom made thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the existing teeth (after a small amount of preparation to the teeth). Once in place you have a long lasting durable dental restoration that can change color, shape, and size of your teeth. These are generally used on the top front teeth and  sometimes, bottom front teeth. Porcelain veneers work best in cases where minor changes need to be made in alignment, shape and color of teeth. Preliminary models of the teeth should be made to assess whether veneers can correct issues properly. If after diagnostic workup, it is found that the issues are too severe, a different method of correction will be necessary. So, porcelain veneers are ideal in cases where there is a limited amount of misalignment of teeth and/or the patient’s desire is to not only bring them back in line but also to change the color and shape of their teeth.

-Porcelain and Zirconia Crowns. These types of crowns are the most cosmetic offered in dentistry today. They are made from modern dental porcelains that range in strength and esthetics. If done properly, no one should ever be able to tell a porcelain crown from natural tooth. Modern porcelains possesses strength, color properties, and light reflection properties that very closely mimic our natural teeth. Porcelain crowns can be used to change bite alignment issues as well as change alignment of front teeth which are more extreme such as those issues that porcelain veneers alone cannot fix. More natural tooth structure needs to be removed in preparing a porcelain crown vs a porcelain veneer.

-Dental Bonding. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can be useful when closing a gap between teeth, changing a surface imperfection, or altering tooth shape. Dental bonding is much less expensive in the short term, but can change color,(stain), and chip requiring frequent replacement. Porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers do not change color and are more resistant to fracture. That said, dental bonding does a great job in closing gaps on teeth as well as changing the size, shape and color of one or more teeth much in the same circumstances diagnostically as veneers.

Why Choose Instant Orthodontics Over Traditional Orthodontics?

While traditional orthodontics has a necessary and important place in dentistry. Traditional orthodontic movement of teeth into correct anatomical position is the generally the more conservative approach due to the fact that the teeth do not require alteration to their anatomy. Many adult patients choose instant orthodontics over traditional orthodontics for the following reasons:

-Time. Traditional orthodontics can take a year or longer to achieve the results you are looking for. Orthodontics will not whiten teeth or change color or tooth shape.

-Periodontal disease. This needs to be under control prior to any type of dental work of this magnitude. Traditional orthodontics can make a situation where there is bone loss present even worse as the teeth move. Teeth moving into place may cause increased bone loss, tooth looseness, root resorption, and gum tissue recession.

-Tooth Decay/Old restorations present. When there is tooth decay present or an older dental restoration (such as a crown or previous dental bonding) that needs replacing, it may actually be easier and more cost efficient for the patient to get new dental restorations and re align the teeth in that manner.

-Bite Reclamation. Over time, our teeth wear (this is especially true for those who grind their teeth). This wear can cause a loss in what is called vertical dimension, collapsing our bites. A good cosmetic dentist can not only make your new restorations look perfect but they can also add the extra function of restoring that lost vertical height. This will give the effect of smoothing out the skin and wrinkles around the mouth thus giving you a more youthful appearance. Instant orthodontics can not fix loss of tooth structure.

Instant Orthodontics Conclusion

Instant orthodontics is not for everyone. For those who are unhappy with their smile and looking for more than just teeth whitening it could be just the answer for their needs. If traditional orthodontics is not feasible for you, instant orthodontics may be a great option. You can expect your smile to look great in just a few weeks,  but be aware, over time some of those restorations may need to be redone if they break or tooth decay becomes an issue. Remember, dental hygiene is the foundation of any cosmetic dentistry work. If you wish any restoration to last, you must brush, floss, rinse, and see your dentist regularly for examinations and professional cleanings.

Laughter generally makes us and those around us feel good. There are plenty of old quotes linking laughter with medicine but the most famous one has to be…

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Laughter Can Be The Best Medicine!

“Laughter Is The Best Medicine”

Everybody loves a good hearty laugh that comes from deep within. Laughing can also be contagious with those around us. In this case contagious is a good thing! Did you know, that laughter actually does have positive effects on our bodies health? The following are some of the positive effects that laughter may have:

1. Relaxation Aid. A good laugh is able to relieve physical and emotional tension/stress while relaxing tense or tired muscles. Research has shown that a good laugh can keep our muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

2. Immune System Booster. Laughter has the ability to reduce the levels of stress hormones (cortisol, dopac, epinephrine, and growth hormone) in the body. By lowering these stress hormones, it gives your immune system and antibodies a boost by improving your ability to resist disease and improve our bodies resiliency to diseases. Research has shown that 10-15 minutes of laughter burns almost 50 calories. This physical activity also results in an increase in movement of lymphatic fluids which helps the immune system to more effectively clear cellular waste. Laughter also results in an increase in blood oxygen content and circulation which may help to inhibit the growth of parasites, bacteria, and cancer cells.

3. Well being.  Simply…Laughter makes us feel good. The response by the body to laughter is the release of endorphins. When there is an increased release of endorphins in the body, we are overcome with a sense of joy and well being. Endorphin release has also been shown to reduce and relieve pain for a short time period. Laughter activates the mesolimbic reward pathway in the brain, the same pleasure area of the brain that is utilized by cocaine, other addicting substances, and  rewarding activities.

4. Heart Guard. Laughter causes a response by the body that can dilate blood vessels. These dilated blood vessels will cause an increase in blood flow and allow for improved function of the heart. Anecdotal research shows those who laugh more tend to fare better against heart attacks, cardiovascular (heart) disease, and other heart Laughter Marielaina Perrone DDSissues.

5. Social Benefits. Is there anything better than laughing with friends? Not just a simple chuckle but the type where tears are rolling down our eyes. That type of laugh comes from deep within. Psychologists have shown that people who smile and laugh more attract more friends than those who do not. Laughter can also remove the element of conflict and can strengthen relationships. Studies have shown that  laughter is 30 times more likely to occur if you are with others than when alone.

Conclusion

Laughter has many benefits but there are many people who do not laugh fully because they lack confidence in their smile. It could be due to a smile that is missing teeth, not as white as they may wish, or it could be due to crooked teeth. We should never be ashamed of a good smile or a good laugh especially amongst friends. If you are self confident about your smile, visit your dentist and see if it can be fixed. You deserve to feel more self confident and enjoy the benefits of smiling and laughing.

There is a new weapon in the arsenal of the cosmetic dentist. That weapon is the Snap-On Smile. This a quick and easy way to get that Hollywood smile makeover you alSnap-on smileways dreamed of but were afraid or unable to have the work done. Snap-On Smile is a great cosmetic solution without the typical associated expenses.  It is a painless and simple way to beautify your smile. The end results can be as temporary or permanent as you desire. It is a totally reversible procedure.

There is no need for anesthesia, no need for drilling and no need for adhesives. The dental appliance can be worn when eating and drinking and is a great solution for those that have stained, chipped, crooked or missing teeth. The Snap-on Smile is ideal for patients seeking a non invasive, reversible and affordable approach to cosmetic dentistry. Patients see an immediate boost in confidence and self-esteem. Patients are impressed with how natural their Snap-On Smile looks and feels.They are amazed that such a cosmetic result can occur iSnap-on smilen such a short time. The custom made Snap-On Smile is fabricated in as little as 2-3 weeks.

Snap-On Smile can be used as an aesthetic temporary for implant restorations, as cosmetic removable partial dentures, and even as a long term enhancement of your smile. Snap-On Smile is created from a patented, super thin dental resin that is custom fabricated to create an attractive, aesthetic smile. It can be used to cover both upper and lower teeth.  The easy process required for Snap-On Smile procedures is quick and painless, and costs less than dental bridges, porcelain veneers or dental implants.

Only two visits to your dentist office are required for Snap-On Smile. One visit to take an impression of your mouth and to select the color and shape of your new Snap-On Smile teeth and a second visit to receive a final fitting of your beautiful new teeth so you can Cosmetic Dentistrywear them home.  Snap-On Smile can last for up to five years with proper maintenance.

Snap-on Smile is an excellent choice for:

1) Spaces or gaps, crooked, stained or patients with missing teeth.

2) Patients who are not ideal candidates for bridges or implants.

3) Anyone interested in a Hollywood smile without the expense and discomfort of extensive cosmetic dental procedures.

4) Patients who have a traditional removable partial denture and wants a great looking, more comfortable alternative.

Snap-On Smile may not be ideal for everyone. Please see your dentist to get a full evaluation. As always, please maintain a regular schedule to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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