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Andrew M. Sklar, DDS
The Million Dollar Smile
Andrew M. Sklar, DDS, PC

The Million Dollar Smile

The only thing that warms the heart as much as a song is a beautiful smile.

-Garth Brooks
Say “cheese.” What do you see? Is your smile dingy and dark, or healthy and bright? Do you feel self-conscious when you laugh or when you meet someone for the first time? Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. And, who can resist a pearly white attractive smile?
Over 99 percent of Americans believe a smile is an important asset. Most people believe a nice smile makes you more appealing to the opposite sex. On the other hand, three quarters of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt your chances for career success.
So, like it or not, people do judge a book by its cover and looks do count in todays increasingly image-conscious world. Your smile can express how you take care of yourself or how old you look.
Cosmetic dentistry can provide a variety of solutions and can offer both physical and psychological benefits. A smile makeover can take years off yours age. And youll be amazed at how much more confident a great smile can make you feel. There so many ways to get a smile makeover that it can be affordable to most everyone.
There are numerous things to take into consideration if you decide on a smile makeover.
Ask yourself the following
What procedure will work best for my particular problem?
Am I a candidate for this particular procedure?
What are the pros and cons of each procedure?
What are the risks and benefits?
How will the procedure feel?
It is recommended that you consult with your dentist before undergoing any cosmetic dental treatment and that includes over-the-counter products as well.
Cosmetic dental treatment options can include
Whitening The most commonly prescribed cosmetic dental procedure in the world. Its possible to lighten the color of your teeth seven or eight shades. The procedure can be done as an office visit for about an hour or at home with bleaching trays and bleaching gel.
Contouring This is an affordable and painless way of straightening out the edges of your front teeth if they are worn or chipped or just uneven.
Bonding This works great for chipped teeth or for filling gaps between your front teeth, or if your teeth are just disfigured.
Veneers These are ultra-thin custom-made laminates that are permanently fixed directly to the teeth. This is a great durable option for changing the size, shape, position or color of teeth.
Crowns and bridges These are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations such as bonding or veneers arent enough to restore form and function.
Removable partial dentures Best suited to replace missing teeth in the front and the back of your mouth, to fill in the gaps.
Full dentures Often viewed as the “last resort” if you cant afford implants or permanent bridges. They can be the least expensive way to replace a mouthful of missing teeth, even high end cosmetic dentures. Dentures can be made to look very natural, with slight “imperfections” or they can give you a real “Hollywood smile.”
Implants Implants are the closest in structure to your natural teeth and are used to replace lost or missing teeth.
Crown lengthening and lip repositioning Used for correction of gummy smiles
Orthodontics (braces), Brackets and arch wires, and Invisalign Used to straighten and reposition teeth and close gaps.
Your dentist can help you choose the most effective procedures to improve your smile. From whitening to veneers, you and your dentist can help make your dream smile a reality.
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