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10 Celebrity Smiles (Dissected by Dr. Jason)

10 Celebrity Smiles (Dissected by Dr. Jason)

10 Celebrity Smiles (Dissected by Dr. Jason)

Celine Dion 

Celine Dion (Before) Celine Dion (After)

 

What a difference a nice set of porcelain veneers will make. The prominence of the canines softened with a fuller face (with most likely botox in the upper lip to prevent excessive gum display), these rather square veneers are a significant improvement on Celine’s early days.

Zac Efron

Zac Efron (Before) Zac Efron (After)

 

The Disney star with his midline gap. You can see that he has an attachment of fibrous tissue (look in the mirror and you can see it when you lift your upper lip (or tongue) up was attaching between his central incisors and therefore preventing these teeth from coming together. This was snipped, orthodontics, whitening and porcelain veneers later – and years later you have a heart throb.

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes (Before) LeAnn Rimes (After)

 

Country music songstress had quite nice shaped teeth, albeit quite small in dimensions. For most of us a quite acceptable smile, particularly if orthodontics could have been an option to close the midline gap. However, LeAnn obviously wanted bigger, whiter and more mature looking teeth and she has since had whitening and porcelain veneers on all teeth back to her first premolars.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan (Before) Lindsay Lohan (After)

 

What can one say about Lindsay that hasn’t been said before. Looks like Lindsay is quite a clencher and grinder of her teeth, and so these porcelain veneers are going to be under considerable stress now and in the future.

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher (Before) Noel Gallagher (After)

 

Like Lindsay Lohan, the Oasis band member has had porcelain veneers placed which although significantly improves his smile, they are quite uninspiring veneers in appearance and colour. Will definitely need these guys replaced in future!

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage (Before) Nicolas Cage (After)

 

Nicolas actually had two teeth extracted to play his role in the 1984 movie ‘Birdy’. Fortunately, Nicolas does not need to resort to those levels to score the lead roles these days. Again his whitening and porcelain veneers on the upper teeth provide a more even, symmetrical and fuller smile, but I bet he hates the smaller upper right lateral incisor. This could be fixed by removing some bone and gum around this tooth and a larger porcelain veneer placed, however, it would take several months to achieve this.

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas (Before) Michael Douglas (After)

 

This cross-0generational movie star still has the lop sided smile, but these porcelain veneers, for my liking are too white for a man of his age.

Niall Horan

Niall Horan (Before) Niall Horan (After)

 

A little bit unfair putting the One-Direction singer in this category. In the photo on the left, Niall is quite young, and probably had airway issues and is a mouth breather as evidenced by his narrow upper and lower jaws. Consequently his teeth are crowded. Palatal expansion, orthodontics and whitening later – looking good (but still a mouth breather!)

George Clooney

George Clooney (Before) George Clooney (After)

 

Heart throb actor is a massive clencher and grinder of his teeth! George appears to have had porcelain veneers and crowns many teeth. I wouldn’t want to be George’s dentist – he will have many of these teeth replaced in his time due to breakages.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman (Before) Morgan Freeman (After)

 

Everyone’s favourite actor who seems to choose the correct movie roles also seems to have chosen the correct dentist. Morgan has had porcelain veneers placed on most if not all his upper teeth only. A significantly improved smile.

 

 

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Million Dollar Smile?

Million Dollar Smile?

If only I had a dollar for every time I heard, “I want to have a smile like Tom Cruise!”

For a cosmetic dentist, this is pretty frustrating because Tom’s teeth are actually quite terrible!

"What?" I hear you say. "He has a “Million Dollar Smile!”.

Sure, he has spent thousands of dollars to look as good as he does today. So let’s dissect Tom’s teeth so that you never look at Mr. Cruise the same way again...

Tom Cruise (before)

As you can see in this photo, the Tom Cruise we know has come a long way from the gawky teenager of 1983. There are teeth that have suffered trauma and consequently, have had root canal treatment. The alignment of teeth is also poor.

Tom Cruise (after)

In his teenage years Tom had a premolar extracted on the upper left hand side which resulted in all his teeth moving to the left by approximately 5 mms. This missing premolar is responsible for Tom’s lop sided appearance today. Look at the middle of Tom’s upper central incisors, they are not in alignment with his nose and his eyes. All this was whilst Tom was becoming a world-wide movie star in front of our own eyes. Tom’s orthodontist at the time created a symmetrical alignment of an odd number of teeth, and everyone thought Tom had a beautiful smile.

Since these photos, Tom has had orthodontics, whitening and veneers. Now you know the secret, you will never look at handsome Tom’s smile the same way again.

 

 

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How often should we go to the dentist for a “check up and clean”?

How often should we go to the dentist for a “check up and clean”?

How often should we go to the dentist for a “check up and clean”?

The most common recommendation for dental check ups is every 6 months. It is important to realise though, this number was not devised by a dentist ….. it was by a dental health insurance company!

But yes, for a lot of people 6 months works.

However, there are many people who require more frequent visits and even a few who could attend less.

Children absolutely need at least every 6 months. Things can change so quickly in a child mouth that sometimes more regularly is beneficial. A teenager with braces on, often needs to see us every 3 months for cleaning and a checks. A child with poorly formed teeth is more at risk of decay and may need to be seen more regularly. Personally, my 3 children who all have great teeth are seen at least every 3 months as well as mum checks at home.

Adults who are susceptible to gum issues either by genetics or health status, need to be seen usually 3 monthly. The bacteria that cause gum disease live in the mouth and their environment needs to be disturbed every 10-12 weeks to prevent further damage.

People who cannot clean their teeth themselves are at a huge risk of gum problems and tooth decay. Special needs groups and the elderly often need more regular dental check ups and cleaning. The advent of electric toothbrushes and flossing devices has improved this but it needs to be monitored.

Then every now and then, we meet a patient who hasn’t been to the dentist for a number of years, x-rays reveal no decay, they have no fillings, gums are perfectly healthy and there is build up on the teeth. This is very rare.

Everyone else, 6 months usually suffices.

So with health funds now starting to recommend once a year dental check ups to save their revenue……we have a problem!

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“Doctor, I think I’ve caught tooth decay!”

“Doctor, I think I’ve caught tooth decay!”

“Doctor, I think I’ve caught tooth decay!”

Recently, it occurred to me how poorly documented it is that dental caries, can be passed from one person to another. Yes, so what you are thinking is true. Kissing a partner (or child) with tooth decay can result in the transmission of Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that causes tooth decay, from one person to another.

So regardless of how good your oral hygiene is, if your partner has decay in their mouth, then you have a significantly higher chance of getting tooth decay. Clinically, we often see both couples in a relationship with tooth decay.

If saving your partner from tooth decay is not adequate motivation to get to the dentist, then saving your children from a life of misery at the dentist may be. Studies have found that the bacteria in our children’s mouths are a direct descendent from their parents mouths.

If we as parents have decay in our teeth, we harbor more of the decay causing bacteria, and we are more likely to spread the disease of dental caries to our children.

The best method to reduce the transmission of these bacteria to our loved ones is to maintain optimal oral hygiene through regular dental appointments to ensure that we have do not have active tooth decay. Otherwise, minimize the sharing of saliva by not sharing utensils, don’t share toothbrushes, don’t clean your child’s dummy with saliva and no kissing on the lips.

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Tips for raising Kids with Great Teeth

Tips for raising Kids with Great Teeth

Tips for raising kids with great teeth

  1. Cleaning the mouth of an infant

    Begin cleaning your baby's mouth as soon as possible. Although most babies don't have any teeth until about six months of age, a daily cleaning in infancy will get your child accustomed to the process, and ensure clean and healthy gums when the teeth do come in. A clean face washer or clean gauze can be all that is needed for the first 6-8 months.
  2. Introducing a toothbrush

    From 6 months of age teeth will start to erupt, usually the lower front teeth are first. Now is the time to start introducing a toothbrush. Make sure it is soft bristled and made for their age group. We use the Colgate “Stages” range. You may find the clean face washer is more efficient at this age but still introduce the toothbrush as your child is more likely to accept it later. Incorporate a toothbrush and children’s fluoride toothpaste into the routine by the time your child reaches 18 months, or at the time her first molars come in.
  3. Flossing

    Even children with a good diet and brushing twice a day can get cavities. One common spot is between the 1 year old and 2 year old molars. I have found if parents are flossing these 4 spots every night this is happening far less.
  4. First dental visit

    Your child's first dental visit should be by the age of three. Although baby teeth will eventually fall out, they are very important to your child's dental development. That is because the muscles of their mouth and jaw form around the foundation laid by their first set of teeth. The dentist can make sure your child's dental development is proceeding normally as early as 18 months. We recommend 6 monthly assessments. The reason for this is we do not routinely take xrays on children so cavities can seem to appear quite quickly. With new teeth erupting and old ones being lost things are changing rapidly.
  5. Stop your child's dummy and thumb sucking habits

    Sucking on a thumb or dummy is a natural and satisfying behavior for babies. However, the habit can alter the position of baby's developing teeth and the dental arches if it continues after their permanent teeth begin to erupt. It also affects tongue position and swallowing technique, which further impact on the position of teeth. If you are having trouble getting your child to stop sucking his thumb, we can offer advice. In terms of a dummy, don’t dip it in anything to make it taste nicer. If they don’t want it leave it out. Life later will be a lot simpler. I suggest getting rid of it between ages 1 to 2.
  6. Fluoride

    Make sure your child receives the benefits of the latest in cavity prevention, including fluorides and sealants. It is important that children use fluoride toothpaste. There is a risk of fluorosis with children swallowing rather than spitting. Our recommendation is to use a children’s toothpaste such as “My First Colgate”, place a pea size amount on the toothbrush pushed down into the bristles. Encourage spitting after brushing but rinsing is not recommended.
  7. Our motto is “Spit don’t rinse.”
  8. Fissure Sealants

    Have a dental professional apply a sealant to protect the biting surfaces of the molars. These are generally applied when the six-year molars erupt but can be required on the 2-year-old molars as well. Sealants are nearly 100 percent effective in preventing cavities on the biting surfaces of molars, the most cavity-prone area of the mouth. They are approximately one-half the cost of a filling.
  9. Breast feeding and Bottles

    For normal dental arch development, breast is best. Babies should not be fed constantly while asleep. Babies who need a feed in the night should be got out of bed, fed, and then placed back in their own bed. Babies who sleep with their mother and are constantly feeding often end up with significant dental decay. Do not put the baby to bed with a bottle. The baby will use the bottle as a dummy and milk will slowly drip into their mouth. Milk is a weak sugar and can cause devastating decay.
  10. Assist with brushing

    You need to help a child under age 8 years old to brush their teeth. Studies show that children under 8 year olds do not have the dexterity to do a good job. I know that there are children who will fight you on brushing. There is no easy answer on how to achieve this but we are happy to offer suggestions and to motivate the children.
  11. Low sugar diet

    Diet is a big consideration also. Drinks to be offered need to be limited to milk and water. Juices, cordials, sport drinks and soft drinks are to be thought of as special treats. Sugar needs to be limited, as children obtain sufficient sugar from fruits. There is no need to offer sugary snacks and children should not have access to lollies and sweet biscuits. These things need to be kept away and only offered for special treats. The best way to eat these types of food from a tooth perspective is all at once and then brush the teeth. Children who snack all day on sweet foods are at significant risk of tooth decay.
  12. Be a good role model

    Finally, the most important thing to realise is that children learn the behavior that they observe. The reality is, your dental health is just as important as your child's. Studies show that the decay causing bacteria in your mouth can be transferred to your children. When was the last time you had your dental check up and cleaning?

We hope this report has helped you and more importantly your children. Their lives are much less complicated as adults if they don’t have the large fillings that often your generation has experienced.

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