You have arrived at this web site, because you are
most likely trying to find information about cosmetic
You may be looking for a cosmetic dentist. Or you may just be
looking for enough information to make up your mind
where, when, and how to address your concerns about
How do you get the smile you've always wanted?
The only person, who will eventually decide which way
to go, is you. My web site is here to help you understand
what you can expect from cosmetic dentistry.
Many dental offices claim to be specialized in cosmetic
dentistry. However, there are only about 250 dentists
worldwide to have qualified for accredited member status
in the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
(www.AACD.com). The academy is the largest international
organization specifically dedicated to the art and science
of cosmetic dentistry.
How do you find a cosmetic dentist who is truly experienced
with the art of cosmetic dentistry?
You should find out how many veneers the dentist has
done and how many years he has practiced cosmetic dentistry.
You should ask whether or not the dentist had any formal
training in cosmetic dentistry. Find out whether he
is accredited by the AACD or at least a member of the
Ask to see before-and-after pictures of patients. Make
sure the dentist shows pictures of his own patients,
not just pictures that he bought by some marketing companies.
Assess your own feelings about this:
How do you feel about what you see?
Does the cosmetic work look balanced and natural?
Ask for testimonials and references of patients who
have gone through the process.
The dentist should know about smile design and understand
how the whole face interacts with the smile he is creating.
He should be able to tell you about the amount of visible
tooth that is considered aesthetic and how much the
lips should be supported by the teeth.
Like the cut of a diamond, where the facets have to
be the right proportion to get maximum brilliance from
the stone, all the elements of a beautiful face are
Recent studies on the best-paid magazine models revealed
the current ideal of facial aesthetics: the sultry lips
of Vanessa Williams, the clear and soft lines of Cindy
Crawford, and, quite naturally, the seductive smiles
of Jennifer Lopez and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
How experienced is the cosmetic dentist in performing
corrective gum procedures?
To create a harmonious smile, you often have to correct
the gum line. Some smiles are too "gummy". In other
smiles, misaligned teeth create uneven gum lines. To
correct problems like these, it is not enough to just
place "beautiful" porcelain veneers. The relationship
of gums and teeth has to be right as well.
Does everyone know what "dentin bonding" is?
Dentin bonding is a
product of long and extensive research. It creates an
intimate link between a dental material and your natural
tooth. Let your dentist explain to you how it works.
Listen very carefully...
Without dentin bonding,
porcelain veneers and crowns
may develop dark margins, decay, bad breath, or even
fall off. Your dentist has to rebuild a tooth that is
at least as strong as your natural teeth. And this is
only achieved with the proper use of dentin-bonding
How does your cosmetic dentist communicate with the
lab that fabricates your teeth?
There should be detailed drawings, information on
shape, shade, and translucency Š without translucency
you would end up with teeth that look like they have
been painted with white-out. Photographs should go to
the lab so that the technician knows without question
what he is dealing with. There should be information
about your bite and the relationship of your jaws. The
lab should be well-experienced in fabricating cosmetic
There is a lot cosmetic dentistry can do to improve
your smile. Get informed. Read this web site, contact me and ask questions.
I will try to answer all of them.
Dr. Jorg-Peter Rabanus
Everyone has a smile story.
And all of us want a happy ending. What kind of smile do you like?
How could your smile look at its best? What do others think?
You will find answers to these questions on
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