Five Tips for Plastic Surgery-Cosmetic Dentistry Combo Cases
Q: I am having a facelift and want to know if I should do my veneers before or after. What do you think?
A: I saw a pretty bird in Iceland, called a Puffin. I recognized her, as she is on the box of my favorite cereal, Puffins Original. Restaurants in Iceland have Puffins on the menu, the bird, not the cereal. I tried it. To say it tasted like chicken would be a lie and would disrespect chickens all over the world. It tasted like beef liver with a touch of dead bird. Simply disgusting.
Fun factoid: When a baby Puffin fails to exit its egg, rather than assist, the parents abandon it. Let this be a lesson to those millennials who are still hanging around the nest beyond 25 years. “Hey, who finished my 2% milk?!”
- Do your teeth BEFORE the facelift. Afterwards your face, cheeks and lips may be extremely tight making it more uncomfortable to have the dentist working in your mouth.
- Discuss with your dentist how much he can build out your veneers or crowns to fill in the ugly black triangle that many patients have between their back teeth and the inside of their cheeks. We call this the buccal corridor.
- AFTER your teeth are done, then consider fillers. You may need a lot less after the teeth are done.
- Go easy on Botox and fillers of the upper lip and beneath the nose area AFTER your dental work. You don’t want the upper lip to drop down and cover your beautiful new teeth!
- Replace all missing teeth with implants to prevent facial collapse. The bone in these areas support your teeth AND your face.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.