Q: I have been considering a cosmetic makeover for my smile, but I notice many people are walking around with Chiclets. Why is this? Don’t they see how ridiculous they look?
A: The closer you get to Miami; the greater chance you will find people walking around with body appendages like patrons in the cantina scene in the first Star Wars movie. Absolutely alien to the rest of us Earthlings. I could swear at the Town Center Mall in Boca, I saw a woman with three breasts and lips that protrude outwards so horizontally, they could hold a framed picture of the NY Yankees.
Seven Ways to Avoid Fake Looking Teeth
1.Use a top notch local porcelain lab. Local is key, as you may have to pay them a visit.
2.The porcelain work must contain “flutes” or “lobes”; irregularities that break up the light. Only bowling balls should be smooth.
3.Translucency at the biting edges to imitate young teeth; older patients are missing this on their natural teeth.
4.For women, we suggest the front two central teeth longer than their neighbors for a natural “cute” look. (For men, we like them to be even across the board for a more masculine look.)
5.Pick an appropriate shade based on your skin, eye and hair color. I have been at this for 30 years; and have never made the wrong choice, yet we always allow the patient to make the final decision.
6.Add imperfections, such as spaces or slight rotations. (Only if the patient wants it.)
7.Bring in photos of smiles from magazines or of you from your past. We digitize them and enter the data into a 3D printer to produce models that create great temporaries which leads to predictable, final work.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Josephs will be giving his latest FREE seminar to the public, “New Digital technology for Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry” on Friday February 8th, at 11:30 AM at the Double Tree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens, on PGA Blvd. All attendees receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk: What Educated Dental Patients Need to know about 21st Century Dental Treatment.” Only 15 seats remain! Sign up today by calling 561-832-2917, or drop us an email.