The American Style of a Perfect Smile

Jennifer Garner, Megan Fox, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney – it is not difficult to identify an American celebrity on TV, as they all have the flawless Hollywood smile! The Americans are known to be obsessed with straight and pearly white teeth. According to a survey conducted by the New York magazine, 39% of the Americans are prepared to sacrifice dessert if that will give them a better smile. The question here is: Why are they so fanatical about perfect looking teeth?

The American perception towards the ‘perfect’ smile is greatly influenced by their history. During the time of the Great Depression, Charles Pincus the dentist opened his practice in Hollywood and Vine. He then began advertising to the movie studios. He used veneers to cover up teeth imperfections and created great smiles for famous actors like James Dean, Judy Garland and Shirley Temple to match their symmetrical faces. Since then, symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing smile has become synonymous with wealth and fame. Americans believe having a Hollywood smile can boost self-esteem, confidence and give a better first impression. In fact, this may be true! As studies suggest that people with white and straight teeth are 38% more likely to be perceived as smart and are 62% more likely to get a date. In addition, it is a social norm to receive orthodontic treatment in America. 80% of North American teenager visits the orthodontist and the average age of first visit is 7. Straightened teeth means it will be easier to maintain good oral hygiene which leads to reduce risk of gum disease, dental decay, chewing problems and uneven enamel wear. Patients have also shown an increase desire to whiten their teeth after orthodontic treatment. With a wide variety of easily accessible teeth whitening products, approximately 39.09 million Americans used tooth whiteners in 2017. Among all the products, teeth whitening strips are the most popular. Based on the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey, 21.32 million Americans have used it in 2017.

Different components are taken into account to create the ideal American standard smile. We are going to discuss the extra-oral and intra-oral criteria in the following sections.

Extra-oral components – Facial Proportion, The Jawline and Lips:
In America’s present culture, facial proportions that coincides with the golden ratio is thought to be beautiful. The golden ratio is a standard method of measuring different parts of the face. The distance between certain facial features are compared to other facial distances. The closer the measurements is to the ratio 1.618, the more attractive the person is.

Men and women with prominent, chiselled jaw are thought to be more attractive. A strong jawline helps evoke a confident and powerful look. A chin implant and buccal fat pad removal, are common procedures to create a more pronounced and sleek facial profile. On the other hand, BOTOX® cosmetic injection is quite popular among the female patients to help create a less squared, more feminine appearance. Fat injections are used to reinforce cheekbones. To remove wrinkle, excessive skin and double chin, facelift or neck life is often a treatment option.

Thick lips can enhance the smile by hiding imperfections. A full, symmetrical lip can optimize the smile. Lip augmentation using BOTOX® or filler is not an uncommon treatment choice.

Intra-oral components – White aesthetics, the teeth:
Generally, an aligned, medium smile line that follows the curve of the lower lip and runs parallel to the horizontal line joining the pupils is desirable. The smile is thought to be the most aesthetically pleasing when only a third of the upper teeth (from upper right second pre-molar to upper left second pre-molar) are shown and without the presence of black corridors. Symmetry around the central line is usually aimed by the dentist when contouring the teeth. Usually, the incisal edges of the front teeth are not at the same level, lateral incisors are often 1mm shorter than the central incisors.

Overall, females prefer oval, slender and slightly tall teeth. In contrast, males think square shaped, round, bulky teeth give them a more masculine look. To ensure a natural look, embrasures should be created.

Intra-oral components – Pink aesthetics, the gums:
Healthy looking gum should be bright pink in colour, stippled and follows the contour of the teeth. Minimal gum exposure is favoured. Americans are willing to contour the gum or move the teeth to get rid of the gummy smile.

Why It’s Important to Care for Your Smile

We all want that perfect, bright, straight smile that adorns the faces of the rich and famous. Some of us go to great lengths such as undergoing multiple cosmetic dental procedures to get the best smile possible.

Why are great-looking smiles important? The first thing most people think of is how their smile affects their appearance. We are attracted to people with beautiful smiles and we want to be one of those people.

With their intrinsic beauty aside, a bright, straight smile also offers many additional benefits.

Besides helping you look your best, here are some benefits a great smile can offer:

A beautiful smile is a healthy smile and vice versa. You can’t expect to have an attractive smile if you don’t properly care for it and it’s unhealthy. When your smile is looking and feeling great, you win. A healthy mouth reduces your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, missing teeth and oral cancer. Preventative dentistry is less expensive than restorative dentistry.

Your beautiful smile improves your relationships. Want to be well liked? Want to be the person everyone wants to hang out with? I’m sure you do. Have you noticed a common characteristic of those people you enjoy being around? You’ve likely observed that they all laugh and smile. You won’t smile often if you have a smile that can use some improvement and which you think is mediocre at best.

A beautiful smile can open up job opportunities. Did you know that smiling not only makes you irresistible to friends, but also to employers and other business professionals? Why? Because people in business see individuals who smile as being more sure and confident. Successful leaders are those who have charisma, which entails smiling and showing off those pearly whites.

Your beautiful smile can make you happier. Those who laugh and smile frequently experience more happiness, peacefulness and contentment. They also experience less stress. The chemicals released from smiling and laughing have been shown to improve your mood as well as the mood of those around you.

A beautiful smile means a healthier you. Studies have linked the health of one’s mouth to one’s overall health. Heart disease and high blood pressure can be a side effect of not smiling, which can be caused by an unhealthy mouth. Diabetes can increase one’s risk of cavities. Infections of the teeth, such as teeth abscess can cause potentially severe, deadly blood infections. The happy thoughts and positive thinking that comes from smiling can also boost one’s immune system, allowing it to better fight disease.

Finally, a beautiful smile can lengthen your life. The culmination of a healthy social life, self-confidence, and happy thoughts can help you live longer.

Baby Teeth Vs. Permanent Teeth

Whether you have kids or not, everyone goes from having baby teeth (or primary teeth) to getting adult ones. It can be easy to think that baby chompers are just smaller, temporary versions of permanent teeth. While both tooth kinds are made of the same material and are structured in a similar way, there are noticeable (an unnoticeable, but equally significant) differences. Ultimately, because of these differences, baby and permanent teeth should be cared for in certain ways.

Baby Teeth: More Than Small Teeth

Young children will have up to 20 baby teeth instead of the 32 adults have. Adults have an additional four third molars (wisdom teeth), four first bicuspids and four second bicuspids. Baby chompers, like the rest of the baby’s or young child’s body is delicate and fragile. Contrary to the belief that the enamel (or outer layer) of the tooth is the toughest material of the body, the enamel of a baby’s tooth is not as tough because it is still developing. As primary teeth eventually fall out to make room for the permanent ones, the enamel can’t develop as fully as that found on permanent ones.

Because baby chompers aren’t as strong, they are more prone to breaks, chipping and discoloration from acids found in tooth staining foods and drinks. This makes the them more susceptible to cavities. With the enamel being so thin in places, it is more difficult for fillings and bonding to be applied should a tooth chip or fracture. Children who clench or grind their teeth will have more noticeable wear and tear due to the extra softness of their teeth.

Both baby and permanent teeth have a pulp located in their center. This where the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are located. The ligaments that help hold the tooth in place can also be found around the pulp. While the pulp in adult, permanent teeth are small compared to the rest of the tooth, the pulp found in baby teeth are much larger. This mean that it doesn’t take as much for the nerves of a tooth to become inflamed and infected. The risk of nerve death is also higher in primary teeth than in permanent one.

The appearance of primary teeth are also different than that of permanent ones. Besides being smaller, they also have a different color and shape. Baby teeth are much whiter than adult teeth, even permanent teeth that have been whitened. Adult teeth naturally have a more yellow hue to them. The color differentiation can be seen when children lose their baby teeth and their permanent teeth begin coming in. Primary teeth have flat, smoother edges due to their recent eruption from below the gumline. Adult teeth have jagged edges that are also rounded. Baby teeth more often have a square look, looking like boxes. The larger, flatter surfaces of baby teeth mean there is more surface of contact between surrounding teeth.

Finally, the most obvious and well-known difference between adult and baby teeth is that permanent teeth can’t be replaced with another natural tooth like a baby tooth can. While baby teeth fall out on their own and are replaced by permanent teeth growing up underneath them, there is no such replenishing of lost or decayed teeth.

Enjoy Life With Dental Implants

Despite advancements in dental treatment, a large number of Americans suffer tooth loss — largely as a result of tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. In the past, the only treatment options available for individuals with missing teeth were dentures and bridges. However, now, dental implants are readily available.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a titanium root that is surgically placed in the jaw bones. Once in place, the titanium surface bonds to the jaw bone. A titanium post called an abutment, goes from the implant through the gum and act as the tooth part. Implants offer a solid foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They can support crowns and bridges. They also stabilize fixed and removable dentures.

What Are the benefits of implants?

Implants offer an improved look, as they have a profile and emergence similar to natural teeth. They preserve adjacent natural teeth as there is no need to trim a healthy tooth to place a bridge crown. As the implant surface bonds to bone, it provides solid foundation for replacement teeth. Dentures stabilized with implants are secure and have a better fit than conventional removable dentures. Implants function like teeth, letting you eat your favorite food with confidence. They improve the overall quality of life. With immediate implant placement, you can have an implant placed in a fresh extraction socket without having to wait for months for the bone to heal. This technique usually results in better esthetic outcome, especially when front teeth are involved.

Who is a candid to dental implants?

To receive an implant, you must have healthy gums and adequate amount of bone to support and stabilize the implant. You must have an overall good health. If you do not have enough bone at the implant site, a bone graft can be placed to augment the area. A bone graft can even be placed in the sinus to augment surgical sites for replacement of upper molar teeth. You must also commit to keeping your dental implants healthy with meticulous hygiene and regular dental visits. Implants can develop gum disease as natural teeth.

How expensive are implants?

Implants are usually more expensive than conventional crowns and bridges. Most insurance plans do not cover implant treatment. However, considering the benefits of implants, they are a better investment than conventional methods of tooth replacement. They also have a higher success rate than conventional bridges.

Does Going to the Dentist Make You Nervous?

I am writing this article based on my personal experience. I’ve always had issues with going to the dentist and as a result, would only go when I HAD to. After getting into the nutrition game and using one of my products, I found out that I don’t have to be nervous or avoid the dentist.

Let me tell you a story about having to have some teeth pulled out a couple of years ago. Before going to the dentist I took six glasses – yes, SIX glass of my calcium and magnesium product. I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m promoting my product because my whole purpose here is to enlighten you and if you’re one of those people who can’t go or stress like crazy when having to go to the dentist, there is a solution.

I got to the dentist, who happens to be a friend of mine who gives out single packets to his patients, and went through the start-up routine – checking my teeth, isolating what needed to be done and setting me up for it.

After opening my mouth and his assistant checking everything, I was sitting there for several minutes and then she got me to open my mouth for the injection. I didn’t feel anything at all and was happy about that.

They then started fiddling in my mouth and doing the dentist thing. After about 10 minutes or so I managed to ask when they were going to actually pull the teeth.

To my surprise he said it was already done. I couldn’t believe it. The injection, the teeth being pulled and all the additional things they do and I did NOT feel a thing and I was pretty relaxed.

I really wish I could have had that when I was a kid. Dentist visits were always traumatic and not my favorite pastime. I have subsequently had a few others tell me how it helped them to get over their dental treatment.

Here’s one from a trucker. “Here a while back, Desiree and I were talking and I mentioned to her I was going to the dentist and that I had to have a tooth filled and crown put on one of my teeth. She said I should drink two glasses of the calmag (calcium and magnesium) and that it would help. I didn’t put a lot of attention on it but I thought it wouldn’t hurt. So, that day I drank a glass in the morning then a couple of hours later another two.

“So, I went to the dentist and I was very relaxed. Normally, I’m a bit tense from holding my mouth open and it’s kind of not like I’m fighting the dentist but I’m not very comfortable. I noticed that it was a lot easier to hold my mouth open while he worked on the tooth.

“After the dental work was done, I went back home and the Novocaine started wearing off and I noticed that my jaw – the area around my jaw where he worked on my tooth – wasn’t sore because normally it would be sore and it would ache from having to hold my mouth open in an awkward position. I didn’t have any of that and I was not uncomfortable.

“It just felt as if I hadn’t had the dental work done. The only way I could tell that I’d had it done was that my gum-line was a bit sore, which is normal, from him working on the tooth but I could not believe the difference it made not having those tense jaw muscles. I was really surprised. It was almost unbelievable but it worked really great.

Another thing, I felt so good I did my exercise routine that day. I normally wouldn’t do my exercises after having dental work done like that.”

I really want to let people know they can have dental work done painlessly and stress-free.

Basically, calcium gluconate is the most potent painkiller and is completely natural and relaxes the muscles via the nerves.

What Causes Pediatric Tooth Decay?

Whether your child is a newborn or he’s in the phase of losing his baby teeth and getting his permanent teeth, you want to do all that you can to ensure your child’s mouth gets a clean bill of health. You want what is best for your child and that includes their oral health. After all, the health of your child’s teeth and gums are just as important as their overall health.

As a parent, you know that great pediatric dental care now will save your child from possible future dental health issues as an adult.

If you’re a new parent, you may not know where to start when it comes to ensuring great dental health care for your child. What major oral health care issue should you be on the lookout for?

It comes to the surprise of many parents that the number one childhood disease is pediatric tooth decay. While many parents are making sure their child is current on their vaccines and immunizations and in a panic rush their child to the hospital when the smallest health concern is suspected, the health of their child’s teeth and gums go neglected.

There are many ways parents unintentionally compromise their child’s oral health. Some of the common mistakes include:

Neglect to clean their child’s teeth and gums. Many parents don’t think to clean the inside of their child’s until after the first baby teeth erupt. Even as more and more baby teeth come in, some parents think that it isn’t important to clean them.

While parents may teach their children how to floss and brush their teeth when they are older, consistent oral care may take a backseat with the false mindset that baby teeth don’t matter as they will all fall out anyways and be replaced with permanent, adult teeth.

The care of the gums before the baby teeth come in should be cleaned regularly via a damp, moist washcloth. While primary teeth do fall out and get replaced, cavities in them can transfer into the upcoming permanent teeth.

Postpone in taking their child into the dentist. Similarly, parents don’t start thinking about taking their child into the dentist office until after their little one has a full set of primary teeth. When parents postpone their child’s first dental appointment, untreated dental issues can have progressed and be more complicated to treat and involve more intensive and prolonged treatment.

Don’t watch what their child eats. As a parent, you want your child to establish good eating habits. However, many children love the sweet and savory tastes of foods that aren’t good for their health. Even some food items that appear to be healthy like fruit snacks and fruit juice are full of cavity producing sugar. Fruit snacks also are sticky, leaving hard to dislodge sugar and bacteria between teeth.

Poor eating habits that contain sugar and starch-laden, nutrient poor foods and drinks are one of the biggest causes of pediatric tooth decay.

Fail to establish portion control or a regular snacking schedule. Limiting your child’s meal and snack portions as well as setting regular, consistent meal times is just as important as monitoring the foods your child eats. The shorter the time between meals, the more germs and bacteria that can accumulate inside your child’s mouth. With a child’s oral hygiene habit, the more food that gets accumulated in the mouth makes teeth cleaning and flossing harder. This increases the likelihood that those food particles can decay and lead to cavities.

5 Ways To Help Kids Successfully Overcome Their Fear Of Pediatric Dentists

Fear of dentists is a common problem that many adults face, and kids are not an exception. Some children will develop fear when they hear people discussing their challenging and painful experiences. Others may develop anxiety because the dentist is a stranger to them. Luckily, this is a problem that your child can overcome. The following are tips to enable your little one move past this hindrance in their next dental visit.

Start early

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents bring their children for their first dental visit when their first tooth erupts, or after their first birthday. With early dental visits, problems can be detected early, and treatment measures are taken to prevent further damage. Furthermore, children will experience less pain in future procedures, and this can help to curb anxiety.

Find the right pediatric dentist

Children will feel more comfortable when they are going to a dentist that they like. Parents should always take their children to pediatric dentists because they are specialists in treating children. These professionals will use smaller dental instruments and will have plenty of kids’ toys for them to play with. They are also prepared to work with anxious children and those with special needs to guarantee a better dental experience.

Keep It Simple

As you prepare for the dental visit, you should avoid including a lot of details. By doing so, you will raise more questions from the child, and this will necessitate you to add more information. Make sure that you maintain a positive attitude when talking about upcoming dental visits. However, you should also avoid giving the child false hope, especially if he/she needs more complex treatment. This is because he/she may end up losing trust in both you and the dentist.

Drop by before the actual appointment

You can stop by the clinic a few days before the dental appointment. This will give your child the opportunity to look around, and even meet the clinic staff. Children need to build a rapport with the dentist before they come in for a complicated procedure. When kids are comfortable with the dental staff they meet at the office, they will have a sense of familiarity that will make their official visit easier and more fun.

Avoid Bribery

Most dental professionals do not recommend bribing the child with special treats if he/she behaves well at the dental clinic. Children are intuitive beings, and any promises may increase their apprehension. Furthermore, promising a child sugary treats will also send a wrong message, especially after the dentist emphasizes on avoiding sweets to ensure healthy and clean teeth.