Today's Fashionable Friend Friday is Dr. John Moore, Celebrity Denitst or "the diamond Dentist" as he is called. I wanted to ask him about Cosmetic Dentistry, since he specializes in fixing botched dental work and has perfected many celebrity smiles!!!
Why do people seek Cosmetic Dentistry?
There are several reasons people seek out Cosmetic Dentistry. Sometimes its just because they have damaged teeth, or they want an "upgrade" for business reasons or because they're spending more time in front of the public. We see it when people want to improve dating experiences. Obviously, the underlying motivation is to simply improve the appearance of their smile. The general public is becoming more and more aware of the power of a beautiful smile and they're not settling for "acceptable" or "you don't look too messed up". There's also a new marketing pitch in Cosmetic Dentistry that is really resonating with the public now and it is "Age Defying Smile Makeover".
What happens to our teeth as we age?
When we age it invariably shows in the teeth. Some people are very hard on their teeth and do little to nothing to keep them up. When this happens it’s obvious in that there are visibly missing, crooked, stained, teeth. This is so slow that some people don't even see this happen to themselves and just accept it as an aging process. Even when teeth are well cared for they still can get crooked, take on undesirable colors and develop cracks and wear. This makes the teeth look old and worn out. When done properly a new smile makeover can make a person look ten years younger and look so natural no one can tell you had it done. That's real Cosmetic Dentistry
What are the most requested procedures?
The most requested procedures are whitening and straightening the teeth as a first procedure. Later it is porcelain veneers or crowns when the enamel of the teeth become worn, damaged, or decayed. For a true Cosmetic Dentist, one that pretty much limits his practice to Cosmetic Dentistry, the most common requested procedure unfortunately becomes replacing "obvious" dentistry with restorations that look real or spectacular. Less often, the first time seeker of Cosmetic Dentistry will appear for a first visit to an experienced, talented Cosmetic Dentist because of someone they know that had a great outcome or because they are aware that there are very real differences in Cosmetic Dentists. Some treat "cosmetic dentistry" as a marketing term and have no real experience or training and others have dedicated their lives to it and have decades of experience and recognition in the field.
Why is cosmetic dentistry so popular with the Hollywood set?
The obvious reason is they are very much into their appearances. When one actor or actress nails the audition and gets the part and another sees the success and confidence the smile makeover brings about in their colleague, it becomes contagious. Others now want to experience the same. This then extends over into the Hollywood fringe and groupies and the next thing you know, everyone is doing it. There is definitely an unspoken advantage to having a killer smile and the aware aren't going to let it pass them by.
Do you have any at home teeth whitening products you recommend?
The at home whitening products are all based on the same chemistry which is basically a form of peroxide suspended in some kind of gel. The way you apply the gel is the main difference. It can come in a tube that you apply or brush directly on the teeth or the more popular strips with the gel in them that you stick on the teeth. If you can tolerate wearing those for hours and buy enough kits you can get a visible improvement. The easiest and "whitest" way is to get a clear flexible tray that fits over the teeth that will allow you to soak the teeth directly in the gel. Also, if you eventually use up the gel you can get a new tube for about $20.00 which is cheaper and far more effective than any strips or kits you can get. This is the fastest deepest whitening technique you can do at home.
About Dr. John Moore, Jr., DDS:
Dr. Moore, principal of Cosmetic Dental Associates (CDA), decided to dedicate his life to dentistry after an orthodontist literally saved his smile from buck-toothed ruin at a young age. In addition to the normal training of a dentist in traditional math and sciences, Dr. Moore took the highly unusual step of engaging in formal art education, as well. This combination has enabled a career of creating beautiful smiles: life-like diamond-cut teeth that have empowered his patients to command the careers and live the lives they’ve always wanted.