Smiles without Substance

Originally posted 21 January 2011 It sometimes seems that a lot of people have come to believe that style is indeed substance, that what you see is what you get because what you see is all there is…that it is indeed, to quote Billy Crystal’s old Fernando Lamas routine, better to look good than to …

Veneers Instead of Braces? Seems the Push Is On

Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot more tweets like this one: Veneers are a cosmetic treatment. They may be done for practical reasons – to restore a chipped or discolored tooth, say – but their main purpose is to improve appearance. Braces and other orthodontic treatments improve appearance, too, but that’s not their main purpose. …

Aesthetics Matter, but Health Comes First

Cosmetic dentistry has its place, but as we’ve written before, it’s too often overdone, with aesthetics taking a backseat to health. Recently, we ran across a similar critique, written by a dental consultant for the Faculty Dental Journal. We think the message bears repeating. In “Porcelain Pornography,” Martin Kelleher hones in on the destructive aspect …

Smiles without Substance

It sometimes seems that a lot of people have come to believe that style is indeed substance, that what you see is what you get because what you see is all there is…that it is indeed, to quote Billy Crystal’s old Fernando Lamas routine, better to look good than to feel good. Just think of …

Too Much Dentistry?: The Possible Adverse Effects of Veneers, Fillings and Crowns

by Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Each day, after all clients have been seen and all staff have gone home for the night, I like to spend the quiet time reviewing charts. I read the digital x-rays and the comments from each client’s last visit. I analyze where each is with his or her dental …

The Best Dentistry Is the Least Dentistry

While a good number of people dread dental work, most of us tend to think of it as no big deal – not when compared to non-dental surgical procedures. A lot of this is probably due to the fact that despite the increasing amount or research confirming the link between oral and systemic health, we …