Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry Blog by Dr. Joseph Henry

Cosmetic Dentist Serving Tustin, Orange, Santa Ana & Other Areas of Orange County

August 12, 2011

Did you know that as your teeth wear and become ground down the lower portion of your face collapses?  This process adds years to a person’s face.  In some people, it can look like they wear dentures and forgot to put them in that morning!  A person with ground down teeth, most likely caused from a destructive bite, causes the tip of their chin to draw closer to the tip of their nose when their mouth is at rest.    The entire lower third of a persons face will be shorter making facial creases and wrinkles much more prominent.

So, what can be done?  The answer lies in performing the non surgical facelift....

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August 04, 2011

The International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics  (IACA) held its  three day annual meeting in San Diego last week.  Orieen, Debbie, and I met dentists from throughout the world at this high energy dental conference.  We attended classes on neuromuscular dentistrynon surgical facelift, sleep medicine, cosmetic dentistry and were introduced to a number of new technologies available in dentistry.  Keeping abreast of...

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January 20, 2011

The treatment for sleep apnea after proper diagnosis by a board certified sleep physician is usually CPAP.  A CPAP machine provides positive air pressure to a patient with sleep apnea through a small mask or nose piece.  For those patients with CPAP intolerance or a mild sleep apnea condition an oral appliance may be indicated.  These appliances advance the lower jaw slightly forward keeping the airway open.  Treating your sleep apnea with CPAP therapy or oral appliances is a great way to improve your health, decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack, and improve overall quality of life by eliminating excessive daytime sleepiness. For...

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January 20, 2011

Dentists are in a unique position to identify patients who are prone to sleep apnea.  Many signs of sleep apnea are visible in the mouth.  But first, what is sleep apnea.  Typically, when a person sleeps gravity can cause the tongue to fall back in the mouth and block the airway.   The sleep apneic can stop breathing for several seconds causing the patient to wake slightly in order to move the tongue and take a gasping breath.  This can take place a hundred times an hour in patients with severe sleep apnea.

Imagine the toll oxygen deprivation takes on the body, not to mention all the interruptions in the stages of sleep including...

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May 05, 2010

My patients come to me for many reasons to improve their smiles. I've known Jeff since elementary school and the time had come for him to improve his smile. He was recently separated from his wife and needed to do something for himself. He felt like his smile made him look older and less confident socially as well as professionally. Cosmetic dentistry can have a great impact on a persons life and attitude. A smile makeover was just what Jeff needed!

I placed all ceramic crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers on 20 of Jeff's teeth. His...

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May 05, 2010

The Makar Pure Power Mouthguard is off to a great start in 2010. First, the New Orleans Saints claim the Super Bowl over the Indianapolis Colts and then shortly followed by a number of winter Olympians claiming medals in the Vancouver 2010 games while wearing or training with the PPM. Approximately 40 of the New Orleans Saints players were fitted with the performance enhancing mouthguards at the start of the 2009-2010 season. During the Monday Night Football game televised between the Saints and the...

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September 08, 2009

Shaquille O'Neal has joined the swelling ranks of professional athletes to endorse the Pure Power Mouthguard. Shaq used the PPM throughout last season with terrific results. He had one of his most injury free seasons since beginning his career in the NBA. He attributes his health with the increased flexibility he has discovered since using the PPM. Shaq is quoted as saying "If anyone wants to see their real game, they definitely need to get a PPM. Who doesn't want to see their real game or their true potential. PPM works and it works immediately!"

Athletes like...

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May 18, 2009

What is important when choosing a dentist to do your smile makeover? First, do your research. Family and friends who have actually had cosmetic dentistry done are a great source of information. The internet is another wonderful source. A dentist's web site should outline the specific additional training that most cosmetic dentists have, like at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI). The web site should have numerous photographs of cosmetic procedures that he/she has actually...

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February 23, 2009

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Nicole came to us with a couple of concerns about the appearance of her smile. She wasn't sure a smile makeover would correct her problems. She had a...

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January 09, 2009

Before veneers.............................After veneers

I had the privilege of treating Dennis recently. As you can see by the photographs, Dennis had severely ground down and chipped his front teeth. He was also not happy with the color of his teeth. Dennis was concerned that his teeth were chipping away and he wanted a whiter...

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