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‘Growing Enamel’ — Revisited

January 8, 2018

One of the dental field’s biggest esthetic priorities, after restoring and preserving health, is enhancing the smile. In 1995, Dentistry Today published an article I wrote about a technique I developed, which I called “Growing Enamel.” The phrase is erroneous, of course, because, after enamel is formed, it does not grow. But this technique creates an image of it doing so. In the years since the article was published, the concept has been copied in articles and books on cosmetic treatment techniques without reference or recognition. However, imitation or replication is a great form of flattery.

Functional and esthetic overdentures

January 5, 2018

The removable denture may seem an outdated rehabilitation. However, it is the foundation on which all prosthetic procedures are based; therefore, it is imperative to know it and to follow its constructive steps when restoring the patient’s oral cavity to obtain an esthetic result not only of the smile but of the whole face.

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Barriers of success: Cosmetic periodontal surgery (Part 4B)

February 20, 2015

This is a continuation of the fourth article in a series of Dental Tribune clinical articles dealing with cosmetic periodontal surgery. As a follow-up to Part 4A, Part 4B in this series focuses on barriers used in cosmetic periodontal surgery. It also presents and deals with the predictable regenerative coverage of unesthetic root recession through cosmetic periodontal surgery, using the guided tissue regeneration (GTR) technique with resorbable barriers.

A BruxZir solid zirconia veneer case

September 11, 2014

Glidewell Laboratories’ weekly web series “Chairside Live” has given us a great opportunity to communicate with clinicians across the nation and educate them on topics that they’re actually interested in learning. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, episodes can be viewed on-demand at www.chairsidelive.com or on YouTube and iTunes.

Simple and predictable short-term cosmetic tooth alignment: A case study

July 24, 2014

Thanks to the latest advances in cosmetic tooth alignment, general dentists are now able to provide simple, straightforward treatment for adult patients over a relatively short span of time. Treatments such as Six Month Smiles give the general practitioner a powerful new tool with which to straighten anterior teeth.

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Adding a new service that patients want

July 1, 2014

There has been a major movement in dentistry to preserve as much tooth structure as possible, and tooth alignment has become the cosmetic treatment of choice. Short-term orthodontics (STO) for general dentists is a cosmetic solution for adult patients and is a great service we can add to our practices. It is easy, effective and patients want it.

Changing lives a smile at a time

February 12, 2014

One of the aspects of dentistry that drew me to this field — an aspect I first became aware of when I was in fourth grade — was the incredible transformation that can be made with orthodontics. This case study from my general practice illustrates that rewarding aspect of the profession. I met Matt in Tulsa, Okla., when he was helping to redesign my website.

Systems, technology let practices deliver profitable, emergency cosmetic dentistry

April 30, 2013

When opportunity knocks, is your practice ready to answer? As dentists we have opportunities every day to help our patients and contribute to improving our bottom line by being ready to provide emergency cosmetic dental treatment. Working such patients into our schedule generates treatment fees at a higher-than-normal profit margin, and helps generate longer-term business.

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