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What's HOT in Aesthetic Dentistry
Art has been described as "the accomplice of love," and science the creative application of natural law. In tandem, these energies can be combined to produce a masterpiece.

A dazzling smile can ignite a room while projecting an image of self assurance and high personal esteem. It glows with embers of delight from an explosive source of pride. That magnificent smile is no longer a fantasy. Now it can be yours! Recent advances in techniques and materials offer modern practitioners of Aesthetic Dentistry many alternatives in the creation of brilliant smiles, bursting with energy and radiating enthusiasm. We have not yet discovered the magic wand, but we are getting closer. There are many exciting options.

Since no single approach serves the needs of every patient, careful evaluation of alternative or combined approaches is essential to a pleasing and lasting result.

Porcelain Veneers
Clearly the most exciting and revolutionary advancement in Aesthetic Dentistry. Dynamic results can usually be achieved within a week or ten days to correct somewhat misaligned, broken, discolored or misshapen teeth. Veneers are quite suitable as an alternative to minor orthodontics, but not recommended in cases of severe crowding or misalignment of teeth or malocclusions.

Customarily, veneers are preferable to full crowns when there is adequate remaining tooth structure to support the restoration. The approach requires less reduction of healthy tooth structure than full crowns, without compromising the periodontal health. It is a blend of art and science that enables a skilled practitioner to achieve a sensational effect.

For many patients, unhappy with their smiles, porcelain veneers may be a dream come true!

Crown & Bridge Dentistry
While porcelain veneers offer dazzling aesthetic results, they require adequate remaining tooth structure for their support. With a minor loss in cosmetic appeal, porcelain fused to metal crowns offer greater strength and durability than veneers. These restorations are stationary and are customarily indicated for teeth that have sustained significant loss of structure, or to replace missing teeth. Crowns and bridges may be placed on natural teeth or dental implants.

Aesthetic Recontouring
In some instances, simple reshaping of the front teeth, even without anesthesia, may produce a dramatic result to correct jagged, chipped or slightly uneven teeth. The dental sculptor becomes the maestro of art, employing sanding discs and creativity, in tandem with nature.

Bleaching and Micro Abrasion
Have your teeth become darker and yellowed over the years? Dental researchers have discovered a simple, safe, and inexpensive technique to manage discolored teeth, when used in indicated circumstances. A customized tray is fabricated for the application of gentle bleaching agents at home. Even intrinsic blemishes may be improved with the select utilization of micro abrasion.A professional evaluation of the causes of the discoloration is indispensable to a predicable outcome.

Dental Bonding
Dental bonding was one of the first and most promising techniques developed for "instant" smile enhancement. It is still suitable in many circumstances to correct broken or misshapen teeth, but is neither as durable as porcelain veneers, nor as spectacular in addressing more complex cosmetic concerns. Once again, prudent employment of our skills yields the best and happiest endings in our quest for excellence.

Many orthodontists claim that upwards of fifty percent of their practices include adult patients. The use of clear brackets, dental insurance benefits and higher disposable income affords an opportunity for many dental patients to realize the value of adult orthodontic care,once considered elective.

Periodontal Resculpting
With the use of modern periodontal "plastic surgery" techniques and the employment of synthetic bone, very pleasing aesthetic outcomes may be achieved, in selected instances,with periodontal surgery.

Dental Implants
Though not as ideal as a natural, healthy dentition, dental implants, when judiciously diagnosed and skillfully restored, offer select patients an opportunity to achieve a functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.

Advances in modern dental care offer more patients alternatives to losing all or most of their teeth. However, full or partial dentures are still an available option in treating dental conditions ravaged by extensive periodontal disease or tooth decay.

Full dentures are not as functional as a healthy dentition, but may provide dynamic aesthetic results. There may be no other dental discipline that requires the practitioner to fully integrate his skills in art and science as the delivery of full dentures.

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Create the Smile You Have Always Wanted
PV Smile: Your Dental Clinic in Paradise

Is your smile saying the right things about you, or is it embarrassing you and holding you back in life? PV Smile is devoted to making people happier by enhancing their smiles with advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry at their modern dental clinic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

My Medical Journey, Part III: The Teeth
Pamela Thompson

Today I began Part III of my medical journey. Bariatric surgery in May of 2007 – completed, successful and nearly 150 lbs gone. Hurray! Plastic surgery the following year to fix the left-over skin, successful and complete. Hurray! Now, the teeth...

Obama’s Health Plan Silent on Dental Care - Mexican Dentists are Dancing in the Streets

Obama’s Health Care Plan doesn’t make dental care more affordable for the average person in the US. Not much has been said in the press about this. Bottom line: It will be business as usual for American dentists.

Taste Genes Predict Tooth Decay
Ingrid L. Thomas

Dental caries is a highly prevalent disease that is disproportionately distributed in the population. Caries occurrence and progression is known to be influenced by a complex interplay of both environmental and genetic factors.

Teen Gets 'Twilight' Teeth Makeove

How would you feel if your teenage son or daughter wanted to become a vampire? The release of the third "Twilight" film has some kids dreaming about becoming Hollywood starlets.

Looking for a Puerto Vallarta Dentist?
Dr. Adrian Octavio Lomeli

Dr. Octavio Lomeli is not only one of the most well established and reputable dentists in Puerto Vallarta, but has also taught many of the dentists now practicing in the area. For the last 25 years he has treated locals as well as Americans and Canadians who return to Vallarta for his services.

Drinking Tap Water May Help You Avoid Dentist’s Drill
Academy of General Dentistry

Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

30,000-Year-Old Teeth Shed New Light on Human Evolution

The teeth of a 30,000-year-old child are shedding new light on the evolution of modern humans, thanks to research from the University of Bristol published this week in PNAS.

Don't Break the Bank: A Mom's Trick to Whiter Teeth
Consumer Tips Weekly

Emily, an ordinary mom from Boston, MA discovered a clever trick to get a celebrity smile for less than $4.

Body's Immune System Response to Dental Plaque Varies by Gender and Race
Cindy Fox Aisen

Will neglecting to brush your teeth damage more than just your smile? Can failing to attack dental plaque increase your risk of heart damage?

Mouth Magic in Mexico (or, I Am the Biggest Dental Weenie in the World!)
Pamela Thompson

I would prefer to walk on hot coals, slide down a banister of razor blades or have a Chinese Water Torture than sit in a dentist's chair. I am a dental weenie! I finally found a dentist I like and trust and will be chronicling the re-invention of my teeth for other dental-weenies.

Scientists Find Shared Genetic Link Between the Dental Disease Periodontitis and Heart Attack
Mary Rice

The relationship between the dental disease periodontitis and coronary heart disease (CHD) has been known for several years. Although a genetic link seemed likely, until now its existence was uncertain.

Your Oral Health is Connected to Your Overall Health
Linda Hemphill

Scientists at the 87th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research, convening today in Miami Beach, report new studies on the connection between oral disease and systemic disease.

Mother's Vitamin D Status During Pregnancy Will Affect Her Baby's Dental Health
Linda Hemphill

Low maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy may affect primary tooth calcification, leading to enamel defects, which are a risk factor for early-childhood tooth decay.

Going South for Inexpensive Oral Hygiene; Mexican Dentistas
Monique Polak

If you're looking for gringos in La Penita de Jaltemba on Mexico's Pacific coast, try Yuyis, a breakfast spot on main street; Hinde & Jaime's bar near the beach - or Oralcare, the dental clinic on Calle Alfred Bonfil, a block over from main street.

Healthy Gums are Something to Smile About

A smile is one of the most universally recognizable facial expressions, helping to depict an individual’s happiness, confidence, attractiveness, sociability and sincerity. And now, according to a recent study, a smile may also help convey healthy teeth and gums.

Americans Go to Mexico for a Cheaper Perfect Smile
Robin Emmott

Shrugging off concerns about hygiene and Mexico's brutal drug war, thousands of Americans are heading to Ciudad Juarez and other Mexican border cities for cheap dental treatment.

Tooth Loss, Dementia May be Linked, JADA Study Suggests
Journal of the American Dental Association

Tooth loss may predict the development of dementia late in life, according to research published in the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

Throngs of Uninsured US Patients Seek Dental Care in Mexico
Paula Bustamante

With aching teeth and a need to cut expenses, throngs of Americans are marching into neighboring Mexico for dental care, and saving hundreds to thousands of dollars in the bargain.

Some Americans Heading to Mexico to Save on Dental Work
Angela Kocherga

Some Americans are heading to Mexico for cheaper dental work. Some of the traveling patients have no insurance, and others want procedures that aren't covered here. That means booming business for Mexican dentists.

Borders Are No Barrier to Affordable Healthcare
Chris Taylor

About 150,000 Americans a year go abroad to have medical work done and the industry is growing by about 15% to 20% annually. The quality of care in top hospitals is said to beat most American hospitals, while providing savings of 30% to 80%.

Building a Dental Empire
Manuel Roig-Franzia

Americans travel to Mexico for stomach surgery, eye exams and routine checkups. But it is the dentistas - thousands of them strung along the border - who are in the vanguard in attracting U.S. health consumers.

Dental Care Much More than Gleaming White Choppers
Linda Bryant Smith

The American Dental Hygienists Association Web site carries a report that says 50 percent of Americans 55 or older have partial or complete dentures, so my husband has lots of company.

My Mexican Dentist
Molly McCloy

Twenty-three years ago, a bike crash landed me on my face, and over time the dental work meant to cover up the damage deteriorated right along with my teeth. This winter I resolved to fix all of this.

Smile! A New Canadian Tool Can Re-Grow Teeth Say Inventors

Snaggle-toothed hockey players and sugar lovers may soon rejoice as Canadian scientists said they have created the first device able to re-grow teeth and bones.more »»»

Open Wide - At Your Own Risk
ABC News

There's no denying the importance of a dazzling smile, and nowadays just about anyone can have picture-perfect teeth. Temporary snap-ons can give you a celebrity look. You can even order teeth to look like those worn by specific celebrities, like the Gwyneths - as in Paltrow, or the Julias, as in Roberts.more »»»

Mexican may have had Fangs for Dentures

A man whose 4,500 year-old skeleton was found in Mexico may have worn ceremonial dentures made from wolf or jaguar fangs, in one of the earliest examples of dentistry in the Americas, scientists said on Wednesday.more »»»

Get Your Teeth Fixed While You Get a Tan
ABC News

Each year, thousands of Americans cross the border to visit dentists in Mexico who will replace crowns, fill cavities, and perform root canals at a fraction of the cost in the United States.more »»»

Medicine Take Notice
Peter Wells Scott

There are medical advancements taking place in the Puerto Vallarta community. Perhaps they are not as striking or as significant as occur in the United States or Europe, but the popular illusion of Mexico as a third world country is fading.more »»»

Grisly Effect of One Drug: 'Meth Mouth'
Monica Davey

Quite distinct from the oral damage done by other drugs, sugar and smoking, methamphetamine seems to be taking a unique, and horrific, toll inside its users' mouths. In short stretches of time a perfectly healthy set of teeth can turn a grayish-brown, twist and begin to fall out.more »»»

Infectious Smiles
Erin Hobday

There are two options when it comes to oral hygiene: Treat your teeth like gold, or buy gold teeth. Aesthetics aside, there's a good reason to go for option one: Your life depends on it.more »»»

Police Bare Teeth to Boost Public Image

Philippine police with bad teeth got something to grin about when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's husband handed out free dentures to improve the confidence and public image of the national force.more »»»

Dental Terminology
We believe that the best consumer seeking to purchase a dental plan is an informed one. If you can not find a definition of a proceedure or service you seek here or if one is unclear, please use the contact links provided for further assistance.more »»»

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