Chapter Four: A Visual Guide to the Smile | New York, NY

Everyone wants to have a smile that can light up a room. Y’know, one of those Hollywood smiles we see every day on our favorite tv shows and movies – a bright, gleaming white set of perfect pearly whites. The great thing is, with today’s dental technology, you can have that smile with the help of your dentist. Need it brighter? There are whitening treatments. Need some straightening? There are braces, or if necessary, dental implants that can help out. All you need is a visit to your favorite smile doctor.

Now when it comes to the various method used to repair your flawed grin, there are plenty to choose from and you and your dentist will decide together the best plan of attack. Here is a quick rundown of what you can expect. Of course, every patient is different, so these options may vary:

Missing teeth. A dental implant with veneers will likely be recommended.

Worn teeth. This will either entail some bonding or veneers in affected areas.

Gummy smile. If you have excessive gums showing when you smile, you may need a smile lift.

Discoloration. Whitening will be the first option but may need bonding or veneers.

Tooth erosion. Grinding may cause your teeth to wear. Veneers and/or crowns will fix that.

Old restorations. Old restorations may need to be re-sculpted to give your smile a renewed look.

Old bonding and cavities. You would be surprised by how much your smile can change by changing the color and shape of your teeth.

Crowding. Braces or a crown/bridge combination will make your smile more aesthetically pleasing.

Missing teeth. Fill in any gaps with bridges and veneers.

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Chapter Two: Myths, Deceptions and Misconceptions | New York, NY

When asked about they’re least favorite thing to do, many adults will say visit the dentist is at the top of the list. The reasons will vary, but it’s enough of an issue that many patients put off regular checkups as a result, making their dental health at risk for future issues. But dental anxiety is a real condition that affects many of our patients. Unfortunately, many of these fears lie within deeply held and unhealthy beliefs about oral health. In the book, Open Wider, Dr. Larry Rosenthal addresses and uproots these issues head on:

Dental visits are unpleasant. Have you been to a dental office lately? Big-screen TVs and aromatherapy are just a couple of the amenities there for you to relax and enjoy your dental experience.

Dental treatment is painful. Materials and bonding techniques are so advanced, patients are less aware that procedures are happening at all.

Teeth aren’t important features. Your teeth are not only responsible for your bite, but support the lower third of your face, affecting your overall appearance. You need to take care of all of your teeth.

Dental restorations last forever. Nothing lasts forever, and the better you care for them, the longer they’ll last.

Dentists aren’t doctors. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery. They aren’t scary like the movies say – they’re just normal people like you and me.

Dental procedures take a long time. With today’s dental advancements, basic dental procedures can be done as quickly as a pedicure or haircut.

Bad breath is diet-based. There are a few reasons you may have bad breath. If it becomes a common occurrence, it could be a health issue, like acid reflux or medication you are taking.

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Chapter One: The Renaissance of Dentistry | New York, NY

TMZ recently caught up with actor Josh Duhamel at LAX and asked him if he had always wanted to be an actor. Surprisingly, the answer was no. In fact, he wanted to become a dentist. When asked why that was the goal, he said it was because he was very creatively-inclined, and his brother was a dentist. He thought he could use his artistic talents to create beautiful smiles, while keeping his mom proud her son was a doctor. He understood that dentistry isn’t solely based on medicine. Unfortunately, his grades weren’t all that great and eventually dropped out of Minot State University before entering dental school. The rest is history.

Dr. Rosenthal had the same ideas upon entering dental school, only to be hit with the technical curriculum of anatomy, labs and preclinical work. It wasn’t anything he expected dental college to be and got frustrated with the way the dentistry industry was. They failed to recognize that dentistry is a visual art. “It is an art informed by science and technology. It is an art that drives science and technology.”

Fast forward 13 years, and Dr. Rosenthal has revolutionized the way dentistry is taught and received. Think of it as a renaissance of sorts – a revival for dentistry and the beauty that can be created by these dental advancements.

Open Wider is a book that celebrates the world of dentistry and the beauty that is created within a patient’s mouth. You’ll find yourself becoming optimistic for your next dental visit and overall health going forward. Give your lifestyle the boost it’s been looking for and get yourself a copy of Open Wider today!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

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Chapter 20: Competence, Confidence, and Control | New York, NY

When a patient looks for a new dental professional, oftentimes they don’t exactly know what they are looking for. Each has a specific need and requirement but choosing the correct fit can be daunting and overwhelming. They all want to be taken care of properly, but because it is difficult to know if this is possible, they tend to choose the most confident dentist.

As a dental professional, it’s important to realize that we walk a fine line between confidence and cocky, so it is important to be up front and honest about your capabilities. Don’t mislead your patients into thinking you can do a certain procedure if you are unfamiliar. Claiming you are confident in things you haven’t experienced much of will only affect their experiences with you.

It is also important to be able to pivot, as no two patients are alike. There are always basics to follow, but not all smiles can be treated the same. Be able to change treatment options to suit the patient and be confident enough to tell a patient a certain treatment option isn’t the right one for them. If you aren’t the dental professional for them, tell them. Patients need to feel a sense on control in a scary situation, so have the confidence to be able to present what you can confidently provide to your patients. Let them be a part of the process. Tell them what to expect and answer any questions they have with certain facts and calming poise.

In addition, having a confident, capable staff is just as important as how you present yourself. Pick your dream team, make each other the best and give your patients an experience that will keep them coming back.

Chapter 18: The Virtual Dentist | New York, NY

It almost feels like a scene in a movie – you now have the ability for technology to let health professionals know something is wrong with your remotely. It seems unbelievable, but sensors and “smart pills” have now come into play as an actual healthcare option. Imagine that? But how can we get it into our dental health needs? In this chapter, Dr. Rosenthal talks about the various ways dental technology is constantly monitoring in order to improve patient care, even remotely.

Telemedicine platforms. Let’s face it – the internet isn’t going anywhere. But one of the more brilliant uses of it are the communication systems developed in order to improve treatment plans. There is no I in team, so why not pull all of the resources available to give your patients the best treatment possible?

Digital interface. The ability to communicate with the laboratories creating their patient’s restorations not only improves the natural look of the patient’s teeth but can also make tracking these packages easier. Combine that with 3-D prosthetic development and we have the ideal product for our patient.

Mobile devices with video. Being able to video chat with your dentist when something is amiss is not only a benefit to the patient, but also for the doctor. It is an instant way to ease a patient’s fears and instruct aide until they can be seen live.

Crowdsourcing via citizen sensing and social media. Each one, teach one is a motto we should all believe in, especially with the development of the internet. We can now reach out to anyone who can help and that is a comforting thought. Sharing knowledge is key to progress. Together we are stronger.

To learn more about Dr. Rosenthal’s personal dream team, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

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Chapter 14: Wearable Art, Wearable Technology | New York, NY

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, dental professionals need to be creative when it comes to their patients’ treatment options. Thankfully, today’s technology has given license to do be innovative with the tools they use. In this chapter, Dr. Rosenthal discusses today’s “wearable technology”.

Braces. What was traditionally metal brackets and wire, braces have taken a huge leap. Now there are lingual braces and invisible aligners to move teeth to a desired position.

Crowns. The materials used to create restorations like crowns has advanced tremendously over the years to not only provide a stronger replacement, but to make them look as natural as possible by replacing the metal previously used.

Veneers. A perfect combination of ceramic and adhesive has allowed veneers to become a leading solution for many dental issues, making them much stronger and less invasive than a crown.

Implants. Implants have improved from the traditional version because they are now more durable and biologically compatible.

Bridges. When creating bridges, it is important to secure the ends, in order to reinforce it enough to handle the pressure needed. These anchors now come in a variety of fixed and removable options.

Mouth guards. It is important to protect your mouth when doing active sports. Today’s mouthguards now have accelerometer sensors and gyro sensors to track g-force and angular velocity.

Night guards. Patients that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea need help keeping their airway open while sleeping. Night guards now have devices that keep this area clear.

Cosmeceuticals. Cosmetic dermatology rounds out the wearable technology chapter, as the topical and injectable treatments have had major innovations made to tighten, smooth and fill in aging skin issues.

To learn more about Dr. Rosenthal’s personal dream team, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

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Chapter 13: The Aesthetic Dream Team | New York, NY

It’s hard to argue the saying “there’s no I in team”, because behind every success is a team of people. Think about it – in any situation, there will always be a leader, but who are they leading? They need a team and dentistry is no different. To become the best, you must surround yourself with the best, and with that comes gorgeous smiles on happy, thankful patients. In chapter 13, we take a look at eight of Dr. Rosenthal’s “dream team” and how they are an integral part of the team…

Endodontist. An endodontist specializes in the roots of teeth, so all root canal work and diseases affecting the roots of the tooth fall into their lap.

Oral surgeon. When a patient needs a tooth extracted or some type of surgery to the face, it’s time to call in the oral surgeon.

Master ceramist. It is very commonplace for dental offices to send restoration work to a master ceramist in a lab to have cosmetic appliances created according to certain specifications.

Cosmetic or plastic surgeon. A cosmetic surgeon focuses their talents solely on face and neck issues a patient may have; a plastic surgeon who doesn’t have a particular focus.

Dermatologist. At times, a patient feels so downtrodden by their skin’s appearance, they begin to neglect their dental health as well. A dermatologist will improve the skin flaws a patient may have.

TMJ surgeon. Patients with sleeping issues have a whole separate specialist that works wonders with TMJ disorder and breathing issues.

Periodontist. Before any cosmetic work is done, a patient needs healthy gums. This is where a periodontist comes in.

Orthodontist. The orthodontist is called when a patient needs help with their “mouth posture”.

To learn more about Dr. Rosenthal’s personal dream team, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

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Chapter Twelve: The Five-Star Experience | New York, NY

We all know that patients don’t want to visit the dentist. In fact, unless they have a toothache, a dental visit would be dodged at all costs. We know it’s necessary in order to maintain a healthy smile, so how do we entice them to keep those appointments regular? For Dr. Rosenthal, he and his staff provide their patients with the five-star treatment. What does that entail? Well, for Dr. Rosenthal, it’s a top-to-bottom experience with the patient centerstage.

Firstly, it is in the attitude. Dr. Rosenthal compiles a staff of people that not only provide fantastic patient care, but also go above and beyond what you would come to expect from a typical dental office. You will be interviewed about your needs and wants. You will have a thorough explanation of what to expect from your visit. You will be welcomed with a smile and an answer to any question or concern you may have.

Next, comes the amenities. A typical dental office is not what you’ll find here. In fact, it will remind you more of a five-star hotel room than a dental office. Would you like a cozy blanket or a lavender eye mask? How about lip balm or a cool beverage? Yes, these are the things you can come to expect from this top-notch dental office.

Dr. Rosenthal grew up with parents that instilled a strong sense of pride, passion kindness and respect. He has used their life lessons to give his patients the ultimate in dental care. We should all have this attitude about the work that we do.

To learn more about a trial smile, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

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Chapter Eleven: The Trial Smile | New York, NY

When you’re in the market to buy something new, having a sample of what you’re buying is always a great way to be sure it’s what you really want. After all, you don’t buy a car without giving it a test drive? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have the same options when it comes to surgery? There is – dental surgery. With today’s technology, you can now test drive your smile before you buy. It’s called a trail smile.

Temporaries, or provisionals, is the template created so a patient can see a preview of their options, and there are plenty. Color, brightness, size, shape and texture can all be realized without a single ounce of pain or inconvenience. It is a great way to show patients that may be leery about a smile makeover, just what to expect. If they don’t like a certain aspect, we change it. We are in the search of designing YOUR perfect smile.

For the first level of the trial smile, we create an intraoral mock-up. Materials are sculpted to create a visual for the patient. Resin is used to visualize the length and color of the teeth and take measurements. The second level is the shaping and sculpting of each tooth. This is where the patient can give their thoughts on the way their teeth look. The third and final level is for those patients with more difficult cases, like flared teeth. It is an easier way to adjust the tooth’s angle without moving the entire root.

A trial smile is a great way for a patient looking for a smile makeover to experience what this transformation feels like in their everyday life.

To learn more about a trial smile, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

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Chapter Ten: The Smile Lift | New York, NY

We all fear the aging process. No one wants to get older, much less look older. But, sadly, time waits for no man. As we age, our face begins to change. Our teeth begin to discolor and shift, the muscles in our face begin to lose its youthful elasticity. And as our face begins to sag, a phenomenon called facial collapse, oftentimes causing us to feel self-conscious.

When this happens, where is the first place we turn? Yes, the cosmetic surgeon. We want face-lifts and augmentations to various areas of our faces, in the hopes that we miraculously hold onto the last days of our youths. The problem is, when your procedure doesn’t turn out the way you wanted, it’s difficult to repair the damage.

This chapter discusses another option to the cosmetic surgery – a smile lift. It is likely that you’ve never heard of this dental procedure, but it can make a 50-year old person look ten years younger with little invasive techniques or pain. Sound impossible? It’s time to make an appointment with your dental professional.

During this consultation, you will get together and design your smile. Size and color of teeth, the shape, everything is now in your hands. Afterwards you will receive what is called a trial smile as a template. This way you can take a “test drive” with your new smile. When all is perfect, your smile is created and there you have it – the smile you’ve always wanted, all yours for at least the next eight years!

To learn more about a visual guide to the smile, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

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