Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry

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Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.

With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.

While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.

Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.

Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.

Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.

Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.

Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.

If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

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People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.

You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.

Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.

Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.

Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By The Smile Shack
January 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Discover the many advantages you’ll enjoy through cosmetic dentistry.cosmetic dentistry

Have you decided that your smile could use a nice little refresher? Are you wondering the best way to do this? Then look no further than our Zanesville, OH cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Labishak, to help you get that vibrant new smile you want. There is so much cosmetic dentistry can do for both you and your appearance.

What types of cosmetic dentistry is available?

When you turn to our Zanesville dentist, he will be able to provide you with a variety of options to help get your ideal smile. First thing’s first—we want to sit down with you and discuss your goals for cosmetic dentistry. Maybe you just want a whiter smile. Perhaps you hate that your front teeth are a bit crooked or overlap one another. Let us know these things so we can help you determine which of these cosmetic dentistry options is best for you:

  • Teeth whitening

  • Dental bonding

  • Porcelain veneers

  • Crowns and bridges

  • Dental implants

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

This is why you’re really here. You want to know what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. There are many benefits to getting one or more of these treatments including:

  • Renewed self-confidence: Do you have to stifle a laugh when in public because you are embarrassed by your smile? Don’t worry about this any longer once you get cosmetic dentistry. You’ll feel your self-esteem rising every time you flashy those pearly whites.

  • A motivation boost: If you don’t have an attractive smile you may feel less-than-thrilled about caring for your smile. Perhaps you figure there isn’t a point to flossing regularly or coming in to see us for checkups if your smile isn’t going to reflect your good oral health. Once you see what a beautiful smile you can get with cosmetic dentistry you may find yourself being a bit more meticulous about how you care for your teeth and gums.

  • A healthier smile: It’s true that issues such as crowding, misalignments, uneven spacing and even crookedness can make it more challenging to properly clean teeth and gums. By correcting your smile and improving its alignment you can actually reduce your risk of cavities and unnecessary wear and tear on teeth.

Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry? Want to find out what it can do for you? If so, then The Smile Shack in Zanesville, OH is ready to help. Call us and schedule a consultation. Let’s find out the best way to give you your dream smile.

By The Smile Shack
November 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says research shows that people with beautiful teeth feel better, look better and make cosmetic dentistryothers happy simply because they smile more. Yes, a great smile tells a lot about the individual, and the AACD also maintains that smiling spreads love to those around you. Who could argue with that? That's why your cosmetic dentist in Zanesville, OH, Dr. Jeffrey Labishak, offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments. He crafts healthy, attractive smiles for patients of all ages, and their smiles make him smile, too.

Start with a cosmetic dentistry consultation

That's a fancy way of saying come into The Smile Shack in Zanesville and talk with your cosmetic dentist. Dr. Labishak wants to know how you'd like your smile to improve. For instance:

  • Do you want some gaps closed?
  • Are deep stains from smoking bothering you?
  • Have your teeth always been crooked, but you've never worn braces?
  • Are your teeth healthy, but you dislike the cracks and chips on your upper front teeth?

Before you see Dr. Labishak, think carefully about your smile goals. Then, the dentist will examine your teeth, take X-rays and other modern imaging as needed and recommend treatments that make sense for your facial appearance, age and health. You may need or want only one service--teeth whitening, for instance--or you may desire a complete smile makeover to address several issues. Dr. Labishak understands and will present you with sensible options.

Offered cosmetic services

The Smile Shack delivers many, and they include:

  • Professional teeth whitening One of the most popular cosmetic treatments, teeth whitening brightens dull, yellowed enamel. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel lifts staining organic matter from deep within tooth structure. The procedure is safe, and whether you opt for an at-home version or in-office treatment, you're guaranteed amazing results.
  • Porcelain veneers These tooth-shaped shells of dental-grade ceramic cover the front of teeth which have cosmetic flaws such as chips, small gaps, hairline fractures and odd shape. Veneers require some enamel reduction before placement and so are considered a permanent enhancement. They also add a measure of durability to healthy teeth, lasting for ten years and beyond.
  • Composite resin bonding This one-visit procedure takes a tooth-colored material composed of acrylic and glass and smooths and reshapes small flaws such as pits and chips.
  • Tooth-colored fillings A strong and natural-looking alternative to metal fillings, composite resin cavity repair is seamless and long-lasting. Dr. Labishak removes the decayed portion of the tooth and bonds on the tooth-colored resin, hardening it with a special UV light.
  • Orthodontic correction Braces move crooked teeth into healthier positions. A wonderful side benefit is improved smile aesthetics. Whether you use conventional metal or ceramic braces or if clear plastic aligners work for your smile, Dr. Labishak can help you achieve the straight smile of your dreams.

Contact us

At The Smile Shack in Zanesville, OH, we want to see you smile all the time. Cosmetic dentistry services can help. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Labishak: (743) 454-4112.

By The Smile Shack
September 16, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”



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