Shape Up Your Smile
DENTAL HEALTH - SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that only half of all American adults are satisfied with their smile. Many people say they begin to notice their youthful smile deteriorating during their 30s and 40s. Whether you want to improve your appearance or your relationships, or boost your health, self-esteem, or professional success, a new smile can be an important asset.
Metro Detroit dental professionals we spoke with offer a wide range of the best smile-enhancing options, and treatments are often tailored to their patients' needs. A smile makeover can be as complex as a full-mouth restoration using custom-made porcelain crowns and veneers, or as simple as tooth-whitening.
In-office deep-bleaching techniques remove even the most stubborn stains, while new at-home products like the WhiteICE stick help you maintain your sparkly whites.
With Invisalign, crooked teeth straighten up without the need for "hardware." Dentists are also contouring teeth and sculpting excess gum tissue to straighten out uneven smiles. Where teeth are missing, newer types of implants integrate more quickly and effectively, restoring your smile and quality of life and requiring less healing time.
A perfect smile is healthy and natural-looking. Keep it fresh with everyday brushing and flossing, and be sure to get regular dental cleanings.
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
What's better than walking into a room and being able to flash a big, white, healthy, movie-star smile? It sends an instant message to the world: "I'm happy, healthy, vital, confident, and very much in the game, thank you very much!" says Dr. Craig Goldin of the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute. His wife, Dr. Marcy Goldin, agrees. "The operative words here are big, white, and healthy," she says. "Nothing ages your face like yellow or stained teeth, receding gums, or a mouthful of black fillings. Unfortunately, people are constantly sizing us up and making judgments about us – including our upbringing, our education, our social status, our health – all based on the color, size, shape, and straightness of our teeth."
Chosen as the top cosmetic practice in the nation, the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute offers nothing less than excellence in dentistry. For four years in a row, the dentists have been chosen by their peers as top dentists in Hour Detroit. Not only does the team at this award-winning practice offer the latest cosmetic options for whiter, more youthful smiles – they also provide all phases of general dentistry, using the best and most conservative treatments possible.
"Whether your teeth are too long, too short, crooked, chipped, overcrowded, stained, splotchy, or just plain unattractive, we can create your new perfect smile," Dr. Craig Goldin says. "There's no reason to go through life that way anymore. We offer many options to our patients. In-office teeth-whitening, properly made veneers, all-ceramic crowns, and dental implants allow patients to have healthy, stunning, age-defying smiles. "To assure that your smile looks beautiful and natural, seek an experienced and qualified dentist whose primary focus is aesthetic dentistry."
Reflecting his commitment to excellence, Dr. Goldin is only one of 300 dentists worldwide to earn Accredited member status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He also has achieved Diplomate status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute Craig P. Goldin, D.D.S., Marcy Greenbert Goldin, D.D.S.
Dolores Baran, D.D.S.
Dr. Dolores Baran uses the latest advances in dentistry to enhance the smiles of her patients.
"We have a wonderful deep-bleaching technique that can whiten up stubborn teeth, even teeth stained by tetracycline," Dr. Baran says. "For people who have a gummy smile, we use a laser to trim and reshape the gums, making the teeth appear larger. We also can correct a 'toothy' look or painful, receding gums using a painless surgical technique in the office.
"Most adults prefer Invisalign® over traditional braces to straighten crooked teeth," Dr. Baran continues. "With Invisalign®, it's easier to brush and floss and keep the teeth and gums healthy, and you don't have the 'hardware' on your teeth."
One of the top Lumineers® dentists in the country, Dr. Baran corrects discolored, worn, cracked, and chipped teeth with natural-looking veneers. Patients have a new, beautiful smile in just two or three dental visits. There are many choices available for smile enhancement; a free consultation will help with your decision.
Dolores J Baran D.D.S., P.C. General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Address: 1103 N. Main Street, Suite A, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates
"As some people get older, their gums recede – and that betrays their age. We call it 'long in the tooth,' " says periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth. "We do a graft, sometimes using the patient's own tissue, to make the teeth appear shorter and more youthful, which gives the patient a smile they're comfortable with."
Simply reshaping the gum tissue can make a huge difference in a person's smile. "We have young people coming in who are embarrassed because they have a 'gummy' smile. We sculpt the excess gum tissue to give them a beautiful smile, and it changes their life," Dr. Nemeth says.
Dr. Nemeth uses advanced grafting techniques and materials. In certain cases the patient's own blood is spun in a centrifuge, creating a membrane that is placed over the graft to speed healing and further enhance the result.
For people with missing teeth, especially those whose immune system may be compromised, the Thommen dental implant provides the function and beauty of natural teeth. "It's relatively new to Michigan. The implant has a special coating that enables it to integrate with the bone more rapidly and more effectively, reducing the healing time," Dr. Nemeth explains.
Another newer technique is All-on-4™ implant technology, which utilizes four strategically placed implants to securely hold an entire upper or lower denture. "Patients come in with no teeth or unhealthy teeth that must be removed, and they walk out with a beautiful set of teeth and a beautiful smile. They are so delighted," Dr. Nemeth says.
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S., MaCSD, Amar Katranji, D.D.S., M.S. Periodontics – Dental Implants – Advanced Grafting
The Richter Center Halitosis Treatment
Ronald W. Earnest, D.D.S.
Your smile ages right along with the rest of your body, and your teeth can shift as the enamel becomes thinner. Teeth also can wear down and appear shorter as you age. However, there are several treatments to make your smile look dramatically younger – and some of these treatments can be completed in just one or two visits.
Veneers can be a quick solution. Dr. Ronald W. Earnest can use teeth-whitening and veneers or bonding to close gaps and elongate teeth, which can create a healthier, sexier, smile — and take years off your appearance.
Ronald W. Earnest, D.D.S., P.C. General Dentistry
Oakland MRI is a full-service imaging facility for all of your diagnostic needs. We offer the latest and most advanced open MRI equipment, and we have a complete digital X-ray suite. Most people don't realize it, but MRI technology is also used to diagnose dental problems. In fact, MRI is the most important tool for diagnosing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions and diseases, and Oakland MRI has a dedicated coil specifically for this kind of imaging.
The next time you need excellent and convenient imaging services, remember that you can choose the testing facility. Oakland MRI, now open on Sundays for the convenience of its patients, has the latest technology, a beautiful spa-like atmosphere, and compassionate, courteous professionals waiting to serve you. Choose the best. Choose Oakland MRI.
Oakland MRI Open MRI/MRA & Digital X-Ray
WhiteScience Dr. Samuel First, D.D.S.
Consumers spent more than $23 billion in 2010 on products and services to achieve whiter, brighter, more confident smiles. Dr. Samuel First, a specialist in general and reconstructive dentistry with over 25 years of experience, believes that because of a push from consumers seeking more affordable and painless cosmetic teeth-whitening options, no one needs to settle for yellow teeth and dull smiles.
"WhiteScience created an industry turning point six years ago when it introduced a suite of cosmetic teeth-whitening products that were safe, effective, and affordable," Dr. First says. "In 2007, Dentistry Today and Dental Product Reports magazines rated WhiteScience whitening products among the best in the industry. For many of my patients, the SpaWhite or Artiste 30-minute whitening treatments provide fantastic results with excellent customer satisfaction."
Once a boutique product only available through the dentist's office, WhiteICE was named one of the top 100 dental products when it was introduced in 2007.
"The WhiteICE stick is a wonderful and unique maintenance product that is formulated to work either in concert with other WhiteScience products or by itself," Dr. First notes. "Applied to your teeth like you'd use lip balm on your lips, WhiteICE is a quick, easy way to literally erase stains in minutes a day and maintain that perfect smile. This is a remarkable product with a price tag that's less than what teenagers spend on a pair of shoes!"
WhiteScience Worldwide is the leading manufacturer and seller of cosmetic teeth-whitening technology in the world, and it offers the No. 1 teeth-whitening products and patented whitening delivery systems in the United States.
At Southgate Dental, your smile is the top priority. Dr. David Sorial and his team use the most current treatments in dentistry — including orthodontics, veneers, dental implants, laser teeth-whitening, and laser gum therapy – to help their patients achieve a whiter, brighter, more confident smile.
"We are happy to offer a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to anyone who would like to improve their smile," says Dr. Sorial, who takes the time to understand each patient's unique circumstances and needs.
"Our experienced staff is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized care and service. We treat everyone as if they were our family."
Southgate Dental Group
Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
David Sorial, D.D.S., P.C. & Jennifer Fanti, D.D.S.
Address: 14745 Northline, Southgate, MI 48195
Website: www.southgatesmile.com, www.sleepapneadentistrymi.com
Arestea Kakaris, D.D.S.
The key to a new smile is that it looks natural, says Dr. Arestea Kakaris, who tailors treatments to each patient and their needs.
"We don't want our patients to look like they've all come out of the same box," she says. "The goal is to have a great smile that looks like you."
Utilizing the latest dental tools and products, Dr. Kakaris performs full-mouth restorations, turning broken down teeth into beautiful, confident smiles. A smile makeover may require the placement of an implant where a tooth was missing, or one or more veneers to restore chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth.
Dr. Kakaris recalls a 20-year-old patient who had a gummy smile. Her "small" teeth resembled those of a 12-year-old child whose teeth have not completely erupted. The gum tissue didn't arch up, but ran straight across.
"We talked about doing some bonding and some veneers, but with her excess gum tissue she would still have a squarish look," Dr. Kakaris explains. "We sculpted her gum tissue with a laser and it revealed naturally beautiful teeth. We whitened her teeth and everything looked gorgeous. There was no need to do anything more."
Teeth that are slightly crooked can be contoured so that they appear to be straight. Whitening crooked teeth can also give a similar illusion.
"Simple changes can make a big difference in the overall look of a smile," Dr. Kakaris says. "Once a patient has small enhancements, they are willing to do more in the future."
Arestea Kakaris, D.D.S.
General, Cosmetic, Laser, and Sedation Dentistry, Dental Implants, Same Day Crowns, Veneers/Lumineers, Invisalign®, Sleep Medicine, Restorative and Emergency Care
Address: 21080 Allen Road, Woodhaven, MI 48183
West Bloomfield Dental & Associates, PLLC
Cleanings and gum care are the first steps to a beautiful smile. "Stopping inflammation will make a huge difference in your smile," says Dr. Sharon Castro, D.D.S. "Routine dental care, which includes regular cleanings, will brighten your smile and enhance the way you feel."
There are many ways to enhance a smile. Often, patients are unaware of what services are needed. Dr. Castro always evaluates her patients carefully, to determine their specific needs, and provides suggestions and alternative dental options.
"For example, a patient might come into the office with a concern of discolored teeth and say to me, 'My coworker has a great smile, due to bleaching.' For this patient, however, bleaching may not be appropriate," Dr. Castro says. "I provide a complete examination, including X-rays and cleaning, before I give a specific evaluation. If there is a need for bleaching, we will go ahead with it."
Dr. Castro and her staff are dedicated to providing services for complete patient satisfaction. Furthermore, her staff enjoys helping every patient achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.
"Regular examinations will reduce serious problems," she says, adding, "We encourage patients with diabetes to have more than two checkups a year."
West Bloomfield Dental and Associates
Sharon Castro, D.D.S., MBA, HCM
Address: 6900 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 211, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Hospital Affiliation: Beaumont, West Bloomfield
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, D.D.S.
For Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel and her dental team, it has never been easier to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. "When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, a smile makeover is the ultimate transformative experience," Dr. Salzberg-Siegel says. "It's so exciting when even patients we have done replacement teeth for are shocked at how natural-looking the final result is."
There are many opportunities for patients to communicate what they want, starting with the initial consultation, where Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and her staff take time to understand patients' needs and goals. "With specialized digital technology, we can let patients preview their finished smile before any work is done. This is a great way to help them feel confident about their enhancement, and it ensures satisfaction in the final result," Dr. Salzberg-Siegel says.
Dr. Salzberg-Siegel's patients appreciate her keen eye for detail. And because her focus is on providing the most natural-looking cosmetic dentistry, she has invested 25 years in pursuing advanced training and research. It has given her the edge she needs to make every treatment the best it can be. "I am proud to offer my patients the finest care dentistry has to offer today," she says. "To care for people with compassion and be able to transform their appearance is extremely rewarding. A beautiful smile can be one of your greatest assets."
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel D.D.S., P.C.
Dentistry, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
Address: 38550 Garfield Road, Suite C, Clinton Township, MI 48038