Dr. Jay Grossman, Celebrity Dentist, Shares What You Should Know Before a Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure

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Celebrity dentist, Dr. Jay Grossman, offers insightful information regarding cosmetic dentistry procedures.

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Cosmetic dentistry procedures — teeth whitening and straightening, veneers, bonding — have become commonplace in the U.S. and, seemingly, mandatory in Southern California, where image enhancement is something akin to religion. Celebrity dentist Dr. Jay Grossman, however, believes there are a number of things one ought to know prior to going through with any one of these procedures.

"Teeth whitening is ideal when you have little to no sensitivity in general, and you have natural teeth. You can NOT whiten crowns, composites, veneers or bridges, so if you already have a prosthesis (fake crown) on your front teeth, you have no option but to redo the crown to a lighter color." says Dr. Grossman. "The consequences of teeth whitening are really very limited; some sensitivity on the day of the procedure only, and, you are limited to consuming only white food and beverages on the day of the procedure. After 24 hours….you can resume all your regular consumption of foods and beverages. This process can last 6-12 months, and can be redone as often as every month."

He goes on to say, "If you want a permanent solution then you will be looking at veneers, which are as thin as a contact lens and shaped to cover the front part of the tooth. Minimal removal of tooth structure is needed so that when the veneer is placed, the tooth does not look so bulky and big. Therefore, this procedure requires the following: anesthesia to numb the tooth, slight preparation of the tooth, and impression and a follow up appointment approximately 2 weeks later to cement the veneer on the tooth. The advantage of this procedure is that it lasts for years, many times, for decades. As long as the veneer stays on the tooth, the color and shape will NOT change, therefore it is considered a long-term solution to dark, stained or chipped teeth."

Dr. Jay Grossman, (http://www.conciergedentistry.com), has a concierge dental practice in Brentwood, CA since 1991. He is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry as well as a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy dental corp. He is a professor at both UCLA College of Dentistry as well as Western University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Grossman is a speaker on the national stage, as well as the founder of Homeless Not Toothless, an organization that has donated over $3 Million in free dental care to homeless veterans and foster children.

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