By Patty Kovacs, Editor-at-Large, Makemeheal.com
Back in the 1980′s Sam Muslin, DDS, MAGD, a practicing Santa Monica dentist, was testing a then unknown product called veneers to enhance the smile of a select group of his patients. What is today known as cosmetic dentistry began with pioneering expert dentist like Dr. Muslin.
Dr. Muslin’s continued application of veneers and his meticulous assessment and rebuilding of teeth to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile led him to perfect his art of beautiful dentistry. Developing his own signature style, he began to notice that specific applications produced distinguished, improved facial dimension. His dental work was transforming receding chins, sunken jaws, and thinning lips into stronger chins, sculpted jaws, and fuller lips. With his unique methods and dental expertise, he was creating gorgeous smiles and turning back the clock on otherwise sagging, aging faces.
He called the procedure Face Lift Dentistry as word got out and patient after patient came to him from around the country for state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry and facial rejuvenation without plastic surgery.
Face Lift Dentistry is a unique, patient-centered, restorative, and bite-reconstructive treatment that requires only dental restorations, no actual facial surgery, yet utterly remarkable facial rejuvenation is naturally achieved. No stitches, no cosmetic injectables, and minimal to zero grinding down of the patient’s natural teeth. The procedure can be completed in as little as two office visits. Face Lift Dentistry is a level of care that exceeds all previous levels, the highest, most complex level of dental care made possible by improvements in advanced technology using Dr. Muslin’s refined techniques. This super specialty procedure is highly concentrated, utilizing and coordinating the most advanced dental technologies available to achieve the ultimate level of individualized dental care while also achieving astonishing facial rejuvenation.
“What are my goals of Face Lift Dentistry?” asks Dr. Muslin. “To achieve the absolute best jaw position and comfort, tooth angle, dental health level, clear speech, ideal facial support and optimal facial length possible. The result? A weak chin appears stronger, a short, round face is elongated, a collapsed bite is restored, and a remarkably improved facial profile results. That’s why I call it Face Lift Dentistry.”
I met Dr. Sam Muslin at a medical luncheon at the Regent Beverly Hills, sure that I would discern his technique to be somewhat questionable. He quickly proved me wrong and now I’m a fan. His results are astonishing. Facial wrinkles and weaknesses become more obvious with age. When you think about it, it just makes good sense to incorporate enhancing one’s smile and facial dimensions simultaneously. Big plus? No surgery. Dr. Muslin is going far beyond conventional dentistry and his before-and-after patient photos and testimonials tell the story.
“The Dental Face Lift technique plumps the appearance of thinning lips, adds volume to sunken cheeks, elongates an otherwise weak jaw and chin, and makes taut that ugly, loose turkey neck. The technique naturally enhances the patient’s unique soft facial tissue with restructure of the hard tissue: the teeth. In other words, it’s much more than a ‘dental smile makeover,’” he explains.
A careful, three-dimensional analysis of the patient’s entire face geometry begins the initial procedure. A highly customized course is determined to reconstruct the patient’s bite as well as to enhance the patient’s entire facial structure. No surgery is required on the face or any soft tissues. Only the teeth are treated.
“The development Face Lift Dentistry actually allows a patient to change what nature created and turn back the hands of time. Instead of being satisfied with the length of our face and the position of our jaw that we grew into randomly at a young age, we can now utilize this dental technology to achieve the best possible face, lips and jaw position possible while restoring youthfulness to the entire face,” says Dr. Muslin.
The procedure restructures the face, the bite, even the health of the entire body by maximizing the potential of the teeth to support the overall facial structure, lips and cheeks. It removes years off the facial appearance, vertically lengthening the face, actually smoothing out wrinkles, giving a naturally thicker appearance to the lips. Not only is the smile vastly improved, but the entire face is transformed to a far more aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance by reconstruction the teeth. The teeth are lengthened to achieve a longer face and this lengthening process is harmonized with the specific requirements of the patient’s jaw-joint or TMJ. According to Dr. Muslin, in most instances the jaw-joint will move itself to the best position naturally if given the opportunity during the course of dental care.
“Wearing down of the teeth because of bruxism (grinding) is a normal process of aging. The gradual loss of vertical dimension in a patient’s face is an added result of getting older; in other words, our faces get shorter as we age because of tooth wear,” explains Dr. Muslin. “Over time, the bite is flattened and depressed facial structure follows. A face looks older due greatly to loss of tooth support and flattening of the bite. Mine is the only procedure that actually lengthens the face permanently and creates a lasting, vertically enhanced, youthful looking face.”
Dr. Muslin’s patients aren’t just aging baby boomers. A 30-year-old patient can actually have a 50-year-old looking face due to a deep over-bite and years of grinding. Short, dark yellow teeth from smoking, partying, poor eating habits, or childhood antibiotics combined with old fillings and crowns that don’t match can make a thirty-something look, well, old.
“Some of us never had a good bite to begin with. Our bite is formed in early adolescence once all of the adult teeth erupt. It’s our teeth that determine facial length and jaw position for the rest of our lives. Our faces can be short and round if the teeth don’t provide adequate support. Many of my patients experience enormous relief from migraine headaches due to teeth misalignment and grinding” continues Dr. Muslin.
As soon as mismatched crowns and fillings are replaced, the patient is made healthier. Decay is removed for maximum health and the bite is rebuilt. Conflicting metals and decaying tooth structures are replaced with biologically compatible porcelain materials.
Worn down cusps are rebuilt and restored for better chewing, adding subtle, three-dimensional vertical facial height, creating astonishing youthful restoration of the patient’s entire facial appearance. No surgery, no stitches, and most patients go back to work the very next day.
Dr. Muslin’s years of knowledge and expertise are critical in in Face Lift Dentistry. His advanced training and artistic ability are vital components for the biological harmony of this highly advanced procedure.
Dr. Sam Muslin is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and has been awarded by the International College of Dentists. He has been practicing cosmetic dentistry in Santa Monica for almost 30 years. Dental Face Lift and Face Lift Dentistry are registered trademarks of Dr. Sam Muslin. www.faceliftdentistry.com.
Patty Kovacs, Editor-At-Large at Makemeheal.com, is a published author and beauty expert. Patty is the Executive Producer/Host of The Health and Beauty Revolution Show on wsRadio. Her 800+ interviews include over 450 New York Times best-selling authors.
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