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By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
June 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
50CentHasHisOwnStyle-EveninHisSmile

On his way to the top of the urban contemporary charts, the musician, actor and entrepreneur known as 50 Cent (born Curtis James Jackson III) earned his street credibility the hard way; his rise from youthful poverty to present-day stardom is chronicled in many of his rhymes. So when it came time for the rapper to have cosmetic work performed on his teeth, he insisted on doing it in his own way.

“I told [the dentist] to leave [my front teeth] a little bigger than the other ones, because I need to still see me when I look in the mirror,” he told his co-host on the New York radio station Power 105.1. “Don't give me no whole ’noter guy — I like me!”

We understand how 50 Cent feels — in fact, we think it's a perfectly reasonable request.

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years, as we strive to meet the increasing expectations of our patients. We realize that different people have different perceptions of what makes a smile attractive — and that in dental aesthetics, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. That's why, before we begin cosmetic work, we want to hear what you like and don't like about your smile as it is now. In addition, we can also perform what is called a “smile analysis.”

This procedure doesn't cause any discomfort — but it's a crucial part of cosmetic enhancement. In doing the analysis, we look at the various parts of an individual's smile: the spacing, size and alignment of the teeth; the health and position of the gum line; the relationship of the upper and lower jaws; and the relative shape and size of the face. All of these features combine to make a person's smile unique. By looking at them closely, we can help determine the best way for you to improve your smile.

But how can you tell if the cosmetic changes you're contemplating will end up being just right for you? Fortunately, with today's technology, it's easier than ever. Computer imaging offers a chance to visualize the final outcome before we start working on your teeth; it's even possible to offer previews of different treatment options. If you want to go a bit further, we may be able to show you a full-scale model of your new smile.

In some situations, we can even perform a provisional restoration — that is, a trial version of the new smile, made with less permanent materials. If the “temporary” smile looks, feels, and functions just right, then the permanent one will too. If not, it's still possible to make changes that will make it work even better.

Whether you're thinking about having teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental implants to improve your smile, you probably have a picture in your mind of how the end result should look. Will your teeth be perfectly even and “Hollywood white” — or more “natural,” with slight variations in size, spacing and color allowed? Either way, we can help you get the smile you've always wanted.

If you would like more information about smile makeovers and options in cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry.”


Family Dentistry Procedures

Family dentistry includes services that patients of all ages and stages in life need to keep their teeth healthy and secure. Honolulu ,HI family dentist, Dr. Wong, sees patients young and senior with a wide variety of oral health concerns. Learn about some of the most commonly requested family dentistry procedures to prevent and fix dental problems. Family Dentistry Services
 

Regular Cleanings

One of the most important family dentistry procedures is a basic tooth cleaning. Family members are encouraged to come in for a cleaning at least twice per year. A dentist can remove plaque and buildup that a toothbrush can’t reach. Dr. Wong cleans between the teeth and around the gums carefully before polishing the enamel to a brilliant shine.
 

Tooth Fillings

Even with regular cleanings, some patients (usually children) need help to fight tooth infections. Infections happen when you eat and drink a lot of sugary food without taking special care to brush and floss regularly. This is why it’s important to encourage young kids to brush their teeth for at least two minutes every morning and every night. In the case of a cavity, which are also called caries, Honolulu HI family dentist Dr. Wong cleans the infection and then fills in the tooth with protective material.
 

Root Canal Therapy

When a tooth becomes too infected and painful to treat with a cavity filling, a root canal may be necessary. Infected material is removed from the inner pulp so that the tooth can heal. Regular checkups are crucial to preventing problems of this magnitude.
 

Orthodontics

Another common family dentistry service is orthodontia. This is the process of straightening or correcting the teeth so that they look and function better. Young children and teens often benefit from getting braces at an early age and adults at various stages of life often want their teeth straightened to make a good impression at work and in social settings.
 
Dr. Stephanie Wong is a skilled practitioner who offers all of these services and more at her Honolulu, HI family dentist office on Waialae Avenue. Contact her for a consult at (808) 732-3072 or just hit the “Appointment Request” button on her website today.



Stephanie Wong

Dr. Stephanie Wong is unlike any other dentist you've ever been to.  The reason she became a dentist was her yearning to help and heal her patients.  Her goal was to "Create Life Changing Experiences".  She is also well regarded...

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