Have You Heard About The Dental Face Lift?
Get the scoop about this new procedure! We interviewed Dr. Golub Evans on how a dental lift can make you look younger.
Doctor Jeff Golub-Evans of the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is a master at perfecting the pearly whites. His work has graced over 500 magazine covers and his dental makeovers have appeared on the pages of GQ, SEVENTEEN, and The New York Times. He’s also a star! Well, his work is; Dr. Golub-Evans has worked with theatrical and cinematic productions including Les Miserables and Big River. With all those endeavors, he somehow found time to pioneer a brand new dental technique: the Dental Face Lift! The procedure involves applying a layer of composite bonding to side teeth which plumps lips and reduces facial wrinkles. The non-surgical process has proven to enhance and add a youthful appearance to the face.
I think it is a brilliant idea to center a face lift procedure on the smile. What initially made you think “This is better than going under the knife for cosmetic surgery?”
It’s not better, just a different approach. We currently live in a natural age. Composite bonding is less invasive. The procedure came about when a popular sitcom actress from the 80s (whose name I won’t mention) started developing lines. She came to see me and said that her smile was fading due to wrinkles. So it was actually her idea and we did it together. And what we found was that putting the bonding on the front teeth created a duck look, while back teeth had a round effect.
Does calling this procedure reversible mean that the composite bonding can be completely removed and the lips will return to the size prior to the procedure?
Think of the bonding as Play-Doh. It’s flexible and can be altered. Unlike porcelain veneers, it can be fixed if needed. Sometimes after the procedure, one side looks better than the other and the bonding has to be tweaked.
Clients sometimes request a provisional bonding. It’s temporary and they can wear it for a month or two. I adjust it if needed, and replicate the mold in porcelain if they decide they want it to become permanent. Almost half of non-surgical procedures are done in porcelain.
What is the usual healing time? Is there any pain after the procedure?
There’s no pain and no healing time at all! But it may take a month or two for the bonding to take full effect.
Are touch-up applications necessary after a certain period of time?
Yes, maintenance is necessary once every year or two. And there may be an occasional chip or fracture, but it probably won’t be seen. Because the bonding is on the side teeth, it is much less visible. Bonding is like long-term makeup. It looks different on different people and the side effects may be more common for some than others.
Will the procedure interfere with other dental work? (i.e. dentures, cavities, caps, etc.)
Think of composite bonding as laminate on a kitchen counter. It covers the surface but it doesn’t affect or change the counter. And you can’t get a cavity underneath bonding; it acts as a sealant for the tooth. When done properly, you can’t feel the bonding in your bite, because it’s on the side of tooth. It fills the shape of the tooth. And bonding is bleachable!
Does the composite bonding have a taste?
Sometimes it does, a few hours after the procedure. One client said that everything he ate tasted like resin and balsamic vinaigrette. I always tell my patients not to drink red wine, vinegar, cola, or any dark liquids within the first 24 hours. If they must, they have to chaseit with sparkling water. Also no gravy or chocolate too! Patients should use a lot of mouth wash and not floss during the first 24 hours. When they do floss, they must floss up and out instead of up and down.
Let me give you a Dental Lift Owner’s Manual:
Never use teeth as tools! No ice, bones, candy, or pistachio nuts; other food is fine. If you’re a night grinder, get a night guard.
Are there any other natural alternatives to this procedure?
Juviderm and other lip enhancements, if you know what’s in them! For my patients I use hyaluronic acid which is a natural acid found in the body.. We make less of it as we get older, which is why we wrinkle. It’s synthesized from plants and that is why I feel comfortable injecting it into my patients. It’s naturally made unlike Botox, where you paralyze muscles.
To find out more about the procedure and Dr. Golub-Evans, visit his site.
Nalissa Cuthbert is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.