Health Beat: Facelift dentistry

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - There are endless ways to fight aging. How about a visit to your dentist?

"This is one of the only procedures that you can benefit from a health perspective and look 10 years younger," said Dr. Sam Muslin, FaceLift Dentistry in Santa Monica, Calif.

Muslin performs his trademarked "facelift dentistry" procedure, where he analyzes the unhealthy bites and jaw position. Unlike veneers, venlays cover the whole tooth.

"Veneers are only about the smile, and you're only smiling three or four percent of the time," Muslin explained.

The venlays add length to the teeth and stretch the face so wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed out. They also align the patient's bite.

"You've permanently changed that patient's jaw position for the better," Muslin said.

There's no cutting and no surgery. Patients report improved digestion, improved speaking ability, less jaw pain, grinding, headaches, and reduced sleep problems. However, it's pricey. Costs range from $35,000 to $80,000.

Barbara had the procedure performed on her upper teeth.

"I had headaches, and my teeth were just wrong," she said. "They just didn't fit my face."

"What we were able to do is give her a better neckline," Muslin explained. "Her chin is now farther from her nose."

Now, her headaches are gone and Barbara feels like she can put her best face forward.

"Yeah, it's fabulous," she said.

Barbara plans to get her lower teeth done soon. The procedure typically takes about two weeks from start to finish.

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