14 posts tagged "Teeth"
The first copy of The Face I ever saw was the August 1996 issue. I can’t recall a single article or photo spread, but what I do remember about sitting cross-legged on the floor of my local Borders, where I picked up the expensive import, was staring at the cover model—Georgina something—and thinking how cool it would be to have her gap-toothed grin.
I was reminded of that day repeatedly during the shows, as Lindsey Wixson and newbie Ashley Smith graced the runway—and post-fashion weeks as well, as I steadily began to catch up on my backlog of fashion magazines. Lara Stone. Georgia May Jagger. Gap-toothed girls are all the rage—and for some reason, they all look quite a bit alike, and a lot like Georgina something. Blonde, willowy, gap-toothed. You could argue that they all follow in the footsteps of the original blonde, willowy, gap-toothed model, Lauren Hutton, and something about the American Gigolo star’s formula really, really works. The thing is, how do you replicate that, if, say, you’re a brunette, curvy, and distinctly un-gap-toothed? You can dye your hair, exercise more and change your diet—sure. But when it comes to that somewhat coveted space, either you’ve got it, or you don’t.
Or maybe not. “Very few patients ask for this procedure,” Dr. Irwin Smigel, the “Father of Aesthetic Dentistry,” told me when I asked him if there was any way to create this imperfect smile. “But the look is possible to achieve by using a very thin, special disk. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.” Achievable, yes; advisable…maybe.
In one of the more enjoyable mailings we’ve received recently, these handy items arrived at our offices via UPS this morning. No, you’re not looking at a Style.com magnet or card holder; that, dear readers, is a personalized Flossbox. Yes, Flossbox—a new-to-market credit card-sized spool of dental floss that doubles as a handheld mirror and can be a pretty powerful branding tool to boot. You can upload your own photos or logos to www.flossbox.com, and they’ll print you out your very own model for a wee $3.49! Perhaps even more exciting, Flossbox offers a super-handy way to check and see if an impulsive corn-on-the-cob move went awry, while simultaneously providing a quick and easy way to remedy the situation if in fact it has (you know what we’re talking about). And how chic does our logo look in beauty utility-item form?
Say cheese! If these words strike terror in your heart, it’s probably time to visit Dr. Irwin Smigel. The “Father of Cosmetic Dentistry,” Dr. Smigel begat an industry when he debuted his revolutionary bonding system on an episode of That’s Incredible! in 1980. Since then, the good doctor has made glamming up smiles his life’s work. He founded the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, launched the tooth-whitening franchise Supersmile, pioneered the use of veneers, and has tended to the grins of more celebrities than you can shake a Supersmile Ripple Edge Tongue Cleaner at. And he’s not done with your mouth, not by a long shot. With his latest innovation, the Dental Face Lift, Dr. Smigel is taking on the big boys, a.k.a. Botox, with an anti-injectable, line-reducing alternative. Here, he talks to Style.com about getting rid of wrinkles, not facial expression, and how to avoid “teeth so white they look silly.”
So what exactly is the Dental Face Lift?
Essentially, we’re using veneers to build out the lower half of the face. Not only does the smile look better, on its own, but the veneers raise the cheekbones and soften the nasolabial lines.
The nasolabial what?
You know, the line that runs from the nose to the lip. Everyone gets those lines as they age—it’s unavoidable. But when we build out the upper back teeth, the lines basically disappear.
Burt’s Bees is entering the oral care category with a 99.2 percent natural toothpaste. Available in Multicare and Whitening formulas with or without fluoride, as well as in two different options for kids, the pastes have been clinically proven to prevent cavities, reduce plaque, brighten smiles, promote healthy gums, and freshen breath. And they taste pretty good, too. Minty goodness is fortified with calcium and phosphorous as well as real cranberry extract, which is known to block bacteria from sticking to teeth and gums. The brushing experience is a minimally lathering one, but it comes equipped with an “it’s working!” tingle—as well as the knowledge that you’re not swallowing the sodium laurel sulfates, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners found in so many big-brand alternatives.
Wanna meet YouTube beauty phenom Lauren Luke? Be on the lookout for the bright pink bus that’s taking her Inspiration Nation Tour across the country. [Beauty and the Blog]
There is such a thing as teeth that are too white. Hollywood, take note. [MSN]
If you really want to avoid premature aging, drink your fish oil. [Daily Mail]
Bo Tax, Tan Tax—what’s next? Say hello to New York’s proposed non-diet soda tax. [Reuters]
Could the latest red-carpet trend be unshaven legs? Hey, to each her own. [Très Sugar]