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Dental treatments moves with the times

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Fashion trends come and go, and now even dentists are jumping on the bandwagon, as requests for perfectly imperfect smiles are on the rise. If recent indications are to be believed, the flawless ‘Hollywood’ smile of yesteryear is firmly out of fashion, with people asking for more subtle changes, to copy off such TV stars as Anna Paquin, and model Lara Stone.

Harley Street dentist Dr Simon Darfoor confirmed that most of his patients where after a more ‘British’ set of teeth, and requested a happy medium between eye-catchingly goofy, and noticeably perfect. ‘The fad for filing teeth down for full veneers has gone’, Dr Darfoor believes, ‘People are looking for a halfway point, they want a more attractive smile, but with a less destructive procedure.’

Fitting a full set of porcelain veneers typically involves removing large sections of the outer enamel shell, and is usually irreversible, but it seems that modern dentistry is striving for a more natural outcome these days. Dr Tim Bradstock, of The London Smile Clinic, said that the number one thing he was asked for was a subtle finish, that didn’t appear to be obviously enhanced. He explained how surgeons were achieving this look; ‘Natural teeth have highly complex surface anatomy, texture, colour variation, translucency and all sorts of imperfections. We won’t mimic the unsightly flaws, but we like to keep some ‘perfect imperfections’ in there.’

Anna Paquin removed tongue stud to avoid emergency dentistry

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A tongue stud could have led to Anna Paquin seeking emergency dentistry.True Blood star Anna Paquin has revealed she had to take her tongue stud out in a bid to avoid having to have emergency dentistry.

The actress, who has posed in a risqué naked photoshoot for Rolling Stone magazine together with Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, said she had ten piercings altogether.

Although this included her tongue as well as several in her ears and belly button, she revealed her tongue was the wrong shape to accommodate the stud.

“The webbing is too close to the front and the bottom barbell kept hitting against my teeth – clank, clank, clank,” Paquin commented.

After realising the jewellery was giving her a lisp as well as threatening to create a need for emergency dentistry, she said she took it out and let the piercing heal.

Earlier this month, Professor Stephen Porter, institute director at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, said tongue piercings could crack off fillings, cause blocked airways and cause gaps in the teeth.
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