Earlier this month, we received the sad news that one of the pioneers of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Irwin Smigel, passed away at the age of 92. Dr. Smigel advanced two tooth whitening techniques, laser whitening and the use of veneers. He was famous for helping celebrities, most famously Elizabeth Taylor and Tony Bennett, have brighter, whiter smiles.
Once upon a time, cosmetic dentistry services were so rare and expensive that you needed to be a Hollywood star in order to afford them. That’s just not true anymore. Advances in dental technology have made tooth whitening affordable for nearly everyone; additionally, dental implants have made it much easier for people to have lost or missing teeth replaced.
The reasons tooth whitening is popular for celebrities are the same for ordinary people living in the Boston area. We’re an appearance-conscious society: people can and do make judgements about who we are as people based on the way we look. Celebrities know they will be harshly critiqued for having yellow or misshapen teeth; life isn’t much kinder to those of us who never planned on appearing on the silver screen. If you’re hoping to advance professionally, or work in a public-facing position, having a bright, white smile is more than a competitive advantage: it’s an absolute necessity.
When discussing the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Quincy, it’s important to know that many dental insurance plans only pay for procedures deemed to be medically necessary. We work with our patients so they understand what the costs are and when they’ll be incurred so that they can budget accordingly. Costs are much lower than they’d been when Dr. Smigel first worked on these life changing cosmetic dental techniques. Today everyone can have a celebrity’s smile – without a huge Hollywood budget!