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The TV program In Focus with Martin Sheen reports on innovations that are helping people live healthier thanks to advances in medicine. Medicine is also helping people feel better about themselves thanks to medical and dental advances that are helping people look better as well.
In the last several years, In Focus Martin Sheen has found cosmetic dentistry technology has advanced to give people new options to improve their appearance that are nearly imperceptible as aesthetic procedures.
Patients now even have options that allow them to get braces without the look of the hardware on the teeth. Invisalign gives patients a clear removable mold that is placed over the teeth. When the mold is in the mouth it can barely be seen and patients can remove it if necessary.
Incognito braces go behind the teeth to hide them from view while they do the work of aligning the smile.
For patients who need different types of work done, there are appliances that offer a new look with the most advanced science.
Composite bonding allows dentists to fill gaps and repair damaged teeth using new materials that are virtually indistinguishable from real tooth material. The new materials are stain resistant and in some procedures inlays can actually replace the biting surface of the teeth.
Veneers can also give patients a brighter smile by adding the custom fitted appliances right over the surface of the tooth. For older patients, the procedure can turn back the clock by whitening teeth with deep stains from age.
In Focus Martin Sheen PBS at www.infocusptv.com will continue to report on innovations in the world of cosmetic medicine and dentistry.
The Martin Sheen PBS TV show is always looking for new stories about how people are feeling better and looking better through the miracles of science.