smile surgery

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smile surgery

A popular term for surgery that corrects the unilateral facial drooping which occurs with facial nerve paralysis, which results in loss of contractility of the mimetic muscles on the affected side. Smile surgery takes two formats:
(1) Static (structural), in which the lips and related tissue are tightened, which improves the appearance and reduces some of the adverse effects of facial nerve paralysis; or
(2) Dynamic (functional), in which the facial nerve is repaired.
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Claudia Cotca, an international lecturer and aesthetic restorative dentist founded the Washington Institute for Dentistry & Laser Surgery in Washington DC Metro, a private practice Institute with focus on technology driven protocols and interdisciplinary smile reconstruction within facial neurologic & skeletal coordinates, including oral cancer detection and early intervention.
Dental Design Studio City is a general and cosmetic dental office specializing in smile reconstruction, veneers and specialty care services.