There's an old saying that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
And there's probably no better way to make a great first impression than with a healthy, attractive smile. Surveys conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry show that a full 94% of those polled say they are more likely to notice a person's smile over any other physical attribute. Meanwhile, the same surveys indicate that only 50% of those questioned are truly happy with their smile. Most often this is because of crooked teeth, overbites and other orthodontic maladies.
Unfortunately, for most of the last century, dentists have been trained that the only way to correct problems like these is with unnecessary tooth extractions and painful surgery. But now there is new hope. Dr. Kent Lauson (DDS) has written a revolutionary, holistic and, in many ways, miraculous book, "Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth," in which he offers alternative, easy-to-understand treatments and solutions to get you that "movie star smile" you've been dreaming about all your life.
Dr. Lauson takes the reader step-by-step, using photos and diagrams from case studies, through the limitations of traditional orthodontics. In simple terminology, he explains the truth about why people develop problems with their pearly whites. And Dr. Lauson then spells out "The Lauson System: Nine Keys To Lower Facial Harmony," the result of 25 years of research, which he believes "takes dental beauty and facial function to a whole new level and may set the standard for orthodontics in the 21st Century."
Dr. Lauson says he wrote the book because he was "tired of seeing traditional orthodontic methods cause harm to patients because of ignorance of orthodontic methods still taught in university orthodontic programs."
He says he wants parents of children with things like a bad bite, crooked teeth or underdeveloped jaw to truly understand the exact cause of the problem so they can be on a level playing field when they talk to their dentist about the best treatment. Dr. Lauson says he also recognized the need to spread this revolutionary new information to a much larger audience than he could possibly reach through his lectures and travels around the world.
"Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth" goes far beyond helping to achieve sensational smiles. "The Lauson System" has helped patients rid themselves of problems like asthma, ADHD, TMJ and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. And this book is packed with stories and photos of people who have lived for years with these aggravating conditions and whose lives have been dramatically changed for the better.
Dr. Lauson's explains that crowded teeth are the result of narrow jaw structures, and not teeth that are too big. In fact, he contends that larger teeth are actually an advantage in creating a gorgeous smile. And he shows, again using photos of patients and their mouths, how the underdevelopment of the upper jaw can be easily corrected using "The Lauson System." Throughout the book, Dr. Lauson gently reminds readers of one of his favorite truisms, "Teeth dominate, muscles and joints accommodate."
Dr. Lauson also is not afraid in this book to criticize many of the larger medical corporations, motivated by profit and competition, which push orthodontists to purchase their specific braces, wires and other devices to move teeth. Dr. Lauson advocates alternative treatment appliances "typically made in small, local orthodontic labs." Indeed, this book features a large appendix detailing these unobtrusive and painless implements and devices.
And Dr. Lauson is quick to point out that his system of tooth and jaw correction is not limited to children. In fact, he offers countless case studies of people whose lives have been changed by "The Lauson System" even after they've reached what he likes to call their "Golden Years."
There are many more groundbreaking ideas outlined in "Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth," along with a whole chapter of recommendations from other dental experts. But perhaps most refreshing is the conversational, clear and concise language that Dr. Lauson uses to take the "mystery" out of dentistry and make it understandable to everyone.
This book should be required reading for parents of children or adults who want a "winning smile" along with the overall improved health that "The Lauson System" can bring them.