Smile Makeover

Smile Makeover

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Smile Makeover

We offer many different techniques to shape, sculpt and make your smile more beautiful. With a few simple steps, you can have a smile you feel great about. And treatment may be more affordable than you think.

We can fix teeth that are discolored, crooked, unevenly spaced, too long or too short, or worn down. Here are some popular treatment options:

  •  Tooth-Colored Fillings

We can restore teeth that have cavities with natural-looking composites, such as resins, or use porcelain inlays, onlays and crowns. Your dentist can select materials that match the color of your teeth.

Teeth become stained for many reasons — drinking coffee, tea or wine; smoking; and even aging can discolor teeth. Tooth whitening is a process that makes discolored teeth whiter. The bleach used for in-office (chairside) whitening is stronger than the bleach found in at-home whitening kits your dentist can recommend the whitening treatment that is right for you.

  • Orthodontics

Orthodontics are used to treat a malocclusion (“bad bite”), to straighten teeth, and to correct jaw alignment.

You may be familiar with traditional braces. Usually made of metal, these braces can now be only as noticeable as you want Brackets, the part of the braces that attach to each tooth, are smaller and can sometimes be attached to the back of the tooth to make them less noticeable. Brackets can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic, or a combination of these materials. Some brackets are clear or tooth colored.

Another type of orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move your teeth over time. These aligners are more discreet than traditional braces. Prices and the length of treatment are different depending on what you choose. Aligners are not suitable for every patient; talk to your dentist about the right choice for you.

  • Crown Lengthening

Sometimes the gums extend onto the front surfaces of the teeth. This can cause a “gummy” smile or make teeth look small. Crown lengthening is when we remove a small amount of gum tissue and possibly a small amount of supporting bone around the teeth to make them look longer.

  • Enamel Shaping

We can “reshape” your teeth by contouring tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth. When teeth are a little crowded or uneven, or when teeth appear too long, your dentist can use enamel shaping to improve how the teeth look.

 Veneers are tooth colored shells that are bonded or cemented to the front of your teeth. They are custom made ceramic or composite resin material. Veneers can be used to fix spaces between your teeth and to cover teeth that are stained, poorly shaped or a bit crooked.

Teeth must usually be prepared before veneers are placed. It is often necessary to remove a small amount of your natural tooth to make space for the veneer. Once teeth are prepared, the procedure is permanent.

Now is your chance to get the smile of your dreams. Talk to your dentist if you:

  • Hide your smile and do not let others see your teeth and gums. Worry your teeth will become worse with age.
  • Avoid treatment because of the cost of inconvenience.

First Steps to a New Smile

Once you decide to improve your smile, the first step is to visit us. At this visit, we wiII talk to you about the best plan for you. If you have any signs of dental disease, we may recommend treatment for these. It’s important to have a healthy mouth before starting cosmetic treatment.

This dental visit is the time to ask questions, such as

What are my choices?

As you see, there are many procedures for improving your smile. We can make a treatment plan that is right for your needs.

What are my expectations?

It is important to have realistic expectations about your new smile. Complex cases may take more time and more steps. You and us should both on agreement on the expected results of your new smile.

How many time: It takes?

Some procedures take only one office visit. Others take a few office visits. We can tell you how long your treatment will take.

How can I get ready?

We can tell you what to expect during your treatment. You may want to ask if your treatment will require anesthesia and how you can prepare for it.

How much will this cost?

It is important to talk about treatment costs with your dental practice before the procedure. We offer payment plans and can help you use your dental benefits plan effectively. We accept credit cards, or can direct you to an outside health care financing company to help you pay for your treatment. In the end, however, the patient is fully responsible for payment andthe correct use of dental benefit plans. Ask your benefits provider whether cosmetic treatments are covered.

How will my new smile look?

We may show you before and after pictures of patients who have received the same treatment that you are thinking about. We may also have computer imaging software or false “stand in” teeth that can be placed in your mouth temporarily to show you how your new smile will look.

How do I care for my new smile?

With your new smile come new responsibilities. We will give you a detailed plan for the care of your new smile, but you may also have a few questions will there be follow-up or maintenance appointments? Are there special instructions during recovery? Will the dental work need to be replaced eventually?

Show Off That Smile

 A radiant new smile can boost confidence and self-esteem. According to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset. What are you waiting for? Talk to us today about how to make your smile the best it can be.

 

Dental Veneers:

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If you’re looking to improve your smile, there are many reasons to choose dental veneers. A veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. Veneers can correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:

• To lighten front teeth that can’t be whitened by bleaching

• To correct some cases of chipped or worn teeth

• To fill in uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth, called a diastema (pronounced die-a-STEE-ma).

Veneers are made of either ceramic or composite resin material. Your dentist will help you choose the material best for you based on strength, stain resistance, color and appearance. Each type of veneer has its own benefits.

Ceramic veneers

A ceramic veneer is a thin shell custom-made to fit on the tooth.

Benefits of ceramic veneers:

• Strong and long-lasting

• Smooth, translucent surface provides a natural appearance

• Doesn’t stain easily

Steps to place ceramic Veneers:

  • When necessary, dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the the front and sides of the teeth. There has to be room for the Veneer so you tooth looks natural.
  • Next, the dentist makes an impression of pared teeth so that the shape of the preparations and surrounding teeth can be copied in the dental lab. The dentist also decides on the veneer shade that will be best for you.
  • Impressions are sent to a dental lab that custom-makes the ceramic veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days. The dentist may give you temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
  • At the next visit, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the ceramic veneers are then bonded to the teeth.
  • Further changes may be made at a later appointment. 

 

 

Composite Veneers:

A composite resin veneers is made from a tooth colored filling material bonded onto the tooth.

Benefits of composite resin veneers:

  • May require removal of less tooth enamel than is necessary for ceramic veneers.
  • May mean fewer visits to the dentist – sometimes these veneers take just one visit!
  • May cost less than ceramic veneers.
  • Are easy to replace if damaged; although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear resistant as ceramic veneers are easily repaired.

Steps to place composite resin veneers:

  • After the tooth is prepared or reshaped. The dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material in a shade that is best for you.
  • A special light is used to harden the composite and bond it to your tooth.
  • The veneer is smoothed and polished to look like a natural tooth.

Benefits of both types of veneers:

• No special maintenance is needed other than good oral hygiene each day. Look for oral hygiene products that display the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This tells you that the product has met the ADA’s standards for safety and effectiveness.

Veneers typically require less removal of tooth enamel than crowns.

Tooth Whitening:

Just like snowflakes, no teeth are exactly alike in their shape or appearance. We generally think of teeth as being white, but tooth enamel has many different shades.

Over time, tooth enamel can change color. Enamel stains may appear light brown, yellow, pink, black, gray or as white spots. Many things can cause teeth to become discolored:

  • Genetics for tooth color can run in the family
  • Trauma to teeth
  • Illness
  • Medications, such as tetracycline
  • Expose to certain foods, beverages and tobacco over time
  • Ingesting more than optimal amounts of fluoride while teeth are developing, before they erupt

If your teeth are discolored, tooth whitening may help. “Whitening” is any process that makes teeth look whiter. Whitening may be safely performed in a dental office or at home. There are two major groups of whitening products:

  • Chemical-containing whiteners or bleaching products, which change the color of teeth by removing deep and surface stains
  • Whitening toothpastes that do not contain bleach and remove surface stains only

You may have heard or read about tooth whiteners in magazine and newspaper ads, televised “infomercials” and radio announcements. But how do you know which product is right for you?

Here are some options for whitening teeth:

ln-office whitening is done in the dental office There are many in-office tooth whitening products available to dentists  These products are much stronger than the take-home bleach products, since m-office products have more hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient They are sometimes used with a light or laser.

The in-office procedure is usually completed in about one hour. To help protect the mouth, the patient’s gum tissues are covered either with a rubber dam (a thin sheet of latex rubber that keeps the teeth dry during treatment) or a protective gel.

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Images are courtesy of KOR whitening.

Whitening toothpastes contain ingredients that help remove surface stains only. Unlike tooth-whitening bleaches, whitening toothpastes do not affect stains below the tooth’s surface. For that reason, toothpastes do not get teeth as white as bleaches do.

Whitening toothpastes ran he purchased over the counter, and several have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance. ADA-Accepted whitening toothpastes contain polishing or chemical agents that help remove surface stains through gentle polishing or some other non-bleaching action. Some toothpastes contain other agents, such as enzymes, that help dissolve surface stains.

Home-use bleaching whiteners dispensed by dentists usually contain the active ingredient carbamide peroxide. Home-use whiteners are not as strong as in-office whiteners, since they are meant to over period of days or weeks.

Home-use bleaching whiteners are also sold over the counter. Some are applied with trays. Some by strips, some by a rinse and some by a brush.

When choosing an over-the-counter product, the first thing to look for is the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, The Seal may be found on many types of oral care products. The Seal is your assurance that the product has met the ADA’S criteria for safety and effectiveness. (Sometimes a given product category does not yet have any ADA-Accepted products.  This is currently the case with over-the-counter tooth bleaches.) Your dentist is always able to recommend a product or treatment suitable for your needs. For a list of ADA-Accepted products, visit www.ada.org.

Side effects

The most common side effects of chemical whitening products are temporary tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth, due to the bleach. For a few days following treatment, your teeth may be sensitive to temperature extremes or the gums may have mild irritation. If this does not go away, see your dentist.

To avoid harming your teeth and gums, always follow the product directions and any instructions your dentist might give you. If you experience discomfort during the process, such as tooth hypersensitivity or sores on the gums or other mouth tissues, stop using the product and talk to your dentist.

Over-bleaching is typically the result of long-term exposure to bleaching agents. Over-bleaching can cause tooth sensitivity, a reduction in tooth enamel and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums. Do not use bleach products for longer than advised on the package, and do not use them for longer than advised by your dentist.

It’s not for everyone

Some individuals with certain dental conditions may not be good candidates for bleaching. People with gum recession and exposed, highly sensitive root surfaces may find the whitening ingredients further irritate their teeth.

If you have fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains, talk to your dentist about whitening your teeth. A complete oral evaluation by a dentist will help determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment for you. Your dentist then can also monitor the treatment plan.

Maintaining the improved appearance of your teeth

Newly whitened teeth may absorb stains more easily. To keep your teeth white as long as possible, avoid tobacco and stain-causing, beverages (such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine) for several days after whitening. Keep in mind that teeth usually return to their original shade over time. If you steer clear of tobacco and large amounts of stain-causing beverages, your teeth may remain bright for several years.

Whatever the option you have chosen to improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s important to remember the basics of good oral hygiene. Look for oral hygiene products that display the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Brush twice a day, floss or using another interdental cleaner once a day and visit your dentist regularly to help keep your teeth healthy and bright.

This information is courtesy of American Dental Association and KOR whitening.