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Your smile is one of the most important aspects of your appearance. With the advent of new esthetic dental treatments, a stunning, memorable smile is now easily within your reach!
Are you ready for a Smile Makeover?
- Do you hesitate when you smile?
- Would you like to increase your self-confidence?
- Do you want to look your best in social or professional situations?
- Are you ready to reverse dental imperfections caused by Mother Nature or an accident?
Our office can help you achieve your smile goals. Cosmetic dentistry is art and science working seamlessly together to offer smile enhancement, restoration, and maintenance for your optimal dental health. Using cutting-edge techniques and advanced materials, our office proudly offers you a beautiful, natural smile and all the benefits that come with it. You will look and feel better because a beautiful smile is a healthy smile. You no longer have to suffer missing, chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth.
Your Teeth, Your Health
Our teeth not only serve to chew the foods we eat, but they dramatically affect the way we look and feel about ourselves.
Teeth help to keep us healthy by allowing us to eat and chew the foods we enjoy. Teeth help us to look younger. Our teeth, gums and bone support the facial structures and keep them from sagging and caving in. Without teeth to support our facial tissues, we would appear much older.
Teeth help build our self-esteem and confidence, by giving us an attractive and youthful smile.
Investing in your teeth is an investment in your health. Aren’t you worth it?
In designing dental restorations, there are several design principles which are used to create an esthetic smile. One of the guidelines used is the midline of the face. The midline of the teeth should line up with the midline of the face to create a smile that is symmetrical. A line joining the edges of the front teeth (called the incisal plane) should be parallel to a line that extends between the pupils of the eyes (called the inter pupillary line). Following these design principles helps to create restorations that are in harmony with the facial features and result in a beautiful, natural smile.
Smile Design Principles
Crown Lengthening for Esthetics
Crown lengthening is a procedure used to increase the amount of tooth which is above the gum line. Crown lengthening is sometimes performed so that the teeth can be made longer to receive a restoration, or is sometimes performed for an improved esthetic appearance. In this individual, the lower teeth are very short in appearance and will be crown lengthened.
When crown lengthening is performed, some bone and gum tissue is removed around each tooth, so that there is more tooth structure remaining above the gum line. Once the area is healed, we can see that there is more tooth showing, giving this individual a more aesthetic appearance.
All Ceramic Crowns
Our doctors use Procera®, an all ceramic crown that is completely metal free. This individual has severely worn his front four teeth. A bite problem has developed and the teeth appear unaesthetic. Crowns are required to properly restore the teeth and correct the bite deficiency. All ceramic crowns were chosen due to their highly aesthetic and natural appearance.
The all ceramic crowns were fabricated in a dental laboratory using a model of the prepared teeth. All ceramic crowns have an inner dense tooth-colored core, over which porcelain is bonded. The porcelain has excellent light transmitting properties, giving these restorations their natural appearance.
The all ceramic crowns are adjusted and fitted over the prepared teeth. The shape and color are chosen to match the existing natural teeth. The crowns are bonded to the teeth and usually provide an excellent, esthetic result.
Metal-Ceramic vs. All-Ceramic Crowns
All Ceramic Single Crown
This young individual fractured her left front tooth. It was repaired with a large white filling which restored the tooth but did not provide adequate strength or esthetics. An all ceramic crown was recommended.
The tooth was prepared for the crown. A temporary plastic crown was worn during the time the ceramic crown was being fabricated.
The all ceramic crown was fabricated in a laboratory from a mold of the prepared tooth. The crown is created to match the color and shape of the adjacent front tooth.
The all ceramic crown provides an esthetic, natural restoration.
What is a Veneer?
These lower front teeth are starting to deteriorate. The biting surfaces are wearing down with areas that are chipping, and they have discolored over time. Veneers are an ideal treatment choice to restore their natural appearance.
Veneers can be used to change the color and shape of teeth in moderation. Only a small amount of the outer surface of the tooth must be removed in order for a veneer to be placed.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain and are fabricated in a dental laboratory. The porcelain blends with the enamel of natural teeth and allows light to pass through, giving the veneers a natural appearance.
Veneers are a conservative restoration, used to restore natural teeth. The veneers are bonded onto the teeth and provide an esthetic result.
Porcelain Fused To Metal Crowns
The crowns on the front teeth are very unesthetic. They are crooked and uneven and their bright white coloration gives them an unnatural appearance. The metal edges of the crowns are visible, making the gums appear very dark.
The finished crowns are very natural in appearance. The color of the porcelain matches the natural teeth and by straightening the crowns, the resulting smile is very esthetic. Well made crowns look like natural teeth.
Single Esthetic Implant
This young individual was in an accident which resulted in the loss of his front tooth. A single tooth implant is the best choice to replace this missing tooth. A bridge is not the best choice. The teeth on either side of the space do not have any fillings in them. Shaving these teeth down for the placement of a bridge would permanently damage them, and these teeth may require other treatment.
This x-ray shows the implant positioned in the jaw bone. A post will be attached to the implant, upon which the final crown will be placed to replace the missing tooth.
The final crown (cap) has been fabricated and cemented onto the post which is attached to the implant. A small bonded restoration was also placed on the other front tooth to provide a balanced esthetic result. This implant supported crown provides a beautiful aesthetic replacement for the missing tooth.
Bleaching of Teeth
Over time, teeth become discolored. This may be caused by foods we eat, and drinks such as coffee and tea. Teeth may also become yellowed with increasing age. If your teeth are yellow or discolored, you may be a candidate for bleaching.
Bleaching can be done to whiten the teeth and make your smile brighter. There are a variety of professional bleaching products that can be used, either “take home” or “in office”. Your dentist will recommend the best treatment for your specific situation.
Bleaching your teeth can improve the appearance of your teeth and give you a more confident smile!
The old silver amalgam fillings are unesthetic in appearance. There is a great deal of controversy about silver fillings that contain mercury.
Some dentists and patients prefer not to use this type of filling material and they may choose to replace existing mercury fillings with white fillings.
Porcelain inlays have been used to replace the deteriorating silver restorations. They are created to replace the correct anatomy of the tooth.
The color of the porcelain inlay can be created to match the natural tooth color and with the bonding cements which are used, the inlay blends seamlessly with the tooth structure. The result is a beautiful, natural looking restoration.