Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Since the early Roman times, couples have prized the month of June as the most favorable time to exchange their marriage vows. If you and your betrothed are planning a June wedding this season, you no doubt want everything to be beautiful. That would include your smile—and with the appropriate techniques we can help you make it as bright and attractive as possible.
Here are 5 ways to a more attractive wedding day smile.
Dental Cleaning and Teeth Whitening. A routine dental cleaning right before the ceremony can remove stains and dental plaque that dull your teeth's appearance. For an added level of brightness, we can also whiten your teeth in time for your big day.
Repairing defects with bonding. Do you have a chipped tooth, or a broken or discolored filling? We may be able to repair minor defects like these in a single visit by bonding lifelike dental materials directly to the tooth. We color-match and sculpt these materials so that they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Advanced enhancements. In whatever ways your teeth may be flawed, there are dental solutions to transform your smile. We can correct minor to moderate chips, stains or slight gaps with porcelain veneers that cover the teeth's visible surface. We can cap a viable but unsightly tooth with a life-like crown. Missing teeth? A fixed bridge or dental implants could restore them like new.
Plastic gum surgery. Teeth may be the stars of your smile, but your gums are the supporting cast. Smiles with too much of the gums showing can be corrected through various techniques, including periodontal plastic surgery that reshapes the gums and can help the teeth appear more prominent.
Orthodontics. The original "smile transformer," braces and other orthodontic methods move misaligned teeth to better positions. Not only can orthodontic treatment result in a more attractive appearance, it can improve overall dental health.
You have an array of options for enhancing your wedding day smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop an individualized treatment plan. One caveat, though: some of these techniques could take weeks or months to complete, so don't delay!
If you would like more information about what you can do to have the most attractive smile for your wedding day, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
Veneers are thin, and custom-made coverings that bond to the front of teeth to improve the appearance, colour and shape. Dental veneers are usually used for front teeth that show when a person smiles and talks. Dental veneers may be recommended if there are any discrepancies with the shape or colour of teeth, or if a patient is interested in improving the aesthetic. Dental veneers may also benefit the function of a tooth by reducing fractures and correcting shape. A veneer can be completed for a single tooth, but often are recommended for several teeth to give a more even and uniform appearance.
The process of getting a veneer (or several veneers) typically takes place over three appointments. The first appointment will consist of the consultation. At this time, treatment will be discussed and the dentist will get an idea of what the client is looking for. The dentist will discuss recommendations, the cost will be discussed, and a plan will be set in place. Also, x-rays and impressions may be taken. At the second appointment, the teeth receiving the veneers will be prepared. This means that about half a millimetre of tooth structure from the front of the teeth will be polished down to allow room for the veneers to sit. Impressions will be taken to send off to the lab where the veneers will be fabricated, which will take a couple of weeks. During the third appointment, the veneers will be tried in and adjusted. When both client and dentist are happy with the result, they will be cemented in. A follow-up visit may be recommended a couple of weeks later to make sure everything is feeling and looking good.
Types of Veneers
Generally, veneers will be made from porcelain and be fabricated at a lab. Alternatively, a process called “bonding” can be completed using a material called composite resin. Both veneers and bonding have their pros and cons. Porcelain veneers are much stronger and have a longer life span than composite bonding. They are also fabricated in a lab so they have a more perfect appearance. Composite bonding has a higher risk of chipping, fracturing and staining, and may not look as perfect as porcelain. Consequently, porcelain veneers are much more expensive than composite bonding.
Caring for Veneers
Dental veneers require caring for just like natural teeth. It is recommended to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day, as well as use a fluoridated toothpaste. If not well cared for, veneers can become susceptible to cavities along the margin, so it is especially important to brush well at the gum line. It is also recommended to maintain regular dental cleanings and checkups to reduce bacteria and make sure everything is healthy. Periodic x-rays of the veneers make be advised to check the health and integrity.
If you believe you may benefit from dental veneers, or have any questions about them, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.