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A Smile is the universal language we all share.  Having a smile you are happy with allows you to exude self confidence and self esteem. This makes you feel more attractive to others and appear more successful. According to recent surveys, about 1/3rd of all Americans are unhappy with their smile. Luckily, for most of us this situation is easily correctable with some simple and some more involved cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Easy Cosmetic Dentistry Fixes For That Perfect Smile

For many of us, the imperfections that bother us can be quite small and easily correctable with cosmetic dentistry. These simple cosmetic dentistry procedures can include:

-Teeth Whitening. This is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the U.S. and the world. It can dramatically alter ones smile and also ones perception of themselves. Teeth whitening can be achieved in a variety of ways with varying results. One of the most popular ways to whiten is, the use of teeth whitening strips. These strips can give your smile a brighter look for very little cost but they do not work for everyone, and may not get your teeth as white as you’d hoped.  The dentist can offer an at home teeth whitening kit or a one hour procedure in office. Professional whitening is very effective but comes at a higher financial cost. Professional whitening procedures can whiten your smile by as much as 4-6 shades in as little as an hour.

-Dental Bonding. While a bit more extensive than teeth whitening. Dental bonding can usually be completed in under an hour and give a dramatic effect if one or more teeth are affected by tooth decay or fractures. A good cosmetic dentist will be able to make the dental bonding appear natural and no one should be able to tell you have any dental bonding present. This has been a staple of cosmetic dentistry for many years.

-Tooth and Gum Recontouring. Many people are unhappy with one or two teeth which may be out of alignment. The dentist can recontour one or more teeth to give them the look of being more in line with one another. Uneven gums can also make teeth appear to be longer or shorter.  You would be amazed at how simple it is to reshape and contour teeth and gums to give a beautiful appearance. Recontouring is often overlooked by patients and by many general dentists. A good cosmetic dentist will look at the teeth and face as one big picture allowing them to make adjustments in the big scope of things.

-Snap-On Smile. This is a fairly recent advancement in cosmetic dentistry. It allows for a prosthetic to be fabricated that fits over the existing teeth. This procedure requires little to no tooth preparation and can be a cost effective option. This procedure is far less expensive than permanent changes to teeth, and can be completed in just a short time. Snap on Smile patients are happy to leave with  the smile they wanted at reduced cost and chair time.

More Complex Cosmetic Dentistry Fixes For An Imperfect Smile

-Porcelain Veneers. When you see an “A” list celebrity in magazines or in movies, chances are they have had porcelain veneers placed on their front teeth.Porcelain veneers are wafer thin custom fabricated shells made of modern dental porcelain that are adhered to the outer surface of your natural teeth.  Porcelain veneers are also referred to as “instant orthodontics”. This is because the cosmetic dentist is able to change the shape, width, length, and alignment of your teeth. In extreme cases of misalignment, your cosmetic dentist may recommend a porcelain crown or orthodontics prior to doing porcelain veneers.  When completed properly, no one but you and your dentist should know that you have porcelain veneers.

-Orthodontics. This is not just for kids any more. Adults are often turning to orthodontics to get the smile they dream of. Having straight teeth helps in chewing function, decreases wear and fracture, and has the benefit of being cosmetic. Straight teeth are beneficial for optimum hygiene,  it allows you to be able to clean your teeth more effectively since you will not trap as much food particles when they are properly spaced.

-Dental Implants. Many do not consider dental implants to be a part of cosmetic dentistry but they play a very big role in modern dentistry. Replacing a lost tooth will not only improve function but will also return your smile to its original form. A lost tooth, to many, is a sign of old age, poor hygiene, and low dental priority. Having a full complement of teeth can give someone a youthful, healthy looking appearance.

-Periodontal Plastic Surgery. Many of us have a smile that shows too much gums or might have some areas with receding gums. This can be corrected with surgical addition of or removal of  gingival tissues to the areas of concern.

Cosmetic Dentistry Conclusion

It is so important to feel good about smiling. There are so many options to help with most of your dental concerns. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the last 10-15 years, making the procedures more affordable to many. Choosing a good cosmetic dentist along with the use of high quality modern dental materials you can assure yourself of getting the smile you have always dreamed of. A good cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you of what cosmetic dentistry procedures would be best for you to fulfill your wants and desires.  You can achieve your perfect smile, and confidently show it off to the world!

For many adults, braces or orthodontics have just not been an option. They do not want to invest the time and effort to make their teeth straight. For those that do want to correct their occlusion,  it is a worthwhile investment. Orthodontics is a great way to fix bite issues as well as some cosmetic issues. However, if you do not have any bite issues and are looking for a fresh start with a new smile, instant orthodontics may be the answer for you.

How Does Instant Orthodontics Work?

Instant orthodontics is achieved using multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures in a fairly short time to give you the white, bright, straight smile you desire. Depending upon how extreme your smile issues are to begin with, instant orthodontics can range from 2-3 visits to 2-3x times that number. Let’s take a look at some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures involved in instant orthodontics:

-Porcelain Veneers. This is a hallmark procedure in cosmetic dentistry for an instant orthodontics case. Porcelain veneers are a custom made thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the existing teeth (after a small amount of preparation to the teeth). Once in place you have a long lasting durable dental restoration that can change color, shape, and size of your teeth. These are generally used on the top front teeth and  sometimes, bottom front teeth. Porcelain veneers work best in cases where minor changes need to be made in alignment, shape and color of teeth. Preliminary models of the teeth should be made to assess whether veneers can correct issues properly. If after diagnostic workup, it is found that the issues are too severe, a different method of correction will be necessary. So, porcelain veneers are ideal in cases where there is a limited amount of misalignment of teeth and/or the patient’s desire is to not only bring them back in line but also to change the color and shape of their teeth.

-Porcelain and Zirconia Crowns. These types of crowns are the most cosmetic offered in dentistry today. They are made from modern dental porcelains that range in strength and esthetics. If done properly, no one should ever be able to tell a porcelain crown from natural tooth. Modern porcelains possesses strength, color properties, and light reflection properties that very closely mimic our natural teeth. Porcelain crowns can be used to change bite alignment issues as well as change alignment of front teeth which are more extreme such as those issues that porcelain veneers alone cannot fix. More natural tooth structure needs to be removed in preparing a porcelain crown vs a porcelain veneer.

-Dental Bonding. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can be useful when closing a gap between teeth, changing a surface imperfection, or altering tooth shape. Dental bonding is much less expensive in the short term, but can change color,(stain), and chip requiring frequent replacement. Porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers do not change color and are more resistant to fracture. That said, dental bonding does a great job in closing gaps on teeth as well as changing the size, shape and color of one or more teeth much in the same circumstances diagnostically as veneers.

Why Choose Instant Orthodontics Over Traditional Orthodontics?

While traditional orthodontics has a necessary and important place in dentistry. Traditional orthodontic movement of teeth into correct anatomical position is the generally the more conservative approach due to the fact that the teeth do not require alteration to their anatomy. Many adult patients choose instant orthodontics over traditional orthodontics for the following reasons:

-Time. Traditional orthodontics can take a year or longer to achieve the results you are looking for. Orthodontics will not whiten teeth or change color or tooth shape.

-Periodontal disease. This needs to be under control prior to any type of dental work of this magnitude. Traditional orthodontics can make a situation where there is bone loss present even worse as the teeth move. Teeth moving into place may cause increased bone loss, tooth looseness, root resorption, and gum tissue recession.

-Tooth Decay/Old restorations present. When there is tooth decay present or an older dental restoration (such as a crown or previous dental bonding) that needs replacing, it may actually be easier and more cost efficient for the patient to get new dental restorations and re align the teeth in that manner.

-Bite Reclamation. Over time, our teeth wear (this is especially true for those who grind their teeth). This wear can cause a loss in what is called vertical dimension, collapsing our bites. A good cosmetic dentist can not only make your new restorations look perfect but they can also add the extra function of restoring that lost vertical height. This will give the effect of smoothing out the skin and wrinkles around the mouth thus giving you a more youthful appearance. Instant orthodontics can not fix loss of tooth structure.

Instant Orthodontics Conclusion

Instant orthodontics is not for everyone. For those who are unhappy with their smile and looking for more than just teeth whitening it could be just the answer for their needs. If traditional orthodontics is not feasible for you, instant orthodontics may be a great option. You can expect your smile to look great in just a few weeks,  but be aware, over time some of those restorations may need to be redone if they break or tooth decay becomes an issue. Remember, dental hygiene is the foundation of any cosmetic dentistry work. If you wish any restoration to last, you must brush, floss, rinse, and see your dentist regularly for examinations and professional cleanings.

Cosmetic dentistry is usually not the first place people look when they are desiring to look younger. Generally a plastic surgeon is the first stop for that task. Cosmetic Dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or even dental bonding can make a dramatic effect on a person’s outward appearance. Studies have shown that a person’s smile has a significant impact on how people look at them. More importantly, it affects how a person perceives themselves. Not only will they look younger but they will feel younger too.

Top Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

1) Teeth Whitening.  This is the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure in the United States. It is not a classified secret that whiter teeth are considered more beautiful. But most people do not consider that teeth whitening can even make you look younger and healthier. Teeth whitening allows you to remove staining caused by drinking coffee, smoking, red wine, or even certain types of foods. Teeth whitening is considered a simple procedure that can be done in office or at home. Although simple it can give dramatic results that can instantly transform a dull, lifeless smile.

2) Porcelain Veneers and Porcelain Crowns. As we age our teeth and smiles can change dramatically. Teeth can shift, they can become worn down, or maybe they were never perfect to begin with. Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns may be the answer to give you that Hollywood smile you always dreamed about. Porcelain

Veneers are custom made, ultra thin, tooth colored shells that are adhesively bonded to the teeth. This allows the cosmetic dentist to not only alter color of your teeth but shape and length as well. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as instant orthodontics. This is because porcelain veneers can change the alignment of teeth if they are not too misaligned. Porcelain crowns would be utilized on teeth that either already have crowns or need more extensive work (having large restorations or decay). Both porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns can as used in cosmetic dentistry to give the patient a flawless, more youthful and sexy smile.

3) Dental Bonding. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can be completed in as little as one visit and along with teeth whitening can dramatically alter the look and color of your smile. Dental bonding is the process in which tooth colored dental materials are bonded to a tooth.  This is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be used to repair or improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth that has been stained, fractured or chipped. This procedure is also used to close spaces or gaps between teeth.

4) Dental Implants. Many patients do not think of cosmetic dentistry when you mention dental implants. But dental implants can be extremely aesthetic especially in the front of the mouth. Missing teeth has long been a sign of old age. Having a full complement of teeth screams youth especially when they are bright, white, and sparkling.

When a person is missing a tooth they have several options. There are partial and complete dentures, traditional bridges, and dental implants. A dental implant can look and feel just like a natural tooth. It is often easier to keep clean as well vs a traditional bridge. Dental implants are placed directly into bone creating a solid foundation for a natural tooth replacement.

5) Bite Reclamation. Over time as we use our teeth we tend to lose some height on our teeth. This loss of height of height is also referred to as loss of

vertical dimension. Some other factors that cause this loss include acid reflux or teeth grinding (bruxism). Reclaiming a person’s bite utilizing dental implants and porcelain crowns will increase vertical height which will also remove some of the wrinkles around the mouth. These wrinkles develop as our mouth’s sag from this loss of dimension.

Evolution of Cosmetic Dentistry

Modern cosmetic dentistry has evolved to a point where your dentist is able to complete a smile makeover to make you look and feel younger. Procedures we consider routine today were unheard of 15-20 years ago. Modern materials allow us to create smiles that reflect light just like your natural teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry techniques have also changed over time. Dentists main role was simply preventive and treatment of pain.  Now with cosmetic dentistry, dentists are able to transform the smile of anyone into one they can be proud of and want to smile all the time.

 

 

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Cosmetic Dentistry – Lumineers

Lumineers are a very popular option for the cosmetic dentist. It gives the cosmetic dentist the ability to modify a patient’s smile with minimal preparation of the teeth. This cosmetic dentistry technique is best used for patients who have spacing between their teeth and only minor tooth rotations. Most cosmetic dentists employ conservative bonding techniques in which they only remove enough surface enamel to allow a laboratory technician to create custom veneers for the patients.

Often Lumineers do not require the cosmetic dentist to remove any tooth structure for their placement. Lumineers are bonded adhesively to the front (also called the facial surface) of the teeth. This allows the process to be as minimally invasive as possible.

Traditional porcelain veneers are generally thicker than Lumineers. They also require removing part of your natural tooth structure. Traditional porcelain veneers are utilized when there is a greater modification need by the cosmetic dentist for the perfect result. This can include extensive tooth rotation, teeth not in alignment, fractured teeth as well as changing the length.

Lumineers are unique in that they are quite thin (about 0.3 mm) and very translucent. This allows them to replicate the enamel’s natural appearance and light reflection properties. Lumineers are so thin they require little to no tooth reduction and no anesthesia. When the procedure is completed they look and feel natural. Since there is no tooth reduction in most cases there will be no post-op sensitivity or placement discomfort.

Lumineers Vs Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are wafer thin custom fabricated shells that adhesively bond to the teeth. Porcelain Veneers are permanent, custom-shaped and require the removal of approximately .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new porcelain veneers.
Lumineers are far thinner and are about the thickness of a contact lens. The original tooth structure does not need to be shaped for placement. If a patient wishes, Lumineers are reversible.

Lumineers are the perfect choice for minor adjustments to your cosmetic look. They are not recommended for a major cosmetic dentistry makeover or instant orthodontic work. However, without removal of some tooth structure, Lumineers may feel bulkier than porcelain veneers.

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Cosmetic Dentistry – Lumineers

Lumineers are best to extend small teeth, fix a minor chip in tooth, or change color of the teeth. For patients who want to close a larger gap between teeth, traditional porcelain veneers are preferred over Lumineers. Porcelain veneers allow more flexibility in molding and shaping to give the best cosmetic outcome. One size does not fit all, that’s why cosmetic dentistry is all about options.

Lumineers Benefits

-Lumineers are easily completed in 2-3 visits.

-Temporaries are usually not necessary due to limited or no reduction of tooth surface.

-Longevity is similar to porcelain veneers.

-Reversible. If no tooth reduction was needed the entire process can be reversed.

-Cost. Lumineers are generally less expensive than traditional porcelain veneers.

-Lumineers are able to be placed over existing bridgework or crowns. This however is generally not recommended.

Lumineers Disadvantages

-Lumineers may end up making teeth look bulky.

-The thinness of the Lumineers could allow darker teeth to show thru. They are not able to hide darkly stained teeth like porcelain veneers can.

-Patients with a tight bite are not good Lumineers candidates. This is because applying Lumineers to the tooth surface slightly increases the biting surface in the mouth, and can change the patient’s bite pattern.

-Patients who frequently grind or clench their teeth are not good candidates for Lumineers.

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