Smile : ) Because everything starts with a smileThose who project self-confidence often have a brilliant smile and aren’t afraid to show it. Having white, straight teeth can go a long way towards instilling that confidence in yourself. Those who don’t have good teeth often don’t show them when smiling and tend to hide behind a shy exterior than those who are proud of their smile.
A great smile can be the most attractive feature of your face. A smile helps you express health, success, youth and sincerity. It is a great asset in your personal, business and social contacts. So it’s important that you are happy with how your smile looks. But if you are like many people, you may not be.
Improving Your Smile
Your dentist has 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.
How can you achieve the smile you want?There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures you can pursue that will help you gain the confidence you need
- Professional smile design
- Dental whitening
- Dental bonding
- Cosmetic fillings
- Veneers (lumineer)
- Porcelain crowns and bridges
Smile DesignWhen one of us looks at the mirror he or she can imagine the smile which dreams of. It is possible to achieve this smile with the dentist by applying cosmetic Dentistry. It is possible to design the perfect smile for the patient taking into consideration the patient's age, Skin, lips, teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues.
It is possible to apply a smile design for everybody, but the smile that will be designed is usually suitable for the work field of the person.
The goal of an esthetic makeover is to develop a peaceful and stable system, where the teeth, tissues, muscles, skeletal structures and joints all function in harmony . It is very important that when planning treatment for esthetics cases, smile design cannot be isolated from a comprehensive approach to patient care. Achieving a successful, healthy and functional result requires an understanding of the interrelationship among all the supporting oral structures, including the muscles, bones, joints, gingival tissues and occlusion.
- Do you like the way your teeth look?
- Do you dislike the color of any of your teeth?
- Are there spaces between your teeth?
- Do you have any chips or cracks on your teeth?
- Are you missing any teeth?
- Do you have any crooked teeth?
- Do you feel your teeth are too long or too short?
- Are you pleased with the shapes and position of your teeth?
If your answers show that you might want a change in your smile , you have to ask your dentist so he will choose the right cosmetic solution for you.
Tooth WhiteningTeeth 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 (chair side) whitening is stronger than the bleach found in at-home whitening kits.
Keep in mind that not everyone’s teeth can become movie-star white.
Your dentist can recommend the whitening treatment that is right for you.
Gum Evaluation and TreatmentPink gum tissue and lips provide a “frame” for the teeth, same as a quality frame on a valuable oil painting! Display of healthy soft tissue is essential to facial harmony, a beautiful smile and pleasing appearance!
BondingBonding can improve how your teeth look if they have the excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked.
Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth.
The dentist usually does this procedure in a single office visit by applying an etching solution followed by tooth-colored materials.
Although bonding can last for several years, it is more likely than other types of restorations to become chip or become stained or just wear down.
First Steps to a New SmileOnce you decide to improve your smile, the first step is to visit your dentist. At this visit, you will talk about the best plan for you. If you have any signs of dental disease, your dentist may recommend treatment for this. It’s important to have a healthy mouth before starting cosmetic treatment. These treatments and others can help you have more natural-looking and attractive teeth.
Lumineers – a new type of dental veneerPorcelain veneers, also known as "dental porcelain laminates," are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. Most traditional veneers require that your dentist grind down sensitive tooth structure for a good fit. They are permanent, custom-shaped and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer.
Lumineers laminates are thinner (.2mm); roughly the thickness of a contact-lens. The original tooth structure needn't be shaped for placement and, if desired, Lumineers can be removed. It is claimed that Lumineers resist micro-leakage and micro-cracking more so than traditional porcelain veneers. Unlike other porcelain veneers, you won't need to wear temporary veneers until the Lumineers are created. Lumineers are expected to last just as long as traditional porcelain veneers and normally cost less than traditional dental laminates.
In addition to being made of thin, porous porcelain, both products offer permanent whitening with no staining or discoloration. Both Lumineers and traditional porcelain laminates can strengthen, lengthen and shape your teeth. They can be used to repair minor tooth imperfections, are stain proof, natural in appearance, and highly resilient. This procedure does not hurt, it is fast, and in most cases, affordable.
What are Inlays & Onlays?Dental inlays and onlays are a medium between dental crowns and fillings. They are made from pure porcelain to fit the shape of a cavities exact shape and size. They are implicated on teeth at the back of the mouth that has suffered a moderate level of decay.
They are perfect for teeth that have undergone some fracturing; more serious damage will probably be resolved with a dental crow. Unlike a filling they do not apply any pressure to the walls of the cavity.
The ensures the cavity/ damage does not get any bigger which is often the case with a filling.
Dental crownsCrowns are recommended to cover teeth that are damaged, broken or worn down. In some cases where your existing teeth are abnormally shaped or you are unhappy with the general appearance of them they can be recommended for a smile makeover. Crowns can be sculptured to match your existing teeth, close gaps (bridge work) or create a new smile makeover. They have a longer life span when compared to other dental treatments such as Veneers & Lumineers. This makes them not only a cheap alternative but a better investment. Dental crowns can be aesthetically fabricated to reflect “light” like natural teeth, and mimic the shape, size and colour of the surrounding teeth. Your natural tooth underneath is preserved, protecting your natural tooth and gums for a longer period of time. A dental crown is a permanent fixture in your mouth and many of our patients have had the same dental crown(s) for 10-15 years.
Zirconia crowns are mainly used in cosmetic dentistry. It can be used for mostly with an esthetic purpose to eliminate extensive discoloration when bleaching does not give intended results, for treatment of hereditary discoloration of teeth, for slightly crowded and crooked or separated teeth problems such as diastema when orthodontic treatment is not preferred, for restoration of discolored teeth with old fillings which have structural defects and excessive material loss, on back teeth as bridges or crowns, for implant supported dental prosthesis on front teeth and to design smile esthetics.