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Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
When we prepare your teeth for veneers, we remove a very small portion of your own dental enamel. This gives the veneers space to fit perfectly along your gum line, which also creates a perfectly natural appearance.
Any effective cosmetic dental treatment is one that is not noticeable. Unless you tell someone that you’ve had work done, they will only notice that you have a fresh, beautiful smile.
Porcelain veneers are great for fixing a wide variety of aesthetic flaws, but we also have other options that may be appropriate.
Gum Recontouring is a surgical procedure performed by our dentist or periodontal specialist where they reshape the gums to improve the appearance of your smile using: laser, scalpel or radio knife. Some people undergo gum contouring surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction and regenerative procedures. This procedure helps patients whose gums are uneven or cover too much of their teeth (This may be caused by genetics or use of certain indications.)
Properly proportioned, healthy-looking gums can make a big difference in your smile since the shape of your gums affects the shape of your teeth. Gum contouring evens out uneven gums and restores the proper look and proportions to your gum line. we can comfortably remove excess tissue to fix a “gummy smile” and can add tissue to receded gums that make teeth look too “long”.
When you look at the perfect smile, sometimes you can’t instantly separate all the elements that make it appealing. But if you look closely, one thing that beautiful smiles have in common are correctly proportioned gums. If the gums don’t look right, something will look “off” about the smile because the shape of the gum affects the shape of the teeth. A “gummy smile” makes your teeth look short and less attractive. When the gums are pulled back and receded, teeth can look too “long”. Proper proportion, size and color in healthy gums make your smile look its best.
How do you repair a “gummy smile”?
We use special instruments, most commonly a laser, to trim excess gums and sometimes excess bone tissue. This “sculpting” procedure is known as a gingivectomy. It will give your smile a more youthful, natural appearance, since your newly shaped gums will properly frame and showcase your teeth. The procedure will be quick and comfortable, and the laser will actually seal the gum tissue, helping you to heal faster.
How do you repair teeth that look “too long” because of receding gums?
This is accomplished by our office or a periodontist (gum specialist). After making sure that you are completely comfortable, tissue is re-positioned by a variety of techniques to accomplish the goal. Which technique is employed is dependent on the needs of the individual case. This simple procedure will shape your gums to a more ideal frame for your teeth, giving you a younger and more attractive smile.
What can I expect after the gum recontouring procedure?
Your gums may be tender and a little swollen for the first week following the procedure, and if so we will recommend an analgesic where you rinse your mouth with a special antibacterial mouthwash. You will do this once or twice a day for the next two weeks to prevent infection and aid the healing process.
Smile Make Over
Smile make over is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more dentistry procedures, such as: crowns, veneers, composite bondings, implants, gum procedures. Essentially, a smile make over is something that you choose to have performed, while a full mouth reconstruction is something that you need to have performed.
A smile make over takes into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth analysis (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), lifestyle, phonetic analysis, gingival analysis, occlusion analysis and lips to create your ideal smile.
Smile make overs are performed for many reasons and customized according to your considerations.
Your oral health must be evaluated prior to develop a plan of treatment. This must be a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, underlying support structure and bite to determinate candidacy for smile make over.
An integral part of a smile make over process is the preview of potential results you evaluate before treatment begins. Your dentist will incorporate a variety of dental technologies to show you the changes that you can expect to see in your new smile such as: dental imaging software, before and after photos, dental study models, dental mock up.
Dental Study Models
Diagnostic models represent the teeth, supporting tissue, and the relationship between upper and lower teeth in centric occlusion. They are often used as a diagnostic tool for the dentist to evaluate and create a treatment plan. They also serve as valuable instructional and illustrative aids during consultations. To create a study model, impressions are taken of each arch with an alginate material. Models are poured using a yellow dental stone or a white plaster material.
What is a mock-up?
A mock-up is the creation of a “trial smile”, allowing you the exciting prospect of actually being part of your own smile transformation. This simple procedure allows your dentist to apply tooth-colored filling materials to temporarily improve the shape and form of your teeth, to close spaces between teeth, or to simulate the ideal balance between the gum line and the teeth. In turn it allows you time to try out the newly created tooth shapes, with lips at rest and at full smile. This also gives you time to decide how the changes appeal to you and those viewing your new look. This approach is the most realistic way of experiencing the whole host of improvements that you and your dentist have envisioned.
Digital dental photography allows for accurate determination of the incisal edge position, both horizontally and vertically. Photos used in this process also provides the following information:
Facial-skeletal esthetic concerns
Diagnosis of a “gummy smile” (if present)
Lip closure path
Emergence profile of upper anterior teeth
Plane of occlusion
Texture of existing anterior teeth
Soft tissue (gingival architecture) assessment
Visagism in Dentistry
When we do a full mouth reconstruction or smile, we emphasize the use of the concept of visagism which involves the creation of a customized personal image that expresses a person’s sense of identity and helps dental clinicians provide restorations that account no only esthetics, but also for the psychosocial features of created image which affect patient’s emotions, sense of identity, behavior and self esteem. These factors in turn affect how observers react to patients following treatment.
During consultation we do an analysis of the face, which begin with one or more diagnostic digital smile design, wax-ups and mock-ups of the maxillary anterior region, which are evaluated by the patient and clinician with the aid of extra and intraoral photographies and video.
With the visagism concept, clinicians can design a smile that blends the patients physical appearance, personality and desires. One of the most significant challenges is to uncover these personality traits and desires in order to translate them into natural tooth shapes in phycho dentofacial harmony.
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