Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.
Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?
Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.
What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.
Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.
Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.
Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.
If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Giving your smile a new look comes with many options. Choosing the most beneficial cosmetic dentistry procedure for you can seem difficult at first. However, thanks to their versatility, dental veneers can help patients who wish to completely overhaul their smile or simply repair a chipped tooth. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Andrew Yoon at Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, FL.
What can veneers do for me?
Dental veneers treat various aesthetic dental problems. Veneers are often reserved for patients wishing to overhaul their entire smile, though can also benefit those who simply wish to improve the appearance of a single tooth. Some of the most common uses for veneers include improving the appearance of:
- chipped teeth
- discolored teeth
- broken or otherwise damaged teeth
- slightly overlapped teeth
- slightly gapped teeth
- uneven teeth
What can I expect during the procedure for veneers?
Dentists usually complete the veneer process in two separate appointments. The dental laboratory who creates your veneers will require about two weeks between your first and second appointments. Your first appointment requires your dentist to prepare your teeth to receive the crowns, then take an impression of your mouth to serve as a guide for the design of your veneers. Your dentist sends the impression to the laboratory, where a technician designs and creates your veneers. Then, your dentist receives the final restorations back at their office after about two weeks. Your second appointment, scheduled after your dentist receives your veneers, will consist of fitting, sizing, and placing the veneers permanently onto the teeth.
Caring for Your Dental Veneers in Orange City, FL
Whether you have veneers or not, you should adhere to a strong at-home oral care routine. This should consist of brushing for at least two minutes twice daily and flossing between each tooth at least once. Patients should also see their dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings at least every six months to ensure their teeth remain healthy and clean.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Yoon at Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, FL. Call (386) 774-0125 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Yoon today!
Learn how your Orange City dentist can improve your smile.
Want a better-looking smile? Dentists have a wide array of tools at their disposal for improving the look of your smile. Dr. Andrew Yoon at CapeVista Dental in Orange City, FL, offers a full range of dental services. Here are five dental procedures that can improve your smile.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium that are inserted into the jawbone. Dental implants restore lost teeth so that they look, fit, feel and function like natural teeth. Missing teeth can cause a cascade of problems such as bone loss, chewing difficulty, speech problems, shifting of surrounding teeth. Dental implants can prevent these problems.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of a composite resin material or resin, which are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers can correct a wide variety of problems such as fractures, chips, misshapen teeth, mild alignment problems and more. Veneers can also give you a whiter, brighter smile.
Dentures are appliances that are custom made to replace an individual's missing teeth. A complete denture is used when all of the patient's teeth are missing. Complete dentures are made of a gum-colored plastic base and support a full set of artificial teeth. A partial denture is used when only some of the teeth are missing. Partial dentures consist of false teeth attached to a gum-colored base that is made of plastic.
Dental crowns are used to restore weakened, badly decayed, cracked, chipped, discolored and damaged teeth. Dental crowns restore full function of your damaged teeth. Dental crowns can help you chew better. They can also restore your ability to speak. With crowns, people can restore their damaged teeth and give the illusion of always having a healthy, beautiful smile.
If you're unhappy with your smile, dental bonding may be the answer. Dental bonding is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. Dental bonding is used to repair chipped, decayed and cracked teeth. This dental procedure is also used to improve the appearance of discolored teeth and close gaps between teeth.
So, what are you waiting for? If you've ever wanted a beautiful smile, this is your chance! Call CapeVista Dental at (386) 774-0125 today to schedule a consultation in Orange City, FL. Remember, it's never too late to improve your smile.
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.”