Cosmetic dentestry faq

Frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry

A very important question. For the best results it is important to know the qualifications and experience of the treating dentist. The term “cosmetic dentistry” has become popular and many dentists are promoting themselves as cosmetic dentists. At present, cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty (like orthodontics, for example). However, it is a discipline of dentistry that requires a thorough knowledge of science and an artistic eye. Ask your dentist about his training, credentials and experience in this field. The most effective way to understand your dentist’s skills is to see his portfolio of before and after photographs. Dentists who are dedicated to the art of cosmetic dentistry always take photographs of their cases.

No. Each individual is different and each case is different and has to be planned very carefully. There are many differences between male teeth and female teeth and between all individuals. The design of the teeth has to be in proportion with the gum line, the lips, and the construction of the face of each individual in order to achieve a beautiful and natural smile.

In adolescence we generally have white teeth and a bright smile, but over the years teeth get stained and become discolored. When undergoing cosmetic procedures the question is how white do we want to make our teeth? Many people choose shades that are whiter than in years past. Bright white and opaque teeth on older individuals signal that they have undergone some type of cosmetic dentistry. In our clinic we try to offer your smile a sense of realism, we call it perfect imperfections. You will attain a beautiful white outcome, but there will still be a sense of realism.

The first thing we do is to listen to your desires regarding your smile. Cosmetic imaging, although an artificial rendering, can help in giving you a better idea of what you can look like after cosmetic dental improvements. We also may want to have our lab perform an impression of your new smile, which would show in tangible form the proposed treatment.

In most cases, bonding can be done in one session. Accelerating whitening can be completed in one session. At-home whitening requires an initial session in order to be fitted for the splint. You need to return in a few days to pick-up your splint and for us to be sure it is fitted properly. Then, depending on how often you wear the splint, you should see results from the first application to a few weeks or more. Porcelain veneers require two sessions, about 10 days apart for fitting and application. Sine each person’s cosmetic dental needs are unique, the necessary time guideline is only an estimate. When we elaborate your customized treatment scheme, we can give you a more precise schedule based on your dental needs.

There are too many factors involved to precisely predict how long any dental treatment will last. The longevity of cosmetic treatment varies from procedure to procedure and person to person. The condition of the teeth before treatment has a great influence on the longevity of the restorations.
Personal care (hygiene) and eating habits are part of the equation. Of course, the quality of the treatment itself influences the long term outcome. We do our best to offer high-quality treatment that will last many years. Regular sessions to the dentist can help you insure that your dental treatment is being maintained. We will do our best to render your teeth complete immunity to future problems; preventive maintenance will prolong the duration of the dental treatment for many years. For estimated time frames for specific procedures, look at the treatment sections on this website or come in for a consultation for a more personalized estimate.

Frequently asked questions about common cosmetic problems of teeth

Chipped or misshapen teeth can ruin a pleasant smile. The long-term reconstruction option is porcelain veneers. A less expensive (but less durable) option may be restoration, which can usually be done in one session. Done properly, both porcelain veneers and restoration can be applied, color-matched and shaped to make your teeth appear natural again.

Cosmetic contouring, porcelain veneers, orthodontics, or crowns can be used to correct uneven teeth. We usually recommend porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns to get the best aesthetic results. The best way to determine the optimum option for you is through a consultation, and we have a couple of ways to do them.

Tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat a number of diseases. One of the major inconveniences is that it causes severe staining in teeth if it is used in growing children. These teeth have a gray or dark brown appearance to them. Such teeth may not properly respond to whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers can be a miraculous answer for patients who thought that nothing could be done for their teeth.

There are a number of options to correct this problem, which may include one or more of the following: porcelain veneers, crowns, restoration, and orthodontics.

There are a number of options including porcelain veneers, crowns, and restoration.

Translumination or an intraoral camera can be used to determine the extent of the cracks. Some of the possible options to correct the problem would be porcelain veneers, crowns, and restoration.

Many times more options can be suggested after a cosmetic consultation, including porcelain veneers, crowns, restoration, orthodontics, or simple cosmetic contouring of the teeth. Schedule an appointment.

Once we lose our natural teeth there is nothing we can do to recover them. That is why we encourage patients to try and save their teeth for a number of reasons. If a tooth that can and should be saved is pulled, it will lead to overstressing the other teeth and can result in their loss as well. Tooth loss can cause ineffective chewing and this can result in the swallowing of large chunks of food. This overworks the digestive system and can even lead to digestive problems.
Patients who do not have their own teeth may face problems when consuming a high fiber diet. A high fiber diet is recommended for the prevention of cancer. Dentures do not chew food correctly and efficiently. Tooth loss leads to bone loss in jaws. Many young patients who have denture appear prematurely aged due to the bone loss they experience after having their teeth pulled. With today’s great emphasis on having a youthful appearance, regardless of one’s age, saving your teeth is indeed a wise investment. Dentures are colonized by mouth bacteria and pick up odors and stains. They must be taken out at night or they can lead to a serious infection of the gums. Dentures are a good choice for patients who have no hope of saving their teeth.
Without natural teeth, a denture, an implant or dental bridges are the most common options. To be able to wear a denture comfortably requires sufficient retention. Bone is lost when teeth are pulled and then continues to reabsorb and shrink back, resulting in poor fitting loose dentures. These consistently require reapplication and never function as effectively as natural teeth. Today, dental implants used to anchor a tooth restoration add stability and provide a better solution for patients who have missing teeth. Most times, in partnership with our clients, we can establish good functioning, a pleasant look and long-lasting teeth.

Frequently asked questions about cosmetic restoration

Restoration is achieved by placing a tooth-like material on the tooth in order to create and modify its shape. Given that the natural structure of the tooth is not removed, its best use is somehow limited to chipped or cracked teeth. The advantage of restoration is that it is relatively cheap and it is a traditional way of tooth restoration. One of the disadvantages is that over time, the bonded part of the tooth can change color as compared to the natural color of the unbonded part of the tooth. Another disadvantage is that it becomes more prone to breaking. On the other side, a porcelain veneer or a crown will not turn yellow and will be more resistant on long term. It can cost more and the preparation of the affected tooth can be longer, but it can be necessary to obtain a flat, natural appearance.

A veneer covers the front, side and bite surfaces of the tooth. Once properly seated, it becomes your tooth. It should be without blending parts. Veneers are very resistant and long lasting and are not as easy to break as a tooth. And like a real tooth, veneers can be repaired if they ever crack or break.

Frequently asked questions about gum reshaping

Of course. A wonderful smile is like a work of art – the smile is the frame, the gums represent the matting and teeth are the featured subjects. Like the cuticles on your fingernails, the gums can cover the tooth structure, making your teeth appear short and large instead of the shape you were born with. We currently correct this aspect in most of our smile makeovers. Gum contouring can be done to reduce the excess gum. The removal of this excess tissue allows for normal sized teeth and for a normal gum line appearance by using a specific instrument to remove the undesirable tissue.

Generally, our patients describe this procedure as feeling like a mild pizza burn – like when you eat a too hot pizza and it burns the roof of your mouth. Our patients declare that they are fine within approximately one day.

Frequently asked questions about teeth whitening

Teeth whitening (sometimes called “bleaching”) is a common dental procedure used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth whitened to make stains disappear, while others just want a whiter shade.

The active element in most of the whitening agents is 10% carbamide peroxide, also known as urea peroxide; when water contacts this white crystal, the release of hydrogen peroxide whitens the teeth.

There are several treatments to whiten teeth. There are accelerated in-cabinet methods using a technique of light activation with the peroxide gel. There are also at-home whitening kits based on a peroxide gel. Porcelain veneers can also have the effect of whitening teeth, to the shade determined by you and your dentist.

There are several treatments to whiten teeth. There are accelerated in-cabinet methods using a technique of light activation with the peroxide gel. There are also at-home whitening kits based on a peroxide gel. Porcelain veneers can also have the effect of whitening teeth, to the shade determined by you and your dentist.

Several studies have been performed over the years proving this whitening method to be safe and effective. Some patients may experience slight irritation of the gums or tooth sensitivity, which will disappear when the treatment ends.

Discoloration appears in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea, and cigarettes. Discoloration can also be caused by genetic inheritance or simply due to getting older.

Teeth whitening can be performed in the dental cabinet by our specialists or, under medical supervision, at home. Many patients prefer teeth whitening at home because it is more convenient. Treatment in our clinic begins when we create a dental impression to ensure the correct quantity of whitening solution is used, and that your teeth are properly exposed. Normally, whitening at home takes one or two weeks, depending on the desired shade. Whitening in the dental cabinet may take a one and a half hour session.

Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90% of patients, although it may not be an option for everyone. Take into account teeth whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea, or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown or orange respond better to whitening. Other types of gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline are whitened, but results are not as spectacular. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease or enamel affections, we may discourage whitening.

Like skin tone, each person is different. Besides genetics, it also depends on how many cups of coffee, glasses of cola, red wine and other staining drinks and food that comes in contact with your teeth. Many persons can go from one to three years without need to repeat the treatment. The ultimate whitening option is through ceramic crowns, which can last much longer.

No one can say exactly how much whiter your teeth will become. Every case is different. Normally, you can see a two-shade improvement as seen on the dentist’s shade guide. The success rate depends on the type of stain involved and your teeth compliance. Whitening can offer a change in color from gray to a lighter shade of gray, for example. Whitening does not lighten materials such as resin, composite, or porcelain.

The difficulty presented by tetracycline stains is that results are not uniform, but generally appear as horizontal light and dark bands. For such teeth, the banding effect will remain after whitening, but in a lighter shade. The only practical method of eliminating the stains you describe is by covering them up. This can be done by the placement of crowns, or, more efficiently by placing porcelain crowns.

No, porcelain does not change color when exposed to dental whitening gel.

A deep cleaning in our cabinet with a prophy jet using baking soda spray is a good start. Whitening performed in dental cabinets, using a light activated technique, especially combined with matrix home whitening will also help.

First of all, get a hygienic cleaning with a prophy jet, based on baking soda spray followed by tooth polishing. This will determine the type and amount of real discoloration present in the enamel of your teeth. Then, you can opt either for in-cabinet whitening using an adequate method of activated light, at-home whitening, or for porcelain veneers for longer lasting effects.