Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
Could this simple cosmetic treatment help fix your chipped or discolored teeth?
Everyone wants to have a perfect smile but sometimes even the smallest of flaws can stand out to you. If you hate that gap between your front teeth, your “gummy” smile or other small imperfections, then it might be time to talk to our Novi, MI, dentist, Dr. Neil Blavin, about dental bonding.
Bonding is truly no big deal when you compare it to other treatments like getting dental bridges or dental veneers. The purpose of bonding is to fix small cosmetic defects that don’t actually affect how your teeth function but certainly affect your appearance. Some issues that dental bonding can treat include:
- Discolorations that professional teeth whitening can’t remove
- Small cracks and chips
- Uneven or worn down areas of the tooth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Minor crookedness
Dental bonding is a great way to make minor changes to the color, shape or size of a tooth.
To get dental bonding you’ll want to take some time to chat with your Novi, MI, cosmetic dentist. If you’ve been looking for a way to improve the shape or appearance of your smile then it’s time to ask if this is the right treatment for you.
Bonding takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete. This can be a great option for someone who finds dental procedures to be a bit unnerving and stressful because bonding won’t feel any more invasive than a routine dental cleaning. Plus, you’ll walk out of the office with an improved smile.
Bonding uses a putty-like resin that is matched to the shade of your tooth and then hardened using a special dental light. Since this is the same resin used to fill a tooth after a cavity, it can last several years before needing to be replaced. Just make sure that you are maintaining the very best oral health possible and continuing to come in twice a year for dental exams and you’ll keep your restoration looking and feeling its best for many years to come.
Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, is dedicated to giving you the smile you want. Whether you need routine dentistry or cosmetic care, give us a call to learn more about the services we offer.
A beautiful smile and teeth have a great shade, alignment, spacing and shape. For many patients, they can use improvements in many of these things. Thanks to the help of Porcelain veneers that can be achieved. Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, can examine your teeth and determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin layers of strong porcelain that substitutes for tooth enamel. When these veneers are bonded to the teeth, they create a beautiful, new and natural-looking surface. The added perk is that these veneers do not stain like normal teeth, so if you love coffee or tea, you’re in luck. Ultimately, veneers can be made so thin that they are undetectable in the mouth. Your Novi dentist can create veneers that improve your smile just the way you want it to.
When you’re having a consultation regarding veneers, it’s important to communicate your expectations with the process. A model is taken off your teeth and wax veneers are placed in your mouth so you can see exactly what your new smile will look like. Once you agree with the treatment, your teeth are prepared by a dental laboratory. A temporary set of veneers are given to you to wear during the time your set of veneers are made. After they have arrived at your dentist’s office, your teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of your existing tooth enamel to create a viable surface to apply them to.
Teeth are restored with porcelain veneers in miraculous ways. With the help of Dr. Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, your dream smile can be achieved. To schedule an appointment today, call (248) 347-0030.
One of the best restorative options for slightly deformed, misaligned or stained teeth is a porcelain veneer. Composed of thin, laminated layers of dental material, the veneer is bonded to the outside of the tooth to transform both its shape and color to blend with other natural teeth.
Veneers are more than a technical process — they’re works of art produced by skilled artisans known as dental lab technicians. They use their skills to shape veneers into forms so life-like they can’t be distinguished from other teeth.
How technicians produce veneers depends on the material used. The mainstay for many years was feldspathic porcelain, a powdered material mixed with water to form a paste, which technicians use to build up layers on top of each other. After curing or “firing” in an oven, the finished veneer can mimic both the color variations and translucency of natural teeth.
Although still in use today, feldspathic porcelain does have limitations. It has a tendency to shrink during firing, and because it’s built up in layers it’s not as strong and shatter-resistant as a single composed piece. To address these weaknesses, a different type of veneer material reinforced with leucite came into use in the 1990s. Adding this mineral to the ceramic base, the core of the veneer could be formed into one piece by pressing the heated material into a mold. But while increasing its strength, early leucite veneers were thicker than traditional porcelain and only worked where extra space allowed for them.
This has led to the newest and most advanced form that uses a stronger type of glass ceramic called lithium disilicate. These easily fabricated veneers can be pressed down to a thickness of three tenths of a millimeter, much thinner than leucite veneers with twice the strength.Â And like leucite, lithium disilicate can be milled to increase the accuracy of the fit. It’s also possible to add a layer of feldspathic porcelain to enhance their appearance.
The science — and artistry — of porcelain veneers has come a long way over the last three decades. With more durable, pliable materials, you can have veneers that with proper care could continue to provide you an attractive smile for decades to come.
If you would like more information on dental veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”