Cosmetic Dentistry

With the help of the advances in modern Cosmetic Dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth & smiles with quick, painless & surprisingly affordable treatments.

Cosmetic Dentistry is a new branch of dentistry dealing with artistic planning of smiles. Cosmetic Dentists, before doing any cosmetic dentistry work that involves Multiple front teeth, will often perform a smile consultation.

In order for you to be happy with the result, you need to have strong input.

1. Smile Line

The shape of your teeth should follow your Smile Pattern. For a Commissure Smile the convex curve through the six upper anterior teeth should follow the curve of the lower lip

2. Relative Dental Proportion

Three measurements must be symmetrical with regard to the top 6 teeth, known as the "social six". Combined width of 2 front teeth should be same length from midpoint to either 3rd tooth cuspid. Front 2 teeth should have combined width to height ratio, Golden in proportions, being 1 in height and 1.6 in width.

3. Dominance of the Central Incisors

Your two maxillary incisors (2 front teeth) should be symmetrical and their width should be 80% of their height with a perpendicular midline

4. Silhouettes

The curve of your maxillary incisors (2 front teeth) should match or silhouette the curve of the laterals (teeth beside front teeth). The laterals should silhouette the cuspids (eye-teeth) and so on

5. Progression of Maxillary Incisal Embrasures

The embrasures between the maxillary centrals (2 front teeth) should be the smallest with the respective embrasures gradually getting larger to the cuspid (eye-teeth). This creates the illusion of delicate laterals.

6. Progression of Contacts

The contact points should follow the smile line and silhouette the lower lip.

7. Axial Alignments

The vertical axis should be perpendicular and begin to angle mesially (toward the centre) from midline to posterior teeth.

8. Gingival Zenith

When you are smiling we should see no more than 3mm of gum tissue. Also the gum crests between teeth should follow the smile line

9. Occlusion

The vertical axis should be perpendicular and begin to angle mesially (toward the centre) from midline to posterior teeth.

10. Colour

When you are smiling we should see no more than 3mm of gum tissue. Also the gum crests between teeth should follow the smile line.

Cosmetic Dentistry Fixes Cracked, Worn, Discolored Or Broken Teeth

For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. The only other alternative was gold and that was too expensive for most folks. Now there is a new and economical way to restore teeth using tooth-colored resin fillings. The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. Bonds the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.

Once completed, the tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and last longer than the old silver-amalgam fillings.

Smile With Veneers & Laminates

Many times Veneers & Laminates are used for the same reasons as bonding (to lighten stains, close gaps and even alter crooked or malformed teeth). They are considerably more durable and stain resistant than bonding.

The veneer is actually a thin piece of porcelain similar in size to a fingernail. Once it is "bonded" onto the tooth it becomes extremely strong. We also blend the veneer with the remaining tooth structure so that it is unnoticeable to the naked-eye. Once in place, it looks, feels, and functions just like a regular tooth.

We can use porcelain veneers to change the shape and color of a single tooth or, if necessary, revamp an entire smile. Porcelain veneers can also be used to correct teeth that have been worn from clenching and grinding.

Laminates are also similar to veneers. However, veneers can mask the discoloration on the tooth surface, as compared to laminates.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns Are Now Available

Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner.

However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.

The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacement of teeth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth.

The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.

Closing the gap (Diastemas) between teeth

The options vary from braces to full cover crowns (caps on the teeth), with the most common being Porcelain veneers (a thin piece of porcelain place on the front and sometimes side and biting surface of the teeth). Since braces treatment is long drawn out, people tend to avoid it. The veneers and/or crowns will get the results fast.

Replace Silver Fillings With White Tooth Fillings

Many people have had silver fillings placed into their teeth because they had "cavities". These silver fillings are called amalgams. Amalgam fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed.

However, over time, the amalgam corrodes and leaks which blackens the silver, and many times the tooth. This is easily seen as soon as a patient opens his or her mouth and is usually a source of embarrassment for the patient.

Here we can provide you with composite fillings that are made of a porcelain-like material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them "invisible".

Composite fillings also lack the sensitivity that is often associated with silver amalgam fillings. They are especially suited for smaller cavities and for patients who may be allergic to metal fillings.