Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
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.”
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.”
Discover more about dental veneers and how they could help you.
How often do you notice someone’s smile before you notice anything else? It’s not uncommon for this to be one of the first features we notice about a person. Keeping that in mind, it’s important that you have a smile that looks as great as you feel. A beautiful smile instills confidence. If you aren’t confident in your smile our Torrance, CA, cosmetic dentists are here to tell you how dental veneers could help.
How do dental veneers work?
Veneers are custom-made restorations designed to cover the entire front surface of your teeth. These restorations are very thin and are even matched to the shade of your teeth to blend in. Since veneers are often made from porcelain, no one will be able to tell you have veneers but you.
How are veneers placed?
Once our Torrance, CA, dentists have examined your smile and determined that not only are your teeth healthy and strong enough for this treatment but that your smile is also free of decay, then we will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth.
Next, impressions are taken of the teeth that will be treated with veneers. Our trusted dental lab will use these impressions we take to create your beautiful new veneers. In the meantime, we may decide to place temporary veneers over your teeth to protect them.
It usually takes up to one week to get your new veneers sent to us. Once this happens you’ll come back into our office for a fitting. Once we know you are happy with your restoration we will apply bonding cement between your veneer and your tooth and then use a dental light to harden the cement. We will also polish the veneers once they are bonded to ensure that they offer a natural and beautiful shine.
Hillside Dentistry & Orthodontics in Torrance, CA, is ready to give you the cosmetic dentistry you need to revamp your smile. Feeling confident in the way you look is important, and a perfect smile can truly help. Call our office today to schedule your initial consultation.
Whether you wish to subtly change your smile to correct its small imperfections or you are looking for a complete smile makeover, dental veneers can help you take the bull by the horns and get the smile you have always wanted. Veneers’ versatile nature can provide exactly the results you dream of in just a few dental appointments. Learn more about dental veneers with your dentists at Hillside Dentistry in Torrance, CA.
How can dental veneers help my smile?
Thanks to their design, dental veneers can change the shape, height, width and color of your teeth. A single veneer can cover imperfections on one tooth or your dentist can use a veneer on every visible tooth to completely overhaul your smile. Veneers’ porcelain materials greatly resemble natural teeth and blend in with your smile to provide the most natural look possible. Dentists use veneers in many situations, including to repair:
- cracked teeth
- chipped teeth
- discolored or yellowed teeth
- uneven teeth
- small gaps
- small overlaps
Are dental veneers permanent?
Veneers are a permanent porcelain dental restoration and made to last upwards of 20 years before requiring replacement. Since veneers require preparation of the tooth, the procedure is considered irreversible. The preparation stage of veneers involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the tooth to help the veneer bond to the tooth and to make room for its width.
Dental Veneers in Torrance, CA
Your veneers will look and function like natural teeth. Also similar to natural teeth, your veneers will require a strong at-home dental care routine to help them remain strong, healthy and clean and lengthen their lifetime. Luckily, caring for your veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day using a soft brush. Use a back-and-forth motion to brush the front and back of each tooth. Additionally, floss at least once daily between each tooth, remembering to include the back of your last molar. Coupled with regular bi-annual dental examinations and cleanings, your at-home oral care routine will keep your natural teeth and veneers healthy for many years to come.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Hillside Dentistry in Torrance, CA. Call (310) 530-4300 to schedule your appointment with your cosmetic dentist today!
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.”