Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.
You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.
Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.
Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.
Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.
Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
Discover the many ways porcelain veneers could improve the shape or appearance of your teeth.
Are you unhappy with the shape of your smile? Do you wish your smile was more symmetrical? While there are a lot of cosmetic dentistry options out there from which to choose, if you want to alter the shape, size or color of your smile then it might be time to talk to our Stamford, CT, dentists Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson about getting dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
These thin porcelain layers are adhered to the front of one or more teeth to enhance the look of your smile. Each veneer is customized based on the tooth or teeth you want to improve. The porcelain offers a translucency that matches that of natural tooth enamel and can be an easy way to give your smile the makeover it deserves in only a couple of visits.
What problems can veneers address?
You may want to consider getting dental veneers in Stamford, CT if you are dealing with any of these cosmetic problems:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolorations that won’t respond to professional teeth whitening
- Misshapen or malformed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crowding or crookedness
- Teeth that are worn down or too short
Veneers have the ability to alter the shape, size or color of one or more teeth. If you’ve also wanted to get a straighter smile but you only have a very subtle misalignment then chances are good that you don’t want to wear braces in order to fix this minor issue. This is where veneers can come in to improve the alignment of your smile without ever needing braces.
What goes into getting dental veneers?
Here are the steps involved in getting these cosmetic restorations:
Step 1—Consultation: We need to make sure that veneers are truly the best way to improve your smile. This consultation involves examining your teeth and conducting X-rays to make sure they are healthy enough to support veneers. We will also talk to you about your treatment goals to make sure veneers can offer what you are looking for.
Step 2—Tooth Preparation: With traditional veneers, a very small amount of enamel will need to be removed from the front portion of your teeth. After your teeth are prepped we will need to take impressions of your teeth. A dental laboratory will use these impressions to create properly fitted veneers.
Step 3—Veneer Fitting: Once your veneers are fabricated (this usually takes about one week) you’ll come in so that we can check the look and fit before bonding each one to the front of your teeth. The bonding process is non-invasive and completely painless.
Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, is ready to help get your smile back on track. Are you ready to find out if porcelain veneers are the right option for you? If so, call our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.
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.”
The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.
In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.
Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.
While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.
Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.
With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.
If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
Discover all that porcelain veneers can offer your smile to improve its appearance.
It can be frustrating to know that your smile contains cracks, nasty stains or even gaps between your teeth. Maybe your teeth have you embarrassed to even smile in public. If this sounds like you, it’s time you turned to our Stamford, CT dentists, Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson, to find out how dental veneers could possibly help.
How can veneers help my smile?
The dental veneers we offer here in Stamford are made from thin layers of porcelain. These porcelain shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to completely revamp the size, shape and color of your smile.
What are the benefits to getting porcelain veneers?
There is a reason so many people are turning to veneers to give them a better-looking smile. Porcelain is extremely durable and long lasting. With the proper care veneers can last up to 15 or even 20 years. Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant. This means that you can still enjoy your morning cup of coffee or that glass of red wine with dinner without worrying about your veneers.
Veneers can also be used to fix a variety of different dental problems to give you a smile you’ll actually be proud of. Veneers can be used to hide:
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Uneven teeth
- Worn teeth
- Teeth that are cracked, chipped or broken
- Gaps between two teeth
- Minor overlapping of teeth
If you are dealing with any of these issues dental veneers can help!
How are veneers placed?
Another benefit to choosing veneers is that you can easily get these restorations without the need for serious or invasive cosmetic dentistry. While teeth will need to be prepared for your veneers, preparation is minimal and painless. In fact, when we shave off some of the enamel from your teeth the removal process is so minor that it is often performed without even needing anesthesia.
Impressions are also taken of your smile so that a dental lab can make your very own custom set of veneers. Each veneer is perfectly shaped to fit your teeth and no one else’s. Once your veneers are made you will come in so that we can permanently bond them to your teeth. You’ll leave our office with a brand new smile!
Let Comprehensive Dental Group give you the smile makeover you’ve always wanted. If you are interested in getting dental veneers in Stamford, CT, it’s time you booked a consultation with us to find out if veneers are right for you. Get a smile you can be proud of!