Have A Beautiful Smile With Natural-Looking Results!

posted: November 08, 2018

As a dentist, I’ve realized one of my greatest joys is seeing the reaction of people once they see their “new smile” after cosmetic dentistry. For many who have spent years, or even most of their lives, concealing a smile with their hand or turning away from people when laughing, seeing them “light up” because of a beautiful smile is a moment I savor as much as the elated patient.smiling man

Cosmetic dentistry not only enhances the appearance of your smile, it tends to boost confidence and encourages you to smile more often. However, the skills and commitment to precision and exceptional quality greatly determine the overall results, and ultimately, the satisfaction of the patient.

Over the years, I’ve seen how poor skills and cheap material can leave an individual with “fake” looking teeth. For example, one new patient arrived after investing in closing a gap between his two front teeth. Rather than involve the bordering two or four teeth to distribute the balance, the dentist had merely filled in the gap, creating two very wide teeth. This left the man with “bunny teeth” that made him embarrassed to smile.

In cosmetic dentistry, advanced training in the latest esthetic technology, techniques, and materials can make a significant difference in one’s outcome. Another example is how light is reflected off teeth and the opalescence of teeth. Opalescence describes a slight transparency around the outer edges of each tooth. These factors play a major role in creating a smile that looks like you were born with it versus one that looks like one that’s had “dental work.”

Porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, bonding, and teeth whitening are primarily the options used to enhance a smile. These procedures are often completed in just one or two visits.

Bonding is used primarily to repair chips or cracks, make selected teeth shorter or longer and cover tooth roots exposed by receded gums. The shade of the bonding material is selected to match neighboring teeth and painted on to natural teeth. After the material is properly shaped, a process hardens the material and it is polished for a flattering sheen. With bonding, most applications can be completed in just one appointment.

However, for the most natural look and best longevity, we recommend porcelain veneers or crowns. Unlike bonding, veneers have an edge when it comes to durability and longevity. While porcelain veneers are more expensive, many people feel they are well-worth the difference.

Porcelain veneers are like fingernail-thin shells, each custom-created to specific shapes and shades to enhance the teeth most visible in a smile. For both porcelain veneers and crowns, many are made by a dental lab we know mirrors our own commitment to perfectionism.

Most treatments are completed in two visits. The first visit removes some enamel from the front of the tooth for veneers. For crowns (caps), which cover the entire tooth, more enamel is removed so the protective porcelain crown can be placed to a proper height. Before you leave, we place temporaries on the prepared teeth so you can enjoy a natural look while your final ‘restorations’ are made.

At the second appointment (usually 2-3 weeks after the first), the temporaries are removed and the final veneers or crowns are adhered to each tooth with a special adhesive. Your bite is then checked for proper alignment.

We offer a free, no obligation consultation so you can learn the best options for your smile. During this time, we can also discuss affordable payment plans so you can enjoy your beautiful, new smile while making easy monthly payments.

To schedule your consultation or ask questions, call 843-871-6351 or tap here to schedule. Also, you may wish to begin by visiting our Smile Gallery.

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Gapped Teeth Often Repaired In Just One Or Two Visits.

posted: September 11, 2018

What do model Lauren Hutton, songstress Madonna, and actor Samuel L. Jackson have in common? They each share the trait of gapped front teeth. This trait, which actually is fairly common — affecting up to 25% of American adults, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) — is known in the dental profession as a diastema.

Having a gap between upper front teeth is a genetic trait and occurs more often in Black males who are more prone to the trait than females.

Once felt to cause an awkward appearance when smiling, adults today are more comfortable with a disastema, largely due to celebrities who have refused to

Model Lauren Hutton

let the trait interfere with smiling with pride. After all, can you imagine Lauren Hutton without her smile as it is or Michael Strahan smiling any differently than with his now-famous gap?!

We believe the most important part of smiling has to do with the health of a smile. When teeth and gums are healthy, smiling with confidence is a perk of good oral health. However, some smile traits can make smiling seem awkward for some individuals. In addition to gapped teeth, having a gummy smile (which exposes too much gum tissue above teeth in a full smile) can cause some to ‘hold back’ rather than smile joyfully.

If a diastema is causing you to feel less than comfortable when smiling, you’ll be pleased to learn that filling this space can often be done in just one or two visits, and very affordably. We begin by assessing the width of the gap. When the open space is minimal and the two front teeth are not wide, we may be able to focus treatment on just those two teeth.

However, filling a wider gap by trying to widen the two front teeth can result in “bunny teeth.” To avoid this, it may be necessary to involve more than just the two gapped teeth. The material that is used may also depend on the width of the gap. The one recommended for you will be explained. The two options typically used for correcting a diastema are:

• Bonding – This treatment uses a tooth-colored composite resin that is painted onto natural teeth. The material is carefully shaped to fill in the space between the teeth. The procedure often requires just one visit and numbing needs are minimal. The process begins with a careful shade matching so the composite resin blends naturally with the color of the teeth involved in treatment. Then, the teeth are ‘roughed’ and a conditioning material is applied so the bonding adheres properly. After the bonding has been shaped and contoured, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. Finally, the material is polished to a natural sheen.

Although bonding is an affordable option that can repair flaws in a single visit, its drawbacks should be considered. For example, bonding material isn’t as strong as porcelain, which is used in veneers and crowns. This makes bonded teeth are at greater risk for chips. Bonding material also stains or yellows more easily.

• Porcelain Veneers & Crowns  – The closest thing to the durability and longevity of natural teeth is porcelain. Superior to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain restorations even reflect light as a natural tooth and can provide an opalescence so natural no one would suspect you’ve had ‘dental work’. Porcelain is highly durable (a particular advantage for front teeth) and more resistant to staining. For wide gaps, just four or six veneers can recreate a smile beautifully while eliminating the former space.

For some gaps between teeth, moving natural teeth into proper alignment through orthodontic treatment may be the best option. We work with several exceptional orthodontists and can request an evaluation to determine if your diastema requires this type of treatment.

Keep in mind that realigning teeth may not only close the space between your teeth, it may help to create a healthier smile. Teeth that are in proper alignment are easier to keep clean and help you avoid problems associated with misalignment, including TMJ disorder. This can lead to teeth that are chipped, broken or worn as well as jaw joint pain, headaches, migraines, ear ringing, dizziness, night-time clenching and/or grinding, and jaw popping.

Begin by scheduling a free consultation to discuss the options that may be best for you. During this time, I can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss affordable payment plans that can break treatment fees into easy monthly payments.

Call 843-871-6351 to schedule or tap here to begin. Also, check out our Smile Gallery to see a few smile makeovers!

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Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You A WOW Smile!

posted: October 10, 2017

The mouth is an important part of each day. Through it, you receive nourishment, begin the digestive process, communicate verbally and relay emotions. Yet, when most of us think of our mouths, it is our smiles that stand out in the forefront.

Your lips, teeth and gums are components of your smile, which, according to studies, does far more than enhance (or detract from) facial appearance. Studies show that you can improve your psychological and physiological state by smiling, even when you fake a smile. Smiling is also said to improve immunity and helps you tolerate pain and frustration to a greater degree.

Certainly, a beautiful smile has an impact on one’s outer appearance. Yet, smiling also makes us feel good, even when we don’t feel like smiling. Research has shown that smiling increases endorphins, a chemical in your brain that gives you a natural high. When endorphins are released through smiling, it creates feelings of happiness.

It is also estimated that people who smile often lengthen their lifespans by two years, on average. On the flip side, those who frown more decrease their lives an average of a year.

Another benefit of smiling is how it pulls facial muscles upward. This gives you a more youthful appearance and smooths lines. You get a bit of a face lift just by smiling!

Our patients who’ve completed smile makeovers tend to smile more often and really SMILE from the inside out! While smiling comes easy for those who feel good about the appearance of their smile, a smile that has chips, gaps, breaks, stains and missing or crooked teeth can make people feel uneasy or even embarrassed. Some people cover their mouths to conceal the flaws that make smiling awkward.

If you are uncomfortable with smiling as fully as you’d like, today’s cosmetic dentistry can create a beautiful smile you’ll love to share. In our office, we use modern dental technology, the latest techniques and exceptional materials to create smiles with natural appeal that complement each individual. These include:

Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain is the superior material when it comes to smile enhancement. This provides the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Porcelain also resists staining and has a durability that is exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. For the 6 or 8 teeth most visible in a smile, porcelain crowns or veneers can change an unflattering smile to one that you’ll want to share often!

Bonding – Teeth that are chipped, uneven, gapped, stained or poorly-shaped can often be correctly with the application of bonding. In bonding, a material is coated over tooth surfaces and and then shaped and polished to correct smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding provides good longevity at an affordable cost. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with surrounding teeth and is typically completed in just one visit.

Teeth Whitening – Although some people believe that drug store whitening systems are helpful, their effectiveness is minimal compared to the systems available through a dentist. When you consider their cost, minimal effect and the frequency needed to keep your teeth white, drug store systems are hardly worth the time or investment. Our use-at-home Nite White tooth whitening system is highly affordable and provides a much higher degree of whitening with excellent longevity.

Gum Re-contouring – Your smile is not just teeth. Your gum tissues are also an important part of your smile’s appearance. Think of the gum tissue that arches each tooth like a frame for beautiful artwork. Having the gum line in a balanced order over teeth enhances the overall look of a smile. Using a dental laser, we can contour gum tissues to create an attractive smile in a process that is comfortable and requires minimal healing time.

Dental Implants – The gap in a smile left by missing teeth sends a negative message that can label an individual unfairly. For people who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants can restore the ability to smile attractively, speak and laugh confidently, and bite and chew comfortably. Since the teeth attached to the implants are custom-made crowns, we create an attractive smile in the process.

Cosmetic Dentures – When people are missing all upper or lower teeth, some choose to replace them with full dentures. Today’s dental techniques and materials make it possible to combine replacement gum tissue and teeth that results in an appealing smile and more youthful appearance.

A flattering smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and confidence level. Many procedures in modern cosmetic dentistry can be completed in just one or two visits. We also offer payment plans that fit most budgets and are interest-free.

Call 843-871-6351 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the beautiful smile you desire.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Improves Smile’s Appearance, And More!

posted: August 23, 2017

Our body language says more about our moods, feelings and overall state than we may realize. In an article in April 2016’s Prevention magazine, some secrets were revealed by the author of “What Every Body Is Saying.” Joe Navarro is a retired FBI agent who shares some of the hints we give off. (https://www.prevention.com/mind-body/read-body-language)

For example, when we really like a person, our toes will point towards that individual each time we are around them. The same is true when we don’t like a person. Our feet tend to turn away from them. Apparently, feet are what Navarro refers to as “the most honest body part.”

However, what does our smile say? Studies have shown for years that a first impression is made in 4-5 seconds. And, it’s a lasting impression. Someone with a warm, open smile projects a positive self-image and draws us in. We find our own moods being affected when encountering these people.

What does a smile with flaws say to others? While we tell ourselves we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, people do it all the time. Today’s society tells us to assess others based on inner qualities, still we know that appearance plays a major role in how we are perceived.

This was shown to be the case in a conducted by Kelton Research for Invisalign of over 1,000 American adults. (http://keltonglobal.com/invisalign_smile_study-breakout_report/) Using pictures of both men and women with straight and crooked teeth and varying tooth issues, participants were asked for honest opinions without being aware that they were comparing people with straight teeth to crooked teeth.

According to their findings, Americans perceive people with straight teeth to have more desirable qualities than those with crooked teeth, including attributes such as being happy and professionally successful.

Nearly 30% stated the first thing they notice when meeting others is their teeth. About 24% say a smile is also what they remember most afterward.

In the Kelton survey, respondents felt that people with straight teeth were 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job and 58% more likely to be successful and wealthy. When compared to people with crooked teeth, those with straight teeth were also deemed 57% more likely to get a date based on their picture alone.

As a dentist, I’ve heard many reasons why people decide to have smile enhancements, often after years of concealing their smile with a hand or smiling with lips only. And, it’s not just crooked teeth that make people feel awkward about their smiles.

Discoloration can cause uneasiness when smiling as well as teeth that are worn, chipped, broken or missing. Showing too much gum tissue above teeth (known as a ‘gummy smile’) can also cause people to “hold back” from smiling fully.

Sometimes, it’s a special event in one’s life that causes an individual to say, “Now’s the time. I’m doing this.” I’ve had women share how they felt they’d always put their family’s needs first and decided “it’s my turn.” I’ve had men tell me they felt their teeth were holding them back from climbing the career ladder or being able to get a date. As the survey above shows, this may very well have been the case.

Regardless of the reason, the reality is how a smile makes you feel from the inside out. People who feel confident with the appearance of their smiles tend to smile fuller smiles, and more often. This projects a self-image that is positive and happy, and it’s often contagious! Smiling at someone often brings a smile back!

If you’ve considered cosmetic dentistry, one of your concerns may be, “Will my new smile look like I’ve had dental work?” The answer is NO! When you place yourself in the right hands, an experienced, highly-skilled dentist who uses the finest materials and dental lab will give you a look and feel that is natural.

Today’s porcelain crowns and veneers are designed to have a natural luminosity and opalescence. This means that light can penetrate the tooth at some edges and reflect light naturally, just as natural teeth do. You’ll have no signs of ‘dental work.’

Additionally, a well-trained dentist can have each tooth involved in treatment shaped to complement facial features. Look for dentists who are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Another concern may be the cost of treatment. Cosmetic dentistry is an elective procedure, meaning the fee is out-of-pocket in most instances. However, our office offers several payment plans that can break the total fee into easy monthly payments. Most plans are interest-free with no down payment required.

Many smiles take shape with the placement of just 6 to 8 veneers or crowns. Some only need 4. What is going to provide you with the best results can be discussed in a free consultation appointment. Call 843-871-6351 to arrange a time when we can privately discuss your best options.

And, if fear has prevented you from achieving the smile you desire in the past, we can help with that, too. I am certified to administer I.V. sedation (‘twilight sleep’) and also offer oral sedation. Both provide total relaxation and erase most, if not all, memory of treatment afterward. Plus, we pride ourselves on our gentle touch. If you’d like to speak with other patients who have overcome their dental fears in our care, let us know.

Your smile should reflect you at your best! It can! Let’s discuss the options that can help you enjoy smiling — a full, happy smile — soon!

 

 

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A Beautiful Smile Shines From Inside Out!

posted: March 28, 2017

Think about how you FEEL when you smile at someone. Do you feel glad to show your smile? Do you feel your appearance improves when you smile? Do you feel you create positive feelings amongst those who see your smile?

Smiling does more than relay a happy message to others. Your smile should make you feel good because you know it is a positive reflection on you.

We all know that an attractive smile can enhance overall facial appearance. However, when people feel confident with the appearance of their smile, they tend to smile more. Research has shown that the benefits of an appealing smile extend far beyond what can be seen.

Studies have found that smiling causes a release of the brain’s ‘happy’ chemicals, known as endorphins. And, apparently, you cause the same reaction even when you ‘fake smile’ and smile when you don’t feel like it. That smile still causes a release of these endorphins.

Another bonus of smiling is its ability to make us look younger? Smiling pulls facial muscles upward, providing a mini-face lift, of sorts. It smooths out sags and softens wrinkles. Look in the mirror and smile to see for yourself!

Naturally, smiling comes easy for those who feel good about the appearance of their smile. Unfortunately, most of us weren’t born with a naturally-attractive smile. When a smile is flawed with chips, gaps, breaks, stains and missing or crooked teeth, smiling can make people feel uneasy or even embarrassed. Some people will even cover their mouths to conceal the flaws that make smiling awkward.

If you are uncomfortable with smiling as openly as you’d like, modern dental techniques and materials offer exceptional ways to enjoy a confident, flattering smile. These include:

Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain is the ultimate when it comes to smile enhancement. This material gives the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Porcelain also resists staining and has a durability that is exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. For the 6 or 8 teeth most visible in a smile, porcelain crowns or veneers can change an unflattering smile to one that you’ll want to share often!

Bonding – Teeth that are chipped, uneven, gapped, stained or poorly-shaped can often be correctly with the help of bonding. In bonding, a material is coated over tooth surfaces and shaped to correct smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding gives good longevity at an affordable cost. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with surrounding teeth and is typically completed in just one visit.

Whiteners – TV ads tout the effectiveness of drug store whitening systems. Yet, the true level of whitening is often minor and lasts for a brief amount of time. When you consider the costs for frequent touch-ups, the expense typically outweighs the results. Our take-home Nite White tooth whitening system provides a much higher degree of whitening with excellent longevity, and it’s at an affordable price.

Dental Implants – The gap in a smile left by missing teeth often sends a negative message that can label an individual unfairly. For people who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants can restore the ability to smile attractively, speak and laugh confidently, and bite and chew comfortably. Since the teeth attached to the implants are custom-made crowns, we can create an attractive smile as part of the process. In our office, we can create your implant crowns in just one visit using the computerized technology of CEREC 3D. These custom-made replacement teeth are beautiful and durable with a natural look and feel.

Cosmetic Dentures – When people are missing all their upper or lower teeth, some choose to replace them with full dentures. Modern techniques and materials in dentistry make it possible to create an attractive look that blends replacement gum tissue and teeth to fill out the mouth, resulting in an appealing smile and more youthful appearance.

A flattering smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and confidence level. Many of the procedures in modern cosmetic dentistry can be completed in just one or two visits. Our payment plans make it possible for most budgets to make affordable monthly payments while enjoying the benefits of a beautiful smile they love to share.

Find out what is best for you. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule a no-charge consultation to discuss the smile you desire.

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Affordable Ways To Have A Beautiful Smile

posted: February 02, 2017

Keeping teeth clean, free of cavities and preventing periodontal (gum) disease are important steps for good oral health. While scientific studies have shown our overall health is intricately connected to our oral health, the appearance of a smile is also important.

It’s obvious that a beautiful smile enhances facial appearance. Yet, research conducted by Beall Research & Training of Chicago cites how the benefits of an attractive smile actually go much further. In an independent study of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a social psychologist and market research professional showed how an appealing smile can make you appear more intelligent, interesting, successful and wealthy.

Using facial photos, over 500 American adults were asked to quickly rank each on their being attractive, intelligent, successful in their career, wealthy, popular with the opposite sex, happy, friendly, interesting, kind and sensitive to others.

The photos were of one set of both males and females prior to having cosmetic dentistry and another set after treatment completion. Although the study participants were not told that smiles were a factor in the rankings, the results showed that an attractive smile does have an impact on creating a positive impression.

However, this survey focused on how smile enhancements made others feel. The positive impact on those who have an improved appearance thanks to a new smile are significant as well. Smile enhancements tend to boost self-esteem, self-confidence and feeling positive.

Smiling also makes us look younger. Smiling pulls the facial muscles upward, which creates a bit of a face lift! And, smiling is so much easier when the appearance of a smile evokes confidence.

As a dentist, I’ve seen how troubling it can be for those who have smiles that cause awkwardness or even embarrassment. Yet, today’s dentistry offers exceptional techniques and materials that can beautifully correct crooked teeth, decay, stained teeth or a ‘gummy smile.’

Some of the options to create a more confident, appealing smile include:

Whiteners – While ‘drug store’ whitening products can make improvements in the shade of natural teeth, the degree of whitening is often minor and doesn’t last very long. Too, after adding up the costs for repeated upkeep, what is spent typically outweighs the results. The whitening systems provided by a dentist give a much higher level of whitening that lasts for a long time for affordable fees. For example, our take-home whitening kit, Nite White, is practical for about any budget and gives a dental office degree of whitening with excellent longevity.

Porcelain Crowns & Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain provides the most natural luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Plus, porcelain’s durability is also exceptional to any other material used in esthetic dentistry.

Bonding – Chipped, uneven, gapped, discolored or poorly-shaped teeth may benefit from bonding. Bonding is essentially ‘painted on’ and polished to give a natural look in an affordable way that can correct many smile flaws. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with neighboring teeth and, while not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, has excellent longevity for the cost. Typically, the procedure is completed in one visit.

Dental Implants – Implants are positioned in the jaw bone, restoring the same foundation as your natural teeth once had. With this foundation, implants are able to restore your ability to bite and chew foods comfortably and enable you to speak and laugh confidently. And, because the teeth attached to the implants are custom-designed for each individual, incorporating a more flattering smile is a normal part of the process.

Cosmetic Dentures – For individuals who wish to replace all upper or lower missing teeth with full dentures, modern techniques and materials enable us to create an attractive look that fills out the mouth for a more youthful appearance.

Crown-&-Bridge – For those who are missing one or several teeth in one area, a Crown-&-Bridge combination is an excellent way to replace teeth with a natural appearance. Using durable, natural-looking ceramic crowns to support a bridge of teeth, we can often create your final result in one visit using our advanced CEREC 3D computerized technology.

Enjoy the endless benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a free consultation. During this time, I’ll discuss options that may work best for your needs and goals. Additionally, we can explain payment plans that are available that break treatment fees into easy monthly payments.

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Easy Ways To Have A Beautiful Smile

posted: December 07, 2016

When we see someone smile at us, their smile seems to trigger a happy feeling inside. Although we may not realize what causes this, researchers have determined that it results from a reaction in our brains.

Researchers found that smiling triggers the release of endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Studies have also shown that the action of smiling – even when you fake a smile – causes these same endorphins to release. This means we can boost our mood by smiling, whether we feel like smiling or not!

It’s obvious that an attractive smile can significantly enhance one’s facial appearance. However, when people feel good about how their smile looks, they tend to smile more often. While this can give your mood a dose of happy, a confident smile also makes a positive impression on others. An individual who smiles often is more likely to be deemed outgoing, happy and confident.smiling dental patient

Smiling also improves facial appearance. For example, smiling pulls facial muscles upward to give a mini-face lift of sorts. Of course, when you feel good about the appearance of your smile, smiling comes easier. As a dentist, I’ve witnessed how insecure a flawed or decayed smile can makes people feel. Some people even developed a habit of covering their mouth to conceal a smile with flaws that make smiling awkward.

If you have crooked, misshaped or stained teeth, decay or a ‘gummy smile,’ you may not be smiling as often or as openly or often as you’d like. Fortunately, modern dental techniques and materials offer exceptional options to recreate a confident, flattering smile. Too, today’s technology can also recreate a new smile in just one visit, in many cases. Today’s options include:

Whiteners – While ‘drug store’ whitening kits can lighten the shade of natural teeth, the degree of whitening is often minor and lasts for a brief amount of time. Once you add up the expenses for repeated touch-ups, the cost typically outweighs the results.  The Nite White system we offer provides a much higher degree of whitening that lasts for a long time at an affordable price.

Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain gives the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Plus, porcelain’s durability is also exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. Our CEREC 3D technology can create beautiful, natural-looking crowns while you wait.

Bonding – Chipped, uneven, gapped, discolored or poorly-shaped teeth may be greatly improved with the application of bonding. Bonding is a material painted over tooth surfaces and can correct some smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding has good longevity for an affordable cost. It can also be shade-matched to blend attractively with other teeth with the procedure taking just one visit.

Dental Implants – For those who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants restore your ability to bite and chew foods comfortably and speak and laugh with confidence.  Dental Implants are held by the jaw, just as natural tooth roots were once. This provides the same, sturdy foundation as natural teeth.  And, because the teeth attached to the implants are designed for each individual, creating an attractive smile is a normal part of the process.

Gum Recontouring – When gum tissue is too high above top teeth most visible in a smile or there are varying levels of gum arches over each tooth, a smile line can be evened out with a dental laser. The laser provides a precision line for natural-looking contours and minimizes treatment time. And, because there is minimal bleeding, healing time is much faster than with surgical contouring or grafting.

Cosmetic Dentures – For adults who prefer to replace all upper or lower missing teeth with full dentures, modern dental techniques and materials enable us to create an attractive look that fills out the mouth for a more youthful appearance.

A terrific smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and self-confidence. And, patients are like that their new smile can be completed while they make affordable monthly payments. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a free consultation to discuss the smile you desire. We can also review payment plans that allow you to make easy monthly payments, most with no interest or down payment required.

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Beautiful Smiles Have Positive Impact On Self-Image

posted: July 26, 2016

It seems with each passing decade, I catch an unexpected glimpse of myself in a mirror and think, “Who is that older gentleman?” only to realize he’s ME! Yet, while I’ll always have an image of myself that is younger (and thinner!) than reality, I am aware of how significantly that image can turn on us when we feel our appearance is not as we desire.

While definitions of beauty vary, symmetry is a common component of how most deem a beautiful face. A balanced alignment of eyes with both sides of the mouth, nose and cheeks mirroring one another has become a standard that is often used. However, to a growing number of individuals, beauty is enfolded in an aura of confidence.

In order to be confident, however, you must feel confident. So, it makes perfect sense to examine what creates a confident individual. Many would say that it’s feeling good about the impression you make on others. And, right or wrong, Americans live in a society where a large part of this impression is created by what others see on the outside.

Over the years, I’ve seen countless patients who, after years and years, decided to have a smile makeover. Today’s cosmetic dentistry offers a number of durable, natural looking and long-lasting options to improve the appearance of a smile. In some instances, for example, placing porcelain veneers on just the front six upper teeth can dramatically change the appearance of a smile, and of one’s facial appearance, in the process.

Some of you may recall a TV series that ran from 2002 to 2007 called “Extreme Makeover.” In each episode, an individual was selected for a ‘head to toe’ makeover that typically included weight loss, plastic surgery, hair and makeup, and smile enhancement. What was revealed as among key criteria for the candidates selected was their need for cosmetic dentistry. Why?

What was determined once the show began was how significantly an appearance changed with smile improvements alone. While losing weight, toning up, a nose job or brow lift were all beneficial, it was the smile that seemed to be the centerpiece of how ultimate beauty emerged.

After smile enhancements are completed, I’ve seen many patients break out in tears at the sight of the ‘new you’ they see in the mirror. And, although cosmetic dentistry can be a financial stretch for some people, I’ve never had a patient who didn’t feel their new smile was anything but “worth every cent.” Most add, “I only wish I’d done this years ago.”

banner_img1Yet, it’s not what occurs in the moments after their new smile is completed that is as meaningful (to me, as a dentist) as what I see emerge over time. Many smile makeover patients lose weight, seek promotions at work or better jobs, get a new hairstyle, dress more fashionably, are more outgoing, smile more often and seem genuinely more upbeat about their lives. It’s as if their new smile uncovered a piece of self-esteem that had been hidden away behind a smile that made them feel less than who they wanted to be.

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, science has shown the dramatic effect of a smile on our overall demeanor. Apparently, smiling causes the brain to release endorphins. These are the brain’s chemicals that are your mood-boosters. What’s amazing is in findings that even when a person fakes a smile, the brain still reacts in this positive way.

So, smiling often is a good thing. When we feel our smile is a complement to our appearance, we tend to use it more often. This creates a domino effect. Since our mood is boosted from our brain’s chemical reactions, it makes us feel more positive. Feeling more positive makes us feel more confident. And so on.

Whether you need to replace missing teeth, old crowns or bridgework, need to realign crooked or crowded teeth, or need to repair broken, chipped or worn teeth, today’s cosmetic dentistry offers many options. And, many are surprised at the affordability of achieving the smile they desire.

Begin with a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll talk about options that may work best for your goals, comfort options, payment plans and anticipated time frame. Keep in mind that our advanced technology can provide same-day results for some procedures – with beautiful results!

When you consider the small amount of space that a smile has on our bodies, it amazing at how significantly it can conform our appearance and mindset one way or another. Yet, what nature may have denied some, modern dentistry can give back! Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule our time together.

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Affordable Options For A More Beautiful Smile

posted: May 03, 2016

Very few of us are born with a beautiful smile. For people who had orthodontics as teens, those smiles typically evolve into more appealing adult smiles. Yet, various flaws cause many adults to conceal their smile with a hand or smile with lips only to avoid showing their teeth.

Smiling is a positive part of our lives. Studies have even shown that smiling can boost your mood, even if you smile when you don’t feel like it. People who smile often not only project a more positive and outgoing individual, they extend their lifespans by up to ten years, on average, according to some research.

As a significant part of one’s facial appearance, a smile is important. When people feel confident with the appearance of their smile, they tend to smile more often. Yet, it doesn’t take much to detract from the beauty of a smile and, therefore, the confidence to share it.

A chipped tooth, teeth that are discolored, crowded and crooked teeth, having a ‘gummy smile’ or a gap between front teeth — any of these can make an individual feel awkward when smiling. Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentistry offers excellent options to repair these flaws, many at a very affordable price.

One of the fastest and least expensive ways to improve the appearance of a smile is to whiten it. A white, bright smile is more appealing and often perceived as healthy and well-cared for. We offer an exceptional take-home whitening system, priced affordably, that provides far superior results that the over-the-counter versions at drug stores. Plus, the whitening you’ll achieve will last far longer.

For chips and even some gaps, bonding offers a natural look and feel that is both affordable and done in a single visit. This is a material that is ‘painted on’ your teeth. It is shaped to repair flaws and then polished for a natural finish. Bonding can also be used to elongate teeth to correct an uneven smile line.

Gum recontouring is not a costly procedure, but the results can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of a smile. When an individual shows too much gum tissue above upper teeth when they smile, it’s referred to as a ‘gummy smile.’ This can be repaired with comfort and precision in our office using a dental laser. The laser is also ideal for reshaping gum tissues over single teeth to even out the gum arch to match neighboring teeth.

The ideal method for reshaping and enhancing teeth is porcelain. Porcelain veneers and crowns have exceptional durability, resist staining and even reflect light as natural teeth. Too, their longevity is exceptional. While they are more expensive than other options in esthetic dentistry, their value is superior. And, in many cases, applying just two or four veneers to teeth most visible in a smile makes a dramatic difference in appearance.

The best way to determine the best options for you (which may be a combination of two or more) is to arrange a consultation. This time, at no cost to you, provides an opportunity to discuss your desires and learn which options can fulfill your goals at a cost you’ll be able to manage comfortably. We can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss payment options with you. Some require no down payment with no interest charged.

Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule. Your fabulous smile may be easier to achieve than you think!

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Bonding Or Veneers? Options In Smile Enhancement.

posted: April 19, 2016

There are many ways to enhance the appearance of a smile. Today’s advancements in dental techniques and materials provide excellent options to improve the appearance of teeth with a natural look and feel.

For teeth most visible in a smile, I typically recommend porcelain veneers or crowns. Porcelain is the closest match in durability, appearance and feel to natural teeth. A porcelain veneer or crown can even reflect light naturally with a tooth-like opalescence.

Porcelain veneers and crowns, however, do come with higher fees than bonding. Bonding can be a beneficial aid in improving a smile when repairing chips, small spaces, discoloration or minor re-shaping. It is also used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings or protect an area where a tooth’s root is exposed due to gum recession..

In our office, we use advanced technology that provides beautiful, durable CEREC 3D crowns in a single visit. However, the process of Bonding can be done in one appointment as well and is less expensive than many cosmetic procedures.

Bonding uses a “composite resin” that is shade-matched to the tooth being repaired. The tooth is first ‘roughened’ so the resin adheres properly. The resin is then applied to the tooth and carefully shaped. A special light is used to harden the resin and the surface is polished.

The disadvantage of bonding is it is not as strong as porcelain. It can also be stained easily from red wine, tea, coffee and smoking. While shade matching of bonding can prevent a ‘patchwork’ appearance, it does not have the luminosity of porcelain that truly mimics the natural appearance of teeth.

While bonding is ‘painted’ onto a tooth, a porcelain veneer or crown is cemented to it. This helps to bolster the tooth, increasing strength and longevity. Porcelain is an excellent option for those who have crooked, gapped, short or poorly-shaped teeth. It does not stain easily and has a superior tooth-like appearance.

However, the price difference may be the deciding factor for some. When people on tight budgets chip a front tooth, bonding can repair the flaw attractively and affordably. While porcelain may be the ideal, bonding can be the next best thing.

Smile enhancements can make a tremendous difference in one’s appearance as well as give a boost to self-confidence and self-esteem. If you’ve contemplated improving your smile, first consider the dentist who will help you achieve your goals. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, I bring a combination of skills, techniques, materials and technology to each case.

Then, your options can be discussed and associated costs determined. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation so you can make the decisions that are best for you.

Learning the way to accomplish your smile goals begins with choosing the right dentist. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule.

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Don’t Let ‘Cheap’ Dental Work Cost You Twice

posted: October 29, 2015

We take great pride in the standard of care we provide to our patients. Not only do we care about them as individuals, we believe in the ‘Golden Rule’ when it comes to dentistry: ‘Provide dentistry unto others as we would want dentistry for ourselves.’

To provide optimal care in today’s dental office, it is important to incorporate exceptional skills with modern technology. Because I stay on top of the latest techniques and utilize advanced technology, your treatment gives you an outcome with excellent longevity, a natural look and feel, and proper function at the highest level of comfort possible.

While our fees are competitive (and actually low) as far as dental fees go in this region, we know there are less-expensive choices out there. While we all want to save money where we can, is your smile the place to do it?

I have had to redo and undo ‘cheap’ dentistry for a number of people over the years. Assuming they were getting a good result for a good deal, these patients trusted their treatment to caregivers who were perhaps unqualified, under-trained or unconcerned about cutting corners.

When this is done, it is the patient who pays the price – twice. Not only do they pay for the ‘good deal,’ they pay for the redo when the problems occur. It may take years for problems to arise, but they generally emerge in expensive ways.

For example, a crown that is not shaped or placed correctly can lead to bite misalignment. This can cause adjacent teeth to chip or break. An improper bite can also lead to TMJ Disorder, contributing to frequent headaches, night-time clenching or grinding and worn teeth. Repairing chipped teeth or realigning a bite to eliminate headaches because of just one poorly-made crown can be costly.

The materials used are also important, since longevity greatly depends on quality. While we all desire a natural look and feel for any work done on teeth (including replacement), using the highest quality of materials is a key element in getting the most for your investment. pigbank

When it comes down to it, cheap repairs aren’t a savings at all. The savings you think you are reaping can come back as bigger expenses later, along with discomfort and treatment time. Your smile, and your wallet, will benefit from a ‘do it right the first time’ approach.

We are sensitive to the cost factor involved with dental care and hope you’ll discuss your smile goals with us. We offer several financial options that blend easily into most budgets. Ask for a free consultation to discuss your smile and we’ll have our Financial Coordinator meet personally with you. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009.

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Porcelain Veneers Top The Charts For Natural Look & Feel

posted: June 19, 2015

With smiles, sometimes small changes can make significant improvements. Porcelain veneers and bonding are primarily the options available. Both procedures can change the appearance of a smile in just one or two visits. However, there are differences between them.

Bonding is a common application, primarily used to repair chips or cracks, make short teeth longer and cover exposed tooth roots from gum recession. Bonding is colored to match the neighboring teeth and most applications can be completed in a single appointment.

To provide the most natural look and feel, however, many people consider porcelain veneers. Unlike bonding, veneers give a natural luminosity and translucency, even reflecting light as natural teeth. They have a slight edge with durability but are the front runners for longevity. While porcelain veneers are more expensive, many people feel they are well-worth the difference.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom-created in a dental lab. Most treatments are completed in two visits. The first visit removes some enamel from the front of the tooth. Temporaries are applied before you leave that will look very natural.

A dental lab then creates your veneers according to the exact specifications of the dentist. At the next appointment, the temporary is removed and the finished veneers are adhered to each tooth with a special adhesive. Your bite is then checked for proper alignment.

Cosmetic dentistry not only enhances the appearance of your smile, it tends to boost confidence and encourages you to smile more often. During a free, no obligation consultation, we’ll discuss the best options for your smile. We can also discuss payment plans that enable you to enjoy your terrific new smile while making monthly payments that fit your budget. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule.

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The Positive Effects Of A Beautiful Smile!

posted: May 05, 2015

Have you ever noticed someone with a great smile and thought about how it made YOU feel? Something about a terrific smile seems to leave a lasting impression. While it’s obvious that a healthy, appealing smile can make one more attractive, a great smile goes far beyond an advantage to just looks.

Everyone likes to be around positive people. Someone who smiles often projects warmth, friendliness and self-confidence. These are all qualities that make their presence welcome.

This is why a smile may be an on-the-job advantage.  Studies have shown that people who smile often and have a healthy, attractive smile are perceived to be more confident, easy to approach, more successful and more likely to be promoted.

Smiling is also a quick way to look younger. When you smile, you get an instant face lift. Smiling pulls facial muscles upward, hence lifting sagging areas.

Enjoy the endless advantages of a beautiful smile!

Enjoy the endless advantages of a beautiful smile!

However, many people are unaware of the psychological advantages of smiling. Smiling can lower blood pressure and boost the immune system by releasing endorphins and serotonin. These are the ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain, giving you a natural high.

An exercise in this is to smile while having negative thoughts. It’s surprisingly difficult to do. This shows how powerful a smile can be in creating a positive mindset.

If your smile is not inspiring you to smile often, consider a smile makeover. The affordability is often unexpected since there are many options in cosmetic dentistry. Whitening, bonding, porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers are ways to improve a smile, often in just one or two appointments. Some financial plans enable you to enjoy your new smile while making easy, monthly payments (with no down payment required, in most cases).

I’ve never completed a smile enhancement on a patient who didn’t say, “This is the best investment I’ve ever made.” Don’t deny yourself a smile that can add so significantly to your life in countless ways. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 for a free consultation. And get ready to smile your best, and often!

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General (Family) Dentistry Is Our Foundation!

posted: April 21, 2015

I often blog about advanced features and procedures in our office. People know us for our advanced technology and training in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. However, the foundation of our practice is and always has been general dentistry, or what some refer to as ‘family dentistry.’

The way most think about general dentistry is for routine care, such as your 6-month cleanings and exams. General dentistry also covers sealants, filling cavities and extractions. Even the process of creating custom mouthguards falls under general dentistry. We provide care for all ages, except for very young children who would find the environment of a pediatric dental office more appealing.

We are proud to provide a comprehensive array of dental services, including:

• General Dentistry – Regular and preventive care for all ages

• Cosmetic Dentistry – Improving the appearance of smiles through crowns, veneers, bonding, tooth whitening, and gum recontouring

• Restorative Dentistry – Protecting or replacing teeth with crowns, crown & bridge, partials, dentures

• Implant Dentistry – All phases of dental implants including diagnosis, placement and attachment of the final teeth.

• Oral & I.V. Sedation – In addition to sedation options, we are highly experienced in treating all levels of fearful patients.

• TMJ Therapy – Adjustments to correct most problems caused by bite misaligment.

• Sleep Apnea/Snoring Therapy – Custom-designed, comfortable mouth appliances are created to restore sound, restful sleep without the need for CPAP.

• Gum Recontouring & Gum Disease Therapy – Our technology can reshape gum tissue to provide a more natural smile line as well as combat many stages of periodontal disease.

We pride ourselves on our complete care environment and our ability to fulfill virtually every dental need for all ages. We are committed to exceptional comfort and outcomes at every appointment.

Whenever you (or someone you know) have a dental need, of any type, we are happy to help. It is our goal to be the only dental office you’ll ever need!

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Whitening Teeth – How White Is Too White?

posted: March 25, 2015

As a dentist who performs cosmetic dental procedures on a regular basis, I am often removing crowns, bonding or veneers placed by another dentist. While repair is occasionally the reason for removal, the most common reason is their appearance. Without modern techniques, materials and technology, smile enhancements in any form can look fake, not providing the natural look and feel that patients desire.

Yet, the same can be true for tooth whitening. At times, I see people who have gone overboard on bleaching. Their teeth are no longer white, they’re “day glo!”

White teeth provide a more youthful appearance to one’s face as teeth tend to become stained yellow or brown as we age. When you lighten the color of your teeth, it tends to brighten your face overall. This results in a more youthful appearance. Yet, too white can look unnatural.

Areas to take into consideration when seeking a gleaming smile include:

  • Age – A naturally-white smile at age 30 and age 60 vary. Because it is normal for teeth to become duller and discolored as we age, bleaching too light creates a “fake” look.
  • Complexion – Your natural skin color and your teeth should have similar undertones. For instance, for those with pink skin undertones, the teeth should retain some blue or gray for a flattering match. Someone with olive skin is better with ivory undertones.
  • Current Shade – A Liquid Paper smile is not the goal. Bleaching teeth to the extent of extremely white doesn’t mean your smile will look better. When whitening occurs gradually during the bleaching process, you can gauge the extent of whiteness that’s appropriate for you.
  • Bleaching Speed – While one-hour bleaching may appeal to busy adults, overnight bleaching is still our process of choice. Most higher fee ‘power bleaching’ systems still require several nights of sleeping in bleaching trays. This, coupled with shading that is less predictable, hasn’t convinced us that is better, only a little faster.

After bleaching, teeth can retain their new luster even longer by drinking water or swishing after drinking colored beverages, such as tea or coffee. Plus, drink colas and dark juices through a straw whenever possible.

Your smile can be as flattering to your appearance as your hair color. The key is to work toward a degree of whiteness that is naturally flattering and complements you as an individual.

We offer the NiteWhite bleaching system. This is safe, causes minimal sensitivity and provides an outstanding result that has exceptional longevity. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 for more information.

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