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July 25th, 2011 by JillN123
The realm of smile enhancement goes far beyond tooth-colored dental crowns and traditional porcelain veneers. Sometimes, the smile makeover you need requires a procedure that’s a little less well known, but just as effective as traditional cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Tooth contouring is one of these procedures. Cosmetic tooth contouring is the art of reshaping the length, width, edges, and thickness of your teeth so they are even and, as a result, more visually pleasing.
Helpful for teeth that are slightly turned, too long, or misshapen, cosmetic tooth contouring helps individualize the teeth. Although there are limitations to what cosmetic contouring can do, in the opinion of Dr. Charles Martin, it is one of the most underused procedures in cosmetic dentistry.
To find out if cosmetic tooth contouring can give you the smile of your dreams, call The Richmond Smile Center at (804) 320-6800 to reserve a consultation appointment with Dr. Martin. With an extensive list of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to choose from, he will examine your mouth and help you determine which smile makeover treatment is the most beneficial for you.
July 13th, 2011 by JillN123
Good dental care as a child can save you lots of time in the dental chair as an adult. Many adults who had poor dental care as children find that they spend much of their adult lives making up for that neglect. It’s costly, it often takes a large investment of time and it’s never as easy to repair damage as it is to prevent it.
If you’re a baby boomer or older, you probably spent at least several of your early formative years without fluoridated water, especially if you lived in a rural area where most homes had well water. And you probably remember some dental techniques of that era that still make you flinch.
Fortunately dentistry has changed over the last few decades. And so has the quality of our oral health in the United States to some degree. But many people still suffer with dental problems that can easily be treated if caught early enough.
There are lots of reasons why we continue to have dental health problems in this country:
One issue is fluoride. Thirty eight percent of the U.S. population served by public water supplies don’t have access to adequately fluoridated water. And, if you drink bottled or filtered water you get very little fluoride.
Another issue is dental insurance. Many children who don’t see a dentist regularly and who have dental problems that need treatment come from families that don’t have dental insurance.
Then there’s the issue of plain old fear of the dentist. I see it all the time. A patient may have had mostly good experiences with the dentist but one bad one leaves them scared of the next visit. Or a patient may have had lots of dental work as a child- in an era when pain was a mainstay of the dental experience- and as an adult decides that “I don’t need to put myself through that.” This is typically true of men who think they can stand a little pain. What most people don’t realize is that pain in your mouth can have serious consequences.
Now if you look at TV at all, and most of us do, you’d think the only dental health issue in this country was finding the best whitening treatment to use to get a gleaming while smile!
Don’t get me wrong. Gleaming white smiles are great. I try to make every patient that visits my office leave with teeth that look great. And I do a lot of cosmetic dentistry. But I also want my patients to have teeth that function the way they should and epitomize the ideal model of good oral health.
That requires regular check ups, treatment of minor gum disease before it becomes major, and good home dental care. Those are the basics. If you don’t get a great set of teeth in the genetic gene pool, you may spend even more time in a dentist’s office.
June 15th, 2011 by JillN123
Your smile is no exception. Crown-lengthening has been around for decades and was originally used to treat gum disease. In the past three to five years, however, dentists have added crown-lengthening to their list of aesthetic and cosmetic procedures.
The procedure, also known as a gum lift, involves reshaping, and even removing, some gum tissue in order to make the smile more attractive. Many dentists believe that, by evening up the gum line, smiles look better and patients are more likely to be confident when flashing a big grin.
While those with big teeth, weak or thin roots, and severe staining close to the gum line aren’t candidates for the crown-lengthening procedure, patients looking for a simple way to improve their smile now have another option to add to the list.
In fact, the number of people having their gums lifted has increased over 60 percent in the past five years alone. For more information about cosmetic dentistry and crown-lengthening, call Dr. Charles Martin at The Richmond Smile Center at (804) 320-6800.
October 27th, 2010 by JillN123
Since the big cosmetic dentistry bang that really took off when Dr. Bill Dorfman started doing smile makeovers on ABC’s reality show, Extreme Makeover. Over the past few years, the general public has become educated and aware of what cosmetic dentistry is and does. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 600,000 people received porcelain veneers in 2006 – and that was years ago! To the image conscious, veneers are mainstream today. But now more than ever, people know that a good smile makeover cannot be defined by perfection. (What is the perfect smile, anyway? It varies from person to person.)
The New York Times ran an article last week that confirms, the great majority of people getting porcelain veneers want a natural, custom, perfectly flawed, but absolutely gorgeous smile. A talented dental ceramist knows exactly what this means. A slight rotation of a tooth, barely-there overlaps, mild discoloration instead of beauty-contestant ultra-white coloring, or maybe some texture – some grooves – in the porcelain. The key is to design porcelain veneers that have mild imperfections to mimic other teeth in the patient’s smile. That’s what keeps my cosmetic patients happy. Read the rest of this entry »