Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Isn’t it time you had a smile you felt confident in?
While you might envy some of those Hollywood stars for their beautiful smiles, you may be happy to hear that most of them weren’t naturally born with them. That’s right! They turned to cosmetic dentistry to get that gorgeous set of teeth you see on the big screen. If you aren’t fully satisfied with your smile’s appearance than find out how our Plantation, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Annette Middelhof, can enhance it with dental veneers.
Having a healthy smile and an attractive smile are often two different things. While you might have the best oral health you may have a smile that is dull, misshapen or a bit out of alignment. Now, our Plantation family dentist can easily hide all of these flaws and more with porcelain veneers.
The porcelain used to craft your veneers isn’t just matched to the shade of your teeth but also mimics the same translucency of tooth enamel so the only person who will know you have veneers is you (unless you want to tell people, of course!).
Here are just some of the most common cosmetic flaws that veneers can cover:
- Discolorations and stains
- Chips, cracks, and fractures
- Worn, uneven, or asymmetrical teeth
- Slightly crooked or twisted teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crowding
By placing veneers over your teeth we can give you a straighter, whiter, and more proportional smile in just a couple of visits. Plus, getting veneers is only minimally invasive. Before getting your veneers, we will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. Next, we will take impressions of your mouth. An outside dental lab will use these impressions to create precisely fitted dental veneers.
In about one week, you’ll come back into our office so that we can fit you with your new restorations. We want you to be happy with the results so we may temporarily adhere them to your teeth so you get to see what your smile will look like with your veneers. Once we know you are satisfied, we will apply composite resin between the front of your tooth and the veneers and then direct a light over the tooth to permanently harden the resin and veneers in place.
Dental veneers have been providing countless individuals with the smiles they’ve always wanted and you could be next. So, let’s find out if you are the ideal candidate for veneers, shall we? If you’re ready to take the plunge then call Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, FL, today to schedule your free cosmetic consultation.
The most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated each February 14th. It’s a time when many look forward to giving (and receiving) cards, flowers, and other tokens of love. On special days like this, it’s natural to want to look your best—and many surveys rank a person’s smile as his or her most noticeable (and appealing) physical feature. But what if you are unsatisfied with your smile?
Don’t worry! Today, cosmetic dentistry can resolve smile problems as never before. Here are some popular and effective dental treatments that can quickly brighten up your smile.
In just one visit, dull or stained teeth can often be lightened by up to 10 shades! How? We use special bleaching solutions that are applied safely, under our careful supervision, in the dental office. You can’t use these concentrated solutions at home. But if you‘re not in a rush, we can prepare custom-made take-home bleaching trays and whiteners that are safe for home use. The same results can be achieved, but the process may take weeks instead of hours. After months or years, depending on lifestyle factors (like whether you smoke or drink coffee, red wine, etc.) your teeth can have whitening treatment again.
Small chips, cracks, or other minor irregularities can be quite noticeable in an otherwise flawless smile. Fortunately, these problems can often be resolved with a treatment called cosmetic bonding. In a relatively simple in-office procedure, we can apply tooth-colored bonding material to restore teeth to better appearance. Layers of high-tech bonding material are built up and cured with a special light to form a tough, natural-looking tooth surface. Bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other types of restoration, like veneers or crowns, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to resolve some smile problems.
Professional In-Office Cleaning
Remember that feeling you get after your regular checkup? Your mouth feels squeaky-clean, your breath is fresh and you’re ready to show that sparkly smile. So why wait until your next routine appointment? You can schedule a hygiene visit any time. We will remove plaque from your teeth, check your gums for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and make sure you’re on track for good oral health. If any problems are found, we’ll take care of them right away. And if you have questions about cosmetic procedures, it’s the perfect time to ask. A professional cleaning can help your smile look (and feel) great.
If you have questions about brightening up your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”
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.”
How porcelain veneers from your Plantation, Florida dentist will enhance your smile
When you look at your smile in the mirror, are you proud of the way it appears? If your smile is less than what you deserve, it’s time to give yourself a smile you will love. Dr. Annette Middelhof at Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, Florida want to share the facts about a procedure that can take your smile from dull to fabulous. They want to tell you about porcelain veneers!
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin laminates cemented onto the front surface of your teeth, they are a non-invasive way to cover up many flaws and defects which are keeping your smile from looking beautiful.
There are many cosmetic issues porcelain veneers can mask, including:
- Broken, damaged, or discolored teeth
- Chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth
- Unevenly spaced or overlapped teeth
You can even cosmetically change the shape, color, size, and alignment of your teeth, thanks to porcelain veneers. They are made from the highest grade porcelain which reflects light, just like your natural teeth do. That means no one will even know you have porcelain veneers; your smile will look completely natural and beautiful.
When you choose porcelain veneers, you can count on:
- Conservative treatment, because your dentists remove very minimal tooth structure, just enough to allow for the thickness of the veneers
- Long-lasting beauty, because porcelain is stain resistant which means it’s the perfect choice for people who drink coffee or smoke
- Rapid results, because you can have a new smile in a few weeks, just in time for a class reunion, wedding or special occasion
Porcelain veneer treatment requires between one and three appointments, beginning with a consultation appointment, during which you and your dentist can discuss your wishes and treatment outcomes. You may even be able to get a preview of your new smile before you actually begin treatment.
For more information about porcelain veneers, please visit the veneers page on the website at http://www.954dentist.com/veneers.html
It’s time to show off a smile you love, thanks to porcelain veneers! Call Dr. Annette Middelhof at Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, Florida today and get started on your fantastic new smile!