The lips and teeth work together in harmony. Much like a painting and a frame, the balance of size and proportion is critical for the whole.
Laser recontouring of gums reveals beautiful teeth hiding below and creating ideal tooth proportions.
Sometimes the best dentistry is no dentistry. But when the goal is to improve a smile in the least invasive way possible, bonding enables the cosmetic dentist to make small changes that make big differences.
Patients who present with “short teeth” have a condition known as bruxism that causes excessive tooth grinding and wear. When teeth wear they move down and create this appearance. In this case, using a soft tissue laser the gum was raised to its optimal position followed by porcelain veneers to give her smile back
"Minor tooth misalignment can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Invisalign is perfect for these minimal tooth movements with maximum results."
A diastema is a space between any adjacent teeth. This patient came to me with a desire to close her “space”. After a thorough smile analysis, other issues were discussed leading to the patient’s to make other improvements as well. The smile design and porcelain veneer restorations created a comprehensive solution and successful outcome.
"When teeth are lacking the proper contours it is important to establish the correct outline forms prior to orthodontics to obtain the best outcomes."
We encourage kids to wear mouthguards while playing sports, but accidents do happen. Fortunately, composite technology allows dentists skilled in layering composites to create natural looking restorations.
"Older composite bonding tended to discolor over time. Modern ceramics are extremely color stable and maintain their polish and luster for many years."
" A goal in our Smile Designs is to have the bottom edges of the upper teeth in harmony with the curvature of the lip"
"The upper teeth should overlap the lower teeth. An "edge to edge" bite as seen here leads to abnormal wear. Ideally this could be corrected early with orthodontics but in this case a restorative solution was used with great success."
"Teeth should be more rectangular than square. Re-establishing the proper tooth proportions is critical in our Smile Design Analysis"
Combination cases like this are challenging but some of the most rewarding. Orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry go hand in hand.
Peg laterals are smaller sized or irregular shaped incisors and are commonly seen in our dental practice. No preparation veneers were completed to restore the teeth to a more harmonious proportion.
Adult orthodontics prior to restoring teeth ensures the least invasive preparations and optimal outcomes.