Cosmetic dentistry is a special focus on the teeth you see when you smile as well as how the teeth support your face. With proper attention to detail you often look dramatically younger. To get the job done right your dental team needs to pay close attention to your bite, your gums, your tongue, your cheeks, your lip line, your speech, and many other factors. With most cosmetic procedures, we are seeking to change the position and/or contour of the teeth.
Smile analysis starts with a keen eye for proportion and symmetry. We use photographs and several methods for manipulating digital images to do a digital preview of the changes. We look at the lower third of one’s face, lip support from the front teeth, where the edge of the top teeth falls during function, and many dozens of other important considerations. In some cases, we “frame” the smile using a small amount of Botox to relax creases or fillers to even out the skin and cheeks.
Many foundations for beauty are based on mathematical proportions. One of the oldest proportions is the Golden Ratio, . We use this ratio to look not only at the proportion of each tooth by itself but with each tooth in reference to its neighbor as well.
Once we have established ideal contours, height to width ratios, color, lip support, and smile line, we can safely proceed to the next step. This involves duplicating the cosmetic prototype with permanent restorations so our patients already know what the final result will look like. To provide high-level cosmetic service, we use the best: master ceramist Bob Clark from Williams Dental Laboratory. Our doctors have spent hundreds of hours a year learning the latest methods and techniques, even training alongside Bob in person. We have equipped our office with the full array of these specialized tools and materials for aesthetic restoration. If you would like to see before and after photos, please check out our smile gallery here.
If you are happy with the position and contour of your teeth, whitening can often provide a dramatic improvement to one’s smile. The process involves applying a form of peroxide gel to your teeth. You do this until your teeth are white enough that you are satisfied. For most, this is 5-10 shades lighter depending on where you start. Our whitening protocol depends on your desired results:
If you decide to use one of these systems, we will provide you with enough bleaching gel for at least one year of use. And if keeping your teeth as white as possible is your main concern, we can provide a regimen of cleanings and bleaching to make sure your teeth are as radiant as possible. Depending on your needs, we often provide the maintenance gel free of charge as a thank you. Please consult with your treatment team if you have questions or concerns.