I Want a New Smile! What Can I Do?

So let’s pretend you are someone who has always wanted a nice smile. You’ve had consultations with a dentist (maybe several), asked friends, done some Google researching. But it’s information overload!

Anyone who is looking to improve their smile should know there are many different treatment options available today that I like to use to deliver not only beautiful, but healthy and functional smiles. Because of the options available, I will go through the treatment options available and discuss the pros and cons to help make sense of the choices we have.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a fantastic tool to make your existing teeth whiter in as little as 3-7 days. Food and beverages that stain our teeth like coffee, red wine and tea make our teeth darker and teeth whitening can help restore and improve the color of your teeth to make them much whiter. With the fabrication of custom trays, you can reuse your whitening trays each time you decide to whiten your teeth. It is simple and conservative, yet a very effective way to improve your smile.

Be Aware:

Sensitive teeth – Teeth whitening can cause teeth to become sensitive during and after treatment, especially with those people who have gum recession and exposed roots. The use of desensitizers in today’s whitening systems do help cut down on the sensitivity and even eliminate it altogether.
Presence of existing dental work – Patients who have fillings or crowns/veneers will have limited benefit with teeth whitening. This is because whitening only will affect your natural teeth and will not change the color of existing materials that are used in the construction of your fillings and crowns/veneers. In other words, if you have had a lot of dentistry done especially in the front part of your mouth, this is not a good option for you.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the use of braces to move improperly aligned teeth to create a favorable bite as well as straighten crooked teeth. In the past, orthodontics were limited to metal braces only, but today we have the option to use systems like Invisalign to move your teeth without unsightly metal in a much more comfortable and convenient way.

Be Aware:

Does not improve the shape of your teeth – If what you are looking for is to simply straighten your teeth, then great! But if you are unhappy with the shape and size of your teeth, orthodontics will not solve your problem on its own. Many times patients with crooked teeth are not happy with the way their teeth physically appear as well. In these instances, a combination of orthodontics and crowns/veneers may be needed to deliver the result we want.

Crowns/Veneers

If you have cavities, large fillings that are breaking down, crowns that are different colors, then you may benefit from having new crowns or veneers placed on your teeth. Today’s dental materials allow us to re-create natural looking teeth that are guaranteed to make you smile. In as little as two appointments, we can transform your smile to a more youthful and healthy appearance.

Be Aware:

Expense – Crowns and veneers will cost more than your everyday routine dentistry. This is usually because to achieve the result we want, anywhere from 2-10 teeth may be involved on each jaw! The determining factors are the current state of your teeth in the smile zone and how big of a smile you have (how many teeth you show when smiling).

New Dentist – You may have to seek the services of a new dentist to achieve the result you are looking for. Many dentists advertise they are “cosmetic dentists” but in reality, have had no formal training on the subject or it has been years since their last training or even completing a case! Do your research and find a provider that you feel comfortable will be able to achieve your goal of a beautiful smile.

Can Porcelain Veneers Make Me Love My Smile?

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, you are not alone. Many people have the desire to improve the shape, size and color of their teeth. And why wouldn’t they? Smiling has been linked to healthier living, success in the workplace and increased self-esteem, to name just a few.

Porcelain veneers are a fantastic cosmetic treatment to reverse the effects of your unhappy smile. Many times, we can complete your smile makeover in just a few appointments. I can promise you your life will change after this experience!

Dr. Asinmaz is a cosmetic and implant dentist in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of improving your smile, call (561) 640-9200 or use our Appointment Request form to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

 

What Are These Black Lines Around My Teeth and Gums?

I routinely get asked “what are these black lines around my teeth and gums? I hate it!” What most patients are referring to is the unsightly color of the metal underneath their dental crown. There are many different materials that can be used in fabricating dental crowns and this particular crown, the porcelain fused to metal (or PFM), has a dark band around the margin of the crown where it meets your tooth. Over time, your gums may recede from this junction and make this black line become more evident. Today’s dentistry has advanced to the point where we can use all ceramic, tooth-colored crowns that contain no metal at all. There will never be a black line around your tooth and gums, even if the gums should show slight recession over time. They blend in beautifully with the teeth around them and they are just as strong and in some cases stronger than the traditional PFM crown.

Dental crowns in the front of the mouth are usually more noticeable than the crowns in the back. If the color of the metal is unsightly to you, we can change the crowns with an all-ceramic crown with minimal to no change to the underlying tooth.

Remember, each dental crown has its pros and cons and understanding the limitations of each material and when it is advocated makes a difference in delivering beautiful, long-lasting dental crowns.

 

White Teeth for the Holidays?

The holidays are just around the corner and the time to gather with friends and family is nearly upon us. Many of my patients have an affinity to inquire about whitening their teeth around this time of year. They want to look and feel their best around those they love. That is not to say that having perfectly white teeth should be a standard because it most certainly is not. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is also something to be said about “chicklet”-looking, overly white teeth. This to me is undesirable and can in many cases look worse than not doing anything at all.  It all comes down to what your expectations are and if whiter teeth are important to YOU!

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