Frequently Asked Questions
Answers To Your Aesthetic Dentistry Questions
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Traditionally, the term "cosmetic" refers to a procedure that improves the appearance. For successful, long-lasting results, it is crucial to design and engineer the mouth's "function" as well as improve appearance.
Why is the bite important?
The bite must be stable and balanced so there are no points of excessive stress that could potentially cause ceramic restorations or teeth to break, or cause some type of joint dysfunction.
What can be done about a "gummy" smile?
If you show too much gum when you smile, there is a minor surgical procedure called a "gum lift" that reduces the amount of gum that shows.
Are tooth-colored fillings better than silver/mercury fillings?
Generally, yes. Aside from the unappealing appearance of silver fillings, they can cause teeth to fracture over time. However, the dentist needs to know where and how to use the tooth-colored material. As a simple rule, the smaller the filling, the better it is to use tooth-colored material. As fillings get bigger, ceramic restorations are needed.
Why does the gum around crowns look purple?
This can occur for several reasons: the crown may not fit well, it may be too far under the gum, or it may have a metal base that blocks light. Teeth are like little fiber optic units. When light hits them, it illuminates the teeth and the surrounding gum tissue to give it that healthy pink glow. Metal blocks the light, causing the tissue to look dark. Crowns that are all ceramic are best for a natural appearance.
What are the differences between bonding and veneers?
"Bonding" is an older term that refers to applying a composite resin as a "veneer" directly to the teeth. Veneers are usually thought of as being made from a ceramic material that is "bonded" to the teeth. Less durable than ceramic, resin will stain more readily and will need replacing more frequently. Ceramic veneers are generally more expensive than resin due to additional laboratory fees.
How can I get straighter teeth without braces?
This can often be accomplished with the use of ceramic veneers to give the appearance of straighter teeth.
How can I close the gaps between my teeth?
Depending on the situation, gaps can be closed either with orthodontic treatment or by bonding or ceramic veneers. This requires analysis to make sure the teeth are properly proportioned and fit within the frame of the lips and the size of the face.
How can missing teeth be replaced?
Generally, there are two ways to replace missing teeth: either by a removable denture of some kind or by a bridge or implants that stay in place in the mouth. Treatment depends on the number of teeth missing; the condition of the teeth adjacent to the space; the quality and quantity of bone where the teeth are missing; whether or not there is periodontal disease; and the overall health of the mouth.
Why are night-time appliances (mouthguards) necessary?
If designed correctly, night-time appliances (mouthguards) help keep teeth from moving, protect ceramic restorations, and protect teeth from wear damage caused by grinding or clenching.
How long will aesthetic dental treatment last?
Longevity varies from person to person depending on oral habits, home care, and compliance with utilizing the precision bite stabilizer. We do our best to deliver high-quality treatment that will last many years.
Are any of the procedures covered by insurance?
Except for cases involving fractures or other pathological conditions, there is rarely insurance coverage.