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Smile Designs for Porcelain Veneers

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Smile Designs, Uncategorized, Veneers with tags , , , on August 7, 2010 by dukeslc

When we talk about “smile design”, what are we talking about.  There are many aspects of a smile beside teeth.   There are so many variables as to what creates a beautiful smile.  What is beautiful to one person, may not be to another; which is a good thing, or we would all look alike.  For instance, in parts of Africa and South America, it is considered beautiful to file the front teeth into points.  So the “cosmetic dentist” of the tribe, or witch doctor, help to file the teeth using knives, files, and rocks to chip and shape the teeth. 

Of course we don’t resort to those measures, but there is some reshaping done to achieve the looks that we desire.  Using “smile guides” we can choose over 30,000 different ways that a cosmetic dentist can create a new smile.  One of the most popular guides is one developed by Dr. William Dickerson, the founder of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.  I have had the privilage of studing there for the past seven years under his tutelage.  I have designed thousands of smiles using veneers and porcelain crowns to acheive the look we wanted.  Each smile style is a combination of the teeth shapes for the front six teeth.  For example, the four front teeth (incisors) could be either square at the corners, square at one corner and rounded at the other, or rounded at both corners. Similarly, the cuspids or eye teeth (third tooth back) could be pointed, rounded or flat. Combining these different shapes each produces a uniquely different smile style. Please note, this smile library below is only to choose the basic shape of the front six teeth, and in no way reflect the color, length, surface texture or translucency that the porcelain veneers or crowns will have. Those other things are addressed in other aspects of smile design and choosing the best combination for your “sensational new smile”.

Dickerson catalog

For most females, the “Enhanced” smile style is one of our most popular designs. Note that the second teeth from the center are a little shorter than the front teeth. This is a youthful effect we call “the gull wing” that really looks nice on females. The “Hollywood” style above is a little more “toothy” and works well for males and especially those wanting to show off a little more teeth. The “Oval” style might look best on someone with a very round face. Notice how very round the edges of the four front teeth are? The “Aggressive” style has tooth edges that are flat almost straight across. We use it mostly for men and it simulates someone who might be a bit older and have a habit of grinding his teeth. The “Youthful” style simulates the shape of unworn teeth that might be seen in a 14 year old. Although many adults like this name because they think it might give them the illusion of being significantly younger, we almost always utilize this design in much younger individuals. The “Mature” style has squarish edges on the four front teeth and is another design that we frequently use for men. The “Softened” style is a very popular design that we use for those wanting their smile to help make them appear a little younger than their years. It is my preference to use smile designs that have the cuspids (also called canines, the third teeth back on each side) that are slightly round, not flat (too old looking) or pointed (too aggressive looking). It is important that both the patient and cosmetic dentist actively discuss the different smile styles at the beginning of the smile makeover process. Using our technique called “the trial smile” we’re able to make provisional veneers or crowns so that our patient can “test drive” their new smile prior to making any final decision regarding the smile design for their final porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.

Call our Salt Lake City Dental Office today for a free consultation or check out our website for more information.

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Dental Veneers: The Procedure

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Uncategorized, Veneers with tags , , , , , , , on August 5, 2010 by dukeslc

Actual Patient, Porcelain Veneers

1st Step: Dr. David Duke offers FREE Consultations to everyone interested in dental veneers. Every patient must have an exam and discuss their cosmetic preferences with the Dentist. The oral health of the patient and any malocclusion (crowding and incorrect bite) must be addressed before veneers will be recommended. An impression is taken of the upper and lower teeth and the lab will fabricate a wax model of the future veneers. The patient will be able to choose the style of veneer desired from our photo examples. 

How many Dental Veneers do I need?

Many patients are interested in placing a veneer on one or two teeth to improve their appearance. While this can be done, we highly recommend placing veneers on each tooth seen when you smile. Some people have smaller mouths and may only have 4 or 6 teeth visible when smiling or talking. Others may have a “Julia Roberts” smile and need 6 to 10 veneers made. We use the best labs in Salt Lake City, Utah and we make our veneers as natural looking as the patient desires.

2nd Step: The patient will return to review and revise the wax model of the veneers.  This is absolutely necessary to review with the patient because it provides a physical, visual example of the final result.  Wax-ups, as they are called, provide the patient with a chance to review and change any part of the veneer that they don’t like. The size, shape, length, texture, or color will all be considered and the patient will be able to make educated decisions for their permanent veneers. 

3rd Step: Once the look of the veneers is chosen, the patient will return for the veneer preparation visit. The Dentist will slightly reduce the chosen teeth and take the final impression for the lab. Temporary veneers are made in the office to replicate the permanent veneers. The patient will wear these for a few days while the lab creates the permanent veneers.

Note: Some patients may require Laser Gum Recontouring.  When preparing for veneers, the gumline can be moved or re-shaped to prevent a “gummy smile” and the veneers will be made to sit perfectly along the gumline. We use a very gentle laser that promotes quick healing and little to no discomfort.

Actual Patient, Porcelain Veneers

4th Step: The temporary veneers are gently removed, the tooth is cleaned from any cement, and the Permanent Veneers are placed on the teeth with permanent cement. Any slight or small adjustments will be made by the dentist to ensure correct bite and esthetics of the teeth.

We welcome you to visit our office, meet our Dentist and Team members, and enjoy freshly baked cookies. Our FREE Consultations allow patients to discuss all treatment options with the Dentist and help us understand your unique desires. Feel free to check out our website for before and after photos and more information. At your convenience, call our Salt Lake City Dental Office at 801-355-2202 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

Dental Veneers

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Invisalign, Veneers with tags , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by dukeslc

Dental Veneers are custom-made porcelain or composite resin “shells” placed on the front surface of a tooth.  Veneers are bonded to the tooth and are intended to improve the cosmetic appearance or esthetics of the tooth.  Veneers can be made to increase the length or size of the tooth, change the shape of the tooth, or to change the color of the tooth. 

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can be made from dental porcelain in a dental laboratory or from composite resin placed by the dentist directly onto the tooth.  Porcelain veneers have greater strength and typically last longer without wear or need for replacement.  Porcelain has been proven to resist stains better and replicates the appearance and texture properties of natural teeth.

Composite Resin Veneers

The dentist can place composite Resin Veneers directly onto the tooth.  Depending on the reason for the dental veneer, resin veneers can be made thinner than porcelain veneers.  While this may provide less tooth removal, the resin can be prone to chipping or wear due to the thin nature of the veneer and may require frequent replacement.

Why Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers are a long-term solution for teeth with an array of functional or cosmetic problems.

1)     Teeth that are discolored from the interior of the tooth.  This is not a common occurrence, but teeth may discolor after a Root Canal is completed or if the tooth suffers trauma and turns a brown or gray.

2)     Discolored teeth due to excessive fluoride or use of the drug called tetracycline.  Use of these two drugs can interfere with the formation and color of the enamel on permanent teeth at a young age.

3)     Teeth that are chipped, worn down, or broken. Veneers restore teeth to their normal shape and size and can fix the appearance of a chipped tooth.

4)     Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, crooked, or have large spaces in between them. For many people with crooked or misaligned teeth, the combination of braces and veneers is the optimal option, both functionally and cosmetically.  Veneers can correct the appearance of misaligned teeth, but cannot fix the incorrect bite of the premolars and molars.  Invisalign braces allow the patient to bite correctly, make space for the veneers, and allow for the best long-term oral health of the patient.

Dr. David Duke  loves to perform cosmetic dentistry and welcomes you to experience our gentle dentistry and a FREE Consultation at your convenience.  Please check out our website for more information and call our Salt Lake City Dental Office for an appointment today. We look forward to meeting you and addressing your individual needs.

Amazing Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve your smile

Posted in Cosmetic, Implants, Invisalign, Smile Designs, Veneers with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by dukeslc
Cosmetic Veneers

Actual Patient, Veneers

Could you imagine never smiling, always keeping your hand over your mouth when you talk, or just ashamed to show your teeth? There are a lot of people who have no idea what it is like to smile from ear to ear because they are embarrassed of their teeth. In our Salt Lake City dentist office we provide, teeth whitening, gum contouring, bonding, white fillings, crowns, veneers, implants and Invisalign. Thanks to the many different procedures that cosmetic dentistry provides everyone can have something to smile about.

Teeth Whitening
Whitening your teeth is probably the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure. There are many different options you can use. Anyone can buy over-the-counter whitening products that will help improve the front surface of your teeth. For the best results you can visit our Salt Lake City dentist office to have custom fit bleach trays made especially for you. These custom whitening kits come with whitening gel that you put directly in your bleach trays. You can use the trays as much as they want to get the desired result. Once you are happy with the color of your teeth, you can touch up as often as you would like.

If you are having other cosmetic dentistry procedures done, you may want to whiten your teeth first so you can match the work to the new color because bonding, crowns, or veneers do not whiten.

Gum Contouring
In or Salt Lake City dentist office we have patients come in who complain that they have “short stubby teeth” or a “gummy smile.” In reality their gums have just grown over their teeth. Gum contouring can reveal long, beautiful teeth. Gum contouring is done in our Salt Lake City dentist office with local anesthetic. It may take the tissue up to two weeks to heal completely. This is a great option for our patients.

Bonding and White Fillings
Bonding is a term used by cosmetic dentists for applying white filling material on your teeth. This can be a great procedure to close small gaps or fix small chips in your front teeth. Bonding does cost less but definitely doesn’t last as long as a crown or veneer. It will only last for 5-10 years. Bonding will also stain depending on your hygiene habits. Smoking, drinking coffee and tea will stain it a lot faster.
White filling is the back of you mouth is a great option too. Dentist used to use silver amalgam filling to fix cavities. Cosmetic dentists are now using white filling materials to fix the back teeth, it looks a lot better and is better for your tooth. A lot of patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office are having us change out their silver filling to white fillings.

Veneers and Crowns
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns are great options for patients to change their smile. They can close gaps, fix mildly crooked teeth, change the color or your teeth and replace old broken down dentistry. Unlike bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns are created in a lab outside your mouth from mould of your teeth. They won’t stain, so the color you choose will be the color they always are. They also last a lot longer then bonding, if you have good oral hygiene they can last up to 20 years. Every patient in our Salt Lake City dentist office who has this done always says, “If I knew it was this easy and would have looked so good I would have done it a long time ago!”

Dental Implants
Implants are great options for our patients to replace missing teeth. Once the implant is in, it is like you were never missing the tooth. You can eat with them, brush and floss just like normal.

Invisalign
Invisalign is a great way for our patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office to straighten their teeth. It is a great alternative to traditional braces. No one will even know you are going through treatment because it is practically invisible. With Invisalign you are able to keep your gums healthy because you can remove the trays to eat, drink and brush and floss your teeth.

Everyone should be confidant to smile from ear to ear because of they many ways that cosmetic dentistry can help. If any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures are something you are interested in please look at Dental Designs of Salt Lake Website for more information. We offer free cosmetic consultations in our office.