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By Avenue Dental Group
August 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  
ThisOneCosmeticMethodCouldImproveaMultipleofToothFlaws

You could have an unattractive smile because of a chipped tooth or one slightly out of alignment. Or, it could be both of the above, plus some heavy staining to boot. Correcting each flaw individually might require a combination of different methods like orthodontics or porcelain crowns, which can take an extended period of time to complete.

But you may be able to correct numerous smile flaws with just one method—and in no more than a couple of treatment visits. It's called direct veneers.

Unlike regular veneers, direct veneers don't require a dental technician to craft a thin porcelain shell to bond over teeth. Rather, a dentist applies a tooth-colored material called composite resin to the problem teeth and "sculpts" an entirely new look that can correct multiple dental flaws at one time.

The dentist usually begins the process by creating a model ("wax-up") of proposed changes based on physical impressions of the jaw and teeth. Both dentist and patient can study the model and modify it if necessary, when finalizing the treatment plan.

At a subsequent appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth surface for bonding by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel, then shapes the teeth to better accommodate the composite resin. This tooth prep is similar to that done with traditional veneers, so it's permanent—the teeth will require some form of restoration from then on.

After applying an etchant and a bonding agent, the dentist applies the composite resin in small amounts, hardening each layer with a special light before applying the next one. With each subsequent layer, the dentist sculps the composite material to eventually resemble the wax-up model.

After completing the composite application, the dentist then uses hand tools and a dental drill to complete shaping, as well as an abrasive strip between teeth to aid future flossing. After just a few hours, the transformation is complete.

Direct veneers are durable, but not to the same extent as regular veneers or other cosmetic enhancements. They can also pick up stains over time, and may require re-treatment at some point. Still, direct veneers are a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of teeth with multiple flaws that could radically change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on the direct veneer method, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

In trying to figure out which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you it's important to understand what each of them does. From small imperfections to complete smile makeovers and restorations, your Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists can help achieve your dental goals. Get in contact with Dr. Eyad Bittar, Dr. Brian Stark, and Dr. Thomas Dudley of Avenue Dental Group to learn much more.

Decay

Dental fillings may seem out of place among cosmetic dentistry, but the role they play in halting the progress of decay and in allowing you to retain the usefulness of your teeth makes them quite important. And with tooth-colored fillings, you no longer have to worry about the sometimes unsightly silver color of traditional amalgam fillings.

Correcting Small Chips

Employing the same type of resin compound used by tooth-colored fillings, your dentist may be able to able to reshape your misshapen teeth. Small chips and even slight gaps can be eliminated with bonding. The resin is applied in layers and is hardened and then polished to give your smile a natural appearance.

Smile Makeover

Another way to address small gaps or chips, or teeth that are worn or heavily discolored, is through porcelain veneers. These are thin yet very durable caps that are bonded onto your teeth and can give your smile a complete makeover.

Restorations

Teeth that have lost a lot of structure either to injury, decay, or wear, may be better served by dental crowns. These are tooth-shaped caps that can restore more of your tooth to protect it from further damage and to return your bite strength.

A bridge is necessary when a tooth is missing. A missing tooth is more than a cosmetic problem, as the absence of this tooth can cause the others to shift into the newly vacant space and cause all manner of problems with spacing and with your bite.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI

You'll want to discuss with your dentist what your expectations are for the treatment. It's a good idea to have in mind what you're looking to accomplish and your dentist can walk you through what's possible or suggest alternatives. Begin by scheduling a consultation today with Dr. Bittar, Dr. Stark, and Dr. Dudley of Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI, by dialing (262) 251-6555.

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Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.

But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”

Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.

Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.

Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.

Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”

By Avenue Dental Group
August 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
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What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Avenue Dental Group
January 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers   Bonding  

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresDecide which cosmetic treatment could give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

We know how important it is to feel confident in your smile. If you feel that are dental flaws that prevent you from smiling then our Menomonee Falls, WI, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas Dudley, and Dr. Malea Rogness, are here to help. We believe everyone should feel proud of the way they look, so if your smile isn’t up to par, we offer cosmetic dentistry to turn everything around!

Choose from any of these cosmetic dentistry options available from our Menomonee Falls office:

 

Dental Bonding

Bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic options available. By applying a tooth-colored material over any small chips, cracks, discolorations, misshapen teeth, or tooth gaps, we can mask these problem areas to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Once the bonding resin has been shaped, it will be hardened into place with a dental light.

 

Gum Contouring

If you are dealing with a “gummy smile” then you may be looking for a cosmetic treatment that will be able to fix this aesthetic issue. There are many reasons why someone may have excessive gum tissue, but our goal as your dentist is to remove the extra tissue to reveal more of the teeth underneath for an even smile.

 

Dental Veneers

Have you ever wondered how so many actors and actresses have such perfect smiles? Often times their pearly whites are due to dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells mimic the look and sheen of real enamel, and when applied to the front of your teeth, they can completely alter the overall shape, size, and color of your smile. In some cases, they can even make your smile straighter without the need for braces!

 

Interested? Give us a Call!

Here at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI, we pride ourselves on providing the very best in cosmetic dentistry so that you can have the smile you deserve. Call us today at (262) 251-6555 to talk to us about the different cosmetic dentistry options available to you!