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VivicaFoxandZendayaHaveThisinCommonAGorgeousSmile

Kill Bill fans have been pressing for a third installment of the stylized revenge tale since Kill Bill, Volume 2 hit the theaters in 2004. Finally, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is talking about the long-awaited Volume 3 as if it might soon become a reality. The third movie in the franchise would most likely focus on the now-grown daughter of the character played by Vivica A. Fox in the first two. Vivica recently made known that should Kill Bill, Volume 3 go into production, she thinks 24-year-old actress and singer Zendaya would be perfect for the role.

Although Zendaya is a few inches taller than Vivica, the two women have a few things in common. Besides being talented movie and television actresses who have won awards for their roles, they both have camera-ready smiles. And both Vivica and Zendaya can thank their dentists for helping their smiles be their best.

In 2016, Vivica told Dear Doctor magazine that her smile needed a boost, so she opted for dental veneers to correct gaps between her teeth—and she's very happy with them. “I love my veneers!” she exclaimed. Zendaya also had help in achieving her Hollywood-perfect smile. In 2011, early in her career on the Disney channel, she wore clear orthodontic aligners to straighten her teeth. To further perfect her smile, she visited her dentist for professional teeth whitening in 2016, inviting a film crew along to show how easy and effective in-office tooth whitening is.

But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy smile-enhancing dental treatments. They are great options for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile.

Teeth whitening. If your teeth are looking yellowed, in-office whitening can make them up to 10 shades brighter in one visit! Some people prefer professional at-home whitening kits, which produce great results more gradually.

Bonding or veneers. For small chips and cracks, cosmetic bonding can cover flaws by adding layers of a tooth-colored material over the tooth. For bigger flaws, heavy discoloration or gaps between teeth as Vivica had, dental veneers may be the answer. These custom-made thin porcelain shells cover the front-facing surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections to give anyone a Hollywood smile.

Orthodontics. Crooked teeth can detract from the look of a smile. While traditional braces are an option, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues find removable clear aligners the perfect way to get the smile they desire with minimal impact on their daily activities. Clear aligners are very subtle and can be removed for eating and cleaning as well as for special occasions—or for filming scenes, as Zendaya knows.

Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or veneers, orthodontics, or another dental treatment could enhance your smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

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.

By Avenue Dental Group
January 07, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry treatment refers to dental procedures that are developed to improve your smile and fix unevenly spaced, discolored, Cosmetic smilecracked, and chipped teeth. From fillings to veneers, you can select from a number for dental procedures to restore your smile. Dr. Brian Stark and Dr. Thomas J. Dudley of Avenue Dental Group can tell you all about your cosmetic dentistry options in their office at Menomonee Falls, WI.

 

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

There’s a cosmetic dentistry solution that can fix everything from stained teeth to a gummy smile. These include:

  • Teeth Whitening – At-home teeth whitening kits to address discolored teeth.
  • Dental Fillings – Dentists can produce dental fillings that will match the shade of your teeth.
  • Dental Bonding – This involves placing a composite to the chipped parts of a tooth to make it whole again.
  • Dental Veneers – These are ceramic shells that are placed over the teeth for concealing cracks, gaps, and chips.
  • Gum Contouring – This involves reshaping the gum line to address an uneven gum line or gummy smile.

 

Restorative Dental Treatments

Depending on your specific dental issues, your dentist may also recommend restorative dental treatments before doing any cosmetic dentistry work in his Menomonee Falls, WI, office. These might include:

  • Crowns – Dental crowns or caps are utilized for repairing severely damaged or decayed teeth. They’re molded from the teeth being repaired and placed after the dentist has addressed the tooth decay.
  • Bridges – These are used for bridging gaps left by missing teeth. They are made of a prosthetic tooth and two crowns.
  • Implants – Dental implants are the most cost-effective solutions for replacing missing teeth. They are composed of a prosthetic tooth on top of synthetic roots.
  • Onlays and Inlays – These can be used to mend chipped or cracked teeth and requires less tooth reshaping than dental crowns or fillings.

Additionally, your dentist may likewise recommend orthodontic treatment such as traditional braces or Invisalign if you have a bad bite or severely misaligned teeth.

If you think that you can benefit from one or more of these procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Stark and Dr. Thomas J. Dudley of Avenue Dental Group by calling (262) 251-6555. You’ll learn more about cosmetic dentistry options during your visit to their Menomonee Falls, WI, office.

By Avenue Dental Group
December 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
HeresHowWeCanJazzupYourHolidaySmileThisSeason

The holidays have officially begun! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, it’s fairly certain you’re going to be spending time with lots of folks. From family gatherings to neighborhood open houses to the office holiday party, you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows with all the in-laws and out-laws in your social orbit. And because it’s the season of cheer, you’ll probably smile—a lot.

So, before the festivities go full tilt, take a little time to freshen up that wonderful smile of yours. Here are a few suggestions for having a smile this holiday season that you’re confident to put on display.

Dental cleanings. While professional dental cleanings primarily remove any lingering disease-causing plaque and tartar, they can have the secondary benefit of improving your smile’s appearance. So, if it’s close to time for your regular dental visit or you would simply like to give your teeth a quick polish, schedule a cleaning appointment for a little extra holiday sparkle.

Teeth whitening. You can gain a noticeable increase in smile brightness with a professional whitening application. With our advanced bleaching solutions and techniques, we can precisely control the level of brightness you desire, from a more subdued natural white to a dazzling “Hollywood” shine. And with care, the effect could last for several months or even years with an occasional touch-up.

Bonding. A chipped tooth can stand out from your smile like a smudge on a masterpiece painting. In many cases, though, we can repair minor chips and other defects by bonding composite resin to the tooth in a single visit. The process is simple: We color-match the resin to the tooth, then apply, shape and cure it. Your tooth will look good as new.

Porcelain veneers. For a more durable and comprehensive solution, consider veneers for dental flaws you do not wish to live with. These thin wafers of porcelain are permanently bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or slight misalignments. And they are quite affordable compared to more extensive cosmetic restorations.

All of these cosmetic options can fit into most people’s budgets and don’t take a lot of time in the dentist’s chair. Veneers are the one slight exception: These require more than one visit to the dental office because they are custom-made for you in a dental lab. Also note that veneers often require the permanent removal of tooth enamel, so the tooth will require a veneer or other restorative covering from then on.

All in all, though, it doesn’t take much to put some much-needed zing back into your smile. In most cases, it only takes one visit—just in time to brighten up your holiday season.

If you would like more information about smile enhancement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

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For some time now, you’ve noticed things about your teeth and gums — your overall smile — that you would like to change. But you’re in unfamiliar territory: you don’t know where to begin.

Here, then, are a few basic cosmetic dentistry questions you should ask yourself and us to get you moving in the right direction.

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry? Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with basic hygiene or whitening. But whether you’re a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth — a “smile analysis” — to assess its current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit those needs.

Are my expectations realistic? That will first depend on what we find with your smile analysis. It will, however, also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake, or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.

Will I be able to have an idea beforehand how the changes will look? We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers. For restorations involving porcelain crowns, it may be possible to take your input and fine-tune the shape and color of the permanent crown before it’s completed.

What will it cost? This will depend on the treatment plan we develop. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants or orthodontics are major investments. You should also consider the costs to your time — some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for a Change.”