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Digital computer technology has made a big impact on cosmetic dentistry. We can now simulate on a monitor display of your face how your new smile will appear after dental work, thanks to a graphics program specifically designed for cosmetic dentistry.
While that's an amazing development, we can also take it a step further by creating the look of a new smile on your actual teeth during an office visit. We call it a “trial smile.”
To create a trial smile, we begin with composite resin, a tooth-colored bonding material, and fashion it into temporary veneers or crowns that we then temporarily place over your teeth. This gives us the chance to see what your new smile will look like in all three spatial dimensions (rather than the two-dimensional view on a computer monitor) and while your face is in motion as you talk and smile. This can give us a great deal more detail to help better evaluate your proposed look.
A trial smile also helps us in planning your new look. Like you, we want the best result possible: a trial smile allows us to see how your jaw movement interacts with your updated look and if everything works together as it should. It will also give us a better idea how much tooth structure we'll need to remove to accommodate your permanent veneers or crowns — the less, of course, the better.
Although you won't be able to take your trial smile with you when you leave, we can take a photograph you can review later, as well as show friends and family for their opinion. Trial smiles do add some cost to treatment, but the proportion of expense to the benefit of actually viewing your smile in this fashion is well worth it. It's one more way we can ensure your final new smile meets your expectations.
If you would like more information on “trial smiles,” 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”
Are you ready for a new smile? You’ve endured the embarrassment and drain on your of self-confidence long enough. The good news is that modern cosmetic dentistry has an awesome array of materials and methods ready and able to help you make that transformation.
But before you proceed with your “smile makeover” it’s good to remember one thing: it’s a process. And depending on how in-depth your makeover might be, it could be a long one.
To help you navigate, here’s an overview of the three main phases of your smile makeover journey. Each one will be crucial to a successful outcome.
The “Dream” Phase. The path to your new smile actually begins with you and a couple questions: what don’t you like now about your smile? And if you could change anything, what would it be? Right from the start you’ll need to get in touch with your individual hopes and expectations for a better look. With your dentist’s help, take the time during this first phase to “dream” about what’s possible—it’s the first step toward achieving it.
The Planning Phase. With that said, though, your dreams must eventually meet the “facts on the ground” to become a reality. In this phase your dentist works with you to develop a focused, reasonable and doable plan. To do this, they’ll need to be frankly honest with you about your mouth’s health state, which might dictate what procedures are actually practical or possible. You’ll also have to weigh potential treatment costs against your financial ability. These and other factors may require you to modify your expectations to finalize your treatment plan.
The Procedure Phase. Once you’ve “planned the work,” it’s time to “work the plan.” It could be a single procedure like whitening, bonding or obtaining a veneer. But it might also involve multiple procedures and other specialties like orthodontics. Whatever your plan calls for, you’ll need to be prepared for possibly many months or even years of treatment.
Undergoing a smile makeover can take time and money, and often requires a lot of determination and patience. But if you’ve dreamed big and planned well, the outcome can be well worth it.
If you would like more information on ways to transform your smile, 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 “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”
Chipping a tooth is annoying and frustrating, especially if it is purely an aesthetic problem. However, a fast and easy procedure called dental bonding can repair a chipped tooth and more. But how can bonding improve your smile? Are you a candidate for this procedure? Find out with Dr. Warren Gase in Cincinnati, OH.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin materials to reshape a damaged or misshapen tooth. Thanks to their versatility, these materials can improve both aesthetics and functionality of a tooth. While bonding does have limitations, it can give a big impact with a fast, short procedure. Caring for your bonded teeth is the same as caring for natural teeth. Brush and floss daily to keep your bonded teeth healthy between regular dental examinations and cleanings with your dentist.
What can dental bonding do for me?
Dental bonding can repair a chipped tooth quickly and efficiently in just a single dental visit. Your dentist will match the color of the composite resin materials to your tooth to ensure a natural look. In addition to repairing a chipped tooth, bonding can also do many other things, from reshaping a too-pointy canine to lengthening a too-short tooth. Bonding can also change the width of a tooth to help in situations with small gaps.
What happens during a bonding procedure?
Your dentist first uses an etching material on the tooth to ensure the materials can bond properly with the tooth. Then, your dentist bonds the materials directly onto the tooth, spacing and molding it with specialized tools to provide the results you want.
Dental Bonding in Cincinnati, OH
If you think you could benefit from dental bonding, you should consult with your dentist to understand this procedure and ensure it is the best treatment for you. In some cases, other cosmetic dental procedures may better suit your needs.
For more information on dental bonding, please contact Dr. Warren Gase at his practice in Cincinnati, OH. Call (513) 931-3001 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gase today!
Sometimes the smallest changes can yield the biggest results in dentistry. Even if your teeth and gums are relatively healthy and you are not suffering from tooth loss or gum disease like millions of Americans, small cosmetic imperfections can still tarnish your smile. Studies have shown that damaged teeth are among the main causes of embarrassment and feelings of self-consciousness among adults. But the good news is that it has never been faster, easier and more affordable to fix damaged teeth and invest in a new and improved smile. Dr. Warren Gase, a dentist in Cincinnati, OH, recommends porcelain veneers to fix common cosmetic dental problems like chips, gaps, or permanent stains and discolorations.
Invest in a Brand New Smile with Veneers in Cincinnati, OH
Veneers are custom designed to match your natural teeth using a thin layer of porcelain, which is bonded to the surface of the tooth. Veneers are a popular and effective option for fixing cosmetic imperfections because they can improve and reshaped damaged teeth, without drastically changing the characteristics that make your smile unique.
You may be a good candidate for a smile makeover with porcelain veneers if you have:
- Small chips or cracks to one or more teeth
- Small to moderate gaps between teeth (larger gaps and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment to fix)
- Intrinsic tooth stains (develop from damage to the dentin layer inside the tooth, usually from trauma or medication). Surface treatments like professional and over the counter teeth whitening products are ineffective against intrinsic dental stains, but veneers can help.
In addition to cosmetic improvements, a veneer can also help to strengthen and fortify a tooth after treatment with a dental filling or root canal therapy.
Find a Dentist in Cincinnati, OH
You don't have to settle for damaged teeth or a less than perfect smile. To find out how veneers can improve your smile and quality of life, contact our office today by calling (513) 931-3001 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gase.
The arrival of spring often serves as inspiration to clean house and create an environment that’s bright and fresh. Here at the dental office, we can do the same for your mouth as well! Having clean teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath helps you look and feel your best. Here are some ways we can help you freshen up your smile:
Dental Exam. The best place to start is with a dental exam. Finding and treating tooth decay in its earliest stages will help you avoid more costly and invasive dental treatments later on. It could even save a tooth that might otherwise be lost! Plus, oral cancer screenings are important for everyone—even young, non-smokers. Regular dental exams also give you a chance to bring up any issues you may be concerned about, and to ask for pointers on hygiene.
Professional Cleaning. Having a good oral hygiene routine at home goes a long way towards keeping your mouth healthy. But routine professional cleanings are still very important. Your dental hygienist uses specially designed tools to reach into places where your brush and floss can’t, and remove disease-causing dental plaque and tartar. A polishing provides the finishing touch for a squeaky-clean feeling.
Teeth Whitening. Teeth tend to get duller with age; that’s why teeth whitening treatments can give you a more youthful appearance. Bleaching your teeth is safest when supervised by a dental professional. We recommend two methods: either a professional treatment at the dental office, or a take-home kit we can provide, which includes custom-fitted bleaching trays. The first way will give you the fastest results, while the second is more economical.
Smile Makeover. Sometimes whitening alone is not enough to fix what’s keeping you from flashing a big, bright smile. For example, maybe your teeth aren’t straight, or they have been worn down over the years. Perhaps a tooth is chipped or is missing entirely. Or maybe there are multiple cosmetic issues. If this is the case, we can help you figure out what’s really bothering you about your teeth and how you can achieve the smile of your dreams.