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Posts for: September, 2016

By Augusta Smilecare
September 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Some dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, trauma, and missing teeth can be practically impossible to ignore. They require andental bonding immediate trip to the dentist to relieve pain or an infection and to prevent long-term damage to our oral health. While cosmetic problems don't necessarily constitute a dental emergency, they can have a significant impact on self-esteem and quality of life. Small cosmetic improvements can improve the overall appearance of a smile, and the entire face as a result.

Dental Bonding in Augusta, GA

Dental bonding is a non-invasive, reliable, and affordable treatment for some of the most common cosmetic problems. Dr. John D. Massey, a family dentist in Augusta, GA offers cosmetic dentistry services to repair smile imperfections like stains and discolorations, minor chips, cracks, and spacing.

What is Dental Bonding?

Similar to porcelain veneers, bonding is designed from a composite resin material to match the color and texture of the natural tooth, in order to correct the appearance and function of the tooth. A single bonding treatment can be completed in one office visit, making it an ideal solution for busy adults in need of a reliable and durable solution to minor cosmetic issues. In addition to changing the shape, color, and spacing of teeth, cosmetic bonding can also be used to protect the roots from gum recession, a cavity, or to seal the tooth after a root canal.

Bonded teeth are cared for just like natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups and cleanings. With good oral hygiene practices and maintenance, a bonding treatment can last as long as ten years in many cases.

Find a Family Dentist in Augusta, GA

For more information on dental bonding and other cosmetic smile restoration options for the entire family, contact Augusta Smile Care by calling 706-868-1322 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Massey today.


ThreeConsiderationsforWorkingwithYourDentistonYourSmileMakeover

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is filled with a varied array of procedures, materials and techniques that can address any shortcoming with your smile. Whatever your condition, there’s a means to correct or enhance your smile.

The real question, though, is whether we’re both, patient and dentist, on the same page as to what’s best to enhance your smile. Dentists have a different perspective on smile outcomes than the average layperson. We’re clued into aspects like tooth alignment with facial features or gum-to-lip distance influenced by our professional training and experience. You, though, may see your smile in terms of other features that define beauty like mouth expressions or lip shape.

Bridging these differing points of view requires open and honest communication. Here are three considerations to make that happen.

Build trust between you and your dentist. It’s natural for us to have differing views on what constitutes proper smile aesthetics based on the perspectives previously mentioned. Working through those perspectives to arrive at a unified plan requires trust that both of us desire the same outcome: a beautiful smile you’re happy to display to the world.

“Seeing” your future smile can help ease your misgivings. It’s one thing to try to imagine a certain treatment outcome — it’s quite another to actually see it beforehand. And you can, through computer simulation that takes a picture of your current face and smile and then augments them digitally so you can see how your smile will appear after proposed treatment. It’s also possible in some cases for you to wear temporary or “provisional” restorations so that not only can you see how they look, but also how they feel and function in the mouth.

Understand what “type” of restoration patient you are. Although everyone is different, we can usually characterize patients and their expectations in two ways. Some patients are “perfect-minded” — they want restorations that offer the maximum symmetry, regularity and tooth brightness. Others are more “natural-minded” in that the changes they seek don’t drastically alter their natural appearance, but are just enough to look different and create a sense of character. Knowing what you really want — a drastic change or a subtle enhancement — will help you communicate your desires more clearly and help us design the treatment options that best fit your expectations.

If you would like more information on fostering communication between dentists and patients, 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 “Great Expectations.”


By Augusta Smilecare
September 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”




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