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Posts for: July, 2017

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“Redesigning” a smile is a lot like remodeling a house: the technicalities of construction must blend seamlessly with what is perceived as elegant and beautiful. The first aspect — the proper materials and techniques to achieve a sound restoration — is absolutely crucial. But the aesthetic is just as important for assuring the final restoration evokes beauty and style.

Balancing these two aspects of a smile makeover requires thoughtful intent and planning. What may be pleasing aesthetically may not be technically feasible; but what may be technically sound may not have that sought-after “curb appeal.”

You and your dentist must work together to achieve the successful blending of these two aspects. That’s why it’s important for you to have full confidence in your dentist: that he or she is both technically skilled and experienced in cosmetic procedures and artistically aware of what will look best aesthetically.

The first step in your makeover is a thorough dental examination to determine the overall state of your oral health. With this “bigger picture,” your dentist will have a better understanding of what’s possible and practical for you and your situation. The exam may also reveal problems that should be treated first before any cosmetic work.

From there, you must communicate clearly to your dentist what you perceive as wrong with your smile and what you would like to have changed. While there are general principles of beauty best followed, your dental work could hypothetically take different paths depending on your desires and expectations. You might prefer a more “sexy” look or one that’s “sophisticated.” Or perhaps you only want subtle changes that still retain features expressing your individuality.

Ultimately, though, your expectations must line up with reality. Much like your house contractor, your dentist will advise you on what’s both practical and possible. And with their experience in smile enhancement, they can also help you determine what will look most attractive given your facial structure and features.

With this preliminary planning, you can be confident as the work proceeds that the end of the project will be both exciting and satisfying. And just as with your newly renovated home, you’ll be more than happy to share your smile with others.

If you would like more information on enhancing your smile through 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 “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”


By Augusta Smilecare
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Your teeth make up a small percentage of your body, yet have a significant impact on your appearance and self-esteem. When your teeth veneersare discolored or crooked, it's hard to feel good about your smile. Veneers, an innovative cosmetic dentistry treatment, can give you the smile you deserve. Our Augusta, GA, dentist, Dr. John Massey, explains how veneers can help you.

What are veneers?

Veneers fit over the fronts of teeth and are made of porcelain or plastic. In most cases, a very small amount of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are attached to the teeth with dental cement. Removing the enamel ensures that the veneers are comfortable and look completely natural.

Are veneers appropriate for my dental issues?

Veneers are a good choice for many cosmetic issues. You may benefit from them if you're concerned about:

  • Teeth That Stand Out: In the ideal smile, teeth are roughly the same same shape and size. Oddly shaped or crooked teeth detract from the appearance of your smile. Luckily, it's easy to make these teeth appear more uniform by adding veneers to them.
  • Uneven Surfaces: Sometimes, your enamel isn't completely smooth. Veneers are very effective at covering up bumpy areas or depressions on the surface of teeth.
  • Spaces Between Teeth: Applying veneers to teeth offers a simple way to close slight gaps.
  • Discolorations: Do you have one or more discolored teeth? Whether the problem occurred due to a dental problem or tetracycline use, a discolored tooth is extremely noticeable. Unfortunately, whitening products have no effect on tooth color if the source of the discoloration originates inside your tooth. Veneers can be made to match the color of your other teeth. They're an excellent solution if you want to improve the appearance of a discolored tooth.
  • A Dull Smile: When your smile is dull or yellow, veneers offer a long-lasting way to whiten all of your teeth. Because you pick the color of your veneers in our Augusta office, your smile can be as white as you wish. Veneers are very stain resistant and will require no special care. You just brush and floss as you normally do when you have veneers.

Transform your smile with veneers! If you're interested in learning more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, call our Augusta, GA, dentist, Dr. Massey, at (706) 868-1322 to schedule an appointment.


By Augusta Smilecare
July 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
DontBreakItLikeBeckham

During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of kids to try to “bend it like Beckham.” But just recently, while enjoying a vacation in Canada with his family, “Becks” tried snowboarding for the first time — and in the process, broke one of his front teeth.

Some fans worried that the missing tooth could be a “red card” for Beckham's current modeling career… but fortunately, he headed straight to the dental office as soon as he arrived back in England. Exactly what kind of treatment is needed for a broken tooth? It all depends where the break is and how badly the tooth is damaged.

For a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding may offer a quick and effective solution. In this procedure, a composite resin, in a color custom-made to match the tooth, is applied in liquid form and cured (hardened) with a special light. Several layers of bonding material can be applied to re-construct a larger area of missing tooth, and chips that have been saved can sometimes be reattached as well.

When more tooth structure is missing, dental veneers may be the preferred restorative option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They can not only correct small chips or cracks, but can also improve the color, spacing, and shape of your teeth.

But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. In this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed and the tooth sealed against re-infection; if a root canal is not done when needed, the tooth will have an increased risk for extraction in the future. Following a root canal, a tooth is often restored with a crown (cap), which can look good and function well for many years.

Sometimes, a tooth may be knocked completely out of its socket; or, a severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted (removed). In either situation, the best option for restoration is a dental implant. Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Over time, it fuses with the living bone to form a solid anchorage. A lifelike crown is attached, which provides aesthetic appeal and full function for the replacement tooth.

So how's Beckham holding up? According to sources, “David is a trooper and didn't make a fuss. He took it all in his stride." Maybe next time he hits the slopes, he'll heed the advice of dental experts and wear a custom-made mouthguard…

If you have questions about restoring damaged teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma and Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Children's Dental Concerns and Injuries.”




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