If you feel that you could wear the best smile only after a cosmetic procedure, then you’ve come to the right place at Oakville Lane Dental. We offer cosmetic dental services in Rothesay by qualified practitioners and trained staff, who skilfully work with cutting edge equipment and safe products. Over the years, our expertise has earned us the trust of patients. Our professional treatments aim to strengthen your teeth, while giving you an all-new look that you can flaunt on camera and off.
A smile makeover isn’t just about creating a beautiful smile – it is a carefully designed, comfortable, natural looking smile that will last a lifetime.
Often, cosmetic dental concerns are caused by an underlying functional problem in the mouth or occlusion (bite). We strive to correct any health or functional problems in addition to cosmetic concerns to ensure problems won’t recur after treatment.
Whether you’re looking for a subtle change or a dramatic makeover, we will plan your smile makeover to enhance your face and look as though it has always been there.
SMILE DESIGN PROCESS
Step 1 – Comprehensive Evaluation
The first step in smile design is a comprehensive evaluation. Our dentists carefully inspect the teeth, gums, mouth, jaw joints and muscles, looking for signs of decay, stress, or instability. It is important to correct any health or functional problems prior to having cosmetic dentistry because those same problems are likely to recur if they are simply masked with dental work.
They take into consideration your facial appearance when performing a smile makeover to ensure the cosmetic changes will be natural looking, also considering factors like symmetry, size of the lips and mouth, skin tone and texture.
Step 2 – Treatment Planning
Our dentists have incorporated state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including bite analysis technology, digital dental x-rays and digital impressions.
Step 3 – Preparation and Prototype
Once the planning is complete and both the dentist and patient have agreed on the treatment course, the dentist will prepare the teeth and mouth for the restoration and create provisionals which will protect the teeth while the final restorations are being made and give the patient an opportunity to “try on” their new smile.
Step 4 – Smile Makeover
The final restoration, whether it is a dental crown, porcelain veneer or dental bridge, will be created at a state-of-the-art dental laboratory to exact specifications using the 2-D and 3-D modeling as well as molds of the prepared teeth and molds of the provisional restorations.
Because of this comprehensive smile design process, the application of the final restoration is not a guess, but a predictable result that feels comfortable, looks natural, and functions optimally. While minor adjustments may be needed, overall, the last step is a very simple and easy visit.
HOW LONG WILL A SMILE MAKEOVER TAKE?
The treatment schedule for a smile makeover varies depending on the patient’s individual needs and goals. A smile makeover can be as quick as a few weeks for someone needing minor changes or take several months for someone who needs more intensive treatment.
With aging, the enamel on our teeth becomes worn, dulled and discolored. With porcelain veneers, you can take years off your face and have a smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Choosing an experienced cosmetic dentist is important when having porcelain veneers placed on the teeth to ensure optimal esthetics and long term wear.
PORCELAIN VENEERS: SMILE DESIGN PROCESS
Comprehensive Evaluation – The first step in the smile design process for porcelain veneers is a comprehensive evaluation and examination which includes inspection of the teeth, gums, mouth, jaw joints and muscles. This will identify the fundamental reasons for any damage to the teeth that have resulted in the need for porcelain veneers. Identifying the root cause will address the problem and prevent future damage to the porcelain veneers.
Digital Imaging and Models – The next step is to apply the treatment to 2-D and 3-D models. This step in the case planning allows the dentists to test the proposed treatment without making any changes to your teeth. This also gives you a chance to see what your ”new smile” will look like after the porcelain veneers procedure is complete.
Preparation and Provisional Teeth Veneers – Once the porcelain veneers treatment is approved, the dentist will make adjustments to your teeth to accommodate the porcelain veneers. A tiny amount of natural tooth structure must be removed from the tooth or teeth to allow for the proper fit and placement of the permanent porcelain veneers. The dentist will take impressions of the teeth to be used by the dental laboratory making the final porcelain veneers. While your porcelain veneers are being crafted, you will be fit with a pair of provisional or temporary teeth veneers to protect your teeth and allow proper function. Provisional teeth veneers are typically made of resin and may be worn for weeks while the permanent restorations are being fabricated.
Final Placement of Porcelain Veneers – The last step in the process is the final placement of the porcelain veneers. The dentist will place the porcelain veneers on your teeth and check them for fit and comfort. Once both you and the dentist are satisfied, they will be permanently bonded to the teeth and gently polished.
Our dental team is focused on providing personalized, comprehensive care for those who want to improve their smile. If you are looking to improve your smile’s imperfections, we offer dental bonding. Tooth bonding uses a tooth-colored resin that is cured to the teeth using a hardening light. Dental bonding can be used to:
Crooked, damaged and chipped teeth can be straightened, repaired and restored quickly with tooth bonding. This popular cosmetic dental procedure can serve as an economical transition to a more permanent solution, such as porcelain veneers. Tooth bonding is not permanent and can be removed if necessary or so desired for additional cosmetic treatment. Whereas porcelain veneers are more permanent, and durable. You may need to get bonding treatment every couple of years for touch ups.
Tooth bonding is not only effective, but a painless and easy procedure that can provide excellent results. Patients who suffer from a variety of dental issues can benefit from getting dental bonding treatment. Receiving dental bonding isn’t a long procedure. Patients can usually receive dental bonding in just one short visit to our dentist office.
Our dentists can offer tooth bonding results that look and feel natural, blending with your adjacent natural teeth and providing a comfortable smile.
DENTAL BONDING: WHAT TO EXPECT
Before the procedure, the dentist will conduct a dental exam to see if you are the right candidate for tooth bonding. We may recommend alternative procedures if we find more issues, but will never proceed without your consent. During the procedure the tooth-colored composite material is applied directly to the tooth. Bonding requires the precision and artistic ability of a skilled cosmetic dentist since the work is done freehand without the use of molds or impressions.
Dental composites are made of synthetic resins which are hardened with a specialized curing light. The dentist custom blends the color of the composite material, applies it directly to the tooth and then sculpts it into shape and brings it to a beautiful shine to match the look and feel of your other teeth.
Dental bonding is minimally invasive and can usually be completed in a single visit. Dental bonding may also be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures and as part of a smile design.
Do not let discolored teeth keep you from sharing your smile. Over the years, the color of your teeth naturally darkens. Exposure to dark colored foods and beverages or tobacco can leave teeth stained and discolored. Our dentists offer you professional teeth whitening options that are safe and fast giving you a moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of your teeth.
PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING TREATMENT
Most tooth discoloration can be resolved with professional tooth whitening treatments. For more advanced discoloration, or spots caused by trauma or medication, a more advanced cosmetic treatment may be necessary to achieve ideal results.
Our dentists offer patients the option of in-office or at-home teeth whitening. For those patients seeking immediate results, in office chair side teeth whitening is the best option. In just one visit, you can improve the whiteness of your teeth by up to eight shades. In office teeth whitening is fast and convenient with low sensitivity. The results are long lasting and they have been proven safe and effective. Your dentist will perform a thorough oral health exam to help you build a treatment plan that will achieve your cosmetic goals so you can enjoy a beautiful, bright white smile. Whitening treatment will be chosen based on the cause of tooth discoloration and your personal goals.
Professional, at-home teeth whitening is one of the most popular methods for patients seeking a brighter smile. This system requires custom made trays to fit perfectly over your teeth and uses professional quality whitening gel. In about one to two weeks, you will see results. Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening options, the professional at-home systems whiten all of your teeth and are designed to provide maximum comfort and minimized tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
A whiter, brighter smile can take years off of your face.
CAUSES OF TOOTH DISCOLORATION
The yellowing or gradual discoloration of the teeth is normal as patients age. Over the years, enamel thins and wears away leaving the layer of the tooth called dentin exposed. Dentin is naturally yellow in color and causes a yellow tint of discoloration to the teeth. Food and beverages high in acidity or dark in color also exasperate discoloration and can stain the surface of the teeth.
Some patients may develop dark black or brown spots or blotches on the teeth. This type of discoloration can be a result of an injury to the tooth. Dark spots can also be left behind after the use of certain antibiotics. This type of tooth stain is often resistant to whitening gels. Patients may achieve permanent whitening results with dental veneers or tooth bonding. These cosmetic treatments cover the discoloration and are resistant to staining.