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Wednesday
Apr282010

Cosmetic Dentistry... how will it look when it's done?

One of the most frequent cosmetic concerns patients ask me to correct for them are pointy "fang" (canine) teeth.  What I often hear is  "can't  you just file down the tooth?"  The solution is usually not taking away tooth material but actually adding more to the tooth, either with composite resin  (white filling material) or porcelain  veneers.  When I suggest adding instead of taking away, it can be  hard for patients to visualize what I am recommending (well, they are patients and not dentists, right?)  Let's therefore go over one of the best ways to show what cosmetic enhancements can be accomplished by cosmetic dentistry today.

Yesterday I had a young woman with an attractive smile in the office who wanted this very type of esthetic improvement.  Now I can show her on a computer what it may look like but seeing is believing.   So using composite resin (the white filling material we use) I added to her teeth to show her the different types of improvements I can offer.  I didn't bond the material nor spend a lot of time matching colours or polishing the composite as I was performing what we dentists call a "Cosmetic Mock Up".  

In the first photo you can see Lisa already has a pleasant smile.  In the second photo I've indicated the teeth that are of concern to her.  She didn't like the pointy look and the triangular gap between the caninies and the next teeth.

So I decided to show Lisa how how I could improve her smile if we just treated the "pointy" teeth that she wanted corrected, by just adding some composite resin to those teeth. But you can see in the left picture that we can still do better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The small teeth on either side of the big center teeth, called "lateral incisors" are tipped back slightly, a bit rotated and short.  As well, the  the big center tooth on the left side in the photo is a bit short too.  You can see in the photo on the right where I added more composite resin to correct these deficiencies.

Now with the use of digital photography and computer simulated imaging I can show patients what  cosmetic dental changes would look like but patients like Lisa really appreciate being able to see in a mirror on her own teeth what we can accomplish with cosmetic dentistry and what she would look like when we are done.   Afterwards we just flick off the composite resin and she is back to her usual self.

After "mock up" removed, she is back to her normal smile.

 I love giving patients a preview of what is to come and when we do the actural treatment it will look fabulous!