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By Progressive Dental
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

These porcelain restorations can give you the perfect smile quickly.

Man With Dental VeneersDental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that can give you a more ideal and perfectly aligned set of teeth. If you are dealing with certain imperfections that affect the shape, size or color of your smile then our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Dr. Meridith Hall and Dr. Bart Hall can fix these issues and give you the smile you want with the help of dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells made from porcelain that are custom-made to cover the front of a tooth. The teeth that are visible when you smile are the ones that will receive veneers. Just as you might place fake nails on your fingernails to improve the length or shape, veneers offer the same cosmetic enhancement for your smile.

Our Ann Arbor, MI, cosmetic dentists use a medical-grade porcelain that mimics the translucency and appearance of real tooth enamel so they will give you natural results. Since veneers are extremely thin, tooth preparation is minimal as compared to other options like dental crowns.

What problems can dental veneers hide?

Just about any cosmetic issue that impacts the overall appearance of your smile can be improved with veneers. Veneers are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth to hide a variety of common problems such as:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Minor overlapping or gaps between teeth
  • Malformed or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down or too short (a complication of tooth grinding)

If your smile is just a little crooked or misaligned, getting veneers could also give you a straighter smile. This is a great alternative for adults who are dealing with very minor misalignments in their smile that don’t necessarily want to wear braces in order to correct the issue.

Are dental veneers right for me?

If you are an adult with healthy teeth that have some flaws then veneers could be the ideal way to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. To determine whether your teeth are healthy enough for veneers you will need to come in for a consultation where we will examine your teeth and take x-rays to make sure there is enough healthy enamel to support your veneers.

Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, is dedicated to helping you achieve the perfect smile. If you want to say goodbye to unsightly imperfections and hello to a smile that you feel confident in then call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental veneers.

By Progressive Dental
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Veneers offer the perfect solution for many cosmetic dental issues. Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Dr. Meridith Hall and Dr. Bart Hall of veneersProgressive Dental explain how your smile can benefit from veneers.

A thin layer of porcelain offers a dramatic transformation

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells molded to fit the front surfaces of your teeth. They effectively conceal many types of imperfections that mar your tooth enamel but are so thin that they never feel heavy or uncomfortable. Many of the same cosmetic issues that can be improved with veneers can also be treated with crowns. Because crowns encase your entire tooth, healthy tooth structure from all four sides of the tooth must be removed to ensure that the restorations fit. Unlike crowns, veneers only require the removal of a very small amount of enamel.

Veneers are ideal for many cosmetic issues

Many flaws that affect the front of your teeth can be concealed with veneers. The translucent restorations are available in many shades of white, making them a good choice if you want to hide a single discolored tooth or whiten all of your teeth. Veneers are a popular alternative to teeth whitening treatment because they're very resistant to stains that dull teeth.

Do cracks, chips, bumps, pits or other flaws make you feel self-conscious about your smile? Veneers hide these common imperfections and instantly transform your smile. They're also an excellent option if you don't like the way a particular tooth looks or want to lengthen a tooth slightly. Veneers improve the appearance of a straight or twisted tooth and make any oddly shaped tooth look more uniform.

Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile if spacing issues cause gaps between teeth, but braces may not be necessary if you only have slight spaces between teeth. Thanks to the addition of veneers, those gaps between your teeth will disappear the instant your restorations are cemented to your teeth in our Ann Arbor office.

Veneer care is easy

You won't have to buy any special products or carry out a complicated oral hygiene routine if you have veneers. In fact, you'll just brush your teeth with non-abrasive toothpaste and floss as usual. Although veneers are designed to handle normal wear and tear, they can break if you eat very hard foods, gnaw on ice or use your teeth to open bottles or packages.

Makeover your smile with veneers! Call Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall of Progressive Dental at (734) 930-4022 to schedule your appointment.

By Progressive Dental
August 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

5WaystoMakeYourSmileMoreConfidentandInviting

One of the most important aspects of social interaction is smiling, showing others we’re confident and outgoing.  Many people, though, are hesitant to use this important social skill because their teeth are unattractive.

But even the most unattractive teeth can be dramatically transformed through cosmetic dentistry. Here are 5 prominent ways we can restore beauty to your problem teeth.

Enamel shaping. Sometimes teeth can have an irregular shape that makes them stand out like a sore thumb. With this “sculpting” technique, we remove very small amounts of enamel, the outer protective layer of a tooth, which improves the tooth’s overall shape without harming it.

Bonding. Recent developments in acrylics now make it easier to repair chipped, broken or decayed teeth with minimal preparation. The acrylic material can be molded to resemble a natural tooth and colored to precisely match its shade and that of neighboring teeth. It’s then bonded to the tooth with a durability that can last through years of daily biting and chewing.

Veneers. These thin layers of dental porcelain are bonded to teeth to cover minor defects. Otherwise healthy teeth that are slightly chipped, stained or a bit out of alignment can get a more attractive “face” that’s durable and lasting.

Crowns and Bridgework. Sometimes teeth are too heavily decayed or lost altogether to use bonding or veneers. With porcelain dental restorations that have a strong inner core and an outer life-like appearance, we can completely cover an individual damaged tooth with a custom-made crown or replace one or more missing teeth with fixed bridgework.

Dental Implants. Introduced over thirty years ago, implants are a popular tooth replacement choice.  Its inner titanium post is surgically inserted into the jaw where bone cells grow and adhere to it to form a strong, lasting bond. Implants can be used for single teeth or as supports for fixed bridgework or removable dentures.

Regardless of your teeth’s appearance problems, cosmetic dentistry has a solution. The first step is a comprehensive examination — from there we can advise you on the best options for turning your embarrassing smile into a more beautiful and confident one.

If you would like more information on the various techniques for smile transformation, 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 Progressive Dental
May 13, 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.”