Building an Extreme Makeover Smile

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by iEnhance.com | May 24, 2003 @ 03:00PM

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Extreme Makeover Smile Extreme Makeover - Cosmetic Dentistry

A highlight of Extreme Makeovers this second season has been the achievements in Cosmetic Dentistry. In one particular show, Bill, had full dental reconstruction that not only changed the shape and look of his smile, but also added to his self confidence.

Cosmetic Dentistry is a crucial part of an Extreme Makeover. Improving your smile can be one of the easiest ways to improve your appearance. A great smile not only looks great but also makes you feel confident.

Hold a mirror to your face and smile. What do you notice? In considering Cosmetic Dentistry it is important to look at three things: bite, gums, and teeth. Cosmetic Dentistry can improve and maintain your bite. Think about your gums. Are they healthy, well-colored, and adequately frame your teeth? Also, look at your teeth. Do you have fillings? Are your teeth discolored from coffee or smoking? Are your teeth poorly shaped with chips and cracks?

Extreme Makeover's segment on Cosmetic Dentistry may target your bite, gums, and teeth to not only improve the look of your smile but also help to maintain your teeth and gums. Cosmetic Dentistry may use bonding to restore the shape and size of your teeth. Gum reshaping can help to reframe your teeth. Chips and cracks can be erased with filling and reshaping the teeth. Those stains can also be erased and your teeth given a refreshed pearly white color!

You have several options in choosing different procedures in Cosmetic Dentistry from full-mouth reconstruction to smaller procedures targeted on specific problems like tooth discoloring. In considering Cosmetic Dentistry, look at the procedures available and determine what kind of smile you wish to have.

Technology can help you to choose what Cosmetic Dentistry you are looking for. Digital cameras and computer imaging can allow you to visually see the effect of the procedures you are considering. A picture of your existing smile is taken and then placed on the computer monitor. A program then simulates different procedures, altering your smile with reshaping and reconstruction. Using the computer in such a way, allows you to design your smile and get an idea of the outcome of Cosmetic Dentistry procedures.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures and Options

Cosmetic Dentistry offers several procedures that can help you improve the quality and look of your smile.

A common problem among those considering Cosmetic Dentistry is stains on the teeth. On Extreme Makeover, one of the participants named Bill had particularly bad stains on his teeth. The simplest and least expensive way to brighten the color of your teeth is through Teeth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching. It can be done at home or in a dentist's office. When done well, teeth whitening can last for five years if the patient avoids things that overly stain teeth such as coffee and smoking. Touch-ups to teeth whitening are recommended.

Often from common wear and tear, teeth have chips and cracks. Cosmetic Dentistry can easily fix these common problems and not only enhance your smile but ensure your teeth stay healthy.

Bonding is a procedure in Cosmetic Dentistry that is used to fix chips or fill gaps. Bonding is achieved by applying a type of thin white-colored plastic to the outside of the teeth. As technology has advanced, there are now more options than simple bonding.

Porcelain veneers are one of the more popular Cosmetic Dentistry procedures. It is regularly chosen for participants on Extreme Makeovers. A thin porcelain shell is bonded to the front of the teeth. Unlike conventional bonding there is very little chance of discoloration. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to coffee and cigarette stains. The procedure is also quick and painless. Not only do porcelain veneers help in teeth staining, they also can mask chips in the teeth. They are also easy to maintain with brushing and flossing everyday. Similarly, porcelain crowns can be used. Unlike veneers, a crown covers the entire tooth. Porcelain or Ceramic crowns are a good alternative if there is more structural damage to your teeth such as cracks and larger chips.

Porcelain Onlays and Inlays are another procedure to consider in Cosmetic Dentistry. Onlays and Inlays are a good option for restoration of teeth. They are effective in particular for fixing the back area of your teeth. An Onlay covers all points while an Inlay is similar to a filling. Both the Onlay and Inlay are formed from a composite resin. This resin is tooth colored and painlessly bonded to the tooth. The resin structurally reinforces the tooth ensuring your smile lasts for a long time.

In general, tooth color fillings made of resin are a good choice for reinforcing the structure of your teeth. Crowns are also a good idea. The crown, made of porcelain, ceramic or fused metal, acts like a cap that holds the tooth together if it is cracked or decaying.

Cosmetic Dentistry can also easily solve gaps that may appear in the teeth. This is termed "fixing bridges." The procedure involves replacing natural teeth that are missing. Such dental implants can easily solve the problem of missing teeth. The procedure involves directly placing the implant into the jawbone, acting like a natural tooth root. The tooth is usually made of metallic or a bonelike ceramics that easily blends with other surrounding teeth. The implant is extremely permanent and stable. A custom framework then directly fits over the bone ensuring stability. Dental implants have a 95% success rate.

For some, Cosmetic Dentistry includes dentures. Dentures are reserved for cases where the teeth are in an advanced stage of decay and there are several gaps to the teeth. Full mouth reconstruction is often chosen as the best option. Dentures can be custom made and fitted to match the size and shape of your smile.

Good proper oral hygiene in any case is important for maintaining your Cosmetic Dentistry. It is important to brush and floss daily.

If you are considering benefiting from Cosmetic Dentistry, iEnhance offers databases listing doctors in your area.

Extreme Makeover highlights the beautiful effects of Cosmetic Dentistry in its participants. The procedures are painless and simple. The results can dramatically improve the quality and look of your smile.

If you are interested in any of the above procedures for yourself, iEnhance makes it easy for you to search for doctors in your area. With a searchable directory containing over a 1000 plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, & other medical probationers who specialize in cosmetic procedures, finding the right doctor for you is just a click away. Once you find a doctor you like, you can read about his/her education, training, certifications, see his/her before & after photos, and more. Finding the right doctor for you has never been easier. If you're interested in learning about financing for a procedure, iEnhance offers information about patient financing for plastic surgery & other cosmetic procedures.

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