Restore your smile: Lakewood dentist delivers artistry with custom veneers
Your smile has more power to influence how others perceive you, and how you see yourself when you look in the mirror, than perhaps any other facial feature. Only a small percentage of the population has “Hollywood-perfect” teeth naturally. Fortunately, Dr. Scott Stewart in Lakewood offers an option – restore your smile with custom veneers.
Q: What is the golden ratio, regarding the smile?
A: Phi, or the number 1.618, is known as the golden ratio. It mathematically defines relationships found throughout nature (and that man replicates in art and architecture), that the human eye finds especially appealing. The golden ratio is very important in the attractiveness of a smile. It determines the visually-ideal width, length, and position of each tooth in relation to its companions. Those proportions have a great deal of influence over the appearance of the mouth, lips, nose, and face overall. When you combine phi-balanced teeth with bright enamel color and a smooth, lustrous surface, the smile is dramatically enhanced.
Dr. Stewart applies that concept to cosmetic dentistry, improving the look of teeth without erasing characteristics that make your smile uniquely your own. Porcelain veneers are one of the techniques he uses to accomplish it.
Q: When are dental veneers a good choice?
Veneers are appropriate for healthy teeth, free of decay, and without gum disease present. They provide aesthetic improvement in:
- Alignment – If teeth are very crooked, the doctor may recommend starting with clear aligners for straightening. Veneers, however, do a great job of disguising minor misalignment, making overlaps, twisted, or crowded teeth look straight and even.
- Spacing – Veneers hide gaps between teeth.
- Enamel imperfections – Veneers cover chips and cracks in enamel, and smooth out natural flaws such as pits and bumps. Jagged edges become tapered and clean.
- Whiteness – A single tooth with deep intrinsic staining (but otherwise healthy) may be covered with a veneer so it blends with white teeth. Or, you may choose to brighten your entire smile.
- Tooth shape and size – This is where the golden ratio really comes into play. Using veneers, Dr. Stewart can alter the shape and size of teeth. This technique brings harmony to a gummy smile (with a disparate amount of pink gum tissue to white teeth), teeth that look too short, or those with unusual shape. In some cases, veneers can be used to correct worn down teeth, too. Bruxing – excessive clenching and grinding – however, may damage veneers. If this is your situation, the doctor may guide you toward another treatment option, or prescribe a dental nightguard to protect your smile investment.
Q: Are veneers biologically-safe?
A: A veneer is a thin restoration made of a strong dental ceramic material. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Stewart uses only biocompatible porcelain veneers and cements that do not introduce toxins into the mouth. These bio-friendly materials are readily accepted by oral tissues with minimal risk of reaction.
Q: What is the veneers process like?
A: After taking time to understand your smile enhancement goals, oral habits, and lifestyle, together you and Dr. Stewart determine if veneers are the best treatment choice. Then, teeth are prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel. The doctor uses traditional impression techniques, leading-edge imaging technologies, and precise measurements to evaluate existing dentition. Each veneer is meticulously designed to fit over the front surface of a tooth that shows when you smile. If your teeth are sensitive, Dr. Stewart may apply temporary composite veneers. Meanwhile, final veneers are fabricated by a master ceramist at a professional dental laboratory. You return in about two weeks to have interim restorations removed and your new smile cemented in place.
Q: How do I care for my new veneers?
A: Veneers resist stains from foods and beverages, staying bright with regular cleaning appointments at South Lakewood Dental, and good daily oral hygiene. Be sure to use nonabrasive toothpaste, a soft toothbrush, and a gentle hand to avoid scratching the finish. Veneers do not readily discolor, but smoking and dark beverages may stain cement at the edges. To further safeguard your beautiful new smile, please do not chomp ice, chew fingernails, or bite directly into very hard foods. Though it is unusual, if you do damage or dislodge a veneer, contact Dr. Stewart right away – it can probably be re-cemented, repaired, or replaced.
From Denver to Wheat Ridge, Coloradans trust Dr. Stewart and his team at South Lakewood Dental for stunning smiles created with health-conscious techniques. Schedule a visit to learn more about how to restore your smile with custom veneers, Lakewood – (855) 233-0023.