Cosmetic Dentistry in Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Smiling with confidence makes you feel great. A beautiful smile is also an important social and professional asset. Yet there are many people who avoid showing their teeth in public or in photographs because they don't like what they see. If that describes you, then why not start the process of getting the smile you've always wanted with a smile makeover?
Cosmetic Dentistry goes beyond simply responding to dental problems as they arise. It's the development of a comprehensive smile-rejuvenation plan that's uniquely suited to your own facial features and aesthetic preferences.
The state-of-the-art features that we offer at the practice of Gary W. Machiko, DMD include:
Digital X-Rays, Soft Tissue Lasers, Tekscan-Digital Bite Analysis, Video Dental Imaging, Intra-Oral Photography, and the Latest Sterilization Procedures/Techniques.
Cosmetic Procedures We Perform:
- Computerized Bite Analysis (Tekscan)
- Cosmetic Contouring
- Cosmetic White Fillings
- Treatment for Excessive or Uneven Gums
- Dental Implants
- IV Sedation
- Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
- Periodontal Surgery and Tissue Grafts
- Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
- Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
- Specialty Dentures and Partials
- Whitening - In office “Zoom” and take home trays
The Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Process
The results of any cosmetic procedures can be quite dramatic — both in terms of how your will look and how you will feel. There are a few step involved in the consultation process, in order to make sure that you are certain about your decision to transform your smile.
The major steps involved include:
Take a look.
The makeover process is all about giving you the smile of your dreams. So take a good look at your smile and note what you like and don't like about it. Some questions you can ask yourself are:
- Are your teeth as white as you'd like them to be?
- Are any teeth chipped, cracked or worn?
- Does your smile have a gummy appearance?
- Do your teeth seem too large or small?
- Do you like the alignment and spacing of your teeth
- Are you self-conscious about crookedness or gaps?
Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder… and that's you! Some people want their smile to look “perfect” — and to them, that means completely straight, uniformly white teeth. Others like a slightly more natural look, and are not displeased by slight gaps or shade variations. There are lots of decisions to make, but don't worry — our dentists are skilled at helping you sort it all out!
Share your thoughts.
Communication is an extremely important part of the smile makeover process. At the first makeover consultation, it helps if you describe what you would like to change in as much detail as possible. Bring along pictures of smiles you like, or of how your own smile used to look. Your makeover dentist will have some thoughts to share with you as well because dentists are trained to look at smiles in terms of facial balance. In other words, a dentist will look not only at how the elements of a smile (teeth, lips and gums) relate to each other, but also how they blend in with the face as a whole.
Make a plan.
An important part of planning a smile makeover is a comprehensive dental exam. Cosmetic dentistry offers an amazing array of lifelike tooth restorations and treatments; but first, any conditions in your mouth that may jeopardize a good result must be taken care of. If your teeth are discolored, for example, the reason must be determined. You may have an underlying dental disease that needs to be treated before whitening your teeth; otherwise, the whitening may not last. Likewise, if you often drink red wine or other beverages that stain, you might do better with porcelain veneers than bleaching treatments.
Try it out.
Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that is meant to last. That's why many of the procedures performed are irreversible. So if you are contemplating some changes, it's a great idea to try them out before you fully commit to them. There are many ways to preview the results: computer imaging, 3-D models, and even placing temporary restorations on your teeth so you can see what the final results will look and feel like in your own mouth. This also allows a fine-tuning of the makeover plan.
A “trial smile” is a great way to eliminate unknowns in the makeover process. But when it's all done, there's still one thing you may not be prepared for: how great it feels to flash your new smile to the world!
For more information about the best Cosmetic Dentistry procedure to meet your needs, make the clear choice and call Gary W. Machiko, DMD at (412) 367-1319 today!
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