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By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
March 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

7 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

Need a smile makeover? You can beautify your smile with with one or more of the vast array of cosmetic dentistry procedures available Smile-Girltoday. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work used to improve the appearance of a person's smile. Dr. Gary Machiko D.D.S, which is located in Pittsburgh, PA, offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Here are 7 ways cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.

1. Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can give you a bright-white smile. Teeth whitening lightens teeth that have been discolored by age and food, or darkened as a result of injury. There are two ways to professionally bleach teeth. For in-office whitening, your dentist will combine teeth whitening gel with a light source to speed up the whitening process. Or, you can be fitted with a custom-made dental tray that you wear for a few hours per day at home. This process can take one to two weeks.

2. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can renew your smile with no shots, no drilling and no pain! These wafer-thin, custom-made shells fit over the teeth changing their size, length, and shape. Porcelain veneers are used to fix teeth that are misaligned, worn-down, crooked, chipped or cracked. It's also possible to fix gapped teeth through the use of veneers. The process of applying veneers usually involves two visits to your dentist.

3. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of your teeth. Bonding is routinely used to repair teeth that are decayed, cracked, discolored, or chipped. Bonding is also used to make the teeth look longer and close gaps between teeth. The procedure is virtually painless and is usually completed in one visit. However, complex cases may require several appointments.

4. Dental Implants.

Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Dental implants are replacement teeth that are attached directly into your jaw. They’re more natural looking and secure than dentures or bridges. The benefits of dental implants include improved appearance, easier eating, improved speech, improved comfort, and durability. Dental implants have made such a difference in the lives of many people. Dr. Machiko in Pittsburg, PA, is also dual degreed, and both his dental degree and his mechanical engineering degree offer his patient's the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants.

5. Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap your dentist can put on a tooth. Dental crowns can be cosmetic or functional and require more than one trip to the dental office. Crowns are placed over unsightly, weak, and damaged teeth. They're cemented onto your teeth and can only be removed by your dentist. Porcelain crowns are a popular type of crown. They're cosmetically pleasing and provide the best natural color of all the crowns.

6. Cosmetic Fillings

You can have a healthy, natural-looking smile with cosmetic fillings. Cosmetic fillings used to restore decayed, fractured, and worn-down teeth. Cosmetic fillings are the most popular type of fillings, because they blend with natural teeth. Amalgam dental fillings are less popular than cosmetic fillings because of their silvery appearance. Your cosmetic dental filling can be completed in just one office visit. The treatment will be completed quickly and you will leave the same day with your dental filling.


If you've ever wanted a celebrity smile, this is your chance! Start your journey today! Call Dr. Gary Machiko D.D.S., at (412) 367-1319 today to schedule an appointment in Pittsburgh, PA and get the smile you deserve. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at Dr. Gary Machiko D.D.S.!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Veneers SmileWhen you think of going to the dentist, you may only imagine root canals and dental fillings. However, your dentist can also help you improve the aesthetic side of your smile with cosmetic dental procedures, such as dental veneers. Find out more about dental veneers, how they work, and how they can enhance the appearance of your smile by reading below, and contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, if you are interested in undergoing treatment!

What is a dental veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain which affixes to the surface of a tooth. Made individually for each patient, a veneer covers the tooth’s original appearance to give it a new one. The veneer’s design is based on a clay mold of the mouth, taken by your dentist. A dental technician in a dental lab carefully carves the veneer out of a ceramic block before meticulously color-matching the restoration to the natural teeth which will come to surround it.

Are porcelain dental veneers right for me?
A good candidate for veneers wants to improve the appearance of their smile. Dentists often use veneers to correct various issues, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Slightly misaligned teeth
  • Slightly gapped teeth

Additionally, candidates should be in good dental health with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Patients should also have a strong at-home oral care routine involving brushing at least twice daily, flossing once a day, and regularly attending dental examinations and cleanings. These preventative measures ensure that the teeth remain healthy and clean foundations for veneers.

Porcelain dental veneers from our Pittsburgh office
If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment plan for you. After all, you may find out that other cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening or bonding/contouring, may better suit you!

For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA. Call (412) 367-1319 to schedule your consultation today!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsLeaving a missing tooth untreated can cause serious issues with your smile. Luckily, dental implants provide a permanent and highly-effective solution to this problem. Implants can replace both your missing tooth and its root to give you back your smile and allow you to eat, speak, and chew normally. Read below to learn more about dental implants, and for treatment, call the Pittsburg office of Dr. Gary Machiko. Dr. Machiko is a dentist with dual degrees in dentistry and mechanical engineering, a background that allows for extremely precise implant measurement and placement.

What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a cosmetic dental procedure which focuses on replacing a missing tooth and its root. The treatment uses three main components: the implant’s fixture, the abutment, and a prosthetic tooth. Implants take several dental appointments to complete and require an adequate amount of time to heal between initially placing the implant’s fixtures and completion of the procedure.

Can a dental implant help me?
If you have a missing tooth, you can probably benefit from a dental implant. However, some patients are not good candidates for this procedure. Someone who has significant bone atrophy in the implant site or who does not have a strong at-home oral care routine may not qualify for the implant procedure. However, these maladies can be fixed through care from your Pittsburg dentist, leading to eventual implant qualification.

Are dental implants safe?

Though there is a risk to any dental or medical procedure, the risk associated with dental implants is a low one. In use for decades, dental implants have come to be known as a safe, effective tooth replacement option in dentist’s offices around the world.

Dental implants in Pittsburgh, PA
A consultation with your dentist can help ensure that you receive the best implant care possible. In some cases, a patient may require other dental treatments prior to being considered for dental implants, such as bone grafts, fillings, or root canals. A consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this procedure is the best treatment for your dental situation.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, at (412) 367-1319!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Unlike other facets of dentistry, cosmetic dentistry focuses on making your smile more beautiful rather than increasing its functionality. However, with many options to choose from, selecting the best treatments for you and your teeth can prove to be tricky. Learning the basics of some common cosmetic dentistry procedures can help you in understanding these treatments. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry with your Pittsburgh, PA cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary Machiko.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Available in Pittsburgh, PA

  • Zoom Teeth Whitening: Zoom teeth whitening is a fast and noninvasive way to give your smile a boost. Lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single sitting with teeth whitening.
  • Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers: Veneers and Lumineers cover the teeth to provide a new appearance. Made from porcelain, these restorations can treat anything from a chip or crack in a tooth to discolorations and small misalignments.
  • Dental Implants: Dentists use dental implants to replace a missing tooth by surgically implanting a small, titanium post into the jawbone under the missing tooth to replace its root. Then, a porcelain dental restoration covers the implant to replace the missing tooth itself.
  • Orthodontics: Orthodontics focus on straightening misaligned teeth and correcting a misaligned bite to provide a more beautiful, more functional smile. There are several types of braces to choose from, such as traditional metal braces or plastic aligner trays.
  • Cosmetic Contouring and Bonding: Cosmetic bonding uses a composite resin material to reshape a chipped or otherwise misshapen tooth. Contouring uses a dental drill to reshape the resin, finishing the procedure.
  • Porcelain Crowns and Bridges: Crowns fit over a tooth to stabilize or protect it from harm. Bridges replace a missing tooth by attaching to the healthy teeth surrounding a gap using dental crowns. Both restorations are made from porcelain for a natural look.

Feeling good about the way you look is priceless. If you think you can benefit from a cosmetic dental procedure, do not hesitate to talk to your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment plan for you. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA. Call (412) 367-1319 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Machiko today!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
January 28, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”