Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
September 25, 2019
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.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
September 13, 2017
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.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

A great smile has many things including shape, alignment, color and proper shape of the teeth. If you feel that your teeth could use some veneersimprovement, then your Farmington, MI dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, may have the answer. Our professional dentist can examine every patient and determine whether or not they are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

More about Veneers

Veneers are thin coverings custom made to fit over the top of the surface of the teeth. They are super thin and made of a strong material, porcelain, in order to remain durable for a long period of time. When they are bonded to the teeth, they create a natural smile that is beautiful and white. Porcelain is a great material for this restoration as it doesn’t stain.

Because of dental technology advancements, these veneers are so thin they can’t be detected in the mouth. Some enamel is removed before the new veneers are placed over the surface of the patient’s teeth. These veneers can improve the color of the teeth by restoring their natural white. They also can improve both the size and shape of the teeth that have been worn down from teeth grinding. Both minor alignment and spacing issues can also be corrected by a Farmington dentist such as Dr. Harris too.

He takes a model of the patient’s teeth and creates wax veneers to make sure that the patient likes the fit and the look. After this is agreed upon, the actual veneers are created. After they are made, the patient has some of their tooth enamel etched away and the new veneers are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth.

In order to learn more about dental veneers from our Farmington, MI dentist, Dr. Harris, call to schedule an appointment today at (248) 478-4755.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
April 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
JasonDerulosIdealMatch

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
February 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Learn about cosmetic dentistry from your Farmington Hills dentist.

If you are one of the many Americans who feel as though their smile is not up to par, look no further for an effective and beautiful cosmetic dentistrysolution. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, can help introduce you to the cosmetic dental procedures which can most benefit your smile. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for you with Advanced Dentistry in Farmington Hills, MI.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants replace your missing teeth and their roots. Implants accomplish this important process via a procedure which places the implant’s fixture, a small, titanium post, directly into the jawbone beneath a missing tooth. This gives the bone the opportunity to grow around the fixture, securing it permanently and effectively into place. The fixture then provides a strong foundation for a lifelike porcelain replacement tooth.

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses a more subtle way of moving the teeth into their correct positions than traditional metal braces. Similarly to traditional braces, Invisalign uses pressure placed onto the teeth to move them. However, rather than the metal brackets and wires reserved for metal braces, Invisalign patients wear a series of clear plastic aligner trays during treatment. This allows for a subtle and effective treatment without compromising your look.

What are veneers? 
Patients who opt for veneers usually wish to change the shape, length, width or color of their teeth. Veneers are a porcelain shell which fits over the front of the tooth to change its appearance. Veneers can subtly repair a chipped tooth or completely overhaul the entire look of a smile. This procedure takes only a handful of dental visits and provides a dramatic result.

These cosmetic dentistry procedures can work together to rejuvenate your smile and overhaul your look. For more information on cosmetic dentistry or these procedures, please contact Dr. Harris at Advanced Dentistry in Farmington Hills, MI. Call (248) 478-4755 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harris today!



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