Posts for: January, 2014

By Michael J Morris, DDS
January 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
PadmaLakshmisSmileARecipeforBeauty

Before she began hosting the long-running TV competition Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi was a well-known model and successful cookbook author. (Appropriately, she is said to have been “discovered” by a modeling agent while sitting in a café in Madrid.) Yet the Indian-born beauty's striking look — at once exotic and familiar — doesn't come from any cookie-cutter mold.

So when Lakshmi had cosmetic work done on her teeth, early in her career, her dentist didn't use a cookie-cutter approach either: Instead, her smile was carefully designed, using small amounts of bonding material to brighten her teeth and to bring their shape and spacing into harmony with her facial features.

Dentistry by Design
What exactly is smile design — and what could it do for you? Essentially, it's the process of evaluating your smile in concert with the appearance of your entire face, and visualizing the changes — some dramatic and some subtle — that will make it really shine. Some aspects we consider include the face's shape, the proportion or “balance” of facial features, the complexion, eye and lip color and form, and the overall dimensions of the smile.

Based on dental aesthetics and clinical experience, we will probably have a number of suggestions to make on how you can improve your smile. Your input will also be very important; while some individuals prefer perfectly even teeth and a sparkling “Hollywood white” smile, others are looking for a result that's more in keeping with a “natural” look: slight irregularities in tooth shape, spacing, and even color.

There's no right or wrong answer here: Having a “perfect” smile means what's perfect for you, so it's very important for dentists and patients to communicate openly during the smile design process. But sometimes, words alone just aren't enough to convey the subtle dimensions of beauty.

The Trial Smile
Fortunately, it's now possible to preview your “perfect” smile using a number of different techniques. Advances in computer imaging make this the first step in previewing your new smile — you can see the changes before a single tooth is touched! Still, many people find that having a more concrete picture is helpful. The next step is to make a 3-D mock-up the proposed dental work on an actual model of your mouth. That way, you can see a physical representation of the final results — and even turn it around and hold it in your hands.

There's still one more way to really experience the difference cosmetic treatments can make without committing to a permanent change: the provisional restoration. Here, tooth-colored bonding material and other techniques are used to actually create the new smile — temporarily. This gives you time to “live with it,” and see if the proposed changes work for you. If everything goes well with the provisional work, the permanent restoration is guaranteed to please.

So if you want holiday treats, get out the cookie cutter — but if you're looking for a smile that's uniquely yours, and one that enhances your own individual appearance… call our office and ask about a smile design consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Great Expectations — Perceptions in Smile Design” and “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”


By Michael J Morris, DDS
January 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Fix What Your Smile is Missing with Cosmetic Dentistry

While general dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry in Spring from our dentist, Dr. Michael Morris, focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth and smile.  Whether your teeth are discolored, crooked or chipped, there is a cosmetic solution for improving your smile.  With technological advancements in natural-looking, tooth-colored dental materials make today’s cosmetic dental treatments more durable and predictable than in years past. 
 

Straighten Your Smile with Invisalign 

With Invisalign, your treatment is very discrete, allowing you to continue with your every-day activities without anyone noticing you are undergoing treatment for your teeth.  As opposed to traditional metal braces, Invisalign braces are more comfortable, less abrasive and do not react with your gum tissue.
 
In addition, you are able to eat normally and clean your teeth without any hassle.  One of the main complaints from patients with wire braces is that food can get trapped or stuck behind the wires and bands, creating a difficulty to clean.  With Invisalign you can remove your aligners to eat the food you choose, in addition to being able to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would without braces. 
 

Dental Veneers Mask Dental Blemishes

Are your teeth badly stained, shaped or crooked?  Dental veneers can be used to help improve the appearance of your teeth.  Falling under the category of cosmetic dentistry, veneers create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.  The translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what has been available in the past. 
 
Regardless of the poor condition or appearance of your teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues.  Veneers are custom-designed tooth-like ceramic shells that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, and chips or cracks.
 
Contact our dentist in Spring, TX for more information on what cosmetic treatments may work best for improving the appearance of your smile.  From teeth whitening to Invisalign in Spring, TX, there is a solution available to help improve your teeth, and confidence.

ProvidingAClearAlternativeToTraditionalOrthodonticBraces

Years ago, if you hadn't received braces by the time you finished high school odds are you would never pursue orthodontic treatment. Most adults wouldn't have even dreamed of wearing braces! Thankfully, today, clear aligners have quickly become a popular alternative for adults who have mild to moderate crowding or spacing of teeth.

Unlike traditional orthodontic “braces” in which small (metal) brackets are attached to the teeth, clear aligners use a sequence of individual, clear, removable “trays” to straighten teeth. These trays completely cover each tooth and gradually move the teeth into new improved positions. Clear aligners can be used to realign mildly crowded or tipped teeth, to close small spaces between teeth and even treat elongated teeth.

Your clear aligners will be computer-generated based on current dental records. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment using clear aligners, we will need a full set of records to properly assess your case starting with a thorough examination, taking radiographs (x-rays) of your teeth, jaws and skull, as well as photos and impressions of your teeth that can be used to create models. If you have a good bite, which means that your back teeth fit together properly, clear aligners should be a viable treatment option for you. However, if your upper and lower jaws don't align properly, resulting in a severe overbite or underbite, you will more likely need traditional orthodontic braces to straighten your teeth and improve your bite.

Each patient presents unique dental challenges. Cases vary, but you can expect to have to wear the aligners all day except when eating, for an average of anywhere from six months to two years. But don't worry about what others might think — clear aligners are barely noticeable at all.

If you are ready to improve your smile with this state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment, call our office today. To read more about clear orthodontic aligners, and to view photos that compare traditional orthodontics to clear alternatives, please read the article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners: An Alternative For Adult Orthodontics” in Dear Doctor magazine.




Spring and Louetta, TX Family Dentist
Michael J Morris, DDS
9318 Louetta Road Suite 600
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 379-6939
Family Dentist in Spring and Louetta, TX Call For Pricing Options

Archive:

Tags

Facebook iconTwitter iconOur Blog icon