Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
November 19, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

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.”

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain Veneers

It is possible to completely transform your smile by concealing cosmetic imperfections on teeth with dental veneers. Veneers can be used to mask a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as stains and discolorations or gaps between teeth. The color, size, and shape of veneers can all be customized for the most natural look possible. Once they are placed on the teeth, veneers look and function just like regular teeth. At Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center, Dr. Ryan Lebster and Dr. Jose Vivas are your Holland, MI dentists for veneers.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin covers affixed to the front of teeth with cosmetic flaws to give the teeth a flawless appearance. Veneers can be used to cover up small gaps between teeth, stains or discolorations, and cracks or chips. Veneers can also improve the appearance of teeth that are shaped oddly. To apply veneers, a small amount of enamel is removed from the front surface of problem teeth. This allows the veneers to sit flush with the surrounding teeth rather than stick out slightly. The veneers are then cemented in place so it will not come loose or fall off.

Veneers can be made from a few different materials, but porcelain is a popular choice as it closely resembles tooth enamel for a completely natural look. Additionally, the color, size, and shape of veneers are customized for the most natural look possible. Once in place, veneers look just like natural teeth. They can be used to close small gaps between teeth, as well as cover stains, discolorations, chips, or cracks. They can also improve the shape of teeth that are misshaped.

Advantages and Benefits

There are several advantages to choosing dental veneers to achieve the smile you desire. Based on your concerns and the cosmetic imperfections you wish to correct or conceal, your Holland dentist can help you decide if veneers are the best option for you. Some of the benefits or advantages associated with veneers include:

  • Concealing discolorations and stains
  • Covering cracks or chips in teeth
  • Closing small gaps between teeth
  • Correcting misshaped teeth
  • Smoothing out uneven or rough surfaces
  • Functioning like regular teeth
  • Customized for the perfect look and fit
  • Will not come loose or fall off

There are many benefits to selecting veneers for improving the appearance of your smile. For veneers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lebster or Dr. Vivas, your Holland, MI dentists, by calling Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center at (616) 399-3946.

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When planning for your new smile, we look at more than the condition of individual teeth. We also step back for the bigger “bite” picture: how do the teeth look and interact with each other?

If we have a normal bite, our teeth are aligned symmetrically with each other. This not only looks aesthetically pleasing with the rest of the face, it also contributes to good function when we chew food. A bad bite (malocclusion) disrupts this mouth-to-face symmetry, impairs chewing and makes hygiene and disease prevention much more difficult.

That's where orthodontics, the dental specialty for moving teeth, can work wonders. With today's advanced techniques, we can correct even the most complex malocclusions — and at any age. Even if your teen years are well behind you, repairing a bad bite can improve both your smile and your dental health.

The most common approach, of course, is braces. They consist of metal or plastic brackets bonded to the outside face of the teeth with a thin metal wire laced through them. The wire attaches to an anchorage point, the back teeth or one created with other appliances, and placed under tension or pressure. The gradual increasing of tension or pressure on the teeth will move them over time.

 Braces are versatile and quite effective, but they can be restrictive and highly noticeable. Many people, especially older adults, feel embarrassed to wear them. There is an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of clear, plastic trays that you wear in sequence, a couple of weeks for each tray. When you change to the next tray in the series, it will be slightly different than its predecessor. As the trays change shape guided by computer-enhanced modeling, the teeth gradually move.

If you're interested in having a poor bite corrected, the first step is a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This looks closely at not only teeth position, but also jaw function and overall oral and general health.

With that we can help you decide if orthodontics is right for you. If so, we'll formulate a treatment plan that can transform your smile and boost your dental health.

If you would like more information on the cosmetic and health benefits of orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The term “makeover” is a powerful word in today’s society. It’s used for a variety of things — hair, body, lawn — that need more than a different style, a little toning or some new shrubs. A makeover is a transformation, replacing the dissatisfying status quo with something new and dynamic.

Your smile and its various components — teeth, gums, jaw structure and facial features — might also be a candidate for a makeover. This involves more than just a few modifications. It’s the answer to a smile we avoid showing in photos, cover with our hand when we’re speaking or laughing, or makes us feel older than we really are. In other words, it’s a comprehensive change to a smile that inhibits us from fully expressing ourselves in our friend, family or career relationships.

Of course, for any makeover to succeed, it must follow a plan. A smile transformation is no different. The process begins with what we call a “smile analysis”: a comprehensive examination that determines the exact condition of your entire mouth. This enables us to identify problems and defects, understand how they interact with your other facial features, and then recommend a treatment plan that effectively addresses these issues.

The plan isn’t complete, though, without your input. You may want a complete renovation — to restore missing teeth or change their shape, color and brilliance. On the other hand, you may be more comfortable with a few subtle changes, perhaps even keeping slight imperfections that you see as part of the real “you.” Whichever path you take, the end result is a smile that makes you happy, and proud to show to others.

The various techniques and materials available through cosmetic or restorative dentistry can turn any disappointing smile into a beautiful one. Your journey to that newer, brighter smile begins with your next dental visit.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers through restorative or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
November 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Most people will eventually find it necessary to invest in a professional teeth whitening treatment from a dentist. Even the most diligent oral teeth whiteninghygiene routine can fall short in the face of common food and drinks, habits like smoking, trauma from an accident or sports injury, and even the normal passage of time. And while over the counter products like whitening toothpastes can help, they don't have the whitening power of professional treatments. They may also be abrasive to tooth enamel, which tends to become thinner with age, making teeth more vulnerable to staining and damage. The dentists at the Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center in Holland, MI, recommend professional teeth whitening treatments for the best results.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Holland, MI

Investing in whiter teeth is about more than personal preferences and vanity. Studies have shown that a stained or damaged smile is the most common feature that people say they would like to change, and that feeling embarrassed about how their teeth look affects everything from the desire to smile in pictures, or to participate in social and professional events and activities. People with whiter teeth also tend to be perceived as more professional and accomplished, which can affect everything from getting a job to ongoing professional opportunities and success.

Whether you drink coffee every day or enjoy the occasional glass of red wine with dinner, teeth whitening treatments can help to turn back the clock (another benefit of whiter teeth - they can make you look younger!) Professional treatments are available both in-office or through a take-home kit for your convenience. In-office teeth whitening delivers instant results in about an hour, while take-home treatments gradually whiten your teeth over the course of a few weeks, but give you the flexibility to apply the treatment in the comfort of your own home from a custom tray from a mold of your teeth.

Find a Dentist in Holland, MI

Sometimes a whiter smile is all it takes to improve and revamp your appearance and self-esteem. For more information, contact Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center by calling (616) 399-3946 to schedule an appointment today.