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Cosmetic Dentistry

Smile Design

The first impression is always very important. Without doubt, an aesthetic and attractive smile is the key to ensuring a successful impression. An aesthetically satisfactory smile allows you to excite people’s interest easily and provides people to have a positive approach towards you. 

The site surrounded by upper lip and lower lip is qualified to be the smiling area. Within this border, there are teeth and gingiva. The aesthetic of this area is determined with the harmony among lips, teeth and gingiva. Having alone nice lips or big bright and white teeth does not mean having a nice smile. A nice smile is obtained where nice lips are supported with healthy and aesthetic teeth surrounded by healthy gingiva. 

A natural look is the most important element of a balanced smile. For us, smile design is to be able to obtain the most aesthetic and natural smile specific to person by avoiding standardized smiles. Assessment of smile and smile design generally depend on the balance between two concepts contradicting with each other. One of these concepts is the aesthetic requests and expectations of patient and doctor and the other is the anatomical and physical limitations of patient.  Requests and expectations may not match up with personal limitations at all times. Therefore, while making the smile design, the balance between these concepts should be kept. Smile design ensures a private smile of his/her patients to be obtained with an interdisciplinary approach of a doctor in terms of a multi-factor decision mechanism. 

 

Bleaching

Bleaching is the procedure of bleaching the discolorations that are not possible to remove via cleaning teeth and the result by teeth’s own structure. By means of bleaching, one may see bleaching up to 2-3 shades on teeth. There are 2 types of bleaching as office type and home type. 

Office type bleaching is applied by dentist in the clinic and may be repeated during 2-3 sessions depending on the patient. 

In home type bleaching impression of maxilla and mandibula of patient is taken and translucent trays are prepared so that they will cover all teeth specific to the person. The patient wears the plaques at a certain time each day, applying the bleaching gel given by the doctor into the tray. 

The best result is the applications in which both methods are combined. 

The effect in bleaching procedure is on teeth only and one should assess each case separately as fillings and prosthetic restorations do not whiten. Depending on habits, bleaching procedure may revert by 20-30%. After a certain period of time (2-4 years), bleaching may be set by being reapplied. 

 

Laminate Veneers (Composite & Porcelain)

Laminate veneers are porcelain or composite laminates applied in the front side, prepared by making minimal abrasion (approx. 0.5 mm) from front surfaces of teeth only and resembling to artificial nail. They have a highly aesthetic and natural appearance due to their luminous transmittance. They may be applied to those persons who are not content with the shape, color, sizes of their teeth, want to change their smile and do not definitely want to undergo orthodontic treatment in spite of crowding in their teeth. 

As laminate veneers are pasted onto tooth with a special bond, they do not fall off under chewing force and patient may use their chewing functions as before. 

After making abrasion on foreteeth, the laminate veneers are prepared by dental technician by taking the impressions of them and the treatment is finished at the end of a process of approx. 5-7 days. During the waiting period of these 5-7 days, the patient uses temporary teeth. 

Also composite veneers are the restorations applied to anterior as in laminate porcelain veneers. This is a procedure which may be applied on crooked teeth that are broken or that are with defect in terms of their color, shape, appearance and position or if there are cavities between teeth. The advantage of composite veneers against laminate porcelain veneers is that not any abrasion is made on teeth in general or minimal abrasion is made. The disadvantage of them against laminate porcelain veneers is that they are of less resistant materials. However, patient may use them for many years so long as they are well maintained. 

Composite veneers are applied in a single session. They have not any waiting period as in porcelain veneers.