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Porcelain Veneer Treatment for Bulimia and/or Severe Wear

February 28, 2017

Filed under: Porcelain Veneers — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 7:22 am

Porcelain Veneer Treatment for Bulimia and/or Severe Wear

Severe wear and erosion of anterior teeth makes these teeth look very small.

Severe wear and erosion of anterior teeth makes these teeth look very small.

Can porcelain veneers be used as treatment for bulimia and severe wear?

Absolutely!  The tooth destruction due to the acid from bulimia or anorexia nervosa or severe wear from any other cause should be addressed before any permanent treatment is comopleted.  You want the treatment to last!  If tooth wear is due to acid in any form or due to bad habits such as clenching and grinding your teeth and this underlying cause of the wear is not addressed the problem will continue.  Beautiful porcelain restorations are not any harder than natural enamel and the same problems could occur all over again.

Beauty and length is returned to the teeth with porcelain veneers.

Beauty and length is returned to the teeth with porcelain veneers treatment.

This blog does not address correcting the destructive habits of bulemia or excessive wear of the teeth.  If this is one of your concerns ask your dentist or medical doctor for help.  They will probably have recommendations to end these destructive habits!  The goal here is just to show what can be achieved with porcelain veneer treatment.  Maybe this very positive result will help someone suffering from the disfiguration in a smile that can result from these habits.

Porcelain veneer treatment has returned this beautiful smile!

Porcelain veneer treatment has returned this beautiful smile!

Note the short teeth in the before photos shown here and the improvement in the overall smile.  You can sense the personal confidence of the patient receiving treatment porcelain veneer treatment!  Our office would be happy to offer treatment options for improving your smile!  Treatment plans should be flexible to meet your needs.  Dr. Julie Gillis and her talented team have been restoring smiles and restoring health for many years.  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in our Grand Junction, Colorado office.  Please call our office at (970) 242-3635 for more information!

 

Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile

Julie M Gillis DDS, PC

 

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? Smile Makeovers Help!

February 9, 2016

Filed under: Porcelain Veneers,Smile Makeover — Tags: , , — Dr Gillis @ 5:50 pm

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? A Smile Makeover Can Help!

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? A Smile Makeover Can Help!

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? A Smile Makeover Can Help!

What is a ‘gummy smile’ and what can a smile makeover do to help?

We are often asked our opinion on how to help the appearance of a ‘gummy smile‘.  If you have not heard this term before, a gummy smile is one name for a smile that displays excessive gum tissue.  This is sometimes, but not always, combined with the upper lip really lifting towards the nose during a smile.  Some lips just have more active muscles or are shorter to begin with due to genetics. Three things in general make a smile less attractive related to the gums:

  1.  When you smile and instead of showing nice teeth you show a thick layer of gums.
  2. When you smile and show a very uneven display of gums – more in one area than others.
  3. When the gums are unhealthy and have that red bulbous appearance, the smile is always less attractive.
A more attractive smile after treating with conservative gingival plastic surgery and porcelain veneers.

A more attractive smile after treating with conservative gingival plastic surgery and porcelain veneers.

A gummy smile and dark , short teeth detract from this smile. A Smile Makeover Can Help!

A gummy smile and dark , short teeth detract from this smile. A Smile Makeover Can Help!

Conservative treatment of ‘gingival plastic surgery’ and porcelain veneers has made the excessive display of gums  or gummy smile much less noticeable!  This easy procedure was completed in our office as part of the overall treatment.  Sometimes the best option may be to include other specialists though.  In our office we will evaluate a patient’s concerns and the overall condition of their oral health.  This includes the health of the teeth, the gums, the unsporting bone, the jaw joints or TMJ’s, and the musculature that makes everything work.  At that point, we will come up with treatment options to best satisfy your goals while maintaining the health of your mouth.  Our office will review your options in as much detail as you would like and then find a way to make your treatment fit into your life!  That is, I believe, the best way to manage a smile makeover!  Note the improved appearance of the smile above after treatment.

Yours for better dental health (and beauty!),
Julie Gillis DDS, PC
Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health
Smile makeover after conservative treatment with porcelain veneers and a 'gum lift'!

Smile makeover after conservative treatment with porcelain veneers and a ‘gum lift’!

What Helps Dental Patients To Be Comfortable?

January 14, 2016

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique,Porcelain Veneers — Dr Gillis @ 4:33 pm

Dental offices can do many things to help patients feel more relaxed and more comfortable during their dental treatment.  Here are some of the things our Grand Junction, Colorado office is doing for our patients for any type of dental treatment from a routine cleaning to a longer appointment for porcelain veneers!  Please let us know if you have suggestions! We are always searching for ways to make our patients more comfortable while they are having any kind of treatment in our office.  Our office specialized in keeping our patients comfortable during their treatment for Porcelain Veneers, Composite Resin Restorations Periodontal Treatment, Crowns, Bridges, Implants, and Comprehensive care!

How about an appointment for Porcelain Veneers?

Following conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Following conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Prior to conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Prior to conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Let’s say you have been thinking about having porcelain veneers completed and you have selected our office for your porcelain veneer treatment.  (Congratulations!  We think this is a great decision!)  You were hesitating having the porcelain veneers completed because you didn’t know if you could be comfortable that long in a dental chair.  We do the following things in our office to make your time with feel like it goes faster and help you to be more comfortable while having your porcelain veneers completed.

  • Premedication to help with anxiety if desired
  • Comfortable headphones with a large variety of music selections on preloaded I pod Shuffles
  • Blankets
  • A selection of head, neck and back pillows
  • Memory foam dental chairs
  • Safety or dark glasses
  • Chap-stick or lip balm and vaseline
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Smoothies, fruit juices, coffee, tea and/or water (any temperature!)
  • Several Payment options

Click on the link below to see a short video where we display some of the things our office is currently doing for all of our patients whether they come in for Porcelain Veneers, a short visit, a long visit or anything in between!  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you!

 

Smile Naturally Again!

December 17, 2015

Smile Naturally Again!

Dazzling smiles look natural and feel comfortable.

Dazzling smiles look natural and feel comfortable.

Why is it that these days you can’t tell whether someone’s terrific smile is a gift of nature or has been revitalized by dentistry?  (more…)

Did Your Dentist Ever Warn You About Tooth Bleaching and Bonding?

October 27, 2015

Did your dentist ever warn you about tooth bleaching and having dental treatment that includes any type of bonding?

Custom bleaching trays in place over healthy teeth.

If not, they should have!

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