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Sometimes Adult Teeth Develop Too Small, What Then?

September 3, 2014

Sometimes Adult Teeth Develop Too Small, What Then?

Our patient did not like the gaps between her teeth or the color!

Our patient did not like the gaps between her teeth or the color!

When there are the right number of teeth but there are several gaps between the teeth, it may be because the teeth are just abnormally small.  This can really detract from the aesthetics of a smile!  Tiny teeth with gaps are very cute in little kids – not so much in an adult smile!  Dentists will probably tell you that it is helpful for there to be gaps between a child’s baby teeth to allow for better alignment of the larger adult teeth as they come in.  When a child’s teeth are all neatly lined up it usually means that there will be crowding problems when the adult teeth erupt.

Small upper and lower teeth

Small upper and lower teeth

Gaps between teeth detract from the smile.

Gaps between teeth detract from the smile.

 

There are several options to correct small teeth!

  • Braces can bring the teeth closer together but this may interfere with the occlusion or may even be less esthetic if the teeth are really small
  • Porcelain veneers can be used to make teeth appear longer or wider as needed. This approach can be very conservative and can ‘instantly’ change a smile
  • Bonded restorations or direct veneers can be completed where a dentist adds tooth colored composite material to the front and sides of the teeth as needed to achieve the appropriate size
  • All porcelain crowns may be needed if the lingual surfaces of the teeth also need to be restored for ideal function or aesthetics.
  • In some cases extra teeth are incorporated into the smile with implants or a removable partial denture.
  • Sometimes a combination of the above treatments is the best option.
Porcelain veneers have transformed this smile!

Porcelain veneers have transformed this smile!

Porcelain veneers have transformed this smile!

Porcelain veneers have transformed this smile!

 

Our office would love to help you decide the best treatment option for you.  In our Grand Junction, Colorado office, we believe every patient has the right to hear what options are available and to be as comfortable as possible for their dental care.  If you would like more information, our office’s phone number is 970-242-3635.

Appearance is much improved with porcelain veneers.

Appearance is much improved with porcelain veneers.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health!

Gorgeous All-Porcelain Crowns That Look Natural!

February 7, 2013

Beautiful smile - should be difficult to tell which teeth have had treatment!

Someimes all-porcelain crowns are the answer to creating subtle improvements in a smile that is already beautiful but still not what the patient really wants. Denyce wanted to fix the chip in her front crown and improve the color and shape of the previous dental work.  As a practicing hygienist for a periodontist, Denyce knows what is needed to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.  Having seen cosmetic dental work from several offices she selected our office for her care and replacement of the existing all-porcelain crowns. This is an incredible compliment for us!

Previous slightly chipped and discolored porcelain restorations.After restoration with new all-porcelain restorations.

After restoration with new all-porcelain restorations.

The color match with the new all-porcelain crowns is excellent and the tissue health is optimal – nothing less for any patient with this type of excellent home care and professional dental treatment!

 

 

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about having a Hollywood smile? Dr. Gillis and her great staff can turn that wish into a reality with the cosmetic dentistry services we offer. Just stop by our office in Grand Junction, CO to start gracing the red carpet with your smile today. You’ll be greeted with enthusiasm by our nonjudgmental staff as you receive one of the many cosmetic dentistry solutions that we offer. Ask us about Dr. Gillis’s advanced training and accreditation in cosmetic dental procedures!

Esthetic dental treatment by Julie Gillis DDS

Selecting a dentist to complete your cosmetic dental treatment is difficult.  We receive many referrals from  dental specialists, oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, and endodontists, for patients seeking cosmetic dental care.  We often tell patients that are moving to a new area that this is also a good way to find a new dentist!

Cosmetic Dentistry by Dr. Julie Gillis

Cosmetic Dentistry by Julie Gillis DDS

Our office offers many services to care for your oral health, from professional cleanings to complete smile makeovers. We believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile if that is their goal.  Dr. Gillis has advanced training in complex aesthetic restoration, a process that re-establishes the function, health, and beauty of your mouth. When necessary, Dr. Gillis works with a team of specialists including endodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists to achieve optimum results.

This team concept extends to our dental labs who we believe are the finest available in the country. All of our porcelain work is crafted by an AACD accredited lab technician. We believe the combination of an artistic, talented dentist and a high quality dental lab equals superior dentistry and lasting results.

Beautiful!

We love to give our patient’s information and options about their dental treatment – cosmetic or otherwise!  Dr. Gillis has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and is an Accredited Dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Our office is dedicated to helping you save your teeth and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.  We would be happy to answer your questions about your smile, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, options for your treatment and your dental health! Please visit us on Facebook (see Julie M Gillis DDS PC) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.
Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

 

 

 

 

Porcelain Veneers – No Wonder They Have Been Called “Instant Orthodontics!”

November 16, 2012

Color is good but not the alignment!

Porcelain Veneers or Instant Orthodontics?

Carla was concerned about her crooked anterior teeth and wanted to see what could be done to improve her smile.  We discussed the options and advantages/disadvantages of orthodontics and porcelain veneers or some combination of these two. Braces were an option to improve the alignment, but she did not want to do this.  Even if the teeth were aligned well there would still be problems of tooth wear, tooth chipping and less than beautiful tooth anatomy. Porcelain veneers can correct these issues as well as improve a smile in as little as two dental visits.  No wonder porcelain veneers have been considered ‘instant orthodontics’ – because the teeth may look like the patient has completed years of orthodontic treatment!

A natural looking, beautiful smile achieved with porcelain veneers!

 

Our office completed study models for Carla to preview what could be done with porcelain veneers.  She chose this plan and has been happy with this choice for years!  Please call us if you have questions about porcelain veneers or other dental treatment questions.

Before "Instant Orthodontics" and porcelain veneers

After "Instant Orthodontics" and porcelain veneers

 

Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

The result after porcelain veneers?  A happy patient and a beautiful smile!

A beautiful smile after porcelain veneers!

We love to give our patient’s information and options about their dental treatment – cosmetic or otherwise!  Dr. Gillis has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and is an Accredited Dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Our office is dedicated to helping you save your teeth and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.  We would be happy to answer your questions about porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, options for your treatment and your dental health! Please visit us on Facebook (see Julie Gillis DDS PC) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.

 

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

“Should I Bleach My Teeth At Home or in a Dental Office?

July 25, 2012

    Who doesn’t want brighter, younger-looking teeth?
    Tooth Bleaching is now very common.   This proven procedure can be done either in the comfort of your home, or in a dental office.  We recommend using a tested product purchased from your dental office for safety.  You only get one set of teeth!

  • Custom bleaching trays on teet

Should you bleach your teeth in a dental office or at home? Does it really make a difference?

Although we do a lot of “Power Bleaching” in our office where the teeth are bleached with professional strength products while the patient is in the dental chair, we have found this to only be necessary when speed is the main criteria. We have the best results and the least side effects with custom tray bleaching (our office makes the custom trays from good impressions of a patient’s teeth) using recommended tooth bleaching products.

Prior to bleaching with custom trays

Custom tray bleaching allows for bleaching of individual teeth without bleaching all the teeth at the same time.  This can be useful for hard-to-bleach teeth where it would be undesirable to bleach all the teeth and you just want the darker one(s) to catch up!

Patient wearing upper and lower custom bleaching trays. Bleaching completed to patient's satisfaction!

  • How should you prepare for tooth whitening?

A thorough  dental examination is necessary to make sure that you are a good candidate for tooth bleaching.  If there is any decay or periodontal disease, this should be addressed first.

  • How long should you wait before consuming foods and drinks that cause staining like wine and coffee?

Tooth bleaching products open up pores in the teeth and make the teeth more susceptible to staining during the time of bleaching.  We recommending avoiding these types of drinks or using a straw so that the colored and/or acidic liquids will bypass the teeth.  The pores will close by themselves with the minerals in your own saliva with time, but in our office we usually do a final fluoride treatment to seal the pores and minimize further staining at the end of the tooth bleaching process.

Beautiful and natural white smile after bleaching!

  • Any other tips for how to keep smile white?

Keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy AND whiter by brushing and flossing daily.  Maintain regular dental checkups and ask your dentist to monitor the color of your teeth to see if it is time for a bleaching ‘touch up’.  Teeth darken with age and although the tooth bleaching process creates a permanent color change, the teeth will continue to darken over time and a brief touch up – ideally with custom trays – may be needed periodically, perhaps once every year or two.

This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC .  We feel that your dental health is the top priority, and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635. Tooth bleaching is one of the things we do that is actually fun!

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS, “Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health”

Esthetic Porcelain Veneers!

February 21, 2012

What is a porcelain veneer?

Short, severely worn teeth

Porcelain veneers restore the lost length!

porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth colored porcelain that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. Porcelain veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth.  A porcelain veneer is created – custom made just for your teeth – by a well-trained laboratory technician.  Dr. Gillis has advanced training in esthetic dentistry and is accredited by the internationally recognized American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  Our office works very closely with a laboratory technician who is also accredited with the AACD to create ideal, long-lasting porcelain veneer restorations for you. We also specialize in restoring missing teeth with dental implants, and/or esthetic porcelain bridges as well as restoring severely damaged dentitions  with a full mouth reconstruction.

How do we restore teeth with porcelain veneers?

It usually takes two appointments to restore teeth with porcelain veneers.  During the first appointment, we shape the teeth as necessary.  Porcelain veneers can be very thin, so sometimes very little or no preparation is needed!  Then we take impressions of your teeth, which we use to make precise working models of your mouth.  It’s on these models that we artistically craft your porcelain veneers to fit the prepared teeth.  During the second appointment, we use a light cured adhesive to bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth.  Once in place, porcelain veneers virtually become part of your teeth.  You can use them like you would your own teeth, because the bond is extremely strong.  The final result is beautiful and natural looking teeth!

What are you waiting for?

Call today to schedule your consultation with our office located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is: 970 242-3635.

We’ll show you how cosmetic dentistry can allow you to have the kind of attractive, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

 Our office would love to answer your questions about porcelain veneers or any dental questions!  Invest in your health and enjoy the benefits for years to come.

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