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Can Porcelain Match the Complexities of Natural Teeth?

April 23, 2015

Can Porcelain Match the Complexities of Natural Teeth?

The answer is YES!

 

See the beautiful smile makeover with porcelain veneers below.  You do not really see the porcelain veneers because the color and blend with the natural dentition looks so natural.  What you see is a beautiful smile!

A natural looking, beautiful smile achieved with porcelain veneers!

A natural looking, beautiful smile achieved with porcelain veneers!

Color is good but not the alignment!

Color is good but not the alignment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about natural teeth with restorations?  A crown was needed on the tooth front tooth shown in the x-ray below.  There is evidence of a vertical fracture within the crown of the tooth, root canal treatment, extensive restorations, and re current decal.  we selected an all-porcelain crown for a natural looking, strong and beautiful restoration.

Extensive restorations present as well as periodontal disease can lead to difficult color match!

Extensive restorations present as well as periodontal disease can lead to difficult color match!

 

Our office tries to make your smile as beautiful, healthy and natural looking as we can based on your goals and the anatomical variables present that we must work with.  We want you to know as much as possible about maintaining a healthy beautiful smile!  Please call our Grand Junction, Colorado office at (970) 242-3635 if you have questions about porcelain veneers, smile makeovers or any dental questions.  We would be happy to help.

New porcelain crown on front tooth blends with multiple shade variations present for a natural looking, healthy smile!

New porcelain crown on front tooth blends with multiple shade variations present for a natural looking, healthy smile! (porcelain crown left side of picture, natural front tooth with gumline filling on right side of picture)

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

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!

Porcelain Veneers – Are They Right For You?

July 24, 2013

Filed under: Porcelain Veneers — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 9:18 pm

Porcelain Veneers – Are They Right For You?

A thorough analysis of the patient goals and function will have to be completed before deciding if porcelain veneers, crowns, orthodontics or a combination is the best option to improve this smile!

Porcelain Veneers are not the answer to every cosmetic dental problem, but they are beautiful, conservative and perfect for many situations such as:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped or worn teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned teeth and more!

This small fracture could be restored with direct bonding of a tooth colored material or a porcelain veneer.

Are your teeth chipped, cracked, or malformed? Were you born with naturally darker enamel that makes getting your picture taken a nightmare? Have your teeth been permanently stained beyond the help of professional teeth-whitening systems? Having a smile that’s misshapen or discolored is less than desirable, and makes it hard to maintain a high level of self-confidence. If your smile can use improvement, porcelain veneers or Lumineers could be right for you -or you may just need direct bonding!  Either way, we will give you the information to help you decide.

Direct bonding is the more conservative option here.

 

Dr. Gillis and her well-trained staff offer both at our Grand Junction, CO location. Please visit our website www.juliegillisdds.com for further information!

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers for your needs.

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain made to fit over existing teeth so they can hide your teeth’s imperfections. These veneers are created to mimic the light-reflecting quality of your natural teeth, which is possible because the porcelain used is of such a high quality. For more information, please visit our website at www.juliegillisdds.com or call our office at (970) 242-3635.  You can also email our office at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com. We would be happy to answer your questions or see you for a complimentary consult!

 

Porcelain Veneers In Action!

May 16, 2013

Dentist’s love seeing photos of their patients!

One of the nicest compliments we receive is when a patient is so happy with their new smile that they send us smiling photos of themselves  doing fun things!  We recently completed a conservative smile makeover for Sherry that included porcelain veneers and all porcelain crowns.  The porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns replaced a couple very unaesthetic veneers and crowns that were done by other dentists that Sherry was not happy with.  Sherry is the lovely blond woman in these photographs.

My new porcelain veneers have given memy smile back!

 

Tears came to her eyes when she looked at the porcelain veneers the first time and she noted, “Thank you so much.  You have finally given me my smile back!”

Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado and we believe that every person deserves the right to a comprehensive examination and treatment plan that includes options to restore health and perhaps beauty to their mouths. Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc or call us if you have any questions or concerns.

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.

Yours for better health,

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

Loving my smile!

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”

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