Patients frequently ask about cosmetically enhancing a smile. Time, wear and tear, accidents, age, and genetics can all result in teeth that do not look their best. This affects a person’s willingness to smile and express themselves. Many say their lack of confidence in their smile mutes their personality, making them seem shy and reserved. A lack of confidence in appearance can affect relationships, careers and self-esteem. This is why so many people say cosmetic dentistry changed their lives. Cosmetic dentistry is a common solution for people who are self-conscious about their teeth or about smiling.
We take special care with patients who want cosmetic enhancements. It’s a big decision that can dramatically affect your appearance, so we go over every detail of the process early; that way we can be sure the patient will be comfortable with the changes in their smile. For example, Dr. Mingus offers cosmetic patients who are getting veneers an extended period of time to wear temporary mock-up veneers over their teeth. This cosmetic "preview" helps patients visualize and get used to their new smile.
Our cosmetic dentistry patients benefit from Dr. Mingus’ years of experience and training in designing porcelain veneers. There are fine measurements required for porcelain veneers, both for function and appearance, that require expertise, right down the specific detail of getting the white of the teeth just right. Many dentists offer cosmetic dentistry these days, but not all are trained specifically in procedures like designing and creating porcelain veneers. For a significant procedure like porcelain veneers, you should verify and understand a dentist’s training and see examples of his work, which Dr. Mingus does in each cosmetic consultation.
Porcelain veneers are a popular solution for enhancing a smile, creating perfect, straight teeth that are the ideal shade of white. Generally, the porcelain veneer covers the tooth, giving the outward appearance the patient desires. When crafted by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Mingus who uses the latest tools and technologies, porcelain veneers have the following benefits and advantages:
- Appear to be a natural tooth
- Are stain resistant
- Can be a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape
- Can lengthen short teeth
- Can widen narrow teeth
- Can cover gaps and spaces in your smile