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Cosmetic Dentistry: Myths and Facts

Posted under Cosmetic Dentistry on December 24th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialty that is often misunderstood.  Some of us may think, for example, that cosmetic dentistry only means veneers or teeth whitening.  While these are certainly part of it, they don’t tell the whole story.  I feel it’s important to give a complete picture of what cosmetic dentistry is all about.

First of all, let us dispel the myth that cosmetic dentistry is only about aesthetics or appearance.  Through the application of cosmetic dental procedures, I have personally seen many patients experience not only aesthetic improvements, but health and functional improvements as well.  Added to this are the improvements I see every day in my patients’ self-esteem and confidence resulting from cosmetic procedures.  There is no doubt that these procedures are truly life-changing.

Another myth is that cosmetic dentistry is just a way to cover up dental problems.  In reality, responsible dentists know that cosmetic dentistry must complement the oral health of the patient as well as the patient’s general health.  At Santa Teresa Dental, patients can rest assured that cosmetic …

Change Your Smile and Your Life with a Smile Makeover – Part 2

Posted under Cosmetic Dentistry on September 24th, 2013 | No Comments

Welcome to part 2 of our series on the process of getting a smile makeover at Santa Teresa Dental.  As you may recall, in part 1 we discussed the free 40-minute consultation that smile makeover patients will get with Dr. Huang.  The purpose of this consultation will be to discuss Dr. Huang’s findings and propose some treatment options.  Once a treatment direction is decided, we will send the mounted diagnostic casts to our laboratory for a wax-up, which is a mockup of your proposed restorations in wax.  Dr. Huang will go through the smile book with you and decide on the shape and length of the teeth.  He pays special attention to the characterizations, markings (a.k.a. calcification), stippling, and grooving, all of which contribute to the beauty of your final smile.  These all give unique characteristics to your teeth so that not just one shape fits all.

During this process, Dr. Huang will also carefully consider the features of color and translucency.  We use a 39-color wheel instead of the traditional 16.  We pay …

Change Your Smile and Your Life with a Smile Makeover – Part 1

Posted under Cosmetic Dentistry on September 10th, 2013 | No Comments

We at Santa Teresa Dental know that you want and deserve that perfect smile.  Dr. Huang is dedicated to perfecting your smile so that you can look great and feel confident.  One of Dr. Huang’s specialties is the smile makeover, a safe and effective procedure that will give you the custom-made smile you’ve always wanted.  So, what can you expect when you get a smile makeover?  In this two-part blog series, we will take a look at the process that will transform your smile in a surprisingly short time frame.

When we do a smile makeover, the first thing we do is take study models and diagnostic casts of your teeth.  We then document the midline of your face compared to the middle of your teeth, how your teeth come together in respect to the ground, how you are holding your head when you are standing straight, and the angulation of your head.  We then take 12 high-resolution digital photographs with a specialized DSLR camera and lens with color corrected lighting.

All the measurements …