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A great looking smile is a powerful asset that can open many doors and possibly change your life. You may not even realize it, but your smile reveals so much about you. It creates an illusion of energy and confidence. It communicates your intentions. It lets others know if you approve, if you like, or if you are attracted to what you experience and observe. If you have an unattractive smile, however, it can have incredibly negative consequences that may affect your self-esteem. An unattractive smile might make you insecure in social situations, and it may affect your job performance. An unsightly smile might make you feel embarrassed, afraid, or older than you really are.

At the Kurpis Center for Advanced Dentistry we believe that all people deserve to feel good about themselves. And we know that there is hope and there are real solutions. Our cosmetic dentists have the abundant experience, artistic talent, and modern tools necessary to dramatically improve your appearance through the marvels of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry, simply stated, is the art and science of improving a person's teeth and smile, thereby changing someone's entire appearance.

If you are unhappy with your teeth and want to improve your smile, or have been told there is nothing that can be done to fix your smile, we may have the solution you are looking for. Let's start by analyzing your individual smile.

 
What type of smile do you have?
 
Try this simple exercise. Look in a mirror that is mounted on a wall. Do not look in a hand held mirror because you see yourself in a hand held mirror at a different angle than others see you. Now smile at yourself in the mirror. Are you happy with your smile, or are you holding back because you do not like the way your smile looks? Now look in the mirror again and think of a funny moment in your life. Is your smile different this time? Usually it is. This is called your "funny smile" because it is the one you show when you hear or see something funny. It is a much larger smile than when you pose, and it is the smile tells people you are joyful and confident. Do you show your "funny smile" often or do you try to cover it up? Are you happy with the way your smile looks?
 

Let's figure out what's holding your smile back from looking the best it can be…what is it that bothers you about your teeth?

Below are the most common reasons why people do not like their smiles. Do any of these situations apply to you?


 

Are there spaces between your teeth?

 
 
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Are your teeth dull, dark, or stained?

 
 
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Are your teeth crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment?

 
 
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Do you show too much gum tissue when smiling?

 
 
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Are your gums irregularly shaped, higher on some teeth and lower on others?

 
 
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Are your teeth too small for your face?

 
 
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Are the edges of your teeth too long?

 
 
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Are the edges of your canines too pointy?

 
 
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Is the midline of your two front teeth centered with your face and nose, or is it off to one side?

 
 
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Are the biting edges of your teeth worn down?

 
 
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Are you missing any teeth?

 
 
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Do you have gum recession or do any of your teeth look longer than they used to?

 
 
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Are any ugly dental fillings showing?

 
 
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Have any of your teeth turned dark from root canal treatment?

 
 
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Do any old or new dental crowns not match your natural teeth?

 
 
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Are any of your teeth damaged by stomach acid erosion or bulimia?

 
 
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Do your front teeth slant inward?

 
 
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Do your front teeth flare outward?

 
 
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Do you have advanced decay or cavities?

 
 
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Do you have old bonding restorations that are discolored or need replacement?

 
 
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Do you have baby teeth that never fell out?

 
 
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Do you have white spots (hypocalcification) or mottling on your teeth?

 
 
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Do you have tetracycline stained teeth?

 
 
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Do your front teeth overlap each other?

 
 
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Do you have an underbite?

 
 
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Do your teeth show signs of toothbrush abrasion?

 
 
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Are any edges of your teeth chipped or worn?

 
 
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Are any of your teeth congenitally missing?

 
 
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Are the edges of your front teeth very thin?

 
 
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Are any of your front teeth hopelessly impacted?

 
 
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Do you have decay at your gum line?

 
 
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If you answered YES to ANY of the above questions, than we can improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures!
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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
 
There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures that can dramatically improve your smile in a short period of time.  And with today’s modern dental techniques and materials, dental restorations look and feel more natural and beautiful than ever before.
 
Cosmetic dentistry is any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, and/or smile.  Cosmetic dentistry can be achieved by:

  1. Adding a dental material to the teeth or gums – examples include composite bonding, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, or gum grafts, among others
  2. Removing something from the teeth or gums – examples include enameloplasty (removing enamel from teeth), gingivectomy (removing excess gum tissue), among others
  3. Changing the appearance of teeth without adding to them or removing from them – examples include orthodontic tooth movement, teeth whitening, and others
The most common material used in cosmetic dentistry is porcelain.  Porcelain closely resembles the appearance of tooth enamel and can be used to change the color, shape, and size of teeth.  The three most common cosmetic dentistry procedures using this material are porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and porcelain bridges.
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Porcelain Veneers
 
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to your natural tooth structure to give you a beautiful, custom designed, smile. Porcelain veneers are as thin as a contact lens, and they fit directly over the outer surface of the teeth. They can be made in any color, shape, and size. Porcelain veneers are used to straighten, lengthen and whiten teeth and to close spaces between teeth. In order to avoid creating teeth that look too bulky, a small amount of tooth structure must be removed to allow space for the porcelain. Doing so makes the final result look and feel more natural. Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental procedure because they can dramatically change a smile in as little as two visits and the procedure is virtually painless.
         
 
 
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Porcelain Crowns
 
When teeth are badly broken down, have large fillings, or do not have enough natural tooth structure to support porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns are the procedure of choice. During this procedure the entire outer surfaces of the teeth receiving the crowns are removed and full coverage crowns are fabricated. Although crowns can be made out of all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all porcelain, the all porcelain crowns are the most esthetic. When crowns are made of out all metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal, they do not transmit light like natural teeth do and they tend to look dull and flat. All porcelain crowns, however, transmit light similarly to natural tooth enamel, thereby making them appear more life-like in the mouth.
 
All porcelain crown compared to
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Another problem associated with porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is the black line phenomenon. When a crown is made with a metal substructure, the metal tends to show at the gum line, creating a "black line." Even if the black line does not show at first, if the gums recede over time the black line will eventually show. All porcelain crowns do not have any metal, so there is no black line phenomenon.
 
 
 
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Porcelain crowns can also be placed over dental implants to replace missing teeth. This is a great alternative to a bridge or a removable partial denture.
 
 
 
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All porcelain crowns look like natural, beautiful teeth.
 
 
 
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Porcelain Bridges
 
When a tooth or teeth are missing from the mouth, there are three options to restore the resulting space: a dental implant and crown, a removable partial denture, or a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge is often chosen if there are teeth remaining on either side of the space and the person is not a candidate for dental implants. In order to have a fixed bridge made, the teeth on either side of the space need to be prepared for crowns. Crowns are placed on the teeth and a fake dummy tooth is fused to the crowns to cover the space. Fixed bridges are permanent restorations that cannot be removed.
 

 
 
Fixed bridges, like crowns, can be made of porcelain-fused-to-metal or all porcelain. Once again, all porcelain bridges look the most esthetic and natural.
 
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