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By Esthetic Enhancement
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

For quality cosmetic dental improvements, see your family dentists at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS. Here, Dr. Anthony Marengo, Jr. and Dr. Jacob Sylvester craft unique aesthetic care plans designed to meet each patient's expectations for a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers, tooth-shaped shells of lifelike ceramic, are one of the offered treatments. Could they be right for you?

How do you want your smile to look?

If you're like most people, you appreciate an attractive smile. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that the majority of American adults believe a good-looking set of teeth is a wonderful personal asset that helps professional and social interactions.

If this sounds like you, consider how you wish to improve the appearance of your smile. Then, come to Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe to talk to your family dentist. During a consultation, Dr. Marengo or Dr. Olathe will perform a complete exam and take digital images of your teeth. Together, you'll discuss what you'd like to improve and craft an individualized care plan to accomplish your goals.

What are porcelain veneers?

Also known as dental laminates, veneers are thin ceramic covers bonded to the front of healthy, but flawed, teeth. Veneers remake:

  • Tooth size and shape
  • Surface defects, such as pits, fissures, cracks, deep stains and craze lines
  • Color and sheen
  • Gaps and mild overlapping

If veneers are right for you, your dentist will remove some enamel from each tooth receiving a laminate. He'll take oral impressions, photos, and more to detail how your veneers are to be made. A skilled lab technician crafts each laminate, and once they're ready, your dentist bonds them in place using a strong, tooth-colored adhesive.

Benefits of porcelain veneers

There are many benefits to this popular aesthetic treatment:

  1. Realistic shape, size, and color
  2. Durability (veneers even improve tooth strength)
  3. Comfortable bite
  4. Accurate fit
  5. Ease of maintenance

In fact, veneers require no special care. Just brush and floss carefully as you usually do, and see your family dentists every six months. There, they will examine the condition of your veneers as part of your routine check-up and cleaning. Finally, avoid very hard foods, such as candy apples and peanut brittle.

Get ready for a new smile

Contact Esthetic Enhancement for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Merengo or Dr. Jacob Sylvester. Your dentist will help you imagine what's possible with porcelain veneers. Phone the office team at (913) 829-9222.

By Esthetic Enhancement
October 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, your team of three family dentists offer many restorative services which double as cosmetic enhancements. One is the porcelain crown. Custom-crafted to strengthen and beautify a damaged tooth, a crown extends tooth life for years. Here's how Dr. Marengo Jr., Dr. Sylvester, and Dr. Kolarik use crowns to help their patients.

Dental crowns improve function, appearance and durability

A tooth-shaped cap fashioned from lifelike ceramic, a dental crown replaces tooth structure damaged by:

  • Oral trauma from a fall, sports mishap, or car accident
  • Decay
  • Infection
  • Unacceptable size and shape
  • Wear and tear from age, acid reflux or habitual grinding and clenching (bruxism)
  • Big fillings which weaken tooth structure, particularly the corners (cusps)

Crowns restore teeth saved from extraction by root canal treatments, and they top off dental implants, too. Crowns anchor conventional fixed bridges composed of one or more artificial teeth.

Your crown procedure

Medicinenet states that there must be sufficient healthy tooth structure to support a crown. If you and your family dentist decide on a dental crown, expect two visits to Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe. The first involves a simple exam, X-rays, and oral impressions. Your dentist will remove the damaged enamel and any filling material and fit a temporary cap over the tooth.

Then, at your next appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and permanently cement the new one in place. Your beautiful crown will look natural in color and shape, and with today's accurate fabrication techniques, you're assured of proper fit and bite, too.

Crown care

As the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Floss once a day to remove plaque from the margins between the crown and gums, and see your dentist semi-annually for a professional cleaning and examination. If you are a teeth clencher or grinder, your dentist may advise you wear an acrylic bite guard to provide protection and cushioning.

Contact us

If a crown is in your future, why not learn more about the process? Contact Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, for a consultation with one of our family dentists. We open at 8 am Monday through Friday. Call (913) 829-9222.