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What Type Of Smile Do You Have?
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain Bridges
Teeth Whitening
Gummy Smile Correction

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.

 

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?

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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 dark, dull, 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 middle 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 (hyopcalcification) 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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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
 

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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

All porcelain crowns look like natural, beautiful teeth.

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.

Teeth Whitening

Do you like the overall shape and size of your teeth but wish they looked whiter or brighter? For many people, teeth do not need permanent dental restorations to look better. They may only need to be whitened and brightened to have a fresh new look. A simple solution is teeth bleaching. Over-the-counter bleaching products are available but have very limited ability to whiten teeth. For the most efficacious and safest way to bleach your teeth, you should consider professional teeth whitening services.

There are two ways to professionally bleach and lighten your teeth. One method is with an in-office bleaching system. During this procedure your teeth are isolated and a strong bleaching agent is applied to the outer surfaces of your teeth. Your teeth are then placed under a powerful light source that activates the bleaching agent. You will have a brighter smile in about one hour.

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A second technique for teeth whitening is performed by creating a thin, soft, custom tray that fits over your teeth. This is called a "bleaching tray." A bleaching gel is placed inside the tray, and the tray is worn for a few hours each day or night in the comfort of your home. The maximum benefit from this technique will be seen in two to four weeks.

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Teeth whitening is a fast and convenient way to brighten your smile. It is safe, effective, and will get your smile looking its best!
There is no reason to wait for whiter teeth any longer. It's safe, it's easy, and it's fast. If you want a whiter or brighter smile, call us for a complimentary consultation at (201) 447-9700. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Gummy Smile Correction


Gummy Smile Ridgewood CorrectionWhat is a gummy smile?

What causes a gummy smile?

Types of Gummy Smiles

Treatment Options


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Do you show a lot of gum tissue when you smile or feel that your smile is "gummy"? Do you put your hand over your mouth when laughing or try not to smile too big to avoid showing your gummy smile? Do you wish there was something you could do to fix your gummy smile? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you have come to the right place for gummy smile correction.

Smile Correction

What is a gummy smile?

A "gummy smile" is a condition in which a person shows a larger than average amount of gum tissue when smiling and has a disproportionate gum-to-tooth ratio (teeth to gum ratio). Although a gummy smile is considered a normal variation of human anatomy, many people with gummy smiles suffer from embarrassment, self consciousness, and even a general lack of self esteem. They often dislike their smile and wish there was something they could do to change it. The good news is there is something you can do to fix your gummy smile. At the Kurpis Center for Advanced Dentistry, we can correct your gummy smile with simple periodontal plastic surgery procedures. You will be amazed by the beautiful and natural looking results achieved using these virtually painless surgical treatments.

What causes a gummy smile?

A gummy smile can be caused by a variety of factors, including the following:

excessive overgrowth of gum tissue (hyperplasia) due to medications such as Dilantin, Cyclosporine, and numerous calcium channel blockers
excessive overgrowth of gum tissue due to orthodontic treatment
inflammation associated with poor oral hygiene, gum disease or faulty dental restorations
congenital gingival enlargement from hereditary and metabolic disorders
developmental variations of the upper jaw bone (maxilla)
hyperactive upper lip muscle, causing the upper lip to rise up higher than normal when smiling (high lip line)
dental malocclusion
excessive growth of bone (exostosis) on the outer surface of the maxillary (upper) jaw bone

Types of Gummy Smiles

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Gummy smiles are classified according to the gummy smile scale. This scale measures the amount of gingival tissue (gum tissue) displayed as a percentage of tooth height. In other words, your gummy smile classification is based on the amount of gum tissue that shows in relation to how much tooth structure is displayed when you smile. Gummy smiles can be mild, moderate, advanced, or severe.

Gummy Smile Fix

Treatment Options

If you suffer from a gummy smile and are bothered by the way it looks, you don't have to live with it any longer! There are three main treatment options available to correct a gummy smile: gingivectomy, crown lengthening surgery, and lip lowering surgery. The method used to treat your gummy smile will be determined by an experienced surgeon who is familiar with gummy smile correction. The treatment modality used is chosen based on the amount of excess gum tissue displayed when you smile, your underlying skeletal anatomy, and the mobility of your upper lip. Gingivectomy A gingivectomy is a simple surgical procedure used to correct a minor gummy smile. This procedure is used to remove excess gum tissue and to better contour the gum tissue around the teeth. During a gingivectomy, a minimal amount of gum tissue is removed using a dental laser or by a technique called radiosurgery. The procedure is painless, requires no sutures, and the gums heal within two weeks.

Crown lengthening surgery

More advanced gummy smiles require more extensive gum tissue reduction. A procedure known as crown lengthening surgery can be performed to achieve this tissue reduction. Crown lengthening is done under local anesthesia for total patient comfort. During the procedure, the gum tissue is gently lifted off the underlying bone. Soft tissue is removed and some of the underlying bone is modified, and the gum tissue is contoured and placed in a desired new position. The teeth now look longer and the gums less prominent.

Lip Lowering Surgery

Lip lowering surgery is a soft tissue procedure used to reduce gingival display to improve the look of a gummy smile. It is often used when a patient has a hyper-mobile upper lip or a skeletal discrepancy that causes an excessive amount of gum tissue to show when smiling. By surgically lowering the upper lip, less gum tissue shows when smiling, which leads to a more natural and pleasant looking smile. It is far more conservative than orthognathic surgery and can be completed right here in the comfort of our dental office. Lip lowering surgery requires local anesthesia similar to that given to a patient receiving ordinary dental restorations. The surgery consists of making an incision in the gum tissue and mucous membrane above the upper teeth, removing a section of tissue, and re-attaching the upper lip in a lower position so that it covers the gum tissue. Once the upper lip is sutured into its new position, the muscles responsible for pulling the lip high above the gum line during normal smiling will be more restricted. This results in a more pleasant looking smile with less gingival display and a reduction of the gummy smile.

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