Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Richard G Mark DDS
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown SmileHow dental crowns from your dentist in Independence, MO, can rebuild your smile

Did you know dental crowns can do a lot for you and your smile? It’s true! Dental crowns can rebuild and restore your smile, giving you back your chewing ability and enjoyment of food. Dental crowns can also give you a beautiful smile you will be proud to show off. Dr. Richard Mark in Independence, MO, offers dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic services to give you a smile you will love.

So, what can dental crowns do for you?

Consider that dental crowns provide:

  • Unmatched strength, because a crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline, protecting the tooth like a suit-of-armor
  • Protection from breaking, because a crown evenly spreads chewing and biting stress across the entire surface of your tooth, protecting the tooth from fracture
  • Natural beauty, because many dental crowns are made of porcelain, a light-reflective material that closely mimics tooth enamel

If you have a smile full of metal because of large, crumbly old metal fillings, you can have a metal-free, naturally beautiful smile with porcelain crowns.

Types of Dental Crowns

You can choose full porcelain for your crowns, which is the most natural-looking, beautiful crown material because of its light-reflective quality.

You can also choose porcelain which has been fused to a metal underlay, called a PFM crown. PFM crowns lose the light-reflective quality of porcelain because of the metal underlay, so PFM crowns are an excellent choice for your back teeth.

Full gold crowns are also an option that provides strength, but lacks the cosmetic, natural-looking appeal of other crown materials, so these crowns are also typically placed on back teeth.

You deserve to discover what dental crowns can do for you and your smile. Your smile is one of your most important assets and you want a great smile! Now, you can have it with dental crowns. For more information about what dental crowns can do for you, call Dr. Richard Mark in Independence, MO, today!

By Richard G Mark DDS
February 09, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Richard G Mark DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How veneers from can enhance your smile

Porcelain VeneersYou’ve probably heard a lot about veneers. If you’ve seen people with a brilliant, perfect smile, there is a good chance they’ve discovered veneers. It’s time for you to discover the benefits of veneers for yourself. Dr. Richard Mark, your cosmetic dentist in Independence, MO, wants to share how to enhance your smile with veneers.

First, let’s talk about what veneers are. Veneers are thin laminates of porcelain which are cemented over the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are considered a conservative treatment because very little to no tooth surface is removed during treatment. Your teeth are minimally prepared, just to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.

Next, let’s talk about what veneers can do. Veneers can mask many small and large imperfections in your teeth and can dramatically enhance the beauty of your smile. They can change the size, color, and shape of your teeth to form a more harmonious smile.

Now, let’s talk about the benefits of veneers. Porcelain veneers offer these important advantages:

  • Veneers can hide the appearance of cracks, chips, breaks, fracture lines, discolorations, tooth overlap, uneven spacing, and many other aesthetic issues.
  • They create a naturally-beautiful smile because porcelain reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel, so your new veneers will look naturally spectacular.
  • They will stay beautiful for years because porcelain resists staining, even if you smoke or drink coffee.
  • They offer quick results because you can have a new smile in as little as two to three appointments.

For more detailed information and to view a short video about porcelain veneers, please visit the Porcelain Veneers page on the website at https://www.richardmarkdds.com/veneers.html

If you want to enhance your smile, the best choice is porcelain veneers. If you want a brilliant, perfect smile, you need to explore porcelain veneer treatment. Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve. Call Dr. Mark, your cosmetic dentist in Independence, MO, to find out more. Call today!

TakeYearsoffYourSmilebyTreatingAge-RelatedDentalProblems

You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening. The bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

PorcelainVeneersALessInvasiveWaytoTransformYourSmile

There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.

There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.

You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.

The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.  Ask us if this is an option.

We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.

Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.  It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.

Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”