Dr. Johnson: Hi I’m Doctor Derrick Johnson at Integrated Dentistry and I want to spend a couple minutes talking to you about cosmetic dentistry. And I thought a way we would do that is I’ll discuss a recent case.
So we can take a look. This is Holly. And we took a photograph here of Holly’s teeth. And there was kind of really some classic problems that we wanted to solve for her. So she didn’t like the color of her teeth. She wanted them lighter.
If we look closely we can see that she’s had some previous bonding that started to pick up some stain. She’s got a lot of chipping of her teeth and she didn’t like the spaces between the teeth either.
A couple of things here, I want to clarify a couple of terms. One is bonding. I think a lot of people have heard that but what is that exactly. That’s when we add tooth colored material, like tooth colored fillings we can actually bond to the tooth.
The problem with them there’s limitations because we can only bond small areas of front teeth. It’s not as strong. And another limitation we can see in this picture is this is some older bonding. And she’s starting to get some leakage or staining around the bonding.
In talking with Holly the option that I thought was best for her was that we do veneers on her teeth. And so the veneers we did are made of porcelain, they’re made in a dental laboratory. And we did this, I’ll show you her after result now.
So heres the result with porcelain veneers is there. So we were able to solve all of those problems, brighten up her teeth, close the spaces, strengthen those edges. We have a really nice fit and cleansability as far as if we take a look at her gum health. And she’s able to floss between everything and keep everything nice and clean.
And we were really happy with the result. Holly absolutely loves it. And so that’s the difference between bonding which if we have really smaller problems that works well. When we really have bigger things going on, veneers are a lot more long lasting.
They’re a lot easier to clean. They’re more resistant to stain. And the porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory versus bonding is done in office. So that’s a little bit on cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Johnson: Hey we’re here with Holly. And Holly you just had some veneers done right?
Dr. Johnson: So how do you like them? How has it been?
Holly: I love them. They’re amazing. My husband loves them. I’m in love with them.
Dr. Johnson: All right. Fantastic. So how was the process? Was it easier than you thought?
Holly: It was easier than I thought. A lot easier. Pain free. I didn’t have any pain. And it took some getting used to looking in the mirror and seeing beautiful teeth. But I love them.
Dr. Johnson: All right. Super. So yeah we were able to do them essentially prep less. So we didn’t really have to take any of your tooth structure away. And we just did some nice custom porcelain work and that’s it. Smile real big.
All right you look great.
Holly: Thank you.
Dr. Johnson: It was so awesome to work with you.
Holly: I love it.
Dr. Johnson: And we’ll see you next time.
Holly: Thank you.
Dr. Johnson: Thanks Holly.
Holly: Okay. Bye.