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Want to know more about getting dental veneers from our Milwaukee office?
Interested in getting a straighter, whiter or more even smile? If so, then our Milwaukee, WI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paul Scholl, could give you the smile you want with help from porcelain veneers. Before determining if this is the right treatment for you, read on to learn more about these simple restorations and what they can do to makeover your appearance.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin shells, often made from porcelain, that are bonded to the front of your teeth in order to hide imperfections and to improve the overall shape, color, and appearance of your smile. Just like fake nails are used to improve the look of your nails, veneers are designed to do the same for your teeth!
What cosmetic issues can veneers hide?
Since veneers cover the entire surface of a tooth, there are many defects that can easily be hidden. Some of these aesthetic issues include,
- Stains and discolorations
- Chips and cracks
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crowding or crookedness
- Uneven or worn teeth
- Teeth that are too short
- Misshapen teeth
No matter whether you are dealing with one or more of these issues, dental veneers may be able to help you get your smile back on track.
What should I expect when I get dental veneers?
In most cases, you will have two separate visits to our office: One so that we can prep your teeth and take impressions of your mouth, and another to cement the veneers to your teeth. During the consultation at our Milwaukee office, your dentist will take x-rays, examine your mouth, and discuss treatment goals to make sure that veneers are right for you.
How long do they last?
The longevity of your veneers will depend on you and how well you care for them. They can often last anywhere from seven to 20 years, although in some instances they may need to be repaired or replaced. Since our teeth and gums do change as we get older, our dentist may also need to change and replace the veneers to accommodate these natural changes in your smile.
Can dental veneers stain?
Veneers are made from porcelain, which is a stain-resistant material. Therefore, your veneers will remain beautiful for years!
Are you ready to find out if dental veneers are right for you? If so, call Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, today at (414) 445-3670 to schedule a consultation with us.
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Dental implants are more common than you may realize. Those beautiful front teeth your neighbor has? They're dental implants. Your sister-in-law's gap-free smile? Dental implants are at work again. If you're missing teeth, explore dental implants from Dr. Paul Scholl at Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI. From evaluation to design to insertion, Dr. Scholl places these dental marvels in qualified patients, improving appearance, oral function and jaw bone density.
Your best smile
Unfortunately, tooth loss leaves a smile gap and starts rapid gum and bone deterioration. Surrounding teeth shift to occupy the space, and bite height and other smile features change almost immediately.
There's hope, however, in the form of the modern dental implant. Inserted singly or in multiples, titanium dental implants support a single-crown prosthetic or even a full or partial denture. Whatever the need, dental implants likely can restore it to full form and function.
Why dental implants work
The key to their success is titanium, a naturally-occurring metal which human bone just loves. When your Milwaukee dentist inserts a titanium dental implant screw into a patient's jaw bone, the bone immediately starts to adhere to it with an exceptionally strong bond. This process is called osseointegration, and it anchors the implant within the bone.
To ensure this integration process succeeds, Dr. Scholl examines implant patients to determine their oral health, systemic health, lifestyle habits (such as smoking) and how dense their jawbones are.
If you're a good candidate for a dental implant, expect a comfortable treatment with local anesthetic. The dentist will place the titanium implant device and close the area with sutures.
During the next several weeks, your bone will fuse to the implant. You'll be careful not to bite or chew on it, and when you return to Dr. Scholl's office, he'll open the site and attach an extesnsion post (abutment) and realistic porcelain crown. Then, you can bite, chew, and talk as if nothing ever happened. That's how natural your implant will seem.
Take care of your new tooth
It's no big deal. Just brush twice daily and floss daily to keep the interdental spaces and gum line free of toxic plaque. Also, see Dr. Scholl semi-annually for a cleaning and examination. Finally, if you do smoke, stop as soon as you can as tobacco degrades implant sites.
See us soon
At Art of Dentistry, you can have a great smile once again. For a dental implant consultation, contact the office at (414) 445-3670.
Your smile needs a little help. Yes, it's healthy, but chips and cracks detract from the appearance of your front teeth. You're ready for a change. Your Dr. Paul Scholl, your dentist in Milwaukee, WI, renews smiles with direct veneers. Could they be the right cosmetic dental treatment for you?
Direct veneers are an innovation on traditional porcelain veneers. Tooth-shaped shells bonded to the front of flawed teeth, these beautiful and realistic veneers avoid enamel resurfacing common to the conventional porcelain procedure. Instead of removing a thin layer of tooth enamel, Dr. Scholl applies the customized direct veneers right over selected teeth. Also, the patient does not have to wear temporary laminates.
What direct veneers do
Veneers reshape teeth with obvious flaws such as :
- Deep staining which does not respond to professional teeth whitening
- Large chips, cracks, or surface defects such as pitting
- Overlapping and mild crowding
- Irregular shape and/or length
Made from tooth-colored composite resin, direct veneers also strengthen tooth structure. The material is composed of a lifelike blend of acrylic and glass particles, and if by chance it does chip or fracture, your Milwaukee dentist can easily repair it without having to remove the veneer.
How the service works
Direct veneers produce great smiles in less time (just one visit!) and at a lower cost than traditional porcelain veneers. Plus, the veneer patients at Art of Dentistry, Ltd. enjoy customized treatment plans. Your direct veneers will be as unique as you are.
Dr. Scholl examines an individual's smile to be sure it's free of decay and gum disease. Then, oral impressions and X-ray imaging help him craft natural-looking veneers which blend in with the other teeth and compliment the individual's facial features.
Often, direct veneers are just a part of a complete smile makeover which may include professional teeth whitening, crowns, dental implants, or other services which improve oral health, functionality and personal appearance. Along with receiving great smile aesthetics, the cosmetic dentistry patients at Art of Dentistry, Ltd. enjoy a boost in self-confidence. When your smile looks good, you can't help but feel great!
Find out more
Direct veneers could enhance your smile and self-image. Why not contact Art of Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Scholl in Milwaukee, WI? You'll get all the information you need to make a good decision. Call (414) 445-3670.
Various dental procedures exist for improving the appearance and functioning of your teeth. For instance, dental implants replace missing teeth while veneers improve the appearance of imperfect teeth. Root canals preserve decaying teeth and restore normal functioning so extraction is not required. At the Art of Dentistry, your Milwaukee holistic dentistry practice, Dr. Paul Scholl can place dental implants and veneers, as well as perform root canal procedures.
In Milwaukee, holistic dentistry practices offer dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement option. Dental implants consist of a metal implant, an abutment and a porcelain crown. The implant is placed into the jawbone and acts as the tooth root, anchoring everything in place. The crown sits on top of the implant above the gum line and functions as the replacement tooth. The abutment is used to securely connect the crown to the metal implant.
Veneers are used to transform the appearance of teeth that suffer from chips, cracks, stains and other imperfections. A veneer is a paper thin cover applied to the front of a tooth to improve the size, shape, color and overall look of the tooth. A thin layer of enamel is first shaved off the front of the tooth before applying the veneer. Removing this thin layer allows the veneer to sit flush with the surrounding teeth and blend in rather than protrude. Once placed, veneers look like natural teeth.
Root canals preserve decaying teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Decay inside the center of a tooth can spread down to the root and eventually cause an abscess to form below the tooth’s root. Untreated abscesses can result in additional oral health problems. During a root canal, the infected and decaying material inside the tooth is removed. The area is then cleaned and the cavity is filled in, leaving the tooth strong and free of infection. If needed, a dental crown can be placed on top of the tooth to strengthen it further.
Whether you are interested in dental implants or veneers or need a root canal, Dr. Scholl can help. To schedule an appointment at your Milwaukee holistic dentistry practice, call the Art of Dentistry at (414) 445-3670.