Can a Smile Makeover be Done in Two Visits?

On December 19th, 2010 I posted a blog entry with a wonderful smile guide sent to me by a well-informed patient.  Last Friday I delivered the porcelain restorations which completed his smile makeover process.  I will still have to bring the patient back to fine tune and touch up some of the detail work.   I could not have done the job in two simple visits like many advertisements claim to be able to do.

The process cannot be done in two visits because a number of critical steps must be carried out:

–  Diagnostic work-up of the case

–  Laser contouring of the gum

–  Equilibration of the bite

–  Bonding of some of the teeth

–  Preparation of the teeth for porcelain

–  Working with the ceramist while the case is at the lab

–  Tryin/delivery of the final restorations

Depending on what level of quality you are looking for, the process typically defines the end result.

Here is the feedback I received from the same patient today via email about his feelings regarding the end result of the case.

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From: S

Subject: teeth

Date: February 14, 2011 11:54:26 AM PST

To: Alex Nguyen

Hi Dr. Alex, just wanted to drop a quick note to express how happy I am with how my smile has turned out (the gums are much better and closer to normal now)  The teeth are exactly what I wanted: shapes/edges are just as envisioned, and the whiteness and translucency couldn’t be any more perfect.  I noticed the very slight decalcification on the inciscor is exactly as I wanted. The bite feels solid and like my own teeth.
In short I can’t stop myself from looking in the mirror and smiling 🙂 Thanks for your hard work and attentional to detail. Looking forward to the fine-tuning and tweaking of the bicuspids and wrapping up the case.
See you soon
S

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

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My career passion is to help enhance, restore, and preserve people's smiles View all posts by alexnguyen

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