What you are looking at here are the old-school porcelain to metal crowns that fell out of esthetic favor in the 1980’s. Notice how the underlying metal is visible at the gum line, and how they make the root of the tooth look dark, because light cannot be transmitted through them. Look at how dull and lifeless the one shade of porcelain looks, when compared to the patient’s natural central incisor.
In the after picture, all is again right with the universe, isn’t it?
You don’t need a dental degree to see the decay present in the one central incisor, and how unnatural-looking the porcelain to metal crown on the lateral incisor looks. Desiring a more successful-looking image, this professional contacted us to find out what type of treatment would be involved.
The trained eye also sees that this individual grinds his teeth. Look at the wear on the edge of the tooth with the large cavity in it, and the wear on the lower teeth it opposes. His bite was simply too tight in that area when he closed down. These are all things that need to be taken into account in planning out a smile rehabilitation.
The after results again show the detail that our ceramic artisans go to, to recreate nature. The edges where the veneers meet the gums, and the edges you see when the individual smiles are very natural looking, and that’s the objective. In fact, every case we treat has two ultimate goals: 1. To do the same quality dentistry we would expect to have done in our own mouths, and 2. To make it so that anyone in the dental profession looking at your smile would say, “Very nice, I couldn’t even tell you’d had work done until I got so close up.”
What do you notice in the before picture? Do you see the filling in the eye tooth? What about how long the front teeth are in relation to the ones next to them? The patient’s left lateral upper incisor is way shorter than the right one (in photography everything is a mirror image).
What’s wrong with the one front tooth? It’s an old school porcelain to metal crown, where all you see is a beacon of white, because it’s impossible to make that combination of material come close to looking like a real tooth.
In the after photo, the gap is gone between the two front teeth, and the lateral incisors have gorgeous contours to them. A very happy, smiling woman, indeed!
Subscript for all image files:
Every picture on our website are pictures of our patients. As a cosmetic dentist I pride myself on the results I achieve, and it a daily matter-of-fact that those of us who enjoy every aspect of dentistry share our successes. Every patient we treat has a smile that I happily compare to the best dentists and ceramists in the US.
Because what we do is art, I would also like to invite you to visit my personal (landscape, travel, portraits) Photo Art Gallery, and the art galleries of other photographers whose work I am pleased to share with you. Look for the link on the entry page to the Before and After Gallery, at the bottom.