In like a lion, out like a lamb. That's what they say about the month of March, and it’s pretty much accurate for the city of Chicago. This year, we're going to kick off the month with a smile makeover that will beam the snow right off the sidewalk, and send old man winter packing.
This 47 year old female came to us specifically for cosmetic dentistry, as many of our clients do. Her chief complaint was her "edge to edge" bite, eroding and worn teeth, and the overall yellowing of her smile. In addition to her cosmetic concerns, she was experiencing TMJ related discomfort, due to the alignment of her teeth and an extremely tight bite.
Dr. Emery first recommended she wear Invisalign to correct her bite, and allow more space for eventual porcelain restorations. She wore the clear aligners for just shy of a year, which set us up for the restorative phase of her treatment.
In restorative dentistry, a full mouth rehab is considered when several, if not all teeth need to be restored. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry often coincide, because, why not beautify when you’re already restoring, and why not restore when you’re already beautifying. This case is a prime example of this practice.
We took impressions of her upper and lower arches, post invisalign, and sent them to our dental lab technician for waxing and articulation. Our lab technician is able to mount the teeth outside the mouth, in order to plan for an optimal esthetic and functional outcome.
Once the wax-up was completed, we prepared her teeth for the final restorations and took impressions of our preps for the lab. She left our practice in temporaries made from a mold of the wax-up, giving her the opportunity to adjust to the restored bite and esthetics. Once comfort and esthetic satisfaction were achieved, the lab fabricated the final porcelain veneers and crowns according to Dr. Emery’s specifications, and sent the restorations back to us.
The final porcelain crowns and veneers were seated all in one visit, with careful attention given to the spacial relationship between each and every tooth. Porcelain veneers and crowns are bonded into place with a special resin that gives us the capability to alter the undertones according to age, skin type and personal preference. No detail goes unattended to!
Ultimately, our patient left was left with a gorgeous and functionally sound smile makeover that will last from lion to lamb, and then some. If you or anyone is you know is interested in cosmetic dentistry in Chicago, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jessica Emery and the team at Sugar Fix Dental Loft.