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SeeYournewLookBeforeDentalWorkwithaTrialSmile

Digital computer technology has made a big impact on cosmetic dentistry. We can now simulate on a monitor display of your face how your new smile will appear after dental work, thanks to a graphics program specifically designed for cosmetic dentistry.

While that's an amazing development, we can also take it a step further by creating the look of a new smile on your actual teeth during an office visit. We call it a “trial smile.”

To create a trial smile, we begin with composite resin, a tooth-colored bonding material, and fashion it into temporary veneers or crowns that we then temporarily place over your teeth. This gives us the chance to see what your new smile will look like in all three spatial dimensions (rather than the two-dimensional view on a computer monitor) and while your face is in motion as you talk and smile. This can give us a great deal more detail to help better evaluate your proposed look.

A trial smile also helps us in planning your new look. Like you, we want the best result possible: a trial smile allows us to see how your jaw movement interacts with your updated look and if everything works together as it should. It will also give us a better idea how much tooth structure we'll need to remove to accommodate your permanent veneers or crowns — the less, of course, the better.

Although you won't be able to take your trial smile with you when you leave, we can take a photograph you can review later, as well as show friends and family for their opinion. Trial smiles do add some cost to treatment, but the proportion of expense to the benefit of actually viewing your smile in this fashion is well worth it. It's one more way we can ensure your final new smile meets your expectations.

If you would like more information on “trial smiles,” please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”

ProvisionalRestorationsletyouTryoutYourNewSmileFirst

Transforming your smile with veneers, crowns or other restorations could be a life-changing decision. To help make that change a successful one, it’s possible to fit you with a kind of temporary restoration that allows you to “try out” your new look and even make modifications before you receive the permanent one.

Referred to as a prototype or provisional restoration, it’s different from other temporary, “one-size-fits-all” restorations that serve mainly a functional purpose until the permanent restoration is ready. By contrast, a provisional restoration is a customized “blueprint” of the final restoration so you can better communicate with your dentist to get what you want.

Provisional restorations are test runs — they help both patient and dentist evaluate three key areas critical to ultimate success:

Your  Smile — with provisional restorations you can get input from others (and from what you see in the mirror) regarding tooth coloring and how it blends with other teeth, the attractiveness of the crown shapes, and whether the teeth appear proportional and balanced with the gums.

Your Facial Appearance — changing the look of teeth may also alter overall facial appearance. Do the new teeth fit well with the lips and other facial features? Do they change the smile line, and does it appear harmonious with the rest of the face?

Your Mouth Function — There’s more to teeth, of course, than how they look. Teeth are essential for biting, chewing and speaking. So, can you perform these tasks comfortably with the provisional restoration?

While you’re wearing the provisional restoration, we’ll discuss these and other areas, what might look or work better, or if you feel we’ve hit the mark just right. We can then modify or verify our specifications with the dental lab creating the final restoration.

Of course, a provisional restoration will allow you to function normally like other temporary options. But their custom detail serves a higher purpose — to help us improve your future smile.

If you would like more information on customized temporary restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Concepts in Temporary Restorations.”

Dental VeneersIt’s time you felt more confident in your smile. Veneers can make that possible.

If you’ve ever wondered how one of your favorite celebrities has such a beautiful smile chances are pretty good that they may have turned to dental veneers to achieve their smile. The good news is that you too can have that same gorgeous smile with help from this simple porcelain restoration. From the office of our Sugar Land, TX, cosmetic dentists Drs. Stephen and Mark Lukin and Dr. Leila Asnaashari, find out more about dental veneers and how they can improve your appearance.

What are dental veneers?

These mega-thin porcelain shells are affixed to the front of each tooth to change the shape, size or color of your smile. While some patients may choose to get veneers to cover only a few teeth, most patients opt to get a full set of veneers for a perfectly even smile.

What issues can dental veneers address?

Most cosmetic flaws can be hidden from plain sight with the help of dental veneers. Veneers become the new outer surface of your teeth, providing a pristine and ideal appearance that hides common imperfections such as,

  • Discolorations
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between teeth and minor crookedness
  • Cracks and chips
  • Uneven or worn teeth

While veneers are most known for being able to reshape and even brighten a smile, these restorations can also give you a straighter smile by hiding small gaps between teeth and minor misalignments such as crowding or overlapping. That’s right; our Sugar Land, TX, dentist could give you a straighter smile without ever needing to wear braces. You might be surprised to discover the many ways in which veneers can truly revamp your appearance and transform your smile.

Do you have questions about getting dental veneers? Are you ready to find out if you are a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry? If so, then it’s the perfect time to call Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX, to schedule a consultation.

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Sugar Land, Texas can enhance your smile

When you think of visiting your dentist, do you think of clunky metal fillings? If so, it’s time to discover cosmetic dentistry services. Cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to enhance your smile and make it more beautiful. Cosmetic dentistry is really a combination of both art and science, to give you the best possible smile. Your dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, Texas can help rejuvenate your smile with these exciting procedures:

Professional teeth whitening, to take your smile from dull to dazzling! Professional teeth whitening is quick and effective, allowing you to whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter. The results can last up to 5 years too! That’s far more effective and long-lasting than results you get with over-the-counter whitening treatments. Professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested for safety so you can count on gentle, beautiful results.

Cosmetic bonding and recontouring, to change the color, shape, and contours of your teeth, giving you a more harmonious smile. Bonding uses composite, a liquid resin that can be artfully shaped and matched to the color of your teeth, and then hardened with a dental blue light. The result is a restorative treatment that blends perfectly into your smile.

Porcelain veneers, to dramatically change the shape, color, and other aesthetic issues you may have with your smile. Veneers are thin laminates of translucent porcelain, which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can hide chips, cracks, discolorations, enamel defects and other problems. In some cases, they can even help close up small gaps between teeth and hide the look of tooth overlap, helping teeth look straighter.

If you want to rejuvenate your smile and make a great impression, consider cosmetic dentistry procedures! If nature didn’t provide you with a great-looking smile, you can change it! Start by calling the dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, Texas. You deserve your best smile, so call today!

By MARK LUKIN
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Multiple Dental ImplantsThe Advantages of Dental Implants

If you are thinking about dental bridges or dentures to replace missing teeth, it’s time to think differently about tooth replacement! As opposed to dentures and bridges, implants provide a more natural looking solution for missing teeth. The truth is dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth and can either replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. The dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, Texas want to share the advantages of dental implants and you’ve been waiting for because they offer advantages like these:

Get Back Your Whole Smile

Dental implants are a fantastic option for modern tooth replacement for they preserve a look of natural beauty. This is due to how dental implants are made of lifelike materials that mimic the look of tooth enamel. In addition to this benefit, implants also provide:

  • Worry-Free Results: Dental implants resist staining so you never have to worry about tooth decay
  • Complete Stability: Dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they won’t move around
  • Good Health: You can brush and floss your implants just like your natural teeth. There is no need to disrupt your current oral hygiene routine, to keep your smile healthy and beautiful
  • Convenience: Dental implants are a permanent part of your smile which you never remove, unlike partials and dentures
  • Rejuvenation: Dental implants help restore the youthful contours of your face and recreate your firm jawline, helping you look younger

Call Today!

You deserve a whole, complete smile that you can be proud of, and dental implants can help. To find out more about the process and to schedule a consultation, call the dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry office in Sugar Land, Texas at (281) 265-9000. Dental implants will bring back your smile and change your life, so call today!