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Smile Makeover

Smile Makeover in Winnipeg

For the ultimate enhancement, many of our Winnipeg-area patients at Linden Market Dental Centre opt to combine a number of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments for a full smile makeover. In the first step of a smile makeover, the patient meets with cosmetic dentist Dr. Les Rykiss to discuss his or her smile perfection goals. Dr. Rykiss will then work with the patient to develop a treatment plan, such as a combination of porcelain veneersdental implants, and teeth whitening; the end result of which is an absolutely stunning smile.

What Don’t You Like About Your Smile?

You can expect a form of this question to be asked upon your initial smile makeover consultation. Having a good idea about the part (or parts) of your smile that you find unfavorable will help Dr. Rykiss come up with favorable solutions that can be addressed with a smile makeover procedure.

Below are a few things you can discuss with Dr. Rykiss about your smile that you may want improved:

Tooth Color: Brighter smiles are often associated with youthfulness and confidence. A more luminous smile is one of the most sought after aspects of a renewed smile and there are many procedures that may help to fix this issue. To improve the brightness of your smile Dr. Rykiss might suggest one or more of the following procedures:

  1. Teeth Whitening
  2. Porcelain Veneers
  3. Dental Bonding (or direct veneers)

Misshapen or Chipped Teeth: Patients with misshapen or chipped teeth often suffer from self-confidence and avoid smiling. To help fix the poor appearance of these conditions Dr. Rykiss may recommend one of the following procedures:

  1. Dental Bonding
  2. Porcelain Veneers
  3. Dental Crowns

Missing Teeth: Not only can missing teeth affect the attractiveness of a smile, they can also affect your bite and nutrition. Further still, missing teeth can also influence your facial appearance and put you at higher risk for tooth decay. Missing teeth can be remedied with the following procedures:

  1. Dental Implants
  2. Dental Bridge
  3. Dentures (partial dentures)

Short Teeth: Shorter teeth can give the appearance of age whereas longer teeth can give the appearance of youth. Reshaping teeth or gummy smile treatments might help you to get the youthful smile you desire. These procedures are often able to help patients with short teeth:

  1. Dental Bonding
  2. Porcelain Veneers
  3. Gummy Smile Treatment

Misaligned Teeth: Crooked, gapped or overlapping teeth can often be improved with orthodontics. In some cases Dr. Rykiss may be able to remedy these effects with porcelain veneers, porcelain veneers following an orthodontic treatment,or porcelain veneers for instant orthodontics.

Gapped Teeth: Teeth with gaps in them can be addressed with the following procedures:

  1. Porcelain Veneers
  2. Dental Bonding

Smiles Makeovers with Dr. Rykiss

Dr. Rykiss has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry including attendance at the Esthetic Epitome Continuum and membership within prestigious cosmetic dentistry association such as:

  1. Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry
  2. American Society for Dental Aesthetics (ASDA)
  3. International Academy for Dento-Facial Esthetics
  4. World Clinical Laser Institute

The Goals of Smiles Makeovers in Winnipeg

Cosmetic dentistry is said to be a blend of both art and science and Dr. Rykiss has mastered the balance of providing patients with their most ideal smiles yet with a foundation that is built of excellent oral health. In addition to helping patients whiten their teeth, close gaps or replace missing teeth, Dr. Rykiss also considers how the smile makeover procedure will relate to the overall aesthetics of his patients. Considerations of the teeth, lips, mouth and gums are also compared to that of facial appearance, skin tone, hair color and eyes to create what is called “facial harmony.”

Regardless of the science, training and skill sets that are involved in helping patients achieve bright, confident smiles, all smile makeovers begin with a consultation. Schedule a consultation today and be sure to bring in pictures of celebrities whose smiles you like, younger photos of yourself or any other visual cues that can help us formulate an idea of what your ideal smile is like.

You’ll notice above that many of the dental issues smile makeovers correct may utilize some of the same procedures. This type of flexibility can often help us work with our clients on price and these assessments will be made during your smile consultation.

Get the Smile of Your Dreams Today!

Contact Linden Market Dental Centre today to schedule your smile makeover consultation and transform your smile, and your life, with the smile of your dreams!

Who is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Most patients are candidates for a porcelain veneer treatment however the initial consultation between you and Dr. Rykiss will determine if veneers are appropriate for you. Patients who have healthy teeth and gums and no signs of tooth decay or gum disease are the best candidates. If you have gum disease or another restricting oral health issue these can be addressed by Dr. Rykiss before providing the dental veneers treatment.

What can Porcelain Veneers help Correct?

Porcelain veneers can help to improve the appearance of:

  1. Chipped or cracked teeth
  2. Discolored teeth
  3. Crooked or misaligned teeth
  4. Eroded teeth
  5. Gapped teeth

How does the Porcelain Veneers Process Work?

After you decide that you have an interest in porcelain veneers schedule an appointment with Dr. Rykiss to go over your smile goals. You can bring in pictures of celebrities or old photos of yourself to give us an idea of the type of smile you like. From there Dr. Rykiss will evaluate your teeth, mouth and gums and notify you of any limitations for a porcelain veneers procedure.

If you are an ideal candidate and choose to move forward with the procedure Dr. Rykiss will take into consideration such aspects of your teeth and appearance as:

  1. Your overall facial appearance
  2. Facial measurements
  3. Skin tone
  4. Facial features
  5. Color of your teeth

These aspects of your teeth, mouth, gums and overall appearance will help Dr. Rykiss to create the most aesthetically pleasing veneers for your unique smile.

Porcelain Veneers Procedure

After your consultation your next appointment will begin the process of preparing the teeth for veneers. Your Winnipeg veneers dentist will gently remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth. The amount of enamel removed will vary depending on the thickness of the veneers, but generally ranges from about 0.3-1.2 mm. Once the teeth that are receiving the veneers are prepped, an impression of your mouth will be taken and be sent to the lab.

Before you leave our office we will place temporary veneers on your teeth that will closely resemble the finished product. Once the porcelain veneers arrive from the lab, you will come back into the office to have the permanent veneers placed. Before they are permanently adhered to your teeth, you can confirm that you like the look, color and function. If you are satisfied with the veneers, they will be bonded to the front of your teeth and can go home smiling!

About Our Expertly Crafted Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Rykiss uses only the finest boutique dental laboratories in the fabrication of his porcelain veneers:  Valley Dental Arts in Minnesota, DaVinci Dental Studios in California (known for their DaVinci veneers as seen on TV shows like Extreme Makeover and The Swan) and The Passaro Center for Ceramics in Charlotte North Carolina.  They all craft their veneers with unsurpassed aesthetics to make your smile look both beautiful and completely natural.

Porcelain Veneer Alternatives

Porcelain veneers tend to be one of the most expensive procedures in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to being expensive, they are also a permanent solution and may not be the ideal choice for every patient. Consider these other alternatives to porcelain veneers if they are not for you:

  1. Teeth whitening: Teeth whitening is a quick and relatively inexpensive procedure that can get your teeth brighter and whiter. We offer both in-office and take-home whitening solutions.
  2. Dental bonding: Dental bonding can be used to improve the color, shape and size of teeth and is a popular alternative to porcelain veneers.
  3. Lumineers: Lumineers are similar to porcelain veneers in that they are adhered to the surface of the teeth. They can often be used to treat chipped, cracked, misaligned, discolored or otherwise misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers, however, tend to be the most long-term and aesthetically pleasing alternative of the two.

Contact your Winnipeg Porcelain Veneers Team Today!

Dr. Les Rykiss has undergone extensive cosmetic dentistry training to achieve the most dazzling smile enhancements possible, as is evident in his before-and-after photo gallery. He and his team believe that everybody should have a smile to be proud of, and porcelain veneers are a great option to help you get the smile of your dreams. If you are tired of hiding your smile, contact us today to learn how cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Rykiss can refresh your look with and boost your confidence.