Digital Smile Design
Cosmetic dentistry can be an exceptionally challenging discipline within dentistry. In fact, there is very little that is taught at the dental school level, so most cosmetic dentistry education is through various dental teaching programs throughout the world. What makes cosmetic dentistry so challenging is the planning and execution of it all – creating a smile that looks natural while respecting the biology of your teeth, gums, and bone as well as the proportions of the face.
Smile Design involves the use of photos, videos, and models to create the ideal smile with respect to size, shape, position, and proportion. It is a very challenging technique that can be done digitally through a computer program, manually through what is called a direct mock-up of the mouth, or through the lab by way of an indirect wax-up done by either Dr. Seddon or a lab technician. Every case is different and would be benefit more from one technique over the other. As technology improves, we will become more and more focussed on the digital aspects.
Digital Smile Design is a special technique that Dr. Seddon has extensive training in through Dr. Christian Coachman of Brazil. It uses both videos and photos in a special software program to plan the new smile. From this, we are able to create a digital wax-up, which creates the ideal smile based on various esthetic principles. Once we have the digital wax-up, we are able to print up the wax-up with a 3D printer and then transfer this to your mouth so that you can test-drive the smile and see how it looks and feels in the mouth!
If you would like to test-drive your smile, feel free to come in for a consultation with our amazing treatment coordinator, Gillian!
Veneers are a wonderful way to quickly perfect your smile, but some get concerned about the amount of tooth reduction involved in the preparation of the teeth. Dr. Seddon focuses his cosmetic approach on conservative, non-invasive procedures whenever possible – composite veneers, prepless veneers, Invisalign, and the pinhole surgical technique are but a few examples. Prepless veneers are a special technique that allows patients to have veneers without the negative aspects of tooth reduction – sensitivity and reduced lifespan of the veneer itself!
Some patients may qualify for prepless veneers if there is room on the front of the teeth to bring them forward by less than 1mm. Others, however, may benefit more from traditional veneers if there are crowding issues or we are trying to improve on the shade of the teeth. It is a very straightforward procedure involving the preparation and temporization of the teeth in the first appointment and then a final cementation appointment of the porcelain veneers. Dr. Seddon uses an exclusive lab in Los Angeles, California that is one of the best esthetic dental labs in all of North America.
Dr. Seddon is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. He has trained all over the world in cosmetic dentistry learning from the best that dentistry has to offer. These places include Dubai, UAE; Brazil; Italy; and the United States. He has taught internationally to other dentists porcelain veneers to other through the California Centre for Advanced Dental Studies and Frontier Institute.
When you think about veneers, you are probably referring to porcelain veneers. But did you know that veneers can be placed in the mouth using composite filling material? Traditionally, veneers are made in a dental laboratory in a 2-step process where your teeth are prepared and have impressions, which are then sent to the lab for fabrication on a model. Once completed, they are returned to the dentist for cementation about 2 weeks later.
Composite veneers are different in that they are completed all in the same appointment and directly in the mouth. Dr. Seddon will create your smile within several hours. Through his extensive training in Brazil, Dr. Seddon will use multiple shades based on what an actual tooth should look like to create life-like esthetics that mimic nature.
While they do provide an immediate improvement in your smile, they do have a limited lifespan compared to porcelain veneers, as they can have chipping and staining within a fairly short timeframe.
Some patients may sometimes have so much destruction to their teeth due to wear, decay, acid erosion, tooth develop issues, or night-time grinding that we would need to look at restoring all of the teeth at once. This can be a fairly involved process, taking several appointments, but similar to the teeth-in-a-day process, it can again be life-changing. This can sometimes be the only option where we can restore your teeth to either the natural smile you used to have or perhaps even the smile you’ve never had.
First, Dr. Seddon, as part of his comprehensive exam, will take photos, models, and bite records. He will go over the information and provide you with an objective assessment of your teeth, surrounding bone, functional bite, and smile and review the risk associated with any of these categories.
If we are changing the bite, then we will often fabricate a removable device known as a Kois deprogrammer, which helps to set your jaw in the ideal position and it can help to diagnose any functional issues you may be having. Once your bite is considered deprogrammed (which can take a few weeks of wearing the deprogrammer), then we will bring you back to take a new bite record that records your bite in the ideal position. From there we can build the new teeth into this ideal bite by way of crowns and veneers. We usually do this over 2-4 appointments to prepare the teeth, cement the crowns and veneers, and then adjust the teeth to fit comfortably in your mouth. Oftentimes, we will finish with a night guard to help in protecting the beautiful porcelain work that the dental lab has created.
Dr. Seddon has taken countless continuing education programs with leaders in the field including Dr. Mike Racich, Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Equilibration Society, and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. Recently, Dr. Seddon earned the status of Mentor with the prestigious Kois Institute in Seattle, Washington.
If you’re looking for an immediate long-term solution for your worn or broken-down teeth, then this is the best way to go! Feel free to contact our office to make an appointment with Gillian, our treatment coordinator, to help guide you through the process and discuss the many options to consider, prior to your comprehensive exam with Dr. Seddon.Contact Us