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By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
February 05, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

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“Redesigning” a smile is a lot like remodeling a house: the technicalities of construction must blend seamlessly with what is perceived as elegant and beautiful. The first aspect — the proper materials and techniques to achieve a sound restoration — is absolutely crucial. But the aesthetic is just as important for assuring the final restoration evokes beauty and style.

Balancing these two aspects of a smile makeover requires thoughtful intent and planning. What may be pleasing aesthetically may not be technically feasible; but what may be technically sound may not have that sought-after “curb appeal.”

You and your dentist must work together to achieve the successful blending of these two aspects. That’s why it’s important for you to have full confidence in your dentist: that he or she is both technically skilled and experienced in cosmetic procedures and artistically aware of what will look best aesthetically.

The first step in your makeover is a thorough dental examination to determine the overall state of your oral health. With this “bigger picture,” your dentist will have a better understanding of what’s possible and practical for you and your situation. The exam may also reveal problems that should be treated first before any cosmetic work.

From there, you must communicate clearly to your dentist what you perceive as wrong with your smile and what you would like to have changed. While there are general principles of beauty best followed, your dental work could hypothetically take different paths depending on your desires and expectations. You might prefer a more “sexy” look or one that’s “sophisticated.” Or perhaps you only want subtle changes that still retain features expressing your individuality.

Ultimately, though, your expectations must line up with reality. Much like your house contractor, your dentist will advise you on what’s both practical and possible. And with their experience in smile enhancement, they can also help you determine what will look most attractive given your facial structure and features.

With this preliminary planning, you can be confident as the work proceeds that the end of the project will be both exciting and satisfying. And just as with your newly renovated home, you’ll be more than happy to share your smile with others.

If you would like more information on enhancing your smile through cosmetic dentistry, 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 “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
July 09, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic DentistryIf a filling is the only dental treatment you've ever received, you may not be familiar with the range of options available to improve the appearance of your smile. Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist Dr. John Sartorio can help you conceal a discolored tooth, fix a chip or restore lost teeth, thanks to several cosmetic dentistry services.

Bonding

Bonding is used to fill in small chips in teeth, hide discolorations, lengthen teeth, change their shape or conceal gaps. During the treatment, flexible, tooth-colored composite resin is added to your tooth, then hardened with a dental light. Bonding is a very effective, yet relatively inexpensive, cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Tooth-colored fillings

Composite resin is also used to provide fillings that match the color of your teeth. In addition to being more attractive than silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings help strengthen teeth and don't expand and contract when they're exposed to hot and cold temperatures as amalgam fillings do.

Tooth restoration

Restoring lost teeth fills gaps in your smile, makes eating easier and bolsters your self-esteem. Lost teeth can be replaced with one of these options:

  • Bridges: Bridges are an ideal solution if you've lost teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns that anchor one or more artificial teeth.
  • Dentures: Full and partial dentures restore your smile and are removable for easy cleaning.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are titanium posts that replace the missing roots of your teeth, providing a long-lasting restoration option. After they bond to your jawbone, they're topped with realistic-looking dental crowns.

Invisalign

Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth but don't like the look of metal braces? Invisalign offers a much more discreet way to realign crooked teeth or improve your bite. After digital impressions and images of your mouth are made in your Pittsburgh dentist's office, you'll receive a series of clear aligner trays that will gradually re-position your teeth. Each set is worn for about two weeks, then swapped for the next set in the series. The trays are removed when you eat, brush and floss and can also be taken for short periods of times if you'll be playing sports or attending an event.

Enhance your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Call Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist Dr. John Sartorio at (412) 831-8700 to schedule your appointment.

Smile problems? With options like bonding and cosmetic contouring, your dentist can help you love your smile again. Dental bonding and cosmetic dentistrycosmetic contouring, also called tooth reshaping, can fix small imperfections in your smile. Dr. John Sartorio is one of the finest dentists in Pittsburgh, PA. He offers a full range of dental services, including bonding and cosmetic contouring. 

About Tooth Reshaping

Cosmetic contouring involves removing small amounts of enamel in order to change the tooth's surface, length, or shape. Cosmetic contouring may be used to correct small chips, crooked or excessively long teeth, or to alter the position of teeth. Cosmetic contouring is best for patients who need small repairs or adjustments to improve the appearance of their teeth. 

Benefits of Tooth Reshaping

There is no discomfort during the procedure and anesthesia typically isn't required. In some cases, cosmetic contouring can substitute for braces since that eliminate minor overlapping and make teeth look straighter. Cosmetic contouring is among the least expensive dental procedures.

About Dental Bonding

Bonding is the application of tooth-colored resin using a special light, which bonds the materials to the teeth to improve a patient's smile. Bonding is used to fix small imperfections such as cracks, chips, and imperfections in the shape or size of the teeth. Bonding is also used to close spaces between teeth and improve the appearance of discolored teeth. 

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Bonding can usually be done in just one office visit. Very little enamel is removed with this procedure, which gives it an advantage over options like dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Bonding is also among the least expensive dental procedures. 

So, what are you waiting for? If you want a beautiful smile, this is your chance! Call our dental office at 412-831-8700 today to schedule a dental consultation in Pittsburgh, PA. Remember, a better life starts with a beautiful smile.

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
March 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.