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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.”

No two smiles are alike, nor should they be because we're all individuals. However, there are some general guidelines both dentist and dental bondingpatient follow when determining what a healthy smile looks like. That's where cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Robert Wyler comes in. This highly skilled dentist helps his Waukesha, WI, patients achieve the smile of their dreams through a variety of aesthetic treatments. A simple one is composite resin bonding. It literally makes defects in tooth enamel disappear.

What is composite resin?

It's a versatile, lifelike dental material which closely mimics natural enamel in color, texture and strength. When applied in layers, sculpted, cured and polished by your Waukesha dentist, composite resin recreates natural tooth structure, repairing noticeable flaws such as:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Pits
  • Gaps
  • Overlapping edges
  • Deep stains from prescription medications or tobacco
  • Malformed teeth (such as a peg-shaped lateral incisor)

The treatment is easy

Also called direct bonding, this aesthetic treatment uses a translucent and tooth-colored blend of glass particles and acrylic. The resin adheres seamlessly and permanently to tooth surfaces prepared with a mild etching liquid. Direct bonding is an additive treatment, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, meaning it augments healthy, but cosmetically compromised, tooth enamel.

The treatment process takes just one visit to Dr. Wyler's Waukesha office, and it's completely painless. The dentist will gently reshape the tooth to achieve the required surface. Then, he etches it and fills the cracks, gap or whatever the flaw entails. The final step is a curing with a special blue light.

Repairs with composite resin last five years or even more with routine at-home and in-office hygiene. Also, bonded teeth should be treated gently by avoiding hard foods and by not chewing non-food items such pencils.

Benefits of composite resin

Beside lasting for years and beautifying smiles, composite resin strengthens tooth enamel. It's so strong that Dr. Wyler also uses it for most dental fillings. It's an attractive and durable alternative to old-style amalgam and can be used literally anywhere in the mouth. Bonding also holds periodontal splints in place and revives the look and length of teeth that show excessive wear and tear.

Are you interested?

Direct bonding is simple, and it may be just what your smile needs. Why not ask your dentist in Waukesha, WI, about it? Call his office today to book your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (262) 784-5757.

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Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

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When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Robert L. Wyler DDS, SC
November 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn why teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure worldwide.

If you've thought about whitening your teeth, you'd be joining the people who make America the number one country in the world for teeth whiteningteeth whitening procedures. This affordable cosmetic dental treatment makes a great impression on those who see you smile and the results from whitening treatments performed at Dr. Robert Wyler's dental office in Waukesha, Wisconsin, are unmatched. You can learn more about in-office teeth whitening in this blog post.

How does teeth whitening work?

Most whitening products, including those you can find over the counter or online, use peroxide-based ingredients that introduce oxygen to the tiny crevices in the enamel of the teeth. This oxygenation process breaks apart the molecules of the stains that have built up inside the crevices, making them easier to remove and eventually restoring your teeth to their natural whiteness.

Why is professional whitening preferred?

Although over the counter whitening products like strips and toothpaste contain the same ingredients your Waukesha dentist uses, the professional-grade treatments have a much higher concentration of peroxide, resulting in much faster and more significant results. It can take several months of diligent usage of store-bought whitening products before seeing a significant improvement in the color of your teeth. When you visit Dr. Wyler's Waukesha, Wisconsin, office for a whitening procedure, your results are immediately visible.

We may suggest follow-up treatments to help you maintain your new whitened smile, particularly if they have a coffee-drinking habit that can reintroduce staining agents to the teeth.

If you would like to learn more about professional teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic procedures we offer, we encourage you to contact Dr. Robert Wyler in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your smile and your self-confidence!