Making Miss Maine
When Brooke Harris walked into Nuance Dental the first time she was exhausted and worn out. Brooke was working two jobs, one of which involved back-to-back overnight shifts at Biddeford Medical Center as a post-surgical/oncology nurse. She’d been burning the candle at both ends for nearly a month. During our patient interview Brooke mentioned she had a big get together coming up and that she really wanted veneers to fix a few of her crooked and misshaped teeth that had always bothered her. As we wrapped up our consultation, I asked her just as she was leaving “By the way, Brooke, what event are you preparing for?” She replied “The Miss USA Pageant in Vegas next month.” Oh…
Check out the IMAGE GALLERY below, and scroll down to see the VIDEO of a behind the scenes look at the revolutionary new ceramic we used by GC America to get Brooke ready for the big stage. With over 2.5 million viewers watching her on national television, we had to get her look PERFECT.
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IMAGE DESCRIPTIONS (click on the thumbnail of each image to enlarge to full-screen resolution):
1. Brooke's initial presentation to Nuance Dental Specialists.
2. Highlighted areas show the teeth that Brooke was concerned about and wanted to change. In this image, the misshaped lateral incisor is creating a food trap, resulting in issues with hygiene, as well as creating a cosmetic distraction. The left canine in this photo is rotated and is not symmetrical with same teeth on the right side of her upper jaw.
3. This profile image of the teeth really demonstrate the large black space that exists between the lateral incisor and the rotated canine. Brooke was very self-conscious about this look during her photo sessions.
4. Prior to beginning Brooke's treatment, we performed a 45 minute professional in-office ZOOM! tooth bleaching procedure. Her tooth were extremely white after bleaching, and we utilized the VITA Linearguide 3-D MASTER to properly assess the shade of her dentition. This device has been shown in the peer-reviewed literature to be the most accurate means of assessing the true color of human teeth. The photographs of Brooke's teeth with the appropriate shade tabs was sent to the laboratory to aid in the selection of porcelain that would be used to fabricate the final veneers.
5. In addition to the high-resolution DSLR camera that we use for our photographs, an special cross-polarizing light filter, polar_eyes, was placed over the lens and flash heads. This technology allows us to see the deep inner layers of each tooth and all of the fine details that may otherwise go unnoticed.
6. After we prepared the teeth for the veneers, we needed to make sure to protect the underlying tooth structure as well as provide an aesthetic template for Brooke to wear for the two weeks during her interviews and video shoots leading up to the Miss USA Pageant. The lateral incisor and canine teeth in this image have bis-acryl temporary veneers (temps) cemented in place. Using the shade guide and photographic equipment from the previous images, we were able to create a near perfect match for the provisionals, or temps.
7. At last, the porcelain laminate veneers arrive! This image shows all aspects of the internal and external characteristics of the glass restorations.
8. Many patients often ask me to describe what a veneer looks like. I like to tell them to imaging a contact lens made of porcelain. This photo of Brooke's veneers illustrates this point very well. The veneers are so paper thin, that you can actually read the lettering underneath them. This is what is meant by "minimally invasive" dentistry. We remove as little tooth structure as possible to get the most incredible final results.
9. The veneers have gone through a very special and technically meticulous process in the office of chemical etching, ultrasonic cleansing, silanization, and finally bonding them in place to the teeth. This photograph shows the before and after images of Brooke's teeth. A well-placed veneer can last 25-30 years.
10. Final images shown from the profile view reveal the left and right symmetry that the veneers have created. The porcelain has seamlessly blended into the tooth, and the health of the gingiva (gums) around each restoration is remarkable.
11. Front, macro view of Brooke's natural smile after the veneers have been bonded. The color match is flawless and Brooke is now ready for the spotlight on national television.
12. Each and every smile that we design is unique, fully-customized, and tailored to the individual. This is our daily practice. This is NUANCE.
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