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Mike Tyson made a splash when he faced off against sharks during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020. But there's bigger news for fans of the former undisputed world heavyweight champion: After a 15-year absence, he will enter the ring again for two exhibition matches in the Fall. However, it's not just Tyson's boxing action that made news during his 20-year career. His teeth have also gotten their fair share of press.

Tyson used to be known for two distinctive gold-capped teeth in the front left side of his mouth. He made headlines when he lost one of the shiny caps—not from a blow by a fellow pugilist but from being headbutted by his pet tiger as Tyson leaned in for a kiss. Tyson's teeth again garnered attention when he had his recognizable gold caps replaced with tooth-colored restorations. But the world champion may be best known, dentally at least, for his trademark tooth gap, or “diastema” in dentist-speak. Several years ago, he had the gap closed in a dental makeover, but he soon regretted the move. After all, the gap was a signature look for him, so he had it put back in.

That's one thing about cosmetic dentistry: With today's advanced technology and techniques, you can choose a dental makeover to suit your individual taste and personality.

An obvious example is teeth whitening. This common cosmetic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all option. You can choose whether you want eye-catching Hollywood white or a more natural shade.

If your teeth have chips or other small imperfections, bonding may be the solution for you. In dental bonding, tooth-colored material is placed on your tooth in layers and then hardened with a special light. The material is matched to your other teeth so the repaired tooth fits right in. This procedure can usually be done in just one office visit.

For moderate flaws or severe discoloration, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your appearance. These thin, tooth-colored shells cover the front surface of the tooth—the side that shows when you smile. Veneers are custom-crafted for the ideal individualized look.

Dental crowns can restore single teeth or replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. Again, they are manufactured to your specifications. With restorations like crowns and veneers, the smallest detail can be replicated to fit in with your natural teeth—even down to the ridges on the tooth's surface.

And if, like Mike Tyson, you have a gap between your teeth that makes your smile unique, there's no reason to give that up if you opt for a smile makeover. Whether you would like a small cosmetic enhancement or are looking for a more dramatic transformation, we can work with you to devise a treatment plan that is right for you.

If you would like more information about smile-enhancing dental treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

Cosmetic Dentistry Options to Consider

Are you embarrassed to smile because of chipped, broken, missing or stained teeth? If so, you can stop worrying, here at our Pensacola, FL dental office, Dr. Edwin Yee is waiting to give you a total smile makeover, using the latest in cosmetic dentistry techniques. He will develop a dental procedure plan that is just right for your confidence and your pocket.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Pensacola dental patients can take advantage of the following cosmetic treatments:

  • Teeth whitening: This is not only one of the least expensive ways to makeover your smile, but it is also the most popular. In-0ffice whitening produced much better results than home whitening kits and it’s also much safer because Dr. Yee protects your gums and inner cheeks from the whitening solution.
  • Dental bonding: This treatment can eliminate minor chips of cracks using a tooth-colored, putty-like material that is molded onto the affected tooth then shaped to match your other teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers are very thin sheaths of porcelain designed to cover the front of damaged or discolored teeth. They are customized to match the color, size and shape of your existing teeth so that no one can tell the difference.
  • A dental crown: One or more crowns can be used to completely cover a damaged or weakened tooth giving it more strength and improving its function. Crowns can also be attached to dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth.
  • Dental implants: Missing teeth are replaced by a titanium post that is implanted within the jawbone. The bone grows around the post making it very secure. A small abutment is then added to the post, allowing for the attachment of a prosthetic tooth.

If you live in or around Pensacola, FL and you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry options, call Dr, Yee at (850) 479-3355.

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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.”

By EDWIN YEE
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental Porcelain VeneersEven a healthy smile can use a little cosmetic improvement at some point. From stains and discolorations to chips, cracks, and spacing, everything from your dietary and lifestyle habits to unexpected accidents can cause functional and cosmetic damage. Dental veneers are one of the quickest, most effective and minimally invasive options available to improve a damaged smile. Dr. Edwin Yee, a dentist in Pensacola, FL, offers a range of dentistry options to help you look and feel your best under any circumstances.

Dental Veneers in Pensacola, FL

Veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain which is bonded directly onto the surface of the tooth and adjusted to change to the size, shape, and color. A very thin layer of enamel may have to be shaved in order to ensure a smooth and natural looking fit for the veneer.

Porcelain veneers are a good cosmetic option for some of the following common dental problems:

  • Permanent stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface teeth whitening treatments (also known as intrinsic stains, which develop at the dentin layer inside the tooth)
  • Mild to moderate chips and cracks
  • Gaps and spacing issues (if you have bite or alignment issues you may need orthodontic treatment)
  • Lengthen or reshape damaged or cosmetically unattractive teeth
  • Reinforce a tooth that has fractured or been treated with root canal therapy

With good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental care, veneers typically last for five to ten years, often much longer. Once in place, veneers are cared for just like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing and a dental exam and professional cleaning every six months.

Find a Dentist in Pensacola, FL

For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (850) 479-3355 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yee today.

By Dr. Edwin Yee
February 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

A beautiful smile can be a very powerful thing—especially when you have a very active social life and career. It's a calling card that you veneersoffer each time you meet and greet someone. It makes people feel more comfortable and relaxed in your presence. Why not show off your very best possible smile with the help of dental veneers. Dr. Edwin Yee can fix up your smile using this in-demand cosmetic treatment at his Pensacola, FL office.

What Makes a Smile Beautiful?
An American Dental Association study found that most people believe a nice looking smile is the most attractive physical trait that a person can have. Here are some of the features that make a smile look beautiful:

- The right shade (usually a soft, white eggshell color).
- The ideal shape (smoothly contoured around the edges).
- The optimal spacing (all teeth positioned close together).
- Uniform size (each tooth is similar in height and width).

Veneers Will Give You That Ideal Smile
Because veneers can be designed to exact specifications by your Pensacola, FL dentist, they can give you the beautiful and natural looking set of teeth that you’ve been looking for. Each one is the perfect size, color, and shape to fit your unique smile. Veneers only require a small amount of space on the top of each tooth, so much of your natural tooth enamel is preserved.

Show Off Your Best Smile for Years
After you see your new smile, you can relax knowing that it will look that way for many years. Some people are able to maintain their veneers for 10 years or longer before another treatment. Your natural teeth will also stay strong during that period since they're protected by durable porcelain material. To extend the life of your veneers, avoid biting down on hard objects with them and keep them free from plaque buildup.

Come in for a Veneer Consultation
Your “best smile possible” starts with a consultation at Dr. Edwin Yee's dentist office in Pensacola, FL. Call (850) 479-3355 today to schedule an appointment to discuss veneers in more detail.