Not all dental crowns are metal-free, even for cosmetic dentists doing Smile Makeovers
While many cosmetic dentists claim to be “metal-free” dentists, too, I do not make any such claim. Why not? For a few simple reasons…..
- Gold onlays and gold crowns are still the strongest and longest-lasting ways to fix broken teeth or teeth with cavities currently available, and if that’s what you want, then you want gold.
- Teeth stained by the antibiotic tetracycline can be so dark that is extremely difficult to bleach (whiten) them, except with Deep Bleaching (TM), and even porcelain veneers may have difficulty covering such dark tooth stains, so Porcelain-to-Metal (also known as Porcelain-to-Gold) crowns are sometimes the best choice.
- Bonding (tooth-colored fillings) usually does not hold up very well if you grind or clench your teeth intensely, as they aren’t hard enough to take that much force, so silver (amalgam) fillings are often a better choice.
Here’s a case from a few years ago where the patient was really unhappy with his old, yellowed, kind of ugly old Porcelain-to-Metal crowns, partially because of the dark grey line at the end of the crowns where the black metal underneath the porcelain was showing as his gums receded. He only had crowns on the top 6 front teeth (a bad idea), and he wanted all of his teeth bright white, and he’d gotten the crowns initially because of severe Tetracycline staining of his teeth. They were the darkest teeth I’ve EVER had to treat. I’ll post something soon about how to create a beautiful smile despite tetracycline-stained teeth, but for this I simply want to show that dental crowns that are used to create a Smile Makeover can be just as beautiful and natural-looking as all-porcelain crowns.
May 8, 2009 - Posted by Dr. Charles Payet | Cosmetic dentistry, Porcelain-and-metal crowns, Smile Makeover, Tetracycline stains and teeth | Beautiful Smile, Before and After Pictures of Porcelain and Metal Crowns, Before and After Pictures of Teeth, Charles Payet Dentist Charlotte, Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte dentist, cosmetic dentist Charlotte, Cosmetic dentistry, Covering teeth with tetracycline stains, dentist Southpark Charlotte NC, Dr. Charles Payet, Esthetic Dentistry, metal-free dentist, Porcelain crowns Charlotte, Smile Makeover, Smiles by Payet Dentistry, Tetracycline stained teeth, Whitening or bleaching teeth with tetracycline stains
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Dr. Charles D. Payet and Our Team
Smiles by Payet Dentistry has been caring for patients since December 27th, 1999 in South Charlotte, and we recently moved to a new and improved location on Park Rd. I opened the practice 18 months after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in June 1998. While Smiles by Payet Dentistry is a General Dentistry practice, we offer an extremely wide range of services so our patients don’t need to see multiple specialists except in very complex cases. I am absolutely committed to constant learning and improvement, and have attended lectures and seminars by many of the nation’s premier post-graduate teaching institutions and lecturers in order to stay as current with the most modern techniques and materials possible. 50-75 hours per year in Continuing Education is not unusual for me, and in 2009 my goal is 75-100 hours.
Our Smiles by Payet Dentistry Team is currently comprised of the following people, whom you will truly enjoy meeting and choosing as your primary dental healthcare providers:
Rosemary B. is one of our Certified Dental Assistants and has been with us since back in 2007. A mother of 3 grown boys and a proud grandma to 2 grandchildren, she’s one of those people who just loves to help take care of people. With over 20 years of experience in dentistry, she is very knowledgeable and can answer most any of your questions. Along with Marie, she is there with me during your treatment to make it go as smoothly as possible.
Samantha H. is our new (as of Summer 2010) full-time Orthodontic Dental Assistant. We are excited to have her on board to help take care of our growing family of patients with either 6MonthSmiles Cosmetic Adult Braces or Tip-Edge Comprehensive Orthodontics. With 13 years of experience in a full-time orthodontic office, she brings a lot of knowledge on how to make your braces appointments fast and smooth.
Katrina B. (Insurance/Financial Coordinator) is our newest team member, and one we are really excited to have found. She says she is excited about finding us to work with, too. 🙂 She has been in dentistry for 22 years, having started as a dental assistant. Since her Dad was in the Navy, she was actually born in Morocco, Africa (!) and grew up in cool places like Guam and Hawaii, but she considers Fort Mill her home and moved back there in 2009. She is happily married with 2 children who keep her busy, but in her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, crafts, and singing in her church choir.
Adrianne M. (Registered Dental Hygienist) joined us early in 2010 and has been helping us keep our patients healthy and educated on taking good care of their teeth. With 11 years experience and a passion for particularly helping patients with periodontal disease, she is very excited about being part of an office that offers Laser Periodontal TherapyTM. She really enjoys going to local health fairs to educate the public on the importance of good dental health, especially in Hispanic communities, as she speaks Spanish. She has a 4yo daughter who is an incredible bundle of energy, so the rest of her free time is spent taking care of her daughter.
We are blessed to have a Team that really enjoys working together, and their combined 100+ years of dental knowledge and experience are melded to provide you some of the finest dental care available.
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