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Kim's Success

Alabama Dentist - Braces, Gum Lift Surgery and Veneers

Kim previously had porcelain veneers on teeth # 7, # 11, and # 12. Her existing veneers were around 17 years old and were not the appropriate length to give her a feminine appearance. She was also beginning to have exposed margins at her gum line due to gum recession.

In preparing for her new smile, Kim first had braces by orthodontist Dr. Lew Sample to open her bite and position her teeth more correctly. Next she had periodontist Dr. Paul Weeks perform cosmetic gum lift surgery on teeth # 5, # 6, # 7, # 11, and # 12. Gum lift procedures are very helpful to make a much more full and attractive smile.

Braces, Gum Lift Surgery, Veneers

A computer imaging photo along with several smile design records and other information were given to Mr. Kreig DeGraff of D & M laboratory to aid in creating the diagnostic wax-up.

Dr. Beasley and Kim evaluated temporary crowns made from the diagnostic wax-up for proper aesthetics, phonetics, function, and comfort. Kim also utilized a Viajet oral irrigator daily during the time she was in temporaries to aid in keeping her tissue healthy and clean interproximally.

All together, teeth #4 - #13 were restored with porcelain veneers. All crowns were created by master ceramist Mr. Kreig DeGraff of D & M Dental Arts, Merced, California. Smile design and cosmetic dentistry performed by Dr. R. Brad Beasley.