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Upper and Lower Veneers Testimonial | Kathy Childress | Hamburg Expressions | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD | Lexington KY

My name is Kathy Childress. I am one of the owners of CrossFit Maximus which is a functional fitness facility in Lexington, KY. I guess that’s how Jenny and I met each other about 5 years ago. We were fitness buddies and she mentioned to me that she was going back to work. At the time I didn’t know that she was a dentist, or a cosmetic dentist at that.

She has done twelve veneers on my upper and lower teeth and they have been great. They feel like my own teeth and I have no problems with them at all. I get compliments on them all the time on my smile and I’m usually the one giving up information when people comment about my smile and how pretty my smile is and I give Jenny any time that I can.

Composite Veneers Testimonial | Hamburg Expressions | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD | Lexington, KY

 

 

My name is Layne, I’m 14 and I’ve had composites done on my top eight teeth. They feel like my natural teeth and i get a lot of compliments on them all the time. People say that they are so white, pretty and perfect and that they want to get their teeth worked on too.

Saving Money and Time with Porcelain Veneers | Lexington Cosmetic Dentist

When you decide to go the route of cosmetic dentistry, there are many different options for perfecting your smile.  Some methods are cheaper than others, but you have consider the longevity of the veneers you will get for your smile make over.  Also, will the new veneers need repairs and replacements in the future?  Can I change the color once they are on?

You must consider these questions before getting work done.  Usually, you will realize it’s best to do it right the first time.  This is where Porcelain Veneers come in.  Cost of the veneers will depend on the total number of teeth.  They usually range from $700 to $2,000 per tooth.  When considering the cost of porcelain veneers how long they will last, and their overall attractiveness.

Porcelain veneers tend to be a long lasting alternative to other treatments that cost less but must be repaired more often and lose their cosmetic appeal more quickly.

Would you rather pay once and get it done right, or constantly repair them?

Do it right the first time, and get porcelain veneers.

Using Your Dental Benefits and Flex Spending before end of year

If your employer has provided the benefit of a Flex Spending Account you are eligible to up to 40% of the cost of you and your family’s dental work by using pre-tax dollars.
By the end of the year, your Flex Spending Accounts may not be available for you to use due to new legislation.
Here are some ways for you to use your FSA before the end of the year:
  • Plan major expenses ahead of time.  You can prevent the hit of a major expense by spreading the cost throughout the year.
  • If you have Orthodontia Insurance, you can pair it with your FSA to save a substantial amount of money on your orthodontia. The only approved FSA expense that can be reimbursed during the course of treatment and payments are made, is orthodontia.
  • You must claim your services provided by the end of the period determined by your plan.
  • Look over coverage from your insurance and expenses that you have to pay thoroughly before you determine how much to put into your FSA.  This will help you prevent losing left-over money at the end of your plan’s year and make sure to receive your eligible savings.
  • Cosmetic procedures are not covered expense for your FSA.  Things like Veneers (unless it is a health issue), whitening, won’t be re-imbursed.
Every time you arrive for a dental appointment, show your dental insurance ID card.  Make sure you understand your benefits before you being to pay for dental expenses.  Be diligent and use your FSA to pay only your portion of your cost.

Why Metal Free Dentistry? | Tooth Colored Fillings | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD | Lexington KY

“Why metal free you might wonder?  Another very important part and reason not to use metal in cosmetic dentistry is the cosmetic or aesthetic effect.  If a natural tooth has a silver color and metal filling, when the light hits that tooth the light hits the tooth, hits the metal and bounces back out, turning the tooth grey.  So you can see images of a tooth that has a metal filling in it and the grey appearance the tooth has and when the metal filling is removed and replace with a tooth colored filling, how the tooth completely revitalizes becomes much brighter and you can just sense it is much healthier as a result.  So with any fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges, we are always going to search for the metal free option.”

At Hamburg Expressions you can experience metal free dentistry by Dr. Jenny Miller and Neil Miller.

Tooth Design in Cosmetic Dentistry | Hamburg Expressions | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD | Lexington KY

“I think having an eye for design is very important in cosmetic dentistry in Lexington, KY.  I think some people are artistic and others just don’t have that interest.  I’ve always been interested in art and I feel like I do have an eye for detail.  It’s very important when you are looking at the nuances of tooth form, and color.  Color is a big issue.  Some people don’t see the difference of why color doesn’t match.  Sometimes color doesn’t match because the value is off.  It’s not really the actual color is off, but one tooth may be brighter but the color is the same.  But to be able to distinguish and find out details as to why something as small as a tooth doesn’t match.. is very important.”

Get proper teeth whitening in Lexington Kentucky done by an expert.  Make sure that the tooth color matches.  We offer ZOOM! Teeth Whitening as well as other solutions.

Implant Crowns That Look Natural at Hamburg Expressions | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

Imagine the devastation one must feel when they lose a front tooth. Modern dentistry has eased that blow with the advent of tooth implants but still the challenge remains of matching the new implant crown to the natural surrounding teeth perfectly. Compromises in the esthetics or the appearance of the implant crown cannot be afforded when dealing with an upper front tooth. Many times what will happen when front teeth are not restored to match natural teeth is an avoidance to smile and ultimately a negative change in personality. Our smile is the first thing most people notice and when we smile we leave the impression that we are a happy person.
This is a case where an implant crown was made on the upper left central incisor and composite bonding was placed on the upper right central incisor in order to better match the crown. The poor, unnatural esthetics took their toll on the confidence of this patient so she sought out our services to get her natural smile back. After tooth whitening we replaced the implant crown and restored the adjacent central with the same material, porcelain. We customized these restorations in her mouth in order to achieve her natural look. Our unique advantage, at Hamburg Expressions, is our in-office lab. This allows us to perfect restorations in the mouth and process them in our lab while the patient is in the chair. The outcome was fabulous! We have naturally appearing front teeth and most importantly a happy patient who loves to smile!

No More Dentist Office Smell

New patients that come into our office tend to notice immediately the environment. It’s very non-dental. We purposefully did that, we eliminated white walls, white lab coats, anything you would typically see in an average dental practice.  We replaced those things with warm colors, soft sounds , soft music, and aroma therapy during every visit. We get the most compliments about our environment.  A lot of times, patients when they are leaving after their cleaning say, “I wish I could stay here all day because it is so relaxing here.”

Signs of Dental Aging or Gum Disease? | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

You know, normally if people have concerns about the look or appearance of their smile, they can pinpoint what that is. Occasionally, people say I have spaces at my gum line, which we call black triangles. Maybe it looks like they have black pepper in their teeth? That type of question comes up, and those things can be restored with veneers or composites, in a very conservative manner. But there are ways to treat that. Occasionally, those spaces in the gum line are only due to gum disease and periodontal disease. Occasionally, they are due to age. As we get older, our gum line does recede slightly, our teeth erupt a little further and then the natural taper in our teeth will leave spaces. But it does raise a question, do we have gum disease or not?

The Health Benefits of Metal Free Dentistry | Lexington KY | Neil Miller

The health benefits associated with Metal Free Dentistry as a whole are very important to discuss. The reason we don’t like metal in the mouth because anytime you look in a mouth that has no dentistry in it, a natural mouth, there is no metal in it.  So, if we can avoid using metal in the mouth, that would always be our preference.