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By Ultimate Dental Studio
December 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

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.”


We all want to look young and vibrant, or at least “age gracefully.” If you're seeking to reduce the visible effects of aging for a more youthful appearance, be sure you include one very important feature—your smile.

Like other aspects of body and health, our teeth and gums can be affected by aging. Even if you've managed for the most part to avoid the ravages of disease or injury, teeth will still naturally wear from a lifetime of biting and chewing food. The attractive shine of young teeth can also give way to yellowing and other discolorations later in life.

But there are ways to turn back the clock, so to speak, through cosmetic dentistry. And you won't necessarily break the bank to gain a more youthful smile: Many cosmetic procedures are quite affordable and minimally invasive.

If your teeth have become worn and edgy, for example, we may be able to soften those sharper edges with a dental drill. Known as enamel contouring (or reshaping), the single-visit procedure is relatively minor and inexpensive, usually without the need for anesthesia. For heavily worn teeth, you may need to step up to veneers, thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain, or crowns that cover the teeth and make them appear longer.

Mild enamel yellowing and staining often responds well to professional teeth whitening. Using a safe bleaching solution, we can temporarily restore brightness to your teeth that you may be able to maintain for a few years with proper care and occasional touchups. For a more permanent solution you can also turn to veneers, crowns or dental bonding for a brighter smile, especially for discolorations that don't respond well to teeth whitening.

While these techniques can restore a youthful appearance to your smile, don't discount the effect of daily care and regular dental visits. Brushing and flossing are fundamental to healthy teeth and gums—and health and beauty go hand in hand.

Age can take its toll on all of us, especially our smiles. But with proper care and perhaps a little cosmetic magic, you can have an attractive smile throughout your lifetime.

If you would like more information on improving your smile as you age, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

September 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Port Orange FL can give you the beautiful smile you deserve

When you meet people, does your smile make them smile back? The truth is, your smile is your most important asset, and it’s often the first thing people notice when they meet you.

If your smile is dull and uninteresting, you owe it to yourself to jazz it up a bit, and cosmetic dentistry can help. Dr. Jeff Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange FL offers a full line of cosmetic dentistry services, to give you the smile you deserve.

What You Need To Know

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of procedures, guaranteed to take your smile from dull to dazzling. Consider these great ways to improve your smile, offered by your Port Orange dentist:

Professional teeth whitening, which can whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades. Your great results can last a long time too, even as long as 5 years! Unlike some over-the-counter whitening treatments that contain harsh chemicals and abrasive agents, professional whitening products and methods have been rigorously tested and approved for safety by the American Dental Association.

Dental bonding, which can repair small cracks, chips, defects, and other unsightly issues. Bonding uses composite, which can be matched to your tooth color, so when treatment is complete, it blends with your smile. Dental bonding can make a damaged or worn-down smile appear whole again. Talk to your Port Orange dentist about this option if you're interested.

Porcelain veneers, which can cosmetically hide both minor and major aesthetic issues including large cracks and fracture lines, excessive tooth wear, loss of tooth structure, and discolored enamel. Veneers are thin laminates that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are considered a conservative treatment because little to no tooth surface is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.

When you choose to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, you are investing in yourself, and you are worth it! To find out more about cosmetic dentistry procedures and how they can help your smile, call Dr. Jeff Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL at (386) 322-4867. Call today and start working on a beautiful new smile!

By Ultimate Dental Studio
July 02, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.

With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.

While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.

Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.

Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.

Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.

Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.

Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.

If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

December 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Studies have found that many people are unhappy or embarrassed by their smile. Even minor damage like a cracked tooth or mild-to-Cosmetic dentistrymoderate stains can have a big impact, leaving many people feeling ashamed of their teeth. In addition to social stigma and low confidence, damaged teeth can also affect your speech, nutrition, and even your oral health in some cases. Fortunately, here at Dr. Jeff Kim's office in Port Orange, FL, we offer a few different cosmetic dentistry procedures for everything from teeth whitening to tooth replacement. Read on to learn more!


Cosmetic Dentistry Services

If you're not sure which cosmetic dental treatments is right for you, a dental exam is the best place to start. If you haven't been keeping up with your preventive care, Dr. Kim will perform a comprehensive dental exam and make recommendations for the cosmetic or restorative dental treatment that's best for you.


Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Whether you're just looking to make subtle improvements or want to makeover your entire smile, there are several options available depending on your needs and budget:

  • Professional teeth whitening treatments
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants

If you have minor-to-moderate cosmetic damage like chips, cracks, stains, or gaps, porcelain veneers are a great option to quickly makeover your smile. Veneers consist of a thin, translucent layer of porcelain bonded onto the surface of the tooth. They're used to change the size, shape, or color of a damaged or unattractive tooth, so they're also a great option for general cosmetic changes or improvements.

Sometimes a whitening treatment is enough to improve your smile and even take a few years off your appearance. Dr. Kim and our dental team will help you find the solution that's right for you.


Find a Dentist in Port Orange, FL

A perfect smile is more obtainable than ever thanks to cosmetic dentistry. For more information about the services available to you and to find the best treatment for your needs, contact Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL, today by calling (386) 322-4867 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim.