We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day.
On the last visit, we took the wax rims and sent them off to Eliason Dental Lab in Portland, Maine. They took the wax rims and replaced the wax with the teeth we custom selected for Mike’s new smile. These dentures may look real, but only the teeth are real, everything else is wax. I have heard stories of patients taking their wax dentures home to show their families and drinking hot coffee! As you can imagine, the wax melts — a dental horror story!
We check for minor adjustments before the final process.
The reason for today’s visit is to check everything before the final processing. We can still make changes, readjust the bite if necessary, do any final tweaks needed before we have the final dentures fabricated. Everything looks right on, and we are happy from the start.
We have a pleasant surprise at the end of the visit, as Tim Beals of Eliason Dental Labs happens to stop by to check on how we are doing. Tim Beals and Eliason Dental Labs volunteered to do all Mike’s dental lab work as a courtesy. So many times the lab gets no feedback, so I was glad that Tim got to see what a great job they are doing. We at Seasons of Smiles Dental also want to shout out to Julie Skelton at Eliason Dental labs for a job well done!
The dentures are returned to us in wax. Today’s visit is to verify all our choices. Are we happy where the teeth are placed? Are we happy with the color? These are the permanent teeth, but everything else is still in wax. We can still change and modify, if necessary. Again, we want to give Eliason Dental Lab a shout out for helping us with this project: Eliason Dental Lab, 190 Riverside St., Unit 6B. Portland, ME 04103 (207) 774-7881 http://www.eliasonlab.com
This is the way the denture looks like in wax; tooth color is shade A1. Mike’s visit is scheduled today.
This is the way the denture looks in wax. It has an ideal overjet/overbite, and the tooth color is shade A1.
We visually check to see how the denture looks.
We visually check to see how the denture looks, from a different angle.
We visually check to see how the denture looks. This is an ideal overjet/overbite — looks good!
Here is a photo of us taking photos of the upper arch.
Dara takes photos of the lower mandibular arch.
We have to thank Mike for his patience as we take all these photos!
Here are the teeth, set in wax. I am a big fan of Dentsply Portrait teeth. I like the fact that they have a lot of “personality.” Sometimes pictures don’t do justice to how good they really look.
The upper wax denture in place. Normally, we don’t take all these photos, but we did it this time for educational purposes.
The lower wax denture in place. Note, photo is of the lower denture and the reflection in the mirror.
We aren’t going to make any changes. Everything went as planned, and everything looks good!
Too bad the camera focused on the “No Admittance” sign and not on Mike’s gorgeous smile!
What a pleasant surprise: What a pleasant surprise: Tim Beals of Eliason Dental pays us a visit, to see how we we’re doing. It just so happened to be the same hour that we had Mike scheduled, unplanned but I was glad Eliason Dental got some visual feedback on our project. Eliason Dental Lab, 190 Riverside St., Unit 6B Portland, ME 04103 (207) 774-7881 http://www.eliasonlab.com
We quickly package the wax dentures and ask Tim to take them back to the lab. That worked out nice! I’m sure the box will be sitting on Julie’s desk tomorrow morning for the final process where they convert the wax denture into its permanent form.
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Everyone in the office was so thoughtful and nice. Dr. Medina was as well. He asked very important questions during my first visit that made me feel confident he listened to my answers and was willing to meet all my needs. In the end,, we came up with a great dental plan that also included Invisaline for straightening my teeth. I am very excited!!read more
ANOTHER GREAT VISIT! I have been going to Seasons for quite awhile now, and every visit just gets better and better. It seems like every time I go they have new technology or a new trick to make my visit smooth and painless, while providing cutting-edge care. Kim was awesome as usual and my cleaning was quick and didnt hurt a bit. THANKS SEASONS OF SMILES.read more
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My husband and I have been patients at Seasons of Smiles since 1999. I cannot say enough about how comfortable and confident we are as patients. The entire office is kind, competent, and skilled. We are always totally trusting and satisfied with our treatment from the time of the phone call to leaving the office. The entire office is responsive and without fail follows up.We highly recommend this office. You will feel like well cared for family, as we do.read more
Fantastic! I always have a good feeling when I leave the office. My last visit was very successful and kind of fun! We played musical chairs! LOL I was in and out in record time and my problem was fixed. Thanks Michelle! Always nice to visit with you Nellie, we always have a laugh together.
They got me in the day I called! Very thorough, knowledgeable and kind. Medina is my favorite by far out of any dentist, any doctor I have ever had. He was personable, sensitive and I didn’t feel rushed at all. The nurses were all wonderful as well and were sensitive to the fact that I hadn’t been to a dentist in years and was nervous. They explained everything before they did it and talked me through everything. I felt like their only priority was me at the moment and they weren’t mentally somewhere else and that’s rare to find.
5 stars in spite of the fact the dentist is not my favorite place to go. My great experience started from the initial call to Nellie...working with my availability and making it happen. Dr. Medina and Michelle were amazing. They made a difficult visit as easy as they could with sincerity and compassion. I will definitely be making the call to completely change my dental provider to Seasons of Smiles.
Best experience I've ever had at any type of doctor or dentist. The staff was more than accommodating and went above and beyond to make my children and I feel comfortable. Dr. Medina was awesome. Highly recommend this office.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the staff at Seasons of Smiles. Everybody is friendly, kind, and knowledgeable. Dr. Medina and Michelle were so patient and gentle with my seven year old daughter. Thank you for the great care.
Dr Medina and his staff always treat me with the utmost courtesy and respect. They are upfront and honest about the treatment needed. I've had some pretty bad experiences with dentists in my past but at Seasons of Smiles I am always made to feel comfortable and cared about. Thank you all so very much for such great care.
Everyone there is very professional. Always fits me in when necessary . The office is always spotless. The hygienist is very thorough and gentle. Nellie is always pleasant and a great first person to represent the office when people come in !!!!
(this is Diane) I have been using this office for the past 17 years. I have never once even considered finding someone else to be my dentist. They are kind, smart, dependable, and fun! Thank you for making all my fears vanish!
They were so great about getting me in same day because I was in so much pain. The staff was super nice and so passionate and patient. They took the time to hear my concerns and really cared about the fact that I was in pain and not just another check coming in. Dr. Medina was so nice and thoughtful, patient and kind. That is the kind of person you want taking care of your teeth!
My family has been going to Dr. Medina for many years. Nellie has always been so accommodating with making the appointments for the whole family. She calls and sends out reminders for the visits. She is friendly and is happy to see you when you walk into the office. Our hygienists ( We have seen Kim and Michele) are kind and are very gentle. They care about you when you are in their chair and make you feel at home. Dr. Medina always comes in at the end of every cleaning. He goes over any treatment plan and spends time going over any questions that you have. He cares about you as a person, not just another patient. Seasons of Smiles even sends out birthday cards with all of their signatures. My family has always had great experiences and we will continue to be patients of Seasons of Smiles. It is a great place!
10/13/15: My family have been patients of Dr. Medina for 20 years. From the minute you walk in with Nellie's friendly greeting and making you feel like more than a number, to the knowledgeable hygienist (Kim this time) who take the time to answer ALL my questions, to Dr. Medina who will take the time to explain procedures and listens to concerns to give me quality dental care. This office seems to be genuinely concerned with preventative care: Save the tooth, don't replace it. I like that I am not a number in this office. Thanks.