Curious about Cosmetic Dentistry? This Will Help.
Cosmetic dentistry has grown in popularity over the years. However, many people are not aware of the remarkable capabilities the dentist has for enhancing, rejuvenating, and maximizing your smile. From whitening to full veneers, depending on your individual concern, there is likely a cosmetic solution waiting for you in your home dental office!
While there are many types of cosmetic procedures, we will discuss three popular options in this blog. Starting with veneers.
Veneers are a thin porcelain shell that adhere to the smiling surface of your teeth. If you have discolored, misshapen, misaligned, or gaps between your teeth, veneers might be right for you. We usually make veneers out of a durable and natural looking porcelain. If you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, you will probably schedule several appointments. First, the doctor will discuss your goals and budget. Then you will come in for a preparation appointment. Typically, your teeth will need to be slightly etched down to make room for the veneer and ensure it will adhere properly. The dentist will shave down the enamel during this appointment and place temporary veneers. Then, when your custom veneers are complete and back from the lab, you will come in for your final fitting. The first time a patient see’s their new smile with veneers is priceless. Veneers can be a more expensive option for cosmetic tooth repair or rejuvenation, but the results are immediate!
Teeth straightening has come a long way. There used to be the single option of bulky brackets and wires. The painful and adolescent orthodontic experience is something many adults’ shudder to think about. But, if you want straight teeth, you don’t have to go the traditional route! Now there are several options available for straightening teeth without bulky brackets and sharp wires! Clear aligners have revolutionized the teeth-straightening business. If you want a discreet, but predictable option for teeth alignment, clear aligners are a great strategy.
To get clear aligners you must first come in for a series of prep appointments. The doctor will assess your bite and talk to you about the potential outcomes of treatment. If you begin clear aligner treatment, your doctor will take images of your teeth and send them to a lab where your custom series of aligners will be made. Typically, you wear each aligner for a few weeks, then move to the next aligner, as your teeth gradually shift. People love clear aligners because they are nearly invisible and you can remove them to eat, drink, and brush your teeth.
Most people we ask would love to have a brighter, whiter smile. The great news is teeth whitening has never been easier or more effective! No matter if you want to have a treatment in-office or in the comfort of your own home, most offices have both. In-office treatments can vary slightly depending on the system however the fundamentals are similar. You will start with a consult where you determine the shade of white you’d like to reach. Then your doctor will go over all the details. Once you have a firm understanding of the process, you will sit while a professional strength gel works to eliminate touch stains. Some in-office whitening systems add on a special activation light to help the gel process. Once you have finished your session, your dentist may apply something to help with sensitivity and give you instructions on how to care for your newly white smile. It’s important to be mindful of what you eat and drink after you whiten your teeth. Results can last a long time, but it requires maintenance and diligence on your part to stay away from staining agents.
If you prefer to whiten at home, your dentist can make custom trays and prescribe professional whitening gel to use at home. You will wear your trays as your doctor recommends for a gleaming result!
Having a straight, white smile is something most people would like. It’s never been easier to find a cosmetic procedure to help you reach your goals. If you want to discuss your options, please schedule an appointment today!
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.