If having a confident smile seems like a distant memory, you may want to consider undergoing a smile makeover. Few people have perfect smiles outside of Hollywood. When most of us look in the mirror, we are well aware of something we’d like to change, whether it be whitening our teeth or straightening crooked teeth. Others are bothered by the shape of their teeth, or cracks and chips.
In the past, you might only visit the dentist for a routine exam or cleaning. Today, dentists provide a wide variety of innovative treatments that make cosmetic dentistry more accessible and affordable than ever before.
If you are considering a smile makeover, you’ll be happy to know that your dentist has quite a few options at their disposal. Every case is different. Some people only need one specific treatment, while others would benefit from multiple treatments for a combined impact.
There are four basic areas that your dentist can provide enhancements to your smile:
You have a few options for whitening your teeth, depending upon your preferences and budget. Laser teeth whitening only takes one visit and offers an immediate improvement. Other methods may mean that you will need to wear a gumshield at night for a few weeks, along with a few dental visits.
Another option for teeth whitening is dental veneers, particularly porcelain, which provides a close match to the appearance of natural teeth. Veneers make an especially good option if you also have some type of chip or crack in your teeth that they could conceal.
Veneers are thin shells that are bonded onto the teeth for the correction of minor aesthetic problems like chips, cracks or staining. Composite is less expensive than porcelain, but it is not as durable and is more susceptible to becoming stained over time.
Some people are fairly happy with the appearance of their teeth and smile, but are somewhat self-conscious because they feel that too much of their gums show when they smile. Others feel that their teeth are too long. Gum contouring is an option to consider if you feel this way about your teeth and
smile. Only one dental visit is required for a gum contouring procedure, as well as for reshaping individual teeth in most cases.
Overall, a smile makeover is not just one single treatment. It can be multiple treatments, depending upon your personal choice and goals. Some people only require one treatment to achieve their goals, while others will need more than one to get the look that they are after.
To learn more about available treatments that can go into a smile makeover, please reach out to us to request more information, or to schedule a convenient consultation.
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