07 Jan Do You Need a Smile Makeover?
Everyone should be able to look in the mirror, smile, and like what they see. However, due to many factors, that is not always the case. Some of these factors are genetic, like jaw size and shape, the straightness of the teeth, or the size of the teeth. Some people have naturally straight, even, and beautiful teeth, while others have smiles that are less than perfect through no fault of their own.
In past centuries, people had no choice but to live with the smile that nature gave them. Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry, people no longer have to simply accept the smile they receive through genetics. By using certain cosmetic dentistry techniques from dental implants to orthodontia, you can improve your smiles and feel confident out in the world.
Dentists offer a variety of techniques to give people smile makeovers. These procedures may combine a variety of dental procedures to improve the looks of a person’s smile.
Tooth whitening is one of the least invasive cosmetic dental techniques. Many options exist for consumers who wish to have a brighter smile. Consumers can go with do-it-yourself kits available in department and drug stores, or they can have the dentist apply a whitening treatment in the dentist office. Typically, Healthy and unrestored teeth see better results from whitening procedures. Your dentist can help you decide if whitening is a good option for your smile.
Dental veneers change the size and shape of a patient’s teeth. These thin porcelain or resin composite shells are custom-made for each patient. They are bonded to the existing teeth and make a drastic improvement to the appearance of someone’s smile. Sometimes people whose natural teeth are too small to be considered attractive have veneers applied to make the smile seem fuller and more attractive. This procedure is permanent.
Tooth reshaping is a minimally invasive procedure that can correct minor tooth chips and spacing issues. In tooth reshaping, the dentist takes a grinding tool and painlessly files off the irregular parts of the tooth to make it more attractive. This type of dental procedure provides almost instant improvement to the patient’s smile.
If you have broken or cracked teeth, crowns improve the appearance of the teeth. In a crown procedure, your dentist grinds the existing broken tooth into a small peg. An artificial tooth made of metal, porcelain, or resin is fitted over the peg and bonded into place. The crown will then be filed down to match the remaining teeth.
If you have missing teeth, rather than using dentures or bridges, modern dentistry allows you to get a more permanent fix — dental implants. In the implant procedure, your dentist surgically bonds a platinum post into your jaw. After a few months, the jawbone grows around the titanium post, providing an excellent, stable base for a new, artificial tooth. At later appointments, your dentist attaches a custom-made artificial tooth onto the platinum post. Dental implants are excellent choices for young people suffering from tooth loss because they last a long time with very little wear. If the artificial tooth is damaged in some way, replacing it on the titanium post is fairly easy.
If your teeth are out of alignment, orthodontics may be part of the smile makeover. Orthodontics have come a long way in the past twenty or thirty years. Patients may be able to forgo the classic “mouth full of metal” style of braces for Invisalign procedures. This orthodontic method relies on custom-made plastic trays that slowly move the teeth into alignment. This method is perfect for adults or self-conscious teens who want to correct their smiles unobtrusively.
The exact techniques needed for a smile makeover depend on the needs of each individual patient. As with many procedures, no “one-size-fits-all” smile makeover exists. Contact Dental Brothers today to schedule your consultation for your brand new smile. You can discuss the options that will give you the smile of your dreams. Having a beautiful, healthy smile is within your reach. Make the call today.