Are you insecure about the appearance of your teeth? Feeling self-conscious about discoloration, gaps, unevenly shaped or sized teeth, and chips are incredibly common. Unfortunately, it can make one think that they should hide their teeth, avoid photos, and feel uncomfortable during special occasions that they should be enjoying.
By investing in your smile and correcting imperfections that leave you feeling down about yourself, you can increase your confidence and feel more open to new experiences. Studies have shown that people with good smiles are even more likely to receive job offers, get a raise, and forge new relationships.
When you feel better about your teeth, you’re more likely to take care of them. Cosmetic dentistry procedures often involve repairing the damage that makes your teeth more vulnerable to infection or wear and tear. Patients who revamp their smile spend more time prioritizing oral hygiene and are less likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease.
In-Office Whitening – Have discolored or stained teeth? An in-office whitening appointment can lighten your teeth by up to 10 shades in a single hour-long appointment! You’ll come into the office and we’ll place a cheek retractor in your mouth to keep your mouth open.
A protective gel will be applied to your gums so the whitening agent doesn’t come in contact with your soft tissue. A peroxide-based whitening gel is applied to each tooth and activated with UV light.
This process may need to be repeated a few times and then the whitening gel will be rinsed out and you’ll be left with pearly white teeth. This treatment is excellent for special occasions when you need a quick and powerful whitening fix.
At-Home Whitening – Don’t have time to come in for a whitening appointment? Many of us are pressed for time, juggling multiple tasks at once, and are always on the go. At-home whitening treatments offer you the ability to whiten your teeth from home!
All you need to do is come in for a quick appointment so we can take impressions of your teeth to create custom-fit whitening trays. Once we receive your trays, you’ll pick them up and follow the instructions. You will receive whitening gel that you apply to your trays before placing them over your teeth. Expect to wear these every day for about 2 weeks.
Dental bonding is a procedure used to repair damage to teeth such as chips or cracks or to alter their appearance by filling in gaps, changing their shape, and elongating short teeth. Composite resin is bonded to the teeth to rebuild the tooth structure.
It’s a cost-effective, minimally-invasive, and painless alternative to veneers and dental crowns and doesn’t require shaving down your enamel. Bonding can provide you with a whitening boost by choosing a lighter shade of resin than your natural teeth.
Enameloplasty is the process of removing a small amount of enamel from your natural tooth. This is often performed in preparation for dental crowns and veneers so they don’t stick out. It’s also usually combined with dental bonding to achieve the ultimate smile aesthetic. If you have any teeth that are too long, sharp, jagged, or uneven, we can file these down before building the tooth back up.
Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to mask dental imperfections such as discoloration, chips, cracks, uneven or crooked teeth, gaps, and so on. Achieve the seamlessly straight, white, even smile you’ve always dreamed of.
We’ll remove .5 mm of enamel from your teeth and bond the veneer on top. They are typically only placed at the very front of the mouth because these teeth show the most when you smile. Veneers last for 10-15 years.
If you’re in good oral health, don’t have severe damage, and would like to improve the appearance of your teeth, you’re a great candidate for cosmetic dentistry. However, if you have active tooth decay or gum disease, this will need to be treated before you can opt for cosmetic treatment.
Severe damage to your teeth may need to be repaired with restorative treatments such as dental crowns or some teeth may need to be replaced. If you grind your teeth, you are at high risk of damaging your cosmetic dental work. You will need to wear a mouthguard so you don’t chip or damage your teeth.
Some procedures may be more suitable for you than others, depending on your goals. Minor orthodontic issues like small gaps or slightly misaligned teeth can be covered with dental bonding or veneers but more severe malocclusions will require orthodontics.
Minor chips and cracks can be repaired with dental bonding or covered with veneers, but severe breaks or cracks that run to the root may need to be covered with dental crowns. The best way to find out which treatment would be best for you is to come into Whitestone Family Dentistry for a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.