Your smile is one of the best ways to let people get to know you, but it’s understandable that some people are self-conscious about their teeth and want a cosmetic makeover. Everyone has a different reason why they want to change the way their teeth look. Chipped teeth, misalignments, or yellowing teeth are just some of the reasons why you may feel self-conscious.
It’s okay if you don’t know where to start, but take your time to look at the options you have. Ask as many questions as you can about the course of treatment, costs, and factors that may make some treatments more suitable for you than others. Below we’ll explain 5 of the most popular smile makeover procedures and the issues they can assist with.
A smile makeover will change the way you smile.
1. Tooth bonding
This procedure can correct tooth discoloration, cracks, or small chips. The process can also change your tooth’s size, so you may consider this procedure to lengthen a tooth that may be shorter than others.
Your dentist will mix some resin in a color that matches the color of your natural tooth. Then, they will gently roughen the surface of your tooth in preparation for the bonding material. Next, they will attach the resin and shape it so it looks aesthetically pleasing and blends in with your smile.
Tooth bonding can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour to do, and you can typically resume your regular activities if you didn’t need anesthesia.
Veneers can correct cracked and chipped teeth. They can also be used to ensure all your teeth look the same size if you have teeth that are of different lengths or thicknesses. Often confused with crowns, veneers are actually thin shells made of resin or porcelain, which are then attached to your teeth.
You can use veneers to modify several teeth or get just one for one tooth that is not in the condition you desire. Traditional veneers are known to be a slightly more invasive procedure and usually require a local anesthesia. In this procedure, your dentist will roughen the surface of your teeth and may even remove some enamel. The outcomes aren’t reversible, so once you opt for veneers, you will always need them. Some over-the-counter pain medication may be needed after the procedure to alleviate any temporary discomfort.
Crowns are often used to protect teeth with cavities that can’t be filled. People with weakened, cracked, or worn down teeth are often great candidates for this procedure. Crowns are made of materials such as metal, porcelain, resin, or even a combination of these. At Duvall Dental Center, we specialize in porcelain, zirconia, and E-MAX crowns to achieve the most natural-looking result.
Your dentist will discuss with you your preferences for the look, size, color, and material for your crown, but they’ll also bear in mind the location of your tooth, the condition of your gum tissue, and the reasons why you need a crown.
4. Teeth whitening
Dentists perform in-office teeth whitening procedures that offer better results than whitening strips or other over-the-counter products. Several visits may be necessary to get the results you want.
Getting your dentist to whiten your teeth ensures that your gums are protected, and can take between 60 to 90 minutes. First, your dentist will examine the color of your teeth and remove any plaque. Your dentist may use devices to keep your mouth dry and open, such as gauze and a retractor, and will also use barriers to ensure the whitening solution doesn’t get onto your gums. A solution will be used to coat your teeth, and may require light to start working.
Duvall Dental Center can help you transform your smile.
No matter which option you choose, these are big life decisions, and your investment in your smile is worth consideration. The team at the Duvall Dental Center are here as your partner in your smile transformation and are ready to answer any questions you may have about which treatment might be right for you. Request an appointment today and start your journey toward a brighter, healthier smile!