Improvements in dental techniques and new cosmetic products and procedures give you many options for improvement if you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Depending upon your goals, your oral health, and your budget, you can opt for cosmetic dentistry, veneers, Invisalign® alignment devices, or even an instant “Snap on Smile.”
Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the aesthetics of your smile, not just your oral health. Cosmetic dentists use state-of-the-art tools, materials, and techniques to realize your vision of a beautiful smile. Often, Cosmetic Dentistry includes removal or movement of teeth to improve the symmetry of a patient’s smile, but some dental problems that detract from a smile’s appearance are easier to fix. You may opt for custom whitening with an oxidizing agent, laser-reshaping of gum tissue, or correction of broken or chipped teeth with epoxies or veneers.
Dental Veneers are thin coverings of ceramic or porcelain – or sometimes a composite resin. This covering is permanently bonded to the fronts of patients’ teeth, and can be used on one or two, or the entire visible smile. Fitting and adhering Veneers does not usually require anesthesia, and is ideal for those who want to improve the look of their most visible front teeth but do not require movement or removal of teeth. You can hide stains, fill gaps between teeth, create a brighter smile, and make slight changes to the shape of teeth with Veneers. Results can last for many years.
Snap-On-Smile is a great option for patients who are not sure they want to commit to more permanent or expensive improvements to their smiles. Some patients use Snap on Smile temporarily, to mask damaged teeth until a permanent fix can be achieved. These thin, strong, custom-fitted coverings for the visible teeth provides better bite function as well as a more pleasing appearance, and can be created and fitted without anesthesia or any change in tooth structure. They are available for upper and lower teeth.
Invisalign® tooth aligners are clear, comfortable nearly invisible customized devices that work similarly to regular braces, without the pain, mouth sores, tooth decay or discoloration, plaque buildup, and difficulty eating that regular braces often cause. Invisalign® helps to gradually move a patient’s teeth into the proper alignment, creating a symmetrical smile and helping the gums fit more securely around the teeth to help prevent gum disease.
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