Want to improve your smile? Cosmetic dentistry can help. Also known as a “smile makeover,” cosmetic dentistry is used to change the way your teeth look by fixing various issues. Modern cosmetic dentistry is extremely efficient, and your dentist can help develop a suitable treatment plan for you.
Of course, before looking for reputable cosmetic dentistry in Reading, MA, you may have some questions. What is cosmetic dentistry, and what are the key considerations you should take into account? Are you a suitable candidate?
In this article, we address the different kinds of solutions we have at First Dental.
As mentioned, cosmetic dentistry, or a smile makeover, is aimed at improving your smile. Patients with the following can consider this treatment:
The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to achieve an aesthetically pleasing smile by changing the variables above. However, as all cosmetic procedures go, it is not a must to change the way you look unless you really want it. For instance, some people like having a tooth gap and will not seek to fix it.
The most important thing is to know that you are doing this for yourself. If you have decided on undergoing cosmetic dentistry, there are several ways to go about it.
Teeth whitening is a heavily sought-after treatment for patients in Haverhill, MA, and just about anywhere else. This is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to have a “smile makeover” with the lowest downtime. While there are a plethora of at-home teeth whitening kits in the market, going to your dentist to have a one-time treatment can be more effective. Your dentist might use this to tackle yellow or stained teeth caused by a number of reasons by using the teeth-bleaching products they have.
Invisalign, a portmanteau of “invisible” and “aligners,” is targeted at mild to moderate misalignment or a bite. Clear aligners are used in sets to gradually shift the teeth into the ideal alignment. Unlike braces, Invisalign uses a clear plastic and can be removed for up to 4 hours a day. Since the aligners are removable, you can easily maintain your oral health by brushing and eating or drinking as you normally would.
The invisalign process starts with booking a screening with your dentist to assess if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. If you choose to move forward with Invisalign, 3D dental imaging is used to create digital impressions that make the aligners as precisely as possible. Then, depending on the severity of the misalignment, your dentist will tell you the duration and number of sets you need for a smile transformation.
Another cosmetic dentistry treatment you can opt for is the Snap-On Smile. These involve a custom-made resin device that fits right over your teeth. Our patients choose to go for Snap-On Smiles because they’re not only a less expensive option, but they are quick and can be produced in two visits.
However, you must also consider that these are temporary devices that cannot be worn all the time. For instance, wearing it to sleep or to eat or drink will cause staining in the long run. If you are looking for a quick fix for upcoming events, a Snap-On Smile might be just what you need. The devices are custom-made, can slip in and out easily, and will give you a natural winning smile whenever you need it.
For a more long-term solution, dental veneers are natural-looking, custom-made porcelain or resin laminates that are applied and bonded directly over your teeth’s surface. This can be used to address tooth gaps or chipped and discolored teeth. Those who go for dental veneers will have to remove the top enamel from their tooth so the veneer can be placed there.
While aesthetically similar to a Snap-On Smile, veneers are a more permanent fix in the smile makeover world, and therefore the initial costs are higher. However, for those willing to shell out top dollar to create the perfect smile, this is the treatment option for you! Veneers can also be customized according to a patient’s wishes, and the cosmetic dentist will create mock-ups in order to have a satisfying end result.
Teeth bonding involves bonding a composite resin material to a tooth to create a more harmonious smile. It can be used to tackle chipped, cracked or discolored teeth. The mini shell is then bonded to the tooth with an ultraviolet light. In cosmetic dentistry, bonding is a more cost-effective and less invasive alternative to veneers, as you do not have to remove any tooth enamel for the procedure. It takes about an hour and can be done right in your dental office, allowing you to select the shape, shade, and size of your new tooth in one visit.
There are many ways to go about cosmetic dentistry to restore your smile, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.