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A Simple Guide to Cosmetic Dental Procedures

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26 Feb 2018

A Simple Guide to Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Did you know that over 1/3 of Americans are currently unhappy with or simply insecure about their smile?

If you struggle with crooked, yellow, or damaged teeth, you likely count yourself among them.

In fact, recent studies reveal that having good teeth can help to boost your confidence and make you appear more beautiful to those around you. However, with 31% of adults having some form of tooth decay, chances are, you feel less than stellar about your pearly whites.

So, what can you do to fix them?

Today, more and more people are looking into cosmetic dental procedures to brighten their smiles and boost their confidence.

Keep reading to learn more about the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, and which one might be right for you.

Lumineers

First up on our list of the most common cosmetic dental procedures?

Lumineers — not to be confused with the more extreme procedure of porcelain veneers.

In fact, Lumineers are a much more natural-looking way to upgrade your smile. So, what makes them different?

We think the biggest appeal of this procedure is that, unlike veneers, you don’t need to have any of your teeth ground down in order to have them applied. This is a huge bonus especially for those who have a dentist phobia.

Additionally, Lumineers are much thinner than veneers, which means they do a much better job of mimicking genuine tooth enamel.

Finally, they’re also incredibly durable, with an average lifespan of about twenty years.

But Will It Hurt?

All of that sounds great, but we know that, when it comes to cosmetic dental procedures, you only have one big question in mind:

Will it hurt?

Luckily, the answer is no.

Again, this is thanks to the thinness of the Lumineers. In addition to eliminating the need for tooth reshaping, you’ll also get an instantly tight but comfortable fit over your natural teeth — no shots required.

In fact, you can expect your procedure to take as little as three hours and just two visits to the dentist.

You also won’t have to deal with any sensitivity after the Lumineers are in place, which means you can brush and floss as you normally would.

Lumineers are an excellent — and far faster — substitute for adults who might need braces but don’t want to have to wear them.

Teeth Whitening

Whether from a smoking or coffee habit, or simply from a lack of good oral hygiene, many of us have to deal with the embarrassment of yellow teeth.

And while we’re willing to bet that you’ve already invested some serious cash in at-home whitening kits, chances are that they don’t always deliver the kinds of results you’ve dreamed about.

This is why teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures on the market today.

Usually, the teeth whitening procedure can be completed in a single session (though you’ll need to come back in a few months to ensure teeth remain white.)

It’s often performed in addition to some of the other options in this post.

The basic procedure revolves around lightening the enamel of your tooth, which can be discolored both by the habits we mentioned above and even by bad luck when it comes to genetics.

The outer coating of the enamel, called the pellicle, is what actually attracts stains to your teeth. However, many patients also struggle with stains on the inside of their teeth (AKA intrinsic stains) that can develop as a result of fluoride use.

How The Process Works

It’s important to remember that you’ll need to take care of any serious dental issues, like cavities and gum disease, before whitening can happen.

First, your dentist will take a photo of your teeth to ensure that your mouth is healthy enough for the procedure. Then, you’ll get a thorough cleaning to remove any surface-level plaque and stains.

The whitening procedure can happen either at home (with a mold of your teeth your dentist has made) or in a dentist’s office. This is when a whitening gel is applied to your teeth and then activated with a laser light by your dentist.

Keep in mind that you should refrain from eating or drinking for a minimum of three hours after your procedure.

Total Mouth Restoration

If you have serious dental issues, then you may require what’s known as a total mouth restoration. This is the most extreme cosmetic dental procedure on our list — which means it’s also the most expensive.

If you have issues with teeth grinding, or if you were born with severe dental conditions, you’re likely a candidate for total mouth restoration.

The specific procedure will be tailor-made by your dentist, but can usually include crowns, veneers, dentures, implants, onlays, and much more.

After the initial procedures, you may also be required to complete in-home treatment or wear orthodontics.

Where Can You Have These Cosmetic Dental Procedures Performed?

If you’re unhappy with your smile, there’s no reason to spend one more day wearing a frown, covering your mouth when you speak, or simply feeling insecure about speaking at all.

However, even if you know you’re a candidate for these cosmetic dental procedures, finding the time to actually make it happen can be tough.

That’s where we come in.

Our office is open until 8:00 in the evening every weekday, and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays. This way, you can get the smile of your dreams without having to rearrange your schedule.

In addition to cosmetic procedures, we also offer cleaning, implants, and much more.

When you’re ready to brighten your smile, get in touch with us to schedule your initial visit.

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