December 21, 2019
New Year’s is a time of fresh starts; if you’ve long been unhappy with your smile, why not take this opportunity to make a change? Whether there’s a chip that stands out or a stain that leaves you embarrassed, there are plenty of reasons why you might be dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth – and fortunately, there are just as many ways for a cosmetic dentist to help you! If you’ve resolved to refresh your grin for New Year’s, here are 4 cosmetic treatments you might want to consider.
1. Teeth Whitening
Plenty of people want a whiter smile, but if you’ve been using over-the-counter products like whitening strips and toothpaste, you might notice that some teeth remain dull no matter how much attention you give them. That’s because sometimes the cause of a tooth’s discoloration is beneath the enamel where these products simply can’t reach. When a dentist performs teeth whitening, they’ll use a special solution that penetrates the surface of your teeth and gets rid of both extrinsic and intrinsic stains. After just one hour-long appointment, your grin will be several shades brighter!
2. Cosmetic Bonding
Tooth enamel doesn’t heal naturally once it’s been damaged, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with a chip in your tooth. By using a special composite resin, your dentist can hide the damage and restore your tooth’s natural shape. The resin can be shaded and molded to blend in with the rest of your tooth, so you won’t have to worry about anyone else noticing your dental work; they’ll just see a perfect row of pearly whites.
It’s never too late to enjoy a straighter smile. Invisalign is a special orthodontic treatment that many adults and teenagers prefer over braces; instead of brackets and wires, the treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to slowly move the teeth into position. These aligners are practically invisible when worn, and unlike braces, they can be removed during meals. It’s a discreet and convenient way to fix crooked teeth or an uneven bite.
4. Porcelain Veneers
Want to hide cracks, discoloration, and gaps in your teeth all at once? By placing porcelain veneers on the front of your teeth, you can correct all these flaws and more with just one procedure. And since porcelain is a durable, stain-resistant substance, you can expect your veneers to last for quite a while –10 to 15 years on average – before needing replacements!
Not sure what kind of cosmetic treatment is right for you? You can schedule a consultation with your dentist today; once you’ve explained what your goals are, they can recommend a procedure that will have you smiling brightly as you greet the new year!
About the Author
Dr. Frank Marchese has been improving smiles and building relationships with his patients for 30 years and counting. As a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he’s an expert at using teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other procedures to make all kinds of cosmetic corrections. To schedule an appointment at his Lisle practice, Arbor Dental Care, visit his website or call (630) 969-2310.
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