Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile? Are you concerned about the color, shape, or size of your teeth? Do you have teeth that are crooked, misaligned, or separated by unsightly gaps? You might be interested in exploring the solutions offered by cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to procedures that improve the appearance, but not necessarily the function, of your teeth. With the wide array of dental technology available these days, you have a lot of options to consider if you wish to give your smile a makeover. There are subtle procedures (like bonding and teeth whitening) as well as dramatic, permanent solutions (like veneers).
As you explore the possibilities, you’ll find that each procedure comes with pros and cons. You’ll need to decide where your priorities lie regarding affordability, permanence, performance, and more. However, with a little research and a consultation with Dr. Wilkinson or Dr. Gray, we’re sure that you’ll find the right cosmetic dentistry treatment for your smile. Here are some of the options you might consider:
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
If you would like straighter teeth but you dread wearing metal, “train track” braces, you might be interested in Invisalign. This inconspicuous, orthodontic solution uses plastic aligners that are nearly invisible. Every two weeks or so, you’ll switch to a new aligner so that your teeth can slowly move to their ideal position. Invisalign is discreet and effective, making it the perfect solution for adults who wish to straighten their teeth without the stigma of braces.
Lumineers are extremely thin, porcelain shells that can be attached to the surface of your teeth to create a more beautiful smile. They are used to treat a variety of cosmetic flaws, including gaps, chips, stains, misshapen teeth, and outdated dental work. Reversible and comfortable, they can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed about.
Like Lumineers, veneers can give your smile a complete makeover using thin, porcelain shells, which will be bonded to the surface of your teeth. However, unlike Lumineers, veneers require your original teeth to be shaved down first so that the veneers can fit properly without adding excess bulk. They will be color-matched to your teeth for a flawless finish.
Who wouldn’t want a brighter, whiter smile? As the years go by, our teeth become darker and more yellow due to the natural aging process as well as staining agents like coffee, red wine, tobacco, and certain medications. Using professional in-office whitening or custom take-home trays, we can give you the bright smile you crave.
Bonding is the perfect solution for teeth suffering from minor flaws such as cracks, chips, or gaps. Your dentist will use a composite resin color-matched to your teeth, bonding the material to the flawed tooth to create a more pleasing form and shape. This simple procedure can be completed in just one appointment.
If you would prefer a noninvasive and nonpermanent treatment, you could try a Snap-On Smile. This is a removable appliance designed to fit over your teeth, creating a bright and beautiful smile. After two short, painless appointments, you can leave our office wearing your new Snap-On smile.
Digital Smile Makeovers
Wondering what your smile would look like after a cosmetic dentistry procedure? Using a Digital Smile Makeover, we can show you a projection of your smile’s future. So if you’re feeling hesitant about veneers, Lumineers, bonding, or another cosmetic treatment, we can use this technology to help you make a confident, informed decision.
If you’re ready to set up an appointment to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options, please give Wilkinson Dental a call at 417-708-0556. We look forward to hearing from you!