If you dislike your smile, teeth straightening could be just what you need. There are various methods available to fix crooked teeth and improve your appearance. You may think that you are too old for such a treatment. Or perhaps you are worried about wearing a specific appliance. As you learn about different options and…
Why You Should Redo Your Smile
It does not take much to redo your smile nowadays. Being ashamed of the way you look when you smile can be devastating to your self-esteem and your confidence in strangers. It can also affect the way others view your hygiene habits.
If you are unhappy with the way you look when you smile, there is no point suffering in silence when you can change your smile with a visit to the dentist's office.
Here are some of the procedures your dentist can use to enhance your smile:
1. Dental Implants
Implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth. During the procedure, your dentist attaches a titanium rod to your jawbone to replace the lost tooth root. The dentist then fits a crown or other dental prosthetic on top of the implant. Implants are a permanent solution and people will not be able to tell that you have them unless you mention it.
2. Teeth whitening procedures
If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth due to stains or habits like smoking or drinking coffee, there are many teeth whitening procedures available. It is even possible to get moderate results using over-the-counter whitening products, but your dentist has more powerful tools at his/her disposal that allow you to get significant results with a single visit.
You should note that your dentist is unlikely to approve whitening treatments if you have other dental issues like cavities that need treatments.
3. Braces and aligners
If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, braces can straighten them out. While traditional braces were the main option decades ago, there are more discrete alternatives like clear braces such as Invisalign®. Braces work by applying pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them into place over time.
Bonding is an effective way to fix minor chips and cracks on your teeth. During the procedure, your dentist applies a composite to the damaged tooth and molds it into the desired shape. The dentist then hardens the composite using a light beam. The composite material will look like your natural teeth.
5. Dental Veneers
Dental Veneers are an excellent way to immediately transform your smile. Dental veneers cover any stains or discoloration for patients with good teeth structure.
When fitting veneers, your dentist will chip off part of your enamel so that your teeth do not appear bulky after the installation. Since the dentist has to remove the front of your enamel before installing the veneers, those teeth will always need the protection of veneers (which act as an artificial enamel) or something else moving forward.
Call Us for More Information
Here are some of the most common procedures used by dentists to help patients regain their smiles. Call us at (925) 300-4536 for more information to redo your smile from Advanced Dentistry Of Walnut Creek or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in Walnut Creek.