Popular Smile Makeover Treatment Options

By July 5, 2016Blog

113249653-2Good dentistry isn’t just about cleaning teeth and filling cavities. Here at Advanced Dentistry of Sugar Land, we understand that patients also want to achieve the best looking smile possible. We therefore offer a range of cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, which can help patients smile proudly and confidently once more. Problems like discoloration, crookedness, and chipped teeth can be fixed through an individualized smile makeover that is tailored specifically to your aesthetic needs. If you want to improve your overall smile to any degree, consider the below treatment options before coming in for a consultation.

Teeth Whitening

One of the easiest and most efficient ways to improve the appearance of teeth is through professional teeth whitening. In a single one-hour visit, patients can remove years of staining and brighten their teeth by multiple shades for years to come. Nearly all patients are good candidates for whitening, and the side effects are few and mild. When compared to over-the-counter whitening products, professional treatment is more effective, more accurate, and more rewarding.

Whitening can be an excellent option by itself or when combined with another treatment, such as dental bonding or Six Month Smiles® for straighter teeth. There is one caveat, however: whitening will only affect natural tooth tissue, as opposed to composite resin or other restorative materials. Treatment should therefore come before other cosmetic procedures in which a restoration will be color-matched to teeth.

Six Month Smiles®

Straight teeth can make a world of difference in the aesthetics of a smile, but traditional orthodontic treatment can be both lengthy and unattractive. If you want to show off a straighter smile without conspicuous metal braces, consider our Six Month Smiles®option. Like regular braces, this treatment plan utilizes brackets and wires to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. However, Six Month Smiles® makes use of tooth-colored materials that blend in far more discreetly. Additionally, as the name suggests, this treatment plan typically lasts only six months. By the end of treatment, patients have a permanently and naturally straighter smile.

To find out if you are a good candidate for Six Month Smiles®, speak with your dentist. Generally, patients who are primarily concerned with the appearance of their smiles can safely undergo treatment, as Six Month Smiles® do not typically address molar movement, and are not used to address complex or severe misalignment problems.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a simple yet versatile way of fixing multiple types of cosmetic problems. Chipped teeth, internal discoloration, gapped teeth, and misshapen teeth can all be addressed through a single bonding procedure.

Treatment involves the layering of composite resin over a tooth, allowing it to harden before shaping the resin to complement the tooth’s appearance. For instance, a chipped tooth can be filled with resin to approximate its full, regular size, and then the resin will be polished to better replicate the tooth’s natural shape. Moreover, because composite resin is opaque, it can be used to cover up spots of discoloration that might otherwise be unaffected by teeth whitening gel.

Overall, dental bonding offers a variety of options to touch up teeth with minimal preparation, little risk, and virtually no discomfort during treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers can provide multiple cosmetic benefits at once. But because veneers employ a higher quality material and cover the entire surfaces of teeth, they offer even more comprehensive and dramatic results. In this way, porcelain veneers can create an entire smile makeover with just one treatment.

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain, about the width of a fingernail, that are cemented over teeth, covering up any imperfections in the process. They are color-matched and shaped to each specific tooth, creating a natural looking and flawless smile. With the right aftercare, porcelain veneers can last decades with little wear or discoloration.

Since veneers require the removal of some enamel to be placed, the results are permanent, as those teeth will require veneers or similar restorations to protect them. Therefore, patients should come to an informed and definitive decision with their dentist before undergoing treatment.

Get Started on Your Smile Makeover

A complete smile makeover can be a boon to patients’ appearance and self-confidence. To see whether you are a good candidate for any of our cosmetic treatment options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. John.