If you simply need to freshen up your pearly whites or if you want to go for something more drastic like reshaping your teeth, your cosmetic dentist can offer you treatments for varying concerns, depending on how much time you can devote to the treatment. Here are three options that will certainly give you something to smile about.
A new smile in minutes: In 30 to 60 minutes, your dentist can perform laser or light-based tooth bleaching. Not for sensitive teeth, the procedure includes a whitening gel which is applied to your teeth and a formula that is activated with special lights. In less than 60 minutes, you’ve got a whitening treatment that can last up to two years if you avoid stain-causing foods and drinks and practice regular teeth-cleaning hygiene.
A new smile in hours: If you’ve accidentally chipped a tooth or have one that is too short or misshapen, your cosmetic dentist may suggest bonding. He or she will apply a tooth-colored resin, which is hardened with a high-intensity light after the tooth is sculpted into shape. It’s a quick and conservative treatment that delivers a good-as-new (or even better) smile.
A new smile in weeks: If you’d like to makeover a few teeth or your entire smile, porcelain veneers provide dramatic results. Your dentist will likely file your teeth down a bit (depending on the type of veneers used) and then bond the veneers to the front of your teeth with a composite resin material. The treatment requires a few visits, and your dentist may even offer you a “trial smile” so you can see how you’ll look and test it out before undergoing the treatment.
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