Have you ever found yourself examining your teeth in the mirror, thinking, “I wonder what I would look like with a beautiful, white smile?” It’s a natural question, and is one we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another.
Maybe you’ve even considered cosmetic dentistry, but just don’t really know what it entails or which procedure is best for you. In this article, Dr. Forester is going to share with you five different cosmetic options that can improve the look of your smile.
When many people think of cosmetic dentistry, they think of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain (about the thickness of a contact lens) that are placed over your front teeth in order to create a beautiful smile.
Rest assured, with custom porcelain veneers from Dr. Forester, each veneer will fit perfectly to avoid the “chiclet teeth” look. Dr. Forester will work with you to ensure that your new porcelain veneers are the exact size, shape, and color you want them to be.
DURAthin veneers are like traditional porcelain veneers in many ways. However, there are a few major differences that permit many patients to choose them over traditional veneers.
For starters, DURAthin veneers are known as nearly “prep-less veneers,” meaning that minimal drilling or removal of the natural tooth enamel is required.
This means that, unlike traditional veneers, the DURAthin veneers procedure is only going to be a good fit for patients whose natural teeth already have good shape and color.
There are many other benefits to DURAthin veneers that you can read about on our porcelain veneers and DURAthin veneers page.
The Inman Aligner is an option that not many dentists use, but is great for straightening the anterior teeth (the teeth that people see when you smile).
The Inman Aligner works by gently applying pressure to your teeth over a period of 6-18 weeks, and the result is a noticeably straighter smile.
If you have buck teeth, or your teeth are crowded or protrude in the front, the Inman Aligner may be a great cosmetic dentistry option for you. To learn more about the Inman Aligner you can read here, and then schedule your appointment with Dr. Forester.
Teeth whitening is typically the least expensive and the most straightforward cosmetic option for patients who want to improve their smile.
While teeth whitening obviously isn’t going to fix cracked, damaged, or broken teeth, it can drastically improve the smile of patients whose primary issue is dark yellow- or brown-stained teeth.
In fact, with our in-office whitening system (known as the KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System), many patients have seen their stained teeth whitened by 8-16 shades in just an hour. The best part? The KöR Whitening System actually removes stains from within your tooth enamel, not just surface stains.
Have you ever known someone who underwent dental implant surgery? After the implants (titanium screws that are inserted into the bone) are placed, a “tooth” must be placed on top in order to give your smile that natural appearance once again. The new teeth are known as dental crowns.
Dental crowns are likely not an option you would consider purely for cosmetic purposes, but if you have experienced tooth decay and are a dental implant candidate, then dental crowns can give your teeth that natural, beautiful look you’ve been wanting.
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