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 totally natural. We all want a lovely smile. And cosmetic dentistry can help.
Maybe you’ve even considered cosmetic dentistry, but just don’t really know what it is or which cosmetic dentistry service is best for you. But we’ve got you covered.
Dr. Forester of Lifetime Smiles in Johns Creek is going to share with you five different cosmetic options that can improve the look of your smile.
1. Porcelain Veneers
When many people think of cosmetic dentistry, they think of porcelain veneers. Rest assured, with custom porcelain veneers from Dr. Forester, each veneer will fit perfectly to avoid the “chiclet teeth” look. No fake-looking smiles here!
Dr. Forester will work with you to ensure that your new porcelain veneers are the size, shape, and color you want them to be. It’s a completely customized experience.
So what are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain (about the thickness of a contact lens). They are precisely placed on the front of the teeth in order to create a beautiful smile and cover up imperfections.
They can improve the color, size, and shape of your teeth.
Specifically, they can fix stained, worn down, chipped, misaligned, or gapped teeth.
What’s the process of getting veneers like?
The procedure for getting veneers can take a few weeks, but Dr. Forester will ensure a smooth process. He will need to prepare the teeth and scan them to order your customized set. Once they are fully prepared, you will return for the bonding process.
Here, Dr. Forester will go through the process of permanently cementing the veneers to your teeth. They will harden very quickly under a special light, and after checking your bite and smile, you are free to go.
You will need to schedule one more follow-up appointment to check in on their progress and then you can return to your normal scheduling.
2. DURAthin® Veneers
DURAthin veneers are perfect for patients looking to change the size of their teeth or fix gaps. They 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.
They provide a great, natural look and reduced recovery time. They have also been known to improve jaw movement.
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.
What’s the process of getting DURAthin® veneers like?
As with porcelain veneers, a consultation appointment will be required. Here our cosmetic dentist will scan your teeth in order to find the right fit for you. He will do minimal prepping for the final bonding and order your custom veneers.
At your next appointment, they will be carefully bonded and you will again receive a follow-up appointment to monitor their progress.
DURAthin veneers are a great option for an effortless look. There are many other benefits to DURAthin veneers that you can read about on our DURAthin veneers page and schedule your consultation today!
3. Inman Aligner™
The Inman Aligner 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.
The result? A noticeably straighter, more beautiful smile.
It is a simple, removable application that works to gently fix your teeth with spring-loaded, nickel titanium bars.
They are a great option for those looking to be discrete about fixing their teeth or only have a few teeth they want to fix.
They also require a consultation for scanning and customizing, an application appointment, and a follow-up before regular appointments to track progress.
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. The removable approach offers flexibility and comfort for patients.
Have you ever known someone who underwent dental implant surgery? After the implants 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.
The dental crown is placed onto damaged or stained teeth once they’ve been fixed.
In order to apply the crown, our dentist will need to take x-rays of your teeth and determine the problems that need to be fixed and then fix the problem tooth. He will shave the tooth down and shape it so that the crown can fit snugly over top. Finally, he will cement the crown and follow up to check the progress.
If you have missing teeth and think you may be a candidate for dental crowns and/or dental implants, click here.