How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Transform Your Teeth
Have you chosen this year to resolve to eat healthier, lose weight or exercise more? Those are all laudable goals, and we’re rooting for you every step of the way. But if you’re committing to improving your physical appearance, then you will be amazed by how dramatically cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile. That’s arguably the most important aspect of your physical appearance, after all, seeing as how it’s the first thing three out of four people will notice upon meeting you.
Let’s go over the three most popular ways a dentist can help you achieve your best smile!
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain which flawlessly resemble perfect, natural teeth. A dentist begins creating veneers by removing a thin layer from their patient’s teeth enamel, creating an exact mold of the surface they just created, finely etching the teeth, and then bonding a temporary veneer to them. The patient returns once their new custom veneers are ready in about three weeks so their dentist can replace their temporary veneers. With proper dental hygiene and regular dental appointments, new veneers will last between 10 to 15 years.
Veneers are an optimal treatment if your teeth are discolored, chipped, malformed, uneven, crooked or overlapping – or if you would like to improve your smile for any other reason. In only two visits your teeth can look just like they belong to a genetically gifted 20-year-old!
Teeth whitening is any process which utilizes chemicals to lighten the color of teeth. Many over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, although these may contain unsafe chemicals, cause permanent erosion of the tooth enamel, stain gums white and irritate teeth, and they seldom succeed at achieving the desired result.
If you would like your teeth whitened, then there is no substitution for a professional dentist. They will apply a safe yet effective whitening product to your teeth, minimize the risk of excessive teeth sensitivity following the procedure, and provide easy-to-follow instructions that will help you receive the best results from your treatment.
Teeth whitening won’t just help you feel more confident. It can help you live a happier life as well! According to a study by Crest, people who recently had their teeth whitened are more likely to get hired at job interviews and attract romantic partners.
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a sequence of custom aligners that gently and gradually reposition teeth until they form a straighter smile. Invisalign retainers are made of flexible clear thermoplastic. They are custom-made for the patient after their dentist has created a 3D image of their teeth, worn up to 22 hours per day, replaced every one to two weeks, and typically require six to 12 months to achieve the desired result.
Invisalign retainers are a popular alternative to traditional braces because they are significantly more comfortable and virtually invisible while they are worn. Invisalign is not a viable option for all people – especially if they have very crooked teeth or a crossbite, underbite or overbite. But if your dentist determines that you can receive Invisalign treatment, there is a 96% chance you will be satisfied by the results!
Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth in both form and function. The dentist begins the procedure by anchoring one or more small titanium posts within the jawbone. Once the surrounding bone has healed, the post provides a secure point of attachment for a crown, bridge or denture. Local anesthetic makes the surgery itself painless, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications are typically sufficient to mitigate the discomfort that typically follows.
Dental implants have become one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments for very good reason: they work. Over 99% of patients who replace one or more teeth with an implant report satisfaction with the procedure five years later!
Would you like to learn more about how you can harbor in the new year by whitening, straightening, restoring or replacing your teeth? Then we welcome you to contact Centrasota Dental in St. Cloud, MN today to schedule a consultation! Our prosthodontist Dr. Congdon and our team are always available to discuss our wide range of routine and cosmetic dentistry services.