January 15, 2016
If you are constantly covering your mouth to hide your teeth, it’s time to schedule a no obligation smile makeover consultation with your dentist.
These days you do not have to put a second mortgage on your home to afford cosmetic dentistry. Thanks to modern 21st century dentistry, you can have the smile of your dreams for less than you would expect.
When you schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, you will be given a thorough exam making sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for any type of cosmetic dental procedure. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, those issues will need to be addressed first before any type of cosmetic dental treatment can proceed.
During your consultation, you and your dentist will discuss what you do and don’t like about your smile and what can be done to improve it. Sometimes all that you may need is a professional tooth whitening to give you that red carpet smile.
Another affordable way to improve your grin is with cosmetic bonding. Cosmetic bonding, also known as dental bonding, is an amazing cosmetic dental procedure that can fix chips and cracks or change the shape of your teeth. With cosmetic bonding, you can also fill the gap between your teeth, make them longer or shorter, or replace your old silver amalgam fillings.
If your dentist decides that you are a good candidate for dental bonding, the entire procedure can be taken care of in as little as one appointment depending on how many teeth are being bonded.
Because dental bonding requires little if any enamel removal it can usually be done without the need for anesthesia. Anesthesia is usually only needed for fillings or to replace your old silver amalgam fillings.
Before the procedure begins, your dentist will select a color from the shade guide that best matches your natural tooth color. Once selected your dentist will etch or roughen up the surface of the tooth or teeth that are being bonding before applying a liquid conditioner. These procedures help the dental bonding material adhere to your tooth. After the conditioner is applied, your dentist will mold and shape the bonding material before smoothing and sculpting into the desired size and shape. Once satisfied the material will be hardened with a laser or ultraviolet light. After the resin has hardened your tooth or teeth will be trimmed and polished to match the rest of your natural teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening or dental bonding.