Very few of us are born with a fabulous smile. During our life spans, most of us benefit by having crooked teeth straightened, yellowed teeth whitened, or chips repaired. Thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry, having a beautiful smile that looks and feels natural is possible AND affordable!
In addition to affecting facial appearance, there are a number of reasons to want a flattering smile. An open, exuberant smile projects a happy, confident individual. People who smile more often are happier, too, according to research. Smiling tends to boost endorphins in the brain, which are our naturally produced, feel-good chemicals.
However, a smile that is discolored or reveals flawed teeth often causes people to hold back. Some try to conceal their smile with their hand or smile with lips only.
We believe everyone should enjoy having a smile they love to share! While a few cosmetic dental procedures may seem out of reach for some budgets, there are also less expensive options to improve a smile’s appearance.
- Whitening: Although drug store whitening kits are easy to use, the degree of whitening they give is fairly minor and short-lived. These temporary lighteners, when used as needed over the course of a year, can also add up to quite a sum. Rather than purchase these over and over, our office offers a professional-level whitening system that provides exceptional results and lasts a long time. A popular version in our office is Opalescence Go. This is a take-home whitening system for only $60.
- Bonding: While the ideal option for reshaping teeth is porcelain (crowns or veneers), bonding is a durable, appealing way to correct flaws without the expense. Bonding material is applied to teeth to repair chips, breaks or gaps. In some cases, it can lengthen teeth or even out crooked angles. Shade matching will provide you with a natural look that blends well with surrounding teeth.
- Cleaning & Polishing: When a mouth hasn’t received sufficient at-home care or regular dental cleanings, it shows. Regardless of the shape or shade of your teeth, having a smile that looks clean and healthy is always an asset to your appearance and the impression you make to others. Additionally, a clean mouth is the best way to have fresh breath. When oral bacteria are at minimal levels, it’s easy to be close to others when you know your breath reflects your high standards of oral hygiene.
- Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin, shell-like coverings that are fitted over the front of teeth. These give the most natural appearance possible, even reflecting light like real teeth. While one of the more expensive options in cosmetic dentistry, a smile can often be greatly improved when just 4 or 6 veneers are placed on teeth most visible in a smile. The durability and stain resistance of porcelain veneers is excellent, making them a wise investment overall.
The best way to learn the benefits of modern cosmetic dentistry, options available and associated fees is to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We’ll discuss what may work best to give you the results you desire and the payment options that are available. Call 910-254-4555 to schedule.