The days when patients had to settle for minor improvements to their natural smiles are long past. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers an array of treatments that dramatically enhance the smile.
In fact, you may not even need to undergo extensive treatment to get a noticeable improvement in your smile’s aesthetics. A cosmetic dentist can use relatively simple interventions like teeth whitening and veneers for a significant impact.
Porcelain veneers are particularly useful, as they can conceal a variety of issues that detract from the smile. The tooth-shaped shell sits atop the natural tooth, hiding chips, stains, cracks and other cosmetic issues. Veneers can even be used to create the appearance of proper alignment in crooked teeth or to recontour or resize misshapen teeth or ones that are disproportionately small.
Patients also often see a cosmetic dentist to improve the color of their teeth, as well. Teeth whitening can brighten the smile by as many as 8-10 shades through the use of bleaching gels.
Neither of these treatments require much investment of time on a patient’s part, either. From start to finish, veneers take just a few weeks. The patient has an initial appointment during which the dentist collects information needed to shape the veneers, which are then custom-crafted to those specifications. When the veneers are ready, the patient returns for a second appointment to have them placed.
Teeth whitening can be completed in as little as an hour when patients choose the Zoom! teeth whitening system, which uses a laser to give the bleaching gel a boost and allow it to eliminate stains and discoloration more quickly. Other patients may prefer the convenience of an at-home treatment in which they wear custom-designed trays for a specified amount of time. With at-home whitening, results are generally visible within a few days and reach the maximum in a couple of weeks.
Of course, veneers and teeth whitening are not the only interventions available from a cosmetic dentist. Patients have a host of other options that can help them achieve a stellar smile.
Learn more about what you can achieve through modern cosmetic dentistry to determine if these treatments may be beneficial in your case. Schedule an initial consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentists to explore your options.