January 14, 2019
Are you looking into your smile enhancement options for 2019? A great way to start is by scheduling an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Brandon. Popular treatments include teeth whitening, gum lifts, all-porcelain crowns and veneers, aligners, and digital smile design. Each offers its own unique blend of benefits and considerations.
This is a great option for teeth that are basically healthy but have lost some of their shine over the years. Whitening uses a prescription-grade solution to remove stains that have penetrated past the external enamel. You can choose between in-office whitening and take-home kits dispensed by your dental office. Many patients attain their cosmetic goals after a single visit. The treatment experience is gentle, comfortable, and effective.
Gum Lifts (AKA Crown Lengthening)
Ever hear the term “gummy smile?” It refers to teeth that could benefit from a little lengthening. If you choose this treatment option, then your dentist will gently shape your gums to reveal more of your smile’s pearly whiteness. The result is a brighter smile that’s sure to please.
All-Porcelain Crowns and Veneers
Crowns and veneers have been mainstays of cosmetic dentistry for years. But all-porcelain versions are especially prized for their superior beauty and brightness. Whether you choose crowns or veneers will depend on the condition of your teeth and your personal goals. Veneers offer primarily cosmetic benefits, while crowns both enhance your smile and your dental health.
Most people think of misaligned, or “crooked,” teeth as a functional issue; and they’re largely right. But misaligned teeth can also have consequences for your smile’s cosmetic appeal.
That’s why alignment therapy is so powerful. Both traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners are great options for adult patients. Your dentist will work with you to arrive at the best solution for your needs.
Digital Smile Design
One of the concerns that cosmetic dentistry patients often have is how their smile will look after treatment is complete. Digital smile design takes the guesswork out of the process by giving you a sneak peek at the results, letting you “try before you buy.” Here’s how it works:
- You will have a brief consultation with your dentist to discuss your goals, along with a complete oral exam.
- A trained dental professional will create images of your existing teeth and gums and use advanced software to show you how they will look post-treatment.
- You will have the option of either scheduling a follow-up procedure or thinking about it for a while. The choice is yours. Either way, your dentist will keep your images on file for your review. You can even store the pictures on your mobile device to share with friends and family members. That way you can make a fully informed decision.
Cosmetic dentistry is a rapidly advancing field. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist to discuss all your options. The facts you learn might be all it takes to put a big smile on your face all year long.
About the Author
Dr. Scott Wehrkamp has been practicing dentistry since 1981. He earned his DDS degree from the Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry and is a proud member of the American Dental Association (ADA). You can reach his office online or by calling (605) 582-6522.
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