December 5, 2016
With beauty comes pain, right? Wrong. You can fix your smile without removing your tooth enamel or spending money on costly restorations. Some of my patients assume that restoring their teeth will take several visits or require invasive treatments. That’s no longer the case. It’s almost like we waved a magic wand and fixed your problems.
While patients opt for full-mouth reconstructions, crowns, or veneers, not everyone wants to have their teeth drilled. And certainly not everyone requires this type of treatment. Not to worry. At J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS, we have several cosmetic dental options that will make your smile pop that do not require a drill. Cosmetic dentistry can help brighten your teeth, make you look younger, and even help your professional career.
Here are two easy ways you can brighten your smile at my office.
Whiten Your Teeth in the Office Or At Home
Stained or dingy teeth can make your teeth look unattractive or even unhealthy. Our teeth can become stained from dark drinks and foods, medications, smoking or tobacco use, or even aging. Whatever the case, you don’t have to live with yellow teeth. At our office, we can help you whiten your teeth with whitening treatment inside or outside of the office. The choice is yours, depending on your smile goals, but you can expect to brighten your smile by anywhere from 8 to 10 shades.
In-office whitening treatment takes only about an hour. We apply a whitening gel on the teeth and then activate it with a special light. You can sit back in the chair while the whitening treatment does all the work. At-home whitening is a little different. We will prescribe you a whitening gel and fashion special whitening trays. The trays fit over your teeth to make sure the whitening gel evenly reaches every tooth, giving you a uniform smile. You’ll wear the whitening trays for about 30 minutes every day. The entire treatment takes about two weeks complete.
Whitening treatments are not harmful to your teeth, though it will not make the teeth stronger. To make sure you do not experience sensitivity, we ask that whitening patients are free of gum disease or cavities.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Restorations like dental crowns, bridges, and veneers do not stain and will not react to whitening treatments.
Cover Up Your Poor Teeth With a Removable Appliance
If you need more work than whitening, consider our Snap-On Smile treatment. Snap-On has all the bright parts of crowns or bridges, but you don’t need to file down the tooth. It’s removable, whereas the restorations likes crowns and bridges are not removable.
Snap-On Smile fits directly over the teeth. We’ve found that Snap-On Smile is ideal for people with gaps, cracks, missing teeth or heavy stains. Patients can even eat with their Snap-On appliance.
You don’t have to worry about needing invasive restorations to repair your smile. You can brighten your smile with whitening or use our Snap-On Smile solution to cover the flaws in your smile. Call of office today at (757) 932-6856 or request an appointment using our convenient online form.