What adult wouldn’t like to relive the joy a child feels on Christmas morning? You might not be able to travel backwards in time, but you can certainly smile like a kid again this holiday season. Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to create a more youthful and dazzling smile, often in very little time, yet it can create results that will last for years. So this year, don’t ask Santa to hide something under your tree, and instead give yourself the kind of gift that will keep on giving the whole year through, a great smile!
How Can You Address Imperfections?
Which cosmetic treatments are right for you will depend on a number of factors, including your current esthetic concerns, your goals for your smile, and of course your budget. How long you’re willing to take for treatment is another important consideration to discuss with your cosmetic dentist, since some treatments, like cosmetic bonding, can often be completed in under an hour, while others, like veneers, take considerably longer.
- For most patients, if staining is their only concern, whitening is the simplest form of treatment. Professional whitening can provide dramatic brightening results, with little sensitivity and much more quickly than most over-the-counter options.
- Bonding and contouring can be used to address more extensive issues, such as shape or size issues with some or all of your teeth, or even worn or jagged edges. And because both these procedures rely on the dentist’s own artistry, they can be completed very quickly, usually in a single treatment, often in less than an hour.
- Veneers can create similar effects, but with even longer-lasting results. That’s because veneers are custom made from dental porcelain, which is strong and stain-resistant like your teeth’s natural enamel. This makes them ideal for coffee drinkers, or those that enjoy other staining foods and beverages, since the material used for bonding is not as stain-resistant as porcelain.