January 8, 2020
When your smile doesn’t look its best, the chances that you will feel comfortable spending time around others is slim. Who wants to spend time hiding behind their hands to avoid showing their smile? Instead of staying confined at home, why not talk to a cosmetic dentist who can offer valuable and beneficial services to improve your smile’s aesthetics? Read on to learn what treatments are available that can have you seeing a new and improved appearance in no time.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Boost Your Confidence?
Since your smile is the first thing people notice, it’s important that it is healthy first and foremost. With regular dental checkups and cleanings and good oral hygiene habits, this can be easily accomplished. But even if your smile is in great health, surface stains and thinning enamel can cause you to feel self-conscious.
Cosmetic dentistry has a way of making people look and feel good about themselves. Whether it is hiding chips, cracks, stains, discolorations, gaps, misalignments, crooked or misshapen teeth, the transformation that occurs oftentimes leads to greater confidence when leaving the dentist’s office.
What Services Are Available to Achieve Desired Results?
There is a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services available, and your dentist will be happy to sit down and discuss which options are right for you. Maybe all you need is teeth whitening or a quick and painless procedure known as direct bonding? No matter the type of treatment, you can guarantee to see dramatic results that will have you grinning ear to ear.
Some of the most common cosmetic services include:
- Porcelain Veneers: If you’re trying to hide smile imperfections like chips, cracks, stains, gaps, or misshapen teeth, porcelain veneers can provide the ideal cover. These ultra-thin shells fit over the surface of your teeth and are designed to provide an aesthetically pleasing look when finished. You won’t have to worry about “chiclet teeth,” as they are completely natural in appearance.
- Teeth Whitening: If you want to brighten your smile and say goodbye to surface and deep-down stains, an at-home professional teeth whitening kit can give you a whiter smile in just two weeks. With customized trays that fit your smile and are comfortable to wear, you’ll receive a professional-grade bleaching gel that blasts away stains and leaves you with a longer-lasting, beautiful smile.
- Direct Bonding: Looking to cover minor cosmetic flaws that exist on only one or a few teeth? Direct bonding is a more affordable and less invasive solution than veneers. Using composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color, your dentist will place it directly onto your tooth enamel and begin to shape and sculpt it into place, using a special UV light to harden the resin and effectively cover your imperfections.
- Metal-Free Restorations: If decay or damage has you hiding your smile, don’t rely on traditional amalgam to fix the problem. Your dentist, instead, offers metal-free fillings, crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays that perfectly blend in with the rest of your smile while providing the protection and support your teeth need.
By talking to your dentist about available cosmetic dentistry solutions, you can begin to exude greater confidence with a smile you deserve.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry attended Nicholls State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He then went on to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. Graduating in 1982, he immediately opened Lapalco Family Dental and has been serving families in Marrero ever since. With more than 30 years of dental practice experience, he and his team strive to provide patients with quality care every time they walk through the door. To find out how we can help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile, contact us at (504) 348-0080.
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