Do you have a big reunion coming up this spring, or a graduation ceremony to attend? Is your favorite niece getting married, or are you finally taking that dream vacation? Chances are you have at least one special occasion to look forward to in the near future, and that means now is a perfect time to get your smile ready for the photo ops and face-to-face time with all your favorite people. Whether you have noticed that your teeth look more yellow than they used to, or you’re unhappy with the shape or size of some of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry offers quick ways to address those imperfections and enhance your smile’s natural beauty, so you can enjoy all those big moments with dazzling smile you’ll be proud to showcase!
Which Treatment Is Right for Your Smile’s Needs?
When your only goal is to lighten your teeth, professional teeth whitening makes an obvious choice in treatment. Unlike over-the-counter options, which vary in effectiveness, professional whitening can provide noticeable results, often brightening teeth by seven to ten shades in a single treatment.
If your issues are more complex than discoloration, though, bonding and contouring could be useful. Cosmetic bonding is used to make disproportionally small or misshapen teeth more symmetrical with the rest of the smile, through the use of tooth-colored composite resin which can be molded onto the teeth. This material is durable and bonds well with the teeth. It can even be used to fill minor gaps between teeth.
Contouring does the opposite; it involves gently filling away portions of the teeth that are large or overlapping.
Both can be completed in about an hour, and they are some of the fastest and most affordable forms of cosmetic treatment available, making them ideal when time and/or money are limited, but you still want a more dazzling smile.