Spruce Up Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have lived most of your adult life hiding your smile behind closed lips or your hand, it’s time to change the way you feel about your teeth. Many patients are embarrassed by teeth that are missing, misaligned, discolored or chipped. Cosmetic dental procedures can be expensive, but with financing options offered through CareCredit, many patients find that they’re more feasible than expected. Here are a few procedures that you might want to ask about at your next visit if you are ready to spruce up your smile.


Braces for Adults
If crooked teeth are getting you down, braces might be the answer that you’ve been looking for. You might be having flashbacks to junior high school, when all of your young teenage contemporaries were running around with metal brackets on their teeth.
Don’t worry; braces have come a long way since then, and while youngsters often do get traditional metal braces, there are a lot of options available for adults that won’t have you feeling like you have train tracks in your mouth! These include ceramic braces that blend in with your tooth color, lingual braces that are affixed to the back side of your teeth, and Invisalign, which uses a mouthguard-like appliance to gently straighten your teeth.

If your front teeth aren’t projecting the image you’d like them to, veneers might be an option worth considering. These are less invasive than full crowns, so you will get to keep more of your natural tooth structure than you would if you had crowns put on. Veneers are a bit like artificial fingernails, in that they sit on top of your natural tooth. If your teeth are spaced unevenly, discolored or misshapen, veneers might be the way to go.

Tooth Whitening
One of the easiest fixes when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is to have your teeth whitened. There are many ways to do this, from budget-friendly whitening toothpastes and strips, to having laser tooth whitening treatment in the office. If you’re self-conscious about your smile because your teeth are stained or just not as bright as you’d like them, talk to your dentist or hygienist about the different options available for lightening them up.

Our goal is to help you achieve the smile you want, and to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. If you have been hesitant to show off your smile, we want to change that for you! Every patient should feel comfortable brightening up the room with a toothy smile, and you are no exception. Please give us a call to schedule your routine exam and cleaning, and while you’re here, we can talk to you about ways to make you feel better about showing off your pearly whites.

Guest post contributed courtesy of Mark Andrews DDS, a leading cosmetic dentist located in Cary, North Carolina. Visit his website to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.