If you’ve ever dismissed the idea of cosmetic dentistry as a sign of vanity or simply something frivolous, you might be surprised at the studies that have shown just how important an attractive smile is. In fact, 99.7% of people said they believe a great smile is an important personal asset, and people who smile are perceived as more intelligent and likable than those who don’t. Clearly, feeling good about your smile is a big part of your overall quality of life. If you’ve spent years covering your teeth when you smile, keep reading to learn about the procedures a cosmetic dentist in Ashland can do to change that!
Whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for a reason: It makes a big difference for a relatively small investment of time and money.
But, since the strength of over-the-counter products is limited by the FDA, your best bet for teeth whitening in Ashland is a professional option.
Using a professional-strength whitening gel in custom-made trays at home will brighten your smile by 6-8 shades. Most people wear their trays for 30-60 minutes a day and get their final results in two weeks or less.
Porcelain veneers can be compared to new siding on a house. No matter what the house looks like underneath, the new siding will give it a brand new appearance.
Similarly, porcelain veneers are adhered to the front of the teeth, and they’re precisely matched in size, shape and color to the rest of your smile so they’ll look very natural.
They’re great for any of the following flaws (and especially helpful for patients who have more than one issue to correct):
- Chips and cracks
- Small or oddly-shaped teeth
- Minor crowding and gaps
- Severe staining or discoloration that can’t be fixed with whitening treatments
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Although porcelain veneers are an excellent option for many people, they only work when the teeth and gums are reasonably healthy.
If someone has moderate or severe cavities or gum disease, a dentist in Ashland may recommend another option that will improve the health and appearance of their smile at the same time.
Dental crowns and bridges are two possibilities. A crown is a good choice when a tooth has been badly damaged by a cavity, fracture or other injury and there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure left to support a veneer.
If a tooth is missing or it can’t be saved and needs to be extracted, a bridge is a great option to fill the missing space.
Just like veneers, a crown or bridge will be matched to the rest of your smile.
What’s Your Next Step?
If you want to make 2019 the year you achieve a beautiful smile, the first step is to schedule a consultation. And, since your teeth must be clean and healthy before they can be beautiful, it’s a good idea to start with a professional cleaning to remove plaque, tartar and stains.
Some offices offer a New Patient Special to make cleanings incredibly affordable, so be sure to find out if something like this is available in your area.
Once a treatment plan has been made and you’ve had your teeth cleaned, you’ll be one step closer to a smile you can feel proud of!
About the Author
Dr. Michael B. Uffens is a general and cosmetic dentist in Ashland who always starts every smile makeover by taking the time to understand his patients’ goals. That way he can create the perfect treatment plan to meet their needs and make sure they get the results they’re after. If you’d like to enhance your smile and have any other questions, he can be reached via his website.