You have a mental image of your perfect wedding: you and your partner outside under an awning, the sun shining above, your loved ones looking on, and you smiling a perfect smile. After a lot of hard work, you’ve booked the venue, sent out invitations, and even convinced your favorite local band to play after dinner. The problem is your teeth.
If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably embarrassed by some aspect of your smile. Perhaps your teeth are discolored, crooked, or chipped, and you feel helpless as to what to do. You know wedding pictures last for a lifetime, resting on a mantle for everyone to see.
Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help. Regardless of what’s ailing your smile, chances are there are procedures that can leave you looking your best.
Chipped or Poorly Shaped Teeth
If you’ve had teeth chipped by minor trauma, dental bonding is your solution. Using the same composite resin as tooth-colored fillings, the material starts as a putty that is applied to your teeth (after they’ve been prepared), then shaped in a way that looks natural. After the application, a curing light is used for approximately 20 to 40 seconds, then the material is polished to ensure it matches your natural teeth.
Lose the Metal
About 96 percent of US adults have experienced a cavity in their lives, and if the cavity was filled more than five years ago, chances are it was filled using metal. Tooth colored fillings are a trusted method for replacing metal fillings that can look unsightly in photos. Not only that, but because the material used is more advanced, they can provide other benefits such as better insulation against hot and cold. Plus, they won’t oxidize and turn black.
Even if you don’t need other dental work, you may suffer from tooth discoloration caused by staining agents contained in common food and drink such as, coffee, red wine, chocolate, soda, and tea. By using professional teeth whitening, you can return your smile to its former glory. Using a chemical whitening agent, dentists can dissolve these staining molecules that have become trapped. If an in-office treatment is combined with custom-made, take-home trays, the effects of the whitening can last up until that moment when you say, “I do!”
If you would like to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry in Valdosta, GA can restore your smile, please call (229) 242-5511 or email for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Nelson Clements.