Do you wish your smile was a little brighter, or do you have unsightly gaps between teeth or a gummy smile? If so, then you need cosmetic dentistry to address these concerns, often in only one visit. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist is discussing our cosmetic treatment options.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
We can offer stunning cosmetic results in one visit for people with stained teeth. Our in-office teeth whitening involves the application of a bleaching gel, which we activate with a special light. The procedure then breaks up stains and brightens smiles in only one visit, with results possible in just one to two hours total. If you need results quickly before a big event, such as first dates or a job interview, this is a great option.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
To tackle more severe discoloration and reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity, we could offer at-home teeth whitening. This cosmetic dental procedure involves our team creating a set of plastic trays in-office and then sending this home with you, along with a powerful bleaching el. The gel is then added to the trays and you wear them for about 30 to 45 minutes a day on average, over a period of one to two weeks. The exact time will depend on the cause and extent of your discoloration. Afterward, you can keep the trays and any leftover bleaching gel for touchups as needed in the months to come.
Our team could also offer cosmetic dental repair in only one appointment. With dental bonding, we use the same composite resin we employ in our tooth-colored fillings. This material is very durable, and we can shade it to blend with your smile seamlessly. Our team applies the material in only one visit, and polish the tooth afterwards for a brighter appearance. We can use it to repair cracked or chipped teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, close embarrassing gaps between teeth and even mask permanent teeth stains, all in one visit.
With dental contouring, our team can again offer major cosmetic improvement in only one visit. Instead of applying new materials to the tooth however, we actually sand and buff out sections of outer structure to offer a more attractive appearance. For example, we can smooth out rough patches, pits, and grooves in the tooth’s surfaces, and dull sharp, pointed, or even jagged portions of structure. The procedure can also correct the appearance of minor chips and reshape malformed or overly large teeth as needed.
If you have excess gum tissue, this could cause a gummy smile, in which you show too much and your teeth appear small or uneven. With laser dentistry, we can offer gum contouring to provide a more attractive smile. Our team uses the technology to gently and comfortably remove excess tissues and reshape the gum line to improve symmetry. This takes one visit and rarely requires any anesthesia, and most people return to normal routines after a day of rest.
With our porcelain veneers, we have the chance to essentially makeover your smile in only two visits. These are very thin restorations that we custom-make to offer a lifelike appearance and to fit comfortably, preserving your bite balance. The porcelain can absorb daily bite forces with ease, and can be color matched to blend with your smile. Each one can be used to mask permanent teeth stains, reshape malformed or damaged teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, and correct gaps between the teeth. If you have minor misalignment, our team can also correct the appearance of the smile, so you have a straighter looking smile without the need for braces or aligners. We could also combine them with other treatments, whitening teeth beforehand so they match your brightest smile.
How do you get started? Well, start by scheduling a visit with our team for a consultation. We will take a close look at your smile with advanced digital imaging technology, so we can assess the cause and extent of your cosmetic concerns. We then create a custom treatment plan tailored to your unique smile to offer optimal results, often in as little as one to two visits. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, or about our lifelike dental restorations like fillings and crowns, or possibly natural looking prosthetics, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Need Cosmetic Dentistry?
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about the array of treatments we use to improve the beauty of your smile.