About Whitening, Straightening, and Veneers

Keeping your teeth looking their best can sometimes  be difficult. All teeth yellow over time, and not everyone is born with straight teeth. Teeth can also become damaged by trauma, decay, or other problems. Your dentist can help you keep your teeth looking wonderful. A good looking set of teeth are usually healthier as well. A great smile can also boost your confidence and help you feel better each day. A dull, yellow, crooked, or damaged smile can affect your every day. Fortunately, there are procedures that can help you whiten and straighten your teeth. Veneers can also help improve the look and function of your teeth. Talk to your dentist about how you can improve your smile.

 

Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure, because it is inexpensive and a yellow teeth are a widespread problem. Teeth yellow with age, but the way you treat your teeth can also affect how white they are. Exposing your teeth to substances like coffee and tobacco on a regular basis can cause serious staining. Poor oral hygiene will also contribute to a yellow smile. Do all you can to keep your teeth clean and healthy. There are also a lot of whitening products that you can buy at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Most of these products can help to whiten your teeth. You can also talk to your dentist about laser whitening options. Professional whitening treatments are very effective and results are immediate. Whitening your teeth is a fairly easy way to improve your smile.

 

Straightening

Straightening your teeth is both a matter of aesthetics and a matter of hygiene. Straight teeth are much easier to clean than crooked teeth, so you are less likely to have tooth decay and gum disease if you brush and floss every day and you have straight teeth. Straightening your teeth will be a more complicated and drawn-out process than whitening your teeth, but the results will definitely be worth it. In order to straighten your teeth, constant and even pressure must be applied in order to move the teeth slowly into the proper positions. The most common method used to do this is to apply braces to the teeth. Clear aligner trays may also be used. These are less conspicuous than the traditional braces. Straightening generally takes between one and three years to complete. If the process is rushed, results can be less dramatic and teeth can start to move back into their previous places.

 

Veneers

Damage to teeth can be addressed in many different ways. In some cases, the best fix will be to apply veneers. A veneer is a thin covering that the dentist creates in order to cover a damaged tooth or protect it from further harm. A veneer can be used to cover a stain that is too deep to be bleached out by whitening treatments. Some stains that are not surface stains can be difficult to remove. A veneer can also help protect a tooth that is compromised and may be open to further damage. A small chip in a tooth can also be improved with the use of a veneer. Your dentist will make the veneer out of  composite material or out of dental porcelain. A good dentist will be able to match your veneer with the surrounding teeth so that it is the same color and same shape as the surrounding teeth. You can smile with confidence and no one has to know that your smile isn’t naturally that beautiful.

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