A smile is usually the first thing people notice about a person’s appearance when meeting them for the first time. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with a perfect smile. Sometimes, the teeth are uneven, yellowed, misaligned, or missing. Fortunately, there are many cosmetic treatments available that can help restore or improve the appearance of the smile to make sure patients look their best.
When patients undergo a smile makeover, dentists can fix a wide range of problems, including chips, cracks, and stains. Missing teeth can be replaced and crooked teeth can be aligned. Some of the most common smile makeover procedures include:
Porcelain veneers are a great option for patients that want to beautify their smile in a short amount of time. While they can be more costly than other cosmetic dentistry treatments, they are still common because they provide the best results. Veneers conceal cracked, damaged, misshapen, or crooked teeth with a thin porcelain shell, which is bonded to the front of each tooth. Veneers give the teeth added symmetry for a more beautiful smile.
For patients with crooked, misaligned teeth, or gaps between teeth, Invisalign® might be the best option. These invisible aligners are removable and are often a less painful, less intrusive alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign® aligners are customized for each patient. A cosmetic dentist maps out how each tooth should move over a period of months and creates custom aligners to foster the gradual movement of these teeth into place. Patients usually get a new set of aligners every couple of weeks and the treatment typically lasts 12 months for adults.
Patients who want to cover up gaps from missing teeth can improve their smile with dental implants. Dental implants are commonly used in older patients that have lost most or all of their teeth. False teeth, in the form of crowns, bridges, or dentures, are affixed to the jaw with metal posts that are drilled into the upper or lower jawbone. This prevents the artificial teeth from dislodging like traditional dentures, and improves the patient’s ability to talk or eat. While implants can be placed in the upper or lower jaw, they are more commonly needed on the bottom.
Like other artificial teeth, dental bridges are used when patients have lost one or more consecutive teeth. Bridges conceal gaps and are permanently affixed to neighboring teeth.
Crowns are commonly placed on a tooth after a root canal, when the tooth is filed down. They can also be placed over misshapen or cracked teeth to ensure damage stays at a minimum. Crowns are very common and natural looking. They can help hide unsightly tooth problems, leaving the patient with a beautiful smile.
Our cosmetic dentists at South Ogden Smiles understand that having a nice smile is important, and we strive to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. To inquire about popular South Ogden smile makeovers and learn more, contact us today by phone or e-mail!
Dr. Tanner's office and staff are the best!!! I’ve been going to him for over ten years and always have been treated with the best care. Even when I had an emergency, they got me right in. His work is exceptional, and pretty much pain free!!