Improve Your Smile with Combined Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Over time, our teeth gradually lose their luster, literally. Staining, discoloration, tooth misalignments, and the wearing down of enamel can all take their toll on the appearance of our smiles. Fortunately, there are many types of cosmetic dental procedures that are available to help us rejuvenate our smiles and regain the look we want. In fact, some of these dental restoration treatments work even better when they are combined.
There are lots of reasons why we may find ourselves with teeth that don’t look as good as they used to. Maybe all those cups of coffee or tea have left their impression on your teeth in the forms of stains and discoloration. Perhaps a recent trip and fall or sudden sporting impact has resulted in a chip in one of your teeth. Or, maybe your teeth have gradually shifted over time and they are not as uniformly aligned as they used to be. Whatever the reason may be, these are not things that you need to resign yourself to simply living with. Modern cosmetic dental procedures are fast, easy, and highly effective in restoring your smile and giving you back the great looking teeth you deserve.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Procedures
While the most obvious benefit to having a cosmetic dental procedure is an enhancement to the visual appearance of your teeth and smile, there are several other advantages as well. In many ways, our overall well-being can be significantly affected by our self-confidence, and our smiles play a big role in that regard. Making improvements to the appearance of our smiles can give us greater confidence, and make us more comfortable and eager to participate in social activities we may have otherwise avoided.
In addition, correcting crooked teeth can have notable benefits on our oral health. Misaligned teeth can negatively affect our bite pattern, making it more difficult to chew certain types of foods. Misaligned teeth can also impede our speech, cause tooth grinding, clenching, snoring, and other types of dental problems. Fixing chipped or cracked teeth is also very important in order to prevent the problem from worsening. Chipped teeth are more likely to experience tooth decay and tooth sensitivity, and are much more susceptible to problems caused by tooth grinding or jaw clenching.
Clearly, there are numerous reasons why a cosmetic dental procedure is in the best interest of a patient. That said, there are lots to choose from! Depending on what specific type of dental issues you are hoping to correct, it might even be desirable to undergo more than one kind of cosmetic dental treatment for a more dramatic transformation! Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments.
Know the Different Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures
ZOOM Whitespeed® Teeth Whitening Treatments
Perhaps the most common cosmetic dental treatment, and likely the one that first comes to mind, is tooth whitening. This procedure is fast, easy, and provides immediate results for patients whose teeth have become yellowed, stained, or discolored over time. While whitening toothpastes and at-home whitening strip kits certainly help to minimize the appearance of yellowing and staining, today’s next-generation professional tooth whitening treatments are faster and more effective than anything that you may have tried before.
Here at Georgian Dental, we offer patients the innovative Phillips ZOOM Whitespeed® Tooth Whitening system for results that whiten teeth up to 8 shades brighter. This system uses a unique professional-strength whitening gel that is activated by a specially-engineered LED device to dramatically whiten the teeth and break up stains and discoloration. Treatments are quick, about 15 minutes each, and are generally repeated about 3 times for maximum results. To find out if ZOOM Whitespeed® teeth whitening treatments are right for you, contact us today to arrange for a no-obligation consultation.
Dental Veneers & Dental Bonding
In the event that the problem with the teeth is related to physical damage, irregular shaping, or advanced decay, simply whitening them won’t be enough. In cases like this, a physical repair treatment is needed to restore the teeth. These types of repairs are performed with dental veneers or dental bonding, depending on exactly where on the teeth the damage is found and how extensive the damage is.
Bonding is used to repair minor chips, grooves and indentations in the teeth. Dental bonding material is shaped and sculpted to take the form of the missing tooth portions, and is then hardened using a special curing light to result in a permanent repair. The bonding material is colour-matched to the patient’s natural tooth shade, so the repair is virtually undetectable when completed.
To address the problem of grooves, mottling, and inconsistent coloring across the visible outer surfaces of the teeth that cannot be corrected with tooth whitening, dental veneers are often recommended. Veneers are thin porcelain or ceramic composite sheets made in natural tooth colours that are affixed to the outer surfaces of the teeth using an ultra-strong dental adhesive. Veneers offer a complete resurfacing of the teeth, giving the patient a coherent and perfectly matched smile.
Orthodontics & Invisalign Invisible Braces
Straightening the teeth, reducing gaps, and improving the alignment of the bite pattern is done using a variety of different types of orthodontics. Traditional metal braces are the most common form of orthodontics, but there are many other styles that can be used to achieve the same objective. Ceramic braces are similar in form and function to regular metal braces, but are made from ceramic composite materials that can be clear, white, or tooth-coloured in order to provide a more subtle appearance.
For patients who desire the shortest treatment timelines, fast braces may be offered. This style of braces combines special designs of metal brackets and arch wires with supplementary treatments of phototherapy and subsonic wave therapy to increase comfort and accelerate the movement of the teeth to their optimum positions. In some cases, treatment times can be reduced up to 50% when compared to normal braces. For this reason, fast braces are a very appealing option for patients who wish to complete their treatment and get straighter teeth as quickly as possible.
The latest breakthrough in orthodontics is the Invisalign system. Instead of metal brackets and wires affixed to the teeth of the patient, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic aligners. These aligners fit snugly over the teeth and exert a gradual, constant pressure on the teeth to guide them towards the desired position, just like metal braces do. However, Invisalign has many benefits that metal braces do not. First, they are virtually undetectable when worn, and are more comfortable in the mouth due to their low-profile design and smooth finish. Second, Invisalign aligners can be removed and replaced by the patient at any time. This allows for greater convenience and comfort when eating, drinking, and for cleaning the teeth.
For more information on all the different types of braces available here at Georgian Dental, head on over to our Orthodontics & Braces page.
What Cosmetic Dental Treatments Work Best Together?
Now, you might be wondering how some of these treatments can be used in conjunction with each other in order to get the best results from each of them. The truth is, it is quite simple to benefit from multiple cosmetic dental procedures by having them performed in quick succession, or even simultaneously. Here are some example situations that may be similar to what can be offered to you!
Combining a series of professional tooth whitening treatments while using Invisalign orthodontics will give you beautifully straight teeth that are bright, white, and vibrant. Due to the removable nature of the Invisalign aligners, it’s incredibly easy to have tooth whitening performed at the same time.
For patients who require fixed metal or ceramic braces, tooth whitening performed right after the orthodontic treatment is completed and the braces come off will result in a fantastic looking smile. Sometimes there can be some minor color differences between the portion of the teeth that were covered by the brackets and the rest of the teeth due to the cumulative staining effects of food and drink. A professional tooth whitening treatment once the braces are taken off will remove the uneven appearance and provide a more consistent look.
For teeth that are misshapen on the visible surfaces and perhaps have a crack or deep groove on one or more of them, dental bonding can fill in the missing tooth portions and dental veneers can be used to completely restore the look of the patient’s smile. Veneers can also help to close minor visible gaps between the teeth, providing a more even and uniform spacing between the teeth.
Learn More about the Best Combination of Cosmetic Dental Treatments for You!
If you’re ready to take the next steps in transforming your smile, there’s never been a better time to contact Georgian Dental and arrange for an appointment. Our friendly professionals will review all the available cosmetic dental treatments available for you, and work with you to develop a plan to deliver the amazing results you want to see each and every time you see yourself in a mirror. The time is now, so get in touch with us and let us help you get your smile in style!
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