What is the Easiest Cosmetic Way to Improve My Smile?



Today, Americans from all walks of life visit cosmetic dentists to improve the look and function of their smiles. Many of the most popular smile improvements your cosmetic dentist offers are affordable and relatively non-invasive.

Your provider can discuss your goals and address your questions during a smile analysis appointment. They can suggest procedures to enhance your smile, and you can see before-and-after pictures of patients who have had similar procedures. You may only need one or two things to lift your smile from drab to fabulous.

Easy Ways To Cosmetically Enhance Your Smile

  1. Teeth whitening. If you have essentially healthy teeth and gums, but your “pearly whites” are stained from beverages or foods like coffee or blueberries, your cosmetic dentist can guide you to the best method to whiten your teeth. Depending on your budget and time commitment, they may offer in-office whitening services, provide a take-home whitening kit, or provide pointers for getting the most out of your use of over-the-counter whitening products.
  2. Dental bonding. Cosmetic dentists can use putty-like resin to fix teeth with minor chips, cracks, or shape issues. A laser or ultraviolet light hardens the resin and “bonds” it to your natural tooth surfaces.
  3. Tooth-colored fillings. Tired of having “metal mouth” fillings? Some of them can be replaced with tooth-colored materials and no one but you and your cosmetic dentist will know which teeth have fillings and which don’t.
  4. Porcelain veneers. For tooth problems with shape, shade, or rotation that can’t be fixed with bonding, the next step is porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells applied on top of your natural teeth to give them extra protection and to improve their appearance. Your cosmetic dentist will remove as little of your natural tooth’s enamel layer as possible to apply the veneers. The result is a smile that is bright, yet definitely natural-looking.

“Many patients do not need multiple or highly invasive treatments to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Call our office to sign up for a smile analysis appointment and discover how easy improving your smile can be.”

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