So much goes into your smile – the color of your teeth, how straight your teeth are, their size and shape. Even your gums play an important role. Your smile is crucial for leaving a great first impression. If your smile is marred by imperfections, though, it can greatly impact the quality of your smile, and affect your confidence. At National Dental Melville, we can restore the beauty of your smile with a smile makeover.
Discoloration of your teeth occurs for a variety of reasons. The foods you eat, the beverages you drink, smoking, medications – these all contribute to dulling your enamel. At National Dental, we offer two options for professional whitening. Chairside whitening is performed in our office. The process takes about an hour. We apply a whitening agent to your teeth and use light to enhance the effects. Results are visible right away. Take-home trays allow you to whiten on your own time. We provide you with custom trays and the whitening agent. It typically takes up to a week for results to be seen.
Bonding involves the use of a composite resin material. This material is easily molded and shaped to fit a variety of needs. It can be used to fix multiple minor imperfections in your teeth, such as small chips and cracks, gaps, and misshapen or small teeth. The procedure is quick and painless.
Veneers are another option available for fixing minor dental imperfections that have marred your smile. They are thin, shell-like restorations that cover the entire front of your visible teeth. At National Dental, we use porcelain. Porcelain veneers require a small amount of your enamel to be removed. However, they provide a stronger fix than bonding. Porcelain also better mimics the properties of natural enamel.
When your teeth have more significant damage, not only does it affect your appearance, it can also affect your oral health. Ceramic crowns are designed to both protect your tooth, holding it together and preventing infection, as well as correct the appearance of the affected tooth. Ceramic is fairly strong, and the material looks like your natural tooth. It can be finished to perfectly match the color of your surrounding teeth and mimics the light reflecting properties of enamel.
When it comes to fixing crooked teeth, metal braces are typically the answer. However, for older teens and adults, metal braces can be more embarrassing than crooked teeth. At National Dental, we offer Invisalign®. Invisalign® involves the use of clear plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into proper placement. Not only are they practically invisible, but treatment time using Invisalign® is also shorter than with traditional metal braces.
Tooth loss has several serious consequences for your appearance and your oral health. Dental implants are the latest available option for tooth replacement. They consist of small titanium rods that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. They rely on osseointegration or the fusion of your bone to the implants. Implants act like “roots” that support your replacement teeth (instead of your teeth being supported by your gums or adjacent teeth). Implants also help to protect the strength of your jawbone, and will not need periodic replacement as other options do.
Aesthetic Gum Lift
Your teeth are not the only important aspect of your smile. Your gums can play an important role as well. Excess gum tissue can make your beautiful teeth appear small. An aesthetic gum lift, or crown lengthening, removes this extra tissue. When the procedure is over, your teeth and your gum line appear more natural.
If your smile is dulled due to numerous imperfections, a smile makeover can restore it, as well as your confidence. Call National Dental Melville today at (631) 816-2277 to schedule your consultation.