5 Ways to Improve Your Smile

If you’re on the fence about cosmetic dentistry, ask yourself, are you 100% happy with your smile as it is right now? Does your smile portray how you feel on the inside?

Life happens, and sometimes our smiles no longer complement our character. Battles with tooth decay or gum disease, general wear and tear, yellowing of the teeth, and flaws like tooth gaps or crowding can lead to self-consciousness rather than confidence.

Everyone deserves a smile that makes them feel proud. A great smile makes a significant impression and helps you feel happier overall when you can smile openly without worrying about how your teeth look. Cosmetic dentistry is just one way to erase years of damage and enhance your smile to represent your personality better.

Here are 5 cosmetic dentistry services that can give you the smile of your dreams.

1. Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is by far the most frequently performed cosmetic service. Teeth whitening is a normalized part of modern dental care that many people consider a routine task to maintain their smile rather than a cosmetic procedure. It’s also an excellent pre-treatment before dental crowns or veneers to ensure an accurate color match.

Teeth whitening may be a simple service, but it yields a surprisingly significant impact. By brightening the color of your teeth, your smile instantly looks more open, welcoming, and youthful. And, although we know the whiteness of teeth is aesthetic, many people do associate bright smiles with healthier smiles.

Skip the whitening strips and get professional teeth whitening instead. Professional whitening is safe for your enamel and gives you much brighter results in less time. Allred Family Dentistry even offers at-home whitening products.

2. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a great way to enhance your natural smile without making a permanent decision, as you would with veneers. Bonding is a non-invasive service that involves your dentist artistically sculpting a thin layer of composite over your teeth. They can correct small gaps, chips, cracks, and staining.

Dental bonding lasts a few years, and it’s a great way to dip your toes into cosmetic dentistry. Some patients commit to veneers after seeing the results of bonding, but many continue with bonding as a way of giving their smile a boost.

3. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a popular way of changing the appearance of teeth by covering superficial flaws, such as permanent discoloration, chips, cracks, or an uneven shape. They are often seen as the classic smile makeover service.

What you might not know about veneers is that they have impressive versatility. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed on teeth individually. This means that you can use veneers on just a few teeth or your entire smile. If you only want your front teeth enhanced, veneers can do that.

It’s also possible to cover minor misalignments in your smile, like gaps, crowding, or overlapping teeth. Veneers won’t change the physical position of your teeth like braces will, but it can change how they appear when you smile.

4. Dental Implants

Dental implants are a fantastic solution for replacing missing teeth. They are a valuable investment in your long-term oral health because they are the closest prosthetic tooth option to natural teeth you can get. After healing, your dental implant will look, feel, and function like a real tooth.

Dental implant solutions have a few options. You can have single implants for replacing individual teeth or implant-supported dentures to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Implant-supported partial dentures are another possibility.

If dental implants aren’t the right choice for you right now, porcelain dental bridges are a great alternative.

5. Complete Smile Restoration

Smiles that need a lot of help will benefit from a complete smile restoration rather than having individual services performed over a long period. Think of it like a total remodel vs. spot treating.

A complete smile restoration is a combination of services that have been recommended by your cosmetic dentist and customized to your needs. For example, suppose you have multiple missing teeth, extensive superficial damage, and some decayed teeth. In that case, your restoration may include dental implants to fill the gaps, porcelain veneers to cover chips and discoloration, and porcelain dental crowns to protect weakened teeth after decay removal and root canal therapy.

Schedule Your Smile Makeover Consultation

A one-on-one consultation is the best way to discover your smile’s full potential.

During your consultation, one of our dentists will evaluate your oral health, discuss what areas of your smile you’re unhappy with, and develop a treatment plan to achieve your vision. You’ll also be able to ask questions and get clarification about cosmetic dentistry services that interest you.

Book your smile makeover consultation today by contacting your favorite Allred Family Dentistry location. For your convenience, we have offices based in Griffin and Hampton, GA.