June 21, 2019
Summer is here, and that means lots of events, like graduations, weddings, vacations, and more. If you’re not confident the way your teeth look, you might be afraid to smile at these events. You might look like you’re not having a great time, both while you’re there and in any pictures that are taken. Improving your smile can go a long way in helping you enjoy your summer. The best way to do that is to see your cosmetic dentist in Southlake, who offers 5 ways to beautify your smile this summer.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you’re looking for a quick way to make your smile shine, your dentist in Southlake offers laser whitening treatment in the office. We use a highly concentrated bleaching gel as well as a Biolase dental laser to make your smile up to 8 shades whiter in under an hour. These results can last for months with regular brushing and flossing.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Maybe you’ve tried at-home whitening kits from the pharmacy, but they didn’t work, or they made your teeth sensitive. That’s because they’re not nearly as effective as a take-home whitening kit. Your dentist will create a set of mouth trays specifically designed to comfortably fit your smile. They keep our professional-grade whitening gel in place. After using the gel every day for two weeks, your teeth will be so beautiful, you won’t be able to resist showing them off to everyone you can this summer!
Porcelain veneers are also known as “instant orthodontics,” because they can instantly fix mildly crooked teeth. They can also:
- Conceal small chips and cracks
- Close gaps between teeth
- Whiten your teeth instantly
Veneers are made of thin pieces of dental porcelain that are attached to the front surface of your tooth to give you a brighter smile in just two appointments. During the first visit, your dentist will remove a small layer of enamel to make room for the temporary veneers you will wear while your permanent ones are being crafted in a lab. A couple of weeks later, you will return to the office, and your dentist will place your permanent veneers, giving you the amazing smile that you’ve always dreamed of!
When it comes to repairing a damaged tooth, the best option is usually an all-ceramic crown. This cap placed over the tooth can:
- Correct moderately or severely rotated teeth
- Restore and protect teeth treated with root canal therapy
- Repair extremely decayed or broken teeth
- Adjust the color of very dark teeth
Crowns can be made of dental porcelain, similar to a veneer, or a stronger material such as zirconia. This material is able to perfectly mimic a natural tooth, right down to the way it reflects light. You can restore a flawed tooth and no will even be able to tell you had work done!
Direct bonding is perfect for fixing little problems such as a tiny chip or a small gap in between teeth. Your dentist will apply composite resin to your tooth and sculpt it into the desired shape. The material will be adjusted to match the exact color of your tooth, providing you with a quick, easy, and natural-looking better smile!
No matter what you’ve got going on this summer, you can benefit from a better smile. Contact your cosmetic dentist in Southlake to learn more about what a prettier smile can do for you!
About the Author
Dr. J. Lee Pettigrew has been providing care to Southlake, TX and its surrounding areas for 20 years. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, an achievement that only about 4 percent of dentists in the U.S. and Canada accomplish. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. For more info about how he can refresh your smile this summer, click here or call (817)-481-4888.
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