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4 Cosmetic Procedures for a Younger Smile

May 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drpettigrew @ 1:28 am

Woman smiling in dental chairUntil the fountain of youth is discovered, you can expect your appearance to change over the years. Unfortunately, gray hair and wrinkles aren’t the only signs you’re getting older. Age can take a toll on your smile. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can turn back the clock. Here are 4 options to reveal a younger smile.

1. Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a thin shell bonded to the front surface of a tooth to enhance its color, size, and shape. When applied to the teeth most visible when smiling, you can correct several issues using one minimally invasive procedure. You can treat stains, chips, and gaps without a lengthy treatment plan. If you have developed tooth sensitivity from weakened enamel, veneers can resolve your discomfort. They will provide an additional barrier to stop uncomfortable sensations. 

2. Metal-Free Restorations

Metal fillings and crowns stick out like a sore thumb. People can tell right away you are older as soon as they spot a metal restoration. Modern crowns and fillings are metal-free. They are customized to match the color of enamel to blend in with your smile. Although they don’t contain any metals, they can last for a decade or more with the proper care. Whether you need a new restoration or want to replace an old one, metal-free fillings and crowns will improve your smile.

3. Direct Bonding

Enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it isn’t indestructible. Chips and cracks are common as teeth undergo more wear and tear. Direct bonding offers both cosmetic and restorative benefits to treat multiple concerns. A resin material is shaded to match the enamel to look natural when fixing minor issues, like decay, chips, or exposed tooth roots. It provides a lot of bang for your buck because it’s affordable and convenient. After just one appointment, you can have a healthy, attractive smile.

4. Teeth Whitening

Teeth naturally change color from age, lifestyle habits, and other factors. No matter the cause, a dull, discolored smile can make you look years older than your chronological age. Teeth whitening can reverse stains and discoloration. Your teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter using an in-office or at-home system from your cosmetic dentist. Your dazzling results can last for several months to years, depending on how well you care for your smile, like brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. 

Restore a Youthful Appearance

You don’t have to hide your imperfect smile. Your cosmetic dentist can boost your confidence by creating a younger smile. Find out which cosmetic procedure is right for you. 

About Dr. J. Lee Pettigrew

Dr. Pettigrew earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and has completed countless hours of continuing education to provide modern services. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, which only 4% of dentists achieve. Dr. Pettigrew is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and many other professional organizations. If you are ready to improve your smile, contact our office today to request your consultation. 

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