When many people hear dentists talk about having a smile makeover or a smile you can be proud of, it’s all too common to think that this is only meant for people with crooked or missing teeth, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. While cosmetic dentistry does offer many effective technologies and treatments for these conditions, having a smile you can be proud of goes much deeper than this. Our dental clinic in Saratoga has an option for all the different dental issues that you may experience. In this blog post, we’ll cover many different situations where you have choices that help you to get that amazing smile.
If You Have Great Teeth: Do Proper Maintenance
If you’re young and your teeth are relatively straight and cavity-free, you have been given a great gift. Congratulations! You already have a smile you can be proud of, and you probably take it for granted, especially if you’ve never needed a lot of dental work to keep it that way. If this is the case for you, then you are at risk for making one disastrous mistake: People who grew up with amazing teeth tend to be among the most lax about taking proper care of their teeth.
However, young people who display apathy towards their dental health now are at risk of running into serious issues later. This apathy can take many forms, from not brushing as regularly as you ought to, to failing to stick to a regular schedule of dental checkups, but the results are usually the same: costly or painful dental treatment in your older years that could have easily been avoided by taking better care of your teeth all along. To all the people who possess the gift of naturally wonderful teeth, if you could talk to all the people we talk to in their 40s and 50s who say, “I wish I had taken care of this better or caught this earlier,” you would develop a sense of urgency about doing proper maintenance on your teeth.
If Your Teeth Have Stains: Consider Professional Teeth Whitening
Stains on your teeth can happen for many reasons, from coffee to smoking to the chemistry of your mouth’s saliva to other environmental factors. Whether you just have a stain on one or two teeth, or your stains are on all your teeth, Dr. Colkmire is able to offer you professional teeth whitening. Getting your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office is more effective than doing it with a DIY kit, since the products that the dentist can obtain are stronger. Also, the dental hygienist will start with a thorough cleaning that gets your teeth cleaner to start with before using the whitening products. It’s important to have a trained person to apply whitening treatment so that the conditions are controlled and you don’t inadvertently do damage to your teeth or gums. Also, professional whitening usually results in being able to get your teeth several shades whiter than you would have been able to do by yourself.
Teeth that have stubborn stains might also benefit from additional options that you can discuss with Dr. Colkmire, such as veneers or composite bonding applied over the stain.
If You Have Metal Fillings: Consider Getting White Fillings
If you’re concerned about your smile because you’re constantly aware that your metal fillings can be seen when you smile or laugh, there’s good news for you! New technology can replace your silver dental amalgam fillings with resin composite fillings. These white fillings can be matched to the color of your teeth, and they will be practically invisible to other people. Tooth-colored fillings also provide good durability, especially on the teeth that are visible when you smile.
If You Have Chipped Teeth: Consider CEREC® Crowns
CEREC Crowns In A Day are a breakthrough treatment that gives you permanent crowns that will bond to the remaining portion of your tooth, giving you a look that is just as natural as your other teeth. The benefit of CEREC is that it’s fast. Older crown technology took weeks and multiple appointments, but CEREC technology will create your crown right in our lab, and you’ll go home that same day with a brand-new mouth.
If You Have Missing Teeth: Consider Implants or Partials
Dental implants are the most coveted solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. This is because implants are rooted directly into your jawbone, resulting in teeth that don’t slip or rock like dentures can. You also have other options for missing teeth. You can get a bridge, dentures, or partial dentures, and Dr. Colkmire is able to consult with you about which option is best for you and serve you in all these options
There are many more dental options that you can choose in order to get the smile that you’ll always be proud of, and we’d be happy to consult with you on which one of these would be the best for your optimum appearance as well as your oral health. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.