Does thinking about cosmetic dentistry put a frown on your face? Perhaps it’s a puzzled frown, the kind of expression you make when you scratch your head because you’re confused about something and you say, “I just don’t get it.” Perhaps it’s a fearful frown, where you wonder how much it will hurt and your face unconsciously makes a grimace. Or perhaps it’s a frustrated frown, because you’re thinking about loose, slipping dentures and you figure that that’s the price you have to pay for cosmetic improvement to your teeth. Well, you can stop frowning and start smiling, because today we’re going to talk about cosmetic dentistry procedures that look great and will actually make you feel like smiling again.
Dental implants are one of our favorite advances in modern dental technology. Although the first dental implant on a human volunteer was done all the way back in 1965, there is still a widespread popular opinion that dentures are the main option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants anchor directly into your jawbone, making them behave almost like natural teeth. You may even forget that you have them!
The ability to get a crown used to be a lengthy and time-consuming process, requiring at least two visits to the dentist. Now, with CEREC technology, a realistic-looking tooth can be formed right here in our office. This means that many patients can get the permanent crown applied to a broken or chipped tooth on the same day! No more walking around, hiding your smile for days or weeks on end while you wait for the manufacturer to create your dental crown. Now you can often walk away smiling from your very first appointment.
Crooked teeth call attention to themselves, and they also can be traps for food particles and extra plaque. However, not everyone wants to go through the hassle, expense, and unpleasantness of braces. Maybe you won’t need to! Invisalign is a technology that makes a series of clear trays that fit over your teeth. They’ll be practically invisible while they gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. No more unsightly brackets and wires!
Why do we like our teeth to be white? Because that’s the color they’re supposed to be. However, items in our diet can build up a stain on our teeth over time, and no one wants to look at yellowish-brown teeth when they could be pearly white. Professional teeth whitening that’s done at your dental clinic is the safest way to get the whitest shade of teeth that is right for you. One of the pluses about getting your teeth whitened at the dentist is that you’ll know that you’re not just bleaching the plaque. It’s important to ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned before your whitening treatment. Flash your whitest smile — ask about teeth whitening treatments on your next visit!
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There are so many more cosmetic dentistry procedures that will make you smile — this is just the beginning! One of the best reasons to smile? Dr. Colkmire is highly specialized in cosmetic dentistry and actively pursues further education on ways to make your smile beautiful. Contact our Sarasota, FL office today for your appointment. We’ll be happy to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with you.