I have a couple of minor cosmetic issues. Two teeth are chipped and all my teeth are discolored. I also have some crooked teeth but don’t necessarily want braces. Do you have some recommendations for me? I’m not looking for a total smile makeover, like porcelain veneers, I just want to fix these simple issues. If I can, will my regular dentist be able to do it?
Let’s look at these issues one at a time to see how to best give you the smile you want. The easiest to fix is the discoloration and absolutely any general dentist can pull it off. Teeth whitening is a remarkably simple procedure and can make you look years younger.
The next thing to look at is the crooked teeth. This is another simple fix which a general dentist can do if they are certified to place Invisalign. This is an orthodontic system which uses no metal wires and brackets. Instead, Invisalign uses clear aligners to gently guide your teeth back into place.
No one will know you’re wearing them unless you want them to. They are invisible even at a conversational distance. They have the additional benefit of the aligners being able to double as teeth whitening trays. This means you can straighten and whiten your teeth at the same time.
Both of the above issues can be treated by any dentist. The chipped teeth, however, will require a dentist with some cosmetic training. There is a dental bonding procedure where the dentist will hand sculpt a composite resin onto the chipped tooth, sculpting it to match the remainder of the natural tooth.
Because of the artistic nature of this procedure, you’ll want to look at a dentist’s smile gallery to make sure they get natural looking results on the cases they’ve done.
One other precaution. Make sure you do the teeth whitening before doing the bonding. The color the dentist mixes for the bonding procedure is permanent. You’ll want him to match it to the whiter color of your teeth after the whitening is done.
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