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Not Happy with Your Smile? Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you dread having to say cheese or prefer to only offer a closed-mouth smile when having your photo taken? If so, you are certainly not alone. According to a survey by the American Association of Orthodontists, more than one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. If crooked, yellowing, or chipped teeth are preventing you from feeling confident about your smile, consider cosmetic dentistry. The results will have you smiling from ear to ear. Options in cosmetic dentistry include:

Teeth Whitening
Teeth-whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, and for good reason. Over time, the enamel that covers your teeth will inevitably wear away, leaving the teeth more susceptible to yellowing. The changing in color can be exacerbated by smoking, certain foods (like pasta sauce, curry, and berries), coffee and tea. While teeth-whitening kits are available in grocery and drug stores, in-office whitening procedures produce better, longer-lasting results.

If you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or severely discolored, dental veneers may be the option for you. Veneers are thin coverings that are designed to fit over your natural teeth. Made of porcelain or a composite resin material, veneers are strong and long-lasting; once they are placed on the teeth, they provide a brighter, more uniform smile.

Orthodontic Aligners
For people with moderately crooked teeth, underbites, overbites or even malocclusion, teeth straightening can make a big difference in their smile. Invisible aligners are a popular choice to straighten the teeth without the eyesore and discomfort of braces. At Vacendak Dentistry, we offer the SureSmile orthodontic aligner system which uses advanced software to customize clear aligners for each patient. The tailor-made aligners ensure a comfortable fit while providing the exact tooth movements needed to straighten your smile.

Cosmetic Fillings
Let’s face it, cavities are a fact of life—about 90 percent of adults have at least one cavity per the CDC. To prevent infection of the teeth, the cavity hole must be covered with a dental filling. In the past, all dental fillings were made of silver-amalgam, which left patients with a mouth full of silver. Now, however, tooth-colored fillings are available to blend in seamlessly with your pearly whites. These fillings are just as effective as traditional silver-amalgam fillings and leave your smile looking a whole lot better.

Bonding and Contouring
Similar to dental veneers, bonding corrects chipped, cracked and broken teeth, and can also be used to fix gaps between teeth or damage caused by receding gums. Typically only used for one tooth or a few teeth at a time, bonding utilizes cutting-edge materials to that look and act like natural teeth. For teeth that are jagged or overlap, dental contouring can be used to reshape the teeth.

At Vacendak Dentistry, we offer all of the above cosmetic dentistry services, as well as partial and complete dentures, same-day crowns, bridges and gum reshaping. If you are looking for a more confident smile, contact us today at 757-609-3510 or request an appointment online.