The way your smile looks has a big influence on the impression you make on other people. Worn teeth, deep stains, and gaps in your smile can leave you looking older, more fatigued, and less attractive overall.
There’s nothing shameful about having a smile flaw (or even several) — in fact, few smiles are perfect all on their own. Nearly everyone has some sort of smile flaw they’d like to have fixed, and today, there are plenty of options to restore your teeth and help you get a gorgeous, confident smile.
A specialist in cosmetic dentistry, Marvin Taylor, DDS, creates custom smile plans for patients at Dr. Taylor's Family Dental Center, with an array of treatments designed to address one or multiple issues. Here are eight of the most popular treatments he offers to help patients look and feel their best.
#1 Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments — maybe the most popular. That’s probably because whitening offers such dramatic results in a limited amount of time. In fact, in-office whitening can lift away years of stains and yellowing and transform your smile in just one office visit.
Dr. Taylor uses both the ZOOM!® whitening system and EpicTM laser whitening to help you restore your smile and rejuvenate your appearance. Both treatments are performed in the office in under an hour, and both can whiten and brighten your teeth up to eight shades.
Veneers are thin coverings for teeth that correct lots of problems, including deep stains, gaps, and misshapen or worn teeth. To apply a veneer, Dr. Taylor first removes a portion of the tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. Your porcelain veneer is custom made in a lab, then carefully applied in our office using special bonding agents.
Lumineers are similar to veneers, but they’re much thinner. With Lumineers, Dr. Taylor doesn't have to remove any tooth enamel to prepare the tooth, which means your treatment can be reversed in the future if you like. Plus, Lumineers are translucent, reflecting light in the same way as your natural teeth.
Cosmetic bonding has been around for decades, and it’s used to treat most of the same issues as veneers. Bonding uses a composite resin material applied to the surface of your tooth to cover defects and help your smile look its best. Plus, bonding can be used to repair and strengthen a tooth that’s been cracked or chipped.
#5 Dental crowns
Made of tooth-colored ceramic, dental crowns surround the entire visible part of a tooth, covering defects, like dark fillings or deep stains, while strengthening the tooth, too. Crowns are also used to restore damaged teeth, helping your smile look naturally flawless. Most crowns take two visits — one to prepare the tooth and one to apply the finished crown.
#6 Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to repair teeth damaged by decay or trauma. Unlike fillings that use metal amalgams or resins, inlays and onlays use custom-tinted porcelain, so they’re durable and beautiful. Inlays and onlays also bond well to your tooth surface, strengthening the tooth and helping to prevent future damage.
#7 Snap-On Smile®
Snap-On Smile is like having an “instant” smile makeover. Made of a strong resin material, a Snap-On Smile slips over your teeth, covering multiple defects without extensive dental work. A Snap-On Smile is thin, durable, and comfortable — and best of all, it looks completely natural. You can even wear it while eating!
#8 Dental implants
Missing teeth instantly age your smile, and they can wreak havoc on your oral health, too. Designed like natural teeth, dental implants are attached to your jaw bone and designed to fit, feel, and function like a natural tooth. Today, lots of patients choose implants over dentures for their comfort, security, durability, and appearance.
Transform your smile
Your smile says a lot about you — and if it has flaws or defects, you can wind up feeling really self-conscious about the image you’re projecting. With cosmetic dentistry, you can correct those flaws and feel great about your new, beautiful smile.
Whether you want to correct one or two issues or have a complete smile makeover, Dr. Taylor has the technical and aesthetic expertise to help you achieve your goals. To learn more about these and other cosmetic dentistry options he offers at his practice in Waterford, Michigan, call 248-681-8100 or book an appointment online today.