There are several factors that go into a beautiful smile – the color of your teeth, their size, and their shape. The condition of your gum tissue matters too. Any imperfections, no matter how minor, can quickly turn the most beautiful smile dull, and you may find yourself hiding it from those around you. However, at National Dental Douglaston, we can restore the beauty of your smile with a cosmetic procedure known as a smile makeover.
WHAT CAN DULL YOUR SMILE?
You work hard to keep your smile beautiful, but there are many factors that can affect it:
- Small chips or cracks in the enamel.
- Larger chips or cracks, which can also compromise the health of your teeth.
- Teeth that are misshapen.
- Missing teeth.
- A gummy smile, caused by excess gum tissue.
Your teeth are subjected to many elements throughout the day – foods, beverages, tobacco products – that can cause serious stains on your teeth. Discolored teeth can lead to self-consciousness. Fortunately, there are options available to help restore the white to your teeth. Minor stains can usually be whitened with products found in your grocery store or pharmacy, such as toothpaste, strips, and pens. However, for more stubborn stains, professional help is required. At National Dental, we provide chairside whitening, a procedure during which we whiten your teeth in the office, and whitening trays. Trays are created from molds of your mouth, and the bleaching agent is provided, so you can whiten on your own time.
Bonding is a quick, affordable cosmetic treatment that can fix minor imperfections in your teeth. Bonding uses composite resin, which is easily molded to fit a variety of needs. After a bit of preparation, which involves roughening the surface of your enamel, the composite resin material bonds to your natural tooth. We then shape it as needed and dry it, and finish it with polishing.
Some damage to a tooth can extend beyond the enamel, and into the pulp, which not only creates a cosmetic imperfection, it puts the affected tooth at risk for infection. A dental crown is essentially a “cap” that covers the entire portion of a compromised tooth. Ceramic crowns blend perfectly in with the rest of your teeth, strengthening a weak tooth, holding it together and protecting it.
Veneers are thin “shells” that cover the visible sections of your teeth. They are used to cover up minor imperfections – small chips and cracks, gaps between your teeth, teeth that are misshapen. Porcelain veneers are designed to match the rest of your natural teeth, providing you with a flawless smile.
Tooth loss significantly impacts your life. Dentures used to be the go-to restoration of choice, but they are tedious, and may not be aesthetically pleasing. Dental implants are the latest in tooth replacement technology. Titanium rods are implanted into your jaw, which then supports your replacement teeth. Along with a beautiful, easy to care for a smile, implants help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone. This helps to keep the shape of your jaw and face, preventing premature aging.
FIXING EXCESS GUM TISSUE
Your teeth are not the only important part of your smile. Your gum line matters too. When you have excess gum tissue, your teeth, no matter how perfect they are, appear short, and your smile is dulled. An aesthetic gum lift removes that excess gum tissue, helping your teeth, and your gum line, to appear more normal.
A smile makeover can turn an imperfect smile into one you can’t help but want to show off. To schedule your consultation, contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882!