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Smile Makeover Options

Are you one of the millions of Americans who are self conscious about their smile?  If you’re not happy with your teeth because they are a little dingy, yellowed, and misaligned, talk to your cosmetic dentist about a smile makeover.  You may have more options than you think for getting that attractive smile you have always wanted!

Two popular options for improving smiles are porcelain dental veneers or braces followed by teeth whitening.  Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the surfaces of the teeth that show when the person smiles.  In a single procedure, your smile is instantly transformed by straight, white, perfectly shaped teeth.  You don’t have to commit to years of braces with all that entails including regular visits to the orthodontist, the discomfort and soreness, and the metal mouth look.  Also, there is no need to wear a retainer that is often necessary with braces.

On the other hand, placement of dental veneers requires the removal of a layer of tooth enamel that leaves the teeth permanently compromised.  Once you have veneers, you have to commit to keeping them since they cannot be removed except to replace them with new veneers every five to ten years.  Also, porcelain veneers are more expensive than braces.

Orthodontic treatment using traditional braces or an alternative such as invisible braces takes longer than placement of veneers and involves frequent visits to the dentist for adjustments.  Also, there is no question that having almost any type of braces involves some discomfort.  However, straightening your teeth with some type of orthodontic does not involve permanent damage to your teeth like veneers.

Other than using a retainer to maintain the position of your teeth, there is no long term commitment to expensive dental care like there is with veneers.  Any discoloration that develops can be touched up with an economical teeth whitening treatment.

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