The holidays are coming up, and that means that lots of pictures are going to be taken in the near future. For most people this is a good thing. You can spend precious time together with family and record memories of that time to preserve for years to come. If, however, you’re self-conscious about the way your smile looks, you might not be looking forward to the holidays that much. This is why now is the perfect time to visit your cosmetic dentist in Houston. Here are a few of the ways they can help make your smile dazzle others.
Why Is Now the Perfect Time?
The end of the year is a great time to visit your dentist in Houston. Depending on your insurance plan, you may have leftover flex spending available to spend on cosmetic procedures. And, with the holiday season quickly approaching, you want your grin to look as photogenic as possible. Here are a few ways your cosmetic dentist can help.
These wafer-thin shells of durable dental porcelain are bonded to the front-facing surfaces of your teeth. They can mask multiple imperfections at once, such as:
Chips Cracks Slightly rotated teeth Small gaps between teeth Broken teeth
In just two appointments, these restorations can be placed. As long as you take proper care of them with regular brushing and flossing, they can last up to 15 years.
Maybe you have several chipped or broken teeth but don’t want porcelain veneers. Luckily, your dentist has an alternative – dental bonding. The dentist will use a composite resin material – a mixture of glass and plastic – that is shaded to match the enamel of the affected tooth. This material is applied to the tooth and used to sculpt it into the desired shape.
If you have a big event coming up and you want to look your best quickly, try in-office teeth whitening. This treatment can brighten your tooth enamel up to several shades in just one visit to your dentist’s office. On the other hand, if you have a little more time and prefer more gradual results, you could always opt for take-home whitening kits instead. These solutions deliver much more promising results than anything you could find at the drugstore.
If someone has ever told you that you have a gummy smile, that can be hard to shake. Fortunately, most dentists offer a treatment known as gum recontouring. This procedure uses a soft tissue laser to remove excess or unbalanced gum tissue to make sure more of your pearly whites shine through in your grin.
You shouldn’t be afraid of the camera coming out this holiday season. Let your cosmetic dentist make your smile insecurities a thing of the past.
About the Author
Dr. Chad Stapleton attended the University of Texas’ dental school, which is widely regarded as one of the best dental schools in the country. Following graduation, he completed numerous cosmetic dentistry courses at Texas A&M Dental School. He has also achieved Fellowship status in the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry and has a plethora of other professional affiliations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. To learn more about how Dr. Stapleton can transform your smile this holiday season, click here or call (713) 706-4077.