Posts for: December, 2014
Spruce up your smile this holiday season with cosmetic dentistry in Merrick.
Before all thoughts turn to gift wrapping, baking and parties, take some time to consider how cosmetic dentistry in Merrick could refresh your smile this holiday season:
Coffee drinking, wine consumption and dark foods can cause some serious stains on your teeth. And all those holiday treats can give your teeth a real beating. However, professional teeth whitening can get your teeth right back on track. The treatment is painless and only takes about 45 minutes.
In under an hour we can get teeth up to ten shades whiter, removing those pesky yellowed stains. With the proper care teeth whitening results can last up to two years. However, keep in mind that professional teeth whitening will not lighten internal stains (e.g., caused by trauma or antibiotics) or dental work (e.g. crowns; fillings)
If you have severe stains, cracks or chips, or minor overcrowding or gaps, you don’t have to get orthodontics in order to get that straighter, perfect smile. In fact, we can easily get you the smile you want with dental veneers. These thin shells of porcelain are permanently cemented to the front of your tooth to hide dental flaws. This procedure is considered minimally invasive and doesn’t always require anesthesia.
The only preparation we need to do before applying the veneers is to shave down a small amount of your own tooth’s enamel to make room for the veneers. Then we can apply the veneers to your smile to give you a brand new look.
If you are suffering from tooth loss, there are several options available to you including dentures and bridges; however, if you are looking for a more permanent and long-term option, dental implants offer a variety of extra benefits that no other tooth loss treatment can.
First, we surgically place the implant into the bone of the missing tooth’s socket. Over the course of a month or two the tissue and bones surrounding the implant start to grow around it, creating an immoveable implant that can firmly hold an artificial tooth. Then we place an abutment—or metal connector—on the implant and then place the customized dental crown on the abutment.
The only disadvantage is that implants tend to be significantly more expensive than other tooth loss options because they are meant to last a lifetime without the need for adjustments or many repairs.
With the holidays in full swing it’s never too late to get the brighter, healthier smile you want. Enjoy a new smile for the New Year! Call your Merrick dentist today to schedule your next appointment.