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5 Popular Smile Correction Procedures

Man in Blue Shirt With A Perfect White Smile Outside Grand Rapids MI Dentists

Man in Blue Shirt With A Perfect White Smile Outside Grand Rapids MI Dentists

A smile is something you should be proud of and want to confidently show off to everyone in your life. Life is too short to cover your mouth every time you laugh with friends or get caught in a candid photo. You deserve to feel your best and a great way to get started is with a cosmetic dental procedure.

At Contemporary Family Dental, we offer several forms of cosmetic treatment to choose from. If you’re not sure or only vaguely have an idea of what you’d like to do, our Grand Rapids dentists can perform an oral examination and make recommendations.

Keep reading to learn how 5 cosmetic procedures can benefit your life and what each one involves.

Why Choose Cosmetic Treatment?

Cosmetic dentistry can seem intimidating at first if you don’t know which procedure you should pursue. However, when you settle on one (or multiple), it can be life changing. Simply seeing yourself in the mirror with new veneers or brighter teeth can give you a much-deserved confidence boost.

The main goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. It is widely accepted by our dentists and beyond that this form of dentistry is both an art and a science. We use our expertise to listen to your concerns, design your ideal smile, and transform your look. Whether you need a chipped tooth fixed or straighter teeth, we’ve got you covered with a cosmetic makeover.

1. Teeth Whitening

Do you want your teeth to be a few shades brighter to fix stubborn stains? Professional teeth whitening can accomplish just that with an in-office and at-home option. Before getting started, one of our cosmetic dentists will conduct a brief consultation with you to determine which option works best for your smile.

The in-office method is completed in one appointment and provides immediate results. On the other hand, the at-home treatment is more gradual but does give you increased control over how bright you want your teeth. We can of course supply you with custom trays and teeth whitening gel should you choose the at-home option.

Regardless of which option you decide to go with, discoloration from years of drinking coffee, wine, and tea will be a thing of the past. Goodbye stains, hello pearly whites!

2. Invisalign®

If you are insecure about crooked teeth and want to straighten them without metal wires or brackets, Invisalign may be for you. Invisalign consists of multiple stages of clear aligners that gradually move your teeth little by little. They work in a similar manner as traditional braces but are nearly invisible and removable. Choosing Invisalign allows patients to avoid an unrestricted diet, brush and floss normally, and see results in as little as 12 months.

3. Porcelain Veneers

For severe discoloration, chips, gaps between teeth, and more, our cosmetic dentists will recommend porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are thin, custom-made “shells” that fit over the front of teeth for a seamless smile. Because some natural tooth enamel does need to be removed for the permanent placement of veneers, you should be sure of your decision to pursue them as enamel won’t return after it is lost. If you feel embarrassed by your teeth and want a long-term solution, veneers may be right for you.

4. Cosmetic Contouring

No this doesn’t involve makeup and defined cheekbones. Cosmetic contouring as a dental procedure involves removing some amount of enamel to change the shape, size, and length of your teeth. During a single appointment, our dentists will use a special laser or drill to remove the enamel and reshape teeth until you’re satisfied. Teeth will then be polished, and you’ll be on your way with immediate results. Enamel contains no nerves, so you won’t feel pain during the procedure, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you experience any discomfort.

5. Cosmetic Bonding

Using composite resin (tooth-colored putty), cosmetic bonding can repair chipped, cracked, misshapen, gapped, and discolored teeth in a single appointment. Bonding can even be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment assuming there are no significant issues with teeth or jaw alignment.

Our dentists will start by using a shade guide to determine which color of resin will match your natural enamel best. The surface of your tooth will then be etched, and a light layer of conditioning liquid will be applied to create a strong bond for the resin. We’ll then mold and shape the composite resin onto the tooth and harden it with an LED light.

Reinvent Your Smile Today

Ready to alter the appearance of your smile for the better? Our cosmetic dentists in Grand Rapids, MI, can help you select the dental procedure that corrects unwanted issues and transforms your teeth. Call Contemporary Family Dental today at (616) 209-3969 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.