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    Is It Time for a Smile Makeover in 2019?

    by Saunders DDS on December 18, 2018

    When you’re making New Year’s Resolutions this year, chances are you’ve made some commitments to live healthier.

    Perhaps you’ve resolved to better manage your stress, eat more vegetables, or visit your dentist every six months. Either way, the New Year is a time to start fresh.

    If you’re unhappy with your smile, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to feel great about yourself in 2019. By getting a smile makeover, you can not only help your teeth look better but to actually be healthier.

    Is it time for you to get your beautiful smile back? Let’s look at some of your potential treatment options for a smile makeover in 2019.

    Who Qualifies for a Smile Makeover?

    Anyone who wants to improve their smile may qualify for a smile makeover. This includes people who want their smile to be:

    • Whiter
    • More uniform in shape
    • Straighter
    • Have less space between teeth
    • Replace missing teeth

    You can always talk with your Asheville dentist to see whether or not you would qualify for the specific treatment you’d like to have to improve your teeth.

    The following cosmetic treatments could be an option for you depending on your unique smile!

    Dental Veneers

    Dental veneers can help fix numerous issues with your teeth in just one treatment rather than undergoing several treatments for separate issues.

    Porcelain veneers are a hard yet thin shell made out of ceramic that’s placed over your natural teeth to visually correct problems. Veneers may be able to cover:

    • Crooked or crowded teeth
    • Gapped teeth
    • Chipped or broken teeth
    • Teeth that are stained and do not respond to a professional whitening

    When you consider all the issues that dental veneers can fix, you may be able to forgo orthodontics, teeth whitening, and dental bonding to simply get veneers.

    Veneers are a definitive form of treatment, so be sure to discuss all your options with your dentist in Asheville to ensure this is the best choice for you.

    Teeth Whitening

    For when you just want to improve your natural smile, a professional teeth whitening can help you have a brighter smile in just one visit.

    Cost-effective but dramatic, a teeth whitening can boost your confidence and remove deeper surface stains that a regular cleaning might not be able to remove.

    Teeth whitening is great for weddings, job interviews or promotions, anniversaries, and even getting back into the dating realm. When you want to treat yourself this New Year in just one appointment, consider a professional teeth whitening!

    Dental Implants

    When you’re missing teeth and want to restore the look as well as the functionality of your smile, dental implants can help.

    Dental implants consist of a titanium or zirconium implant that’s inserted into your jawbone with a crown affixed onto the end. Implants are one of the strongest restorations you could have for missing teeth.

    Dental implants are for people who have enough bone in their jaw to support the implant and for people who have a healthy smile, as you’ll need to heal up properly after the procedure. Dental implants may not be the right choice for you if you smoke, have gum disease, or are lacking bone in your jaw.

    However, bone grafts are available for patients who qualify, so ask your Asheville dentist about your candidacy for dental implants to see if these sturdy restorations are an option for restoring your smile.

    Dental Bridges

    Dental bridges rely on the surrounding teeth to support a restoration that fills in the gap of a missing tooth or several missing teeth.

    While dental bridges can help restore your appearance and functionality, you’ll need to replace your dental bridge every few years while dental implants will never need to be replaced.

    One major advantage of a dental bridge is that it can replace one or more missing teeth in a row, eliminating the need for numerous restoration procedures. You may qualify for dental bridges if you’re missing one or more teeth in succession and don’t qualify for dental implants.

    In addition to helping you chew and speak properly, replacing missing teeth helps stimulate jawbone which can keep your face looking full and youthful for the New Year!

    Tooth Bonding

    Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure that consists of using a tooth-colored resin to fix minor imperfections in your smile.

    Tooth bonding may also be referred to as dental bonding or cosmetic bonding and can be used to:

    • Fix chips and cracks that might be harmful or visible in the smile
    • To lengthen teeth in the event that one tooth is shorter than the others
    • Prevent fractures from getting worse or cracks from sustaining decay
    • To close minor gaps in the smile

    People who have suffered broken or chipped teeth often rely on tooth bonding to restore the appearance of their smile. If you have minor cosmetic issues that need to be fixed, tooth bonding may be able to help.

    However, if your teeth have severe chips among other issues such as staining or misaligned teeth, a more comprehensive treatment such as dental veneers may be able to give you the smile you’re looking for in 2019!

    Tooth-Colored Fillings

    If you have silver fillings—also called amalgam fillings—that need to be repaired, you have the option of replacing your silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings with your dentist in Asheville.

    Dr. Saunders can help you safely remove amalgam fillings that are damaged and replace them with fillings that match your natural teeth and will be virtually invisible in your mouth.

    However, if your silver fillings are not damaged, we don’t recommend taking them out. You can visit Dr. Saunders for a comprehensive exam to determine if your fillings need repair. Getting your fillings checked out regularly can help prevent decay from recurring underneath damaged fillings!

    Let’s Discuss Your Perfect Smile

    Make an appointment with us at Saunders DDS to discuss your perfect smile in the New Year. With so many restorative options available to make your dream smile come true, there’s no reason to spend another year feeling embarrassed about your teeth.

    From chips and staining to replacing missing teeth, let us help you get your smile back into shape in 2019. We look forward to helping you have a healthy and happy smile in the New Year!

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