It’s that time of year where it seems like everywhere you turn a picture is being taken to document an occasion. While lovely in theory, when your smile is less than stellar, it’s the last thing you want captured. If you grimace each time the camera is pulled out – you may want to consider looking into cosmetic dentistry treatments as a way to transform your appearance and boost your self-confidence.
Don’t let chipped, stained, or crooked teeth get you down. Dr. Ruth Bailey provides a long list of cosmetic dentistry treatments at our practice, including Invisalign® and dental veneers. The one for you will depend on your specific needs and how fast you want results. Please continue reading to learn more. Or simply give our Knoxville practice a call at (865) 588-1294 or contact us online.
The Best Candidates for Invisalign®
Invisalign® is best for those with minor to moderate dental misalignment who do not have other cosmetic imperfections, such as chips, permanent discoloration, or uneven teeth. This type of orthodontics uses a series of aligners to gently guide teeth into proper position. The number of aligners assigned to you will depend on the level of correction required. Dr. Bailey will discuss the treatment plan with you in detail during your initial consultation to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Similar in function to traditional metal braces, Invisalign® aligners are clear and virtually invisible and provide a discreet solution to correcting natural teeth. When wearing these orthodontics, you should keep them in for 20 to 22 hours a day and only remove them for eating and cleaning. When aligners are worn as directed, you can achieve maximum results in about 12 to 15 months, possibly less if alignment isn’t as severe.
The Best Candidates for Dental Veneers
Although enamel is durable, it is not invincible and may begin to show signs of wear over time. Some of the most common tooth imperfections include:
- Chipped edges
- Stains or discoloration
- Unbalanced smile
The great thing about dental veneers is they can cover a multitude of issues and last up to several decades. Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are thin shells made from durable grade porcelain. Each veneer is custom made to fit seamlessly over the front surface of a tooth. Because they do require a small amount of enamel removal before the veneers are placed, the treatment is considered irreversible and should be carefully considered before undergoing. One of the greatest benefits of porcelain veneers is their ability to blend, yet improve the natural aesthetics of an individual’s smile in just two office visits. If you are experiencing more than just crooked teeth and need quick results, dental veneers would make a great solution.
Which One is Right for You?
To learn more about the excellent cosmetic dentistry treatments available, including orthodontics and dental veneers, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bailey today. Please contact our Knoxville office today online or by calling (865) 588-1294.