Cosmetic dentistry can enhance the appearance of your smile in more ways than one. That embarrassing gap between your teeth can be corrected with dental veneers or Invisalign, but which treatment is right for you? If you’re unhappy with the color of your tooth enamel or shape of your teeth, veneers may be the best option. However, if tooth realignment is the only issue you want to address, Invisalign could be the ideal solution. Dr. Ruth Bailey is experienced in many aspects of cosmetic dentistry in Knoxville, TN. She offers dental veneers and Invisalign, and she’ll take time to explain treatment options so that you can make an informed decision about your smile makeover.
Are you ready to feel great about your smile? Schedule your appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Bailey today. Call our Knoxville, TN dental office at 865-588-1294.
Before making cosmetic dentistry recommendations, Dr. Bailey will examine your gums, occlusion, and individual teeth. After a thorough examination, she will talk with you about your ideal smile. You’ll have options, and she will explain each one thoroughly. If you have questions, please ask! When you understand how cosmetic treatments work and which ones will address your concerns, you’ll have the information necessary to make informed, wise treatment decisions.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin, durable, and long lasting. They address a diverse range of cosmetic issues, including chipped and malformed teeth. Veneers also provide permanent whitening for severely discolored teeth, whether stains are caused by intrinsic or extrinsic factors. Many of our patients are shocked to discover that dental veneers can also be used for instant orthodontics. If you don’t have the time or the desire to wear braces, discuss porcelain dental veneers with Dr. Bailey.
A veneer is a semi-translucent, custom-made shell that the dentist places on a flawed tooth. Six or eight veneers are usually suggested for the upper arch, to address teeth that show when you smile. Dr. Bailey will match the restorations to your natural tooth enamel to give you a natural-looking smile. Some patients opt for professional teeth whitening prior to having veneers, so the result is a smile that’s brighter and bolder than what nature provided.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Traditional wire braces require a lot of maintenance. They can be unattractive, uncomfortable, and require temporary changes in your diet. Say goodbye to popcorn!
Invisalign is an alternative treatment for straightening crooked teeth. Instead of obvious, irritating wires and bands, Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to reposition teeth. To start treatment, Dr. Bailey will send impressions of your teeth off to the Invisalign lab, where a series of custom aligners will be fabricated for your treatment plan. You’ll be expected to wear your trays most of the day, while only taking them out during mealtime and when you brush and floss your teeth.
A major benefit of Invisalign is that the trays are practically invisible; therefore, they are far less noticeable than traditional braces. They’re also made of acrylic, a plastic that won’t irritate your mouth and gums like metal and rubber bands would. You will switch to the next aligners in your series every two weeks. If you wear the aligners as Dr. Baily instructs, treatment can be completed in 12 to 18 months, which is significantly shorter than traditional orthodontic therapy.
What’s My First Step?
Let’s consider our facts: you’re unhappy with your smile; Dr. Bailey offers multiple cosmetic options to correct smile imperfections and make you feel good about your appearance. The first step is scheduling a cosmetic dentistry appointment in our Knoxville dental office to learn which treatments will benefit you most. Call 865-588-1294 today to schedule your appointment.