You know that your oral hygiene habits and diet can affect your risk of gum disease, but you might not be aware of the link between your hormones and gingivitis. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself from gum disease.
Did you know your smile is often the first feature people notice about you, whether they’re meeting you for the first time or they see you every day? With that kind of impact, it makes sense you’d want to do all you can to make sure your smile always looks its best. Good oral hygiene is certainly important. Regular brushing and flossing and routine trips to the dentist can help your teeth stay healthy and sound.
But as important as those activities are for maintaining good oral health, they can’t always improve the way your smile looks. Deep stains, cracks and chips, uneven spacing, worn tooth edges, and other cosmetic defects need a different type of attention. And that’s where a smile makeover can help.
As a leading dentist in The Woodlands, Texas, Scott Young DDS offers custom smile makeover treatments to help every patient get a great-looking smile. Every makeover is tailored to each patient’s specific needs and goals for greater self-confidence right from the start. Best of all, most makeovers require just two visits.
If your smile isn’t looking its best, here’s how a smile makeover can help.
A smile makeover is a custom treatment plan comprising a series of treatments designed to address multiple cosmetic flaws in your smile. Every person's smile is different, and that means your smile makeover will be different from anyone else's. Smile makeover treatments are performed in a specific sequence so that each treatment builds on the success of the previous treatments. Depending on the issues you're facing, your makeover could include any of these treatments:
Dr. Young uses the state-of-the-art Zoom® professional whitening system to eliminate stains and help your teeth look up to eight shades whiter. Professional whitening can be performed in a single office visit, providing you with an instant dramatic improvement in the way your smile looks. Plus, whitening can make your smile look younger too.
Veneers are super-thin, tooth-colored “covers” that are applied to the surfaces of your teeth. They’re very versatile and can be used to provide cosmetic correction for deep stains, chips, uneven or worn tooth edges, gaps between teeth, and even crooked or poorly aligned teeth. Veneers are tinted and shaped so that they blend in beautifully with the rest of your smile.
Dental crowns are like veneers, but they fit over your entire tooth. They can be a great solution for hiding dark fillings or deep discoloration, or for improving the appearance of a tooth that has a lot of damage or decay.
Dental bonding is an alternative to dental veneers, and it can be used to correct many of the same problems. Unlike a veneer that’s made in a lab, dental bonding procedures are performed in just one appointment, using special resins that are tinted and shaped to match your own teeth.
Also called white fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made of strong resin-based materials tinted to match the rest of your tooth surface. Unlike metal fillings that turn dark with age, a tooth-colored filling remains the same shade as the surrounding material so fillings and restorations are pretty much invisible to anyone but your dentist.
Bridges comprise a metal framework and one or more crowns or artificial teeth. They can be a great solution if you’re missing one or a few teeth, restoring not only the healthy appearance of your smile but the function of your bite as well.
Dental implants are titanium metal posts that are embedded in your jaw bone. The post is attached to an artificial tooth or crown. Implants have become increasingly popular in recent years as men and women look for denture alternatives that are more comfortable, more natural-looking, and more secure. Implants can also improve your overall oral health by helping to prevent bone loss in your jaw, reducing the risk of future tooth loss.
With so many treatment options, there's no reason you can't have the beautiful smile you've been dreaming of. During your consultation visit, Dr. Young will evaluate your smile and discuss your concerns and your goals so you can enjoy truly custom care and a great-looking result. To learn more about smile makeovers or to schedule an office visit, book an appointment online today.
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