When a Des Moines, IA, resident comes to us about cosmetic concerns, often the problem is about stained teeth or maybe misalignment. However, in some cases there may be multiple esthetic concerns with the shape, color, and alignment of the teeth. In order to help, we may offer a complete smile makeover, one that involves a combination of our cosmetic treatment options.
Your Initial Consultation
First, we begin by scheduling an initial consultation. We want to hear about your goals and dreams for your smile, and also perform an exam. During the examination, we will employ advanced technology, such as digital x-rays, to obtain a detailed look at your smile, assessing the cause and extent of your cosmetic concerns. From there, we can create a personalized treatment plan, identifying the cosmetic and restorative procedures we will employ as part of your custom smile makeover.
Often, removing teeth stains is part of the process. For most forms of discoloration, we use a procedure that combines in-office and at-home whitening to offer smiles brightened by several shades in as little as one to two weeks. However, should there be permanent discoloration, which forms below the outer tooth enamel as a result of fluorosis, tetracycline use, or injury, we may mask them with a custom restoration, such as a veneer or a bonding procedure.
Reshaping Your Teeth
Dental bonding, which we mentioned briefly above, employs the same composite resin we use in our tooth-colored fillings. The material is shaded to the match the tooth and applied in several layers, before being cured with a light. In one visit, we can repair minor damage, mask teeth stains, and close gaps between the teeth. Contouring, which involves buffing way outer tooth structure, can address misshapen or pointed teeth in one visit. Finally, with veneers and crowns, we can completely alter a tooth’s appearance in one to two visits, addressing serious damage, discoloration, decay, and infection.
If you have dental misalignment, then we don’t need to prescribe braces to correct the issue. Instead, we may suggest Invisalign®, which employs a series of clear and custom-made aligners to gradually and carefully correct the alignment of your teeth. The aligners will be practically invisible when worn and treatment is often shorter than is required for metal braces. If you have any questions about these cosmetic treatment options, or if you’re ready for your own makeover, then contact our team today.
GATEWAY DENTAL GROUP OFFERS COSMETIC DENTISTRY
Whether you have minor or extensive cosmetic issues, we’re ready to help you enjoy a stunning new smile. To learn more about smile makeovers in Des Moines, IA, then please give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.