You’ve likely heard stories about the high cost of cosmetic dentistry. Maybe you are unhappy with how your smile looks, but you’ve put off thoughts of getting it fixed because you’ve just assumed you won’t be able to afford it.
It’s true that some procedures can run into the thousands of dollars. But here at Davenport Dental, we also offer cosmetic procedures that will make you eager to flaunt your smile — while being a little easier on your wallet.
Tooth bonding is a procedure that can address many of the same issues as dental veneers. But while veneers give you a completely new facade for your tooth and erase every blemish — large and small — tooth bonding is best for covering small imperfections. The process of tooth bonding is much simpler than getting veneers, which generally require shaving down of the enamel and having the veneers custom-made at a lab. And while dental veneers can run you into the thousands of dollars, tooth bonding is much more affordable.
Tooth bonding is a wonderfully versatile technique that can:
- Fill small chips and cracks
- Cover discoloration and stains
- Close gaps between teeth
- Reshape or lengthen teeth
- Protect parts of the tooth root that’s been exposed due to gum recession
- Hide minor alignment problems
The procedure is quick, painless, and requires little advanced preparation. It uses a special resin that’s much like composite filling material to fill and cover blemishes. Anesthesia is not necessary in most cases. (Exceptions include filling decayed teeth, working near a nerve, and situations in which the tooth must be drilled.)
You and one of our skilled doctors will carefully choose a resin that’s an exact match to your tooth color. The doctor will very lightly roughen the surface of the tooth, then coat it with a conditioning liquid so that the bonding material adheres securely. He will then apply the moldable, tooth-colored resin. It will be precisely shaped, smoothed out, and hardened with a special light. After final shaping and trimming, the bonding substance will be polished so that it’s indistinguishable from your real teeth.
If you practice good oral hygiene habits and avoid activities that can chip the material (like eating ice and hard candies), your dental bonding should last ten years.
Teeth contouring is a very simple procedure that enables you to erase small imperfections and alter the shape of your teeth. If your smile has any of the following problems, teeth contouring may be a good option for you.
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Slightly overlapping teeth
- Tiny chips
- Ragged or worn biting surfaces
After determining that your teeth are healthy enough to undergo the contouring process, one of Davenport Dental Center’s dentists will use abrasive tools to remove very small amounts of enamel from the tooth. The results are subtle, but stunning. Your teeth will be smooth, even, and blemish-free. The procedure is quick and no more painful than getting a cavity filled.
If your teeth are dingy and dark due to too many cups of coffee (or just daily life), Davenport’s teeth whitening services will restore them to their dazzling white glory.
You are probably aware that drugstores sell lots of teeth-whitening products. So, you may be wondering, why should I pay more for teeth whitening at the dentist? For one thing, drugstore treatments just don’t work as well, if at all. The gel they use contains less whitening agent, but can be harsher on your teeth.
At Davenport Dental, we offer two excellent teeth-whitening options from Zoom!.
If you need or want dramatic, immediate results, our in-office whitening procedure is your best bet. At your appointment, you will receive four 15-minute applications of a high-powered whitening gel. You will go home that very day with a brilliant smile.
The take-home Zoom! treatment enables you to whiten your teeth at your convenience, but using a highly effective professional-strength product. We will custom-craft your trays so that they fit perfectly to your teeth. You will get the results you want over the course of a few weeks. One benefit of the Zoom take-home system is that you have complete control over the process. Once you look in the mirror and are happy with what you see, you can stop.
Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to put you out thousands of dollars. You can transform your grin with a more modest investment. And the results, we promise, will be worth it. Your self-esteem will improve, you will smile more easily and confidently.