Building a Beautiful Smile, At Home and In The Office
Are you completely happy with your teeth? Many patients answer with something other than a resounding "yes!" - and it's that yes that we want to hear! Getting your smile to that perfect place is always possible. With a journey into the realm of cosmetic dentistry, you'll be able to alter your grin however you see fit. Dr. Sangyoung Lee is here to help.
Changes Possible with Elkhart Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is a varied and versatile field. Whether you're interested in modifying a single tooth, or creating an entirely new look, there are treatment options that mesh with your needs. The degree of change typically corresponds with the complexity of treatment - the more involved the transformation, the more invasive the treatment. That being said, there are always quicker and simpler alternatives. Dr. Lee will talk to you about what you're hoping to accomplish, and draft a treatment plan that suits you.
A few of the most common changes patients pursue include
- Straightening teeth
- Whitening teeth
- Lengthening teeth
- Covering cracks, chips, or break
- Adding structure to teeth
- Filling gaps between teeth
- Creating symmetry across a smile
- Remaking an entire smile
Depending on your cosmetic goals, your treatment may include one or more of the following:
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental bonding
- Snap-On Smile
- Porcelain crowns
- Cosmetic contouring
Ensuring Your New Smile Lasts
Once your smile is in place, you'll want it to play a role in your future. Different treatments have different lifespans, but there are always things you can do to encourage their longevity. Home care for cosmetic work is similar to the way you already care for your natural teeth. It simply has the added benefit of keeping your smile gorgeous, as well as healthy.
Home Care for Cosmetic Dental Work
- Brush gently - Brushing your teeth is foundation of your oral hygiene. But are you doing it properly? Lackluster brushing could be hindering your health, and will increase the chances of your dental work failing. When you brush, you're both removing cavity-causing bacteria and cleaning stains from the external surfaces of your teeth. So excellent brushing leads to a whiter, healthier smile!
- Floss regularly - We're not all great flossers. It's a habit that tends to fall by the wayside. Get yourself flossing to protect your dental work and your teeth. Think about the food particles and bacteria that remain trapped between your teeth all night if they're not met with some floss - you want to get those out of there!
- Avoid staining agents - Unfortunately, some of the best beverages (coffee, tea, red wine) also infuse teeth with stains. Try to use a straw when drinking, or rinse with water immediately afterwards. Tobacco use also darkens your enamel (and damages your health). What's the use in whitening if daily smoking is going to take your teeth right back to yellow?
- Beware bruxism - Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, can go unnoticed for long periods of time. It occurs when you're sleeping, so many patients aren't aware of the clenching going on. But if you're waking up with headaches, sore teeth, and a tired jaw, you're likely grinding through the night. This breaks dental work - as well as natural teeth. A simple night guard will protect your teeth from the habit, and help you get some healthy sleep.
Interested in pursuing cosmetic dentistry for yourself? Get in touch to learn more about the first steps.