Did you make a New Year’s Resolution in 2019 that you found it hard to stick to? If so, that makes you very normal! But, since the year is still new, it’s not too late to make another one that’s easy to achieve and has life-changing benefits: Getting a smile that you love. It’s a great way to put yourself first for a change and increase your self-confidence for the year ahead. And regardless of which cosmetic issues you may have, there’s a solution that can correct it – often in just 1-2 visits. Keep reading to learn about 4 procedures a cosmetic dentist in Chicago Loop can use to transform your smile this year!
1. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to give the teeth a whole new appearance and can mask several types of imperfections. They’re semi-permanently adhered to the front of the teeth and can last 10-15 years with basic care and maintenance.
They’re perfect for any of the following cosmetic issues:
- Chips and cracks
- Minor crowding and gaps
- Severe staining or discoloration that doesn’t respond to whitening treatments
- Small or oddly shaped teeth
2. Tooth-Colored Restorations
For anyone who wants to fix oral health problems and cosmetic issues at the same time, a tooth-colored restoration such as a dental crown or bridge can help.
A crown is a great solution for a tooth that’s badly damaged by a cavity or fracture and doesn’t have enough healthy tooth structure left to support a veneer. If a tooth is missing or it can’t be saved and needs to be extracted, a bridge is a great option to fill the missing space.
With a tooth-colored crown or bridge, the restoration will be matched to the rest of your smile so that it looks and feels great.
Whitening is often one of the first cosmetic procedures that people are interested in, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s a fast, easy way to make your smile look its best!
There are two main options:
- Take-home – This involves wearing custom-made trays that you’ve filled with a professional-strength whitening gel. Most people get their final results in 10-14 days (wearing them for 30-60 minutes a day).
- In-office – This procedure gives fast, dramatic results in about one hour, so it’s perfect for any patient who wants immediate results.
4. Direct Bonding
Also called cosmetic bonding, this procedure uses the same white filling material that’s used to repair cavities on the back teeth. The shade is matched to the color of your smile before the material is applied and shaped.
It’s a great way to repair minor imperfections on the front teeth such as chips, cracks, small cavities and discolorations.
What’s Your Next Step?
Every patient is unique, so the first step to any smile makeover is a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. After discussing your goals, oral health, and dental history, they’ll be able to recommend the best treatment plan for you.
If you’ve always wanted a smile that you can feel proud of, one of these procedures can make it happen in 2019!
About the Author
Dr. Joseph Ceisel is a general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist in Chicago Loop with over 30 years of experience. He starts every consultation by making sure he understands his patients’ goals so he can deliver the results they’re after, and loves seeing how simple cosmetic procedures can improve someone’s self-image. If you’d like to enhance your smile and have any other questions, he can be reached via his website.