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One of the most common reasons people visit a dentist is to improve their smile. Whether to restore self-confidence or for health reasons, a revived smile could have a significant impact on your social and work life. The cosmetic dentistry industry has developed innovative treatments to help transform your smile from dull and dingy to one worthy of the red carpet. Dr. Christine Tenaglia, a cosmetic dentist in Okemos, knows how important your smile can be and is sharing seven ways to revive your smile.
With regular use and a normal diet, your smile will begin to become dull and discolored over time, resulting in the loss of confidence. A professional teeth whitening treatment in Lansing at Tenaglia Smiles could give you a boost in self-confidence by removing stains and discoloration. Not all teeth whitening treatments are the same, especially DIY kits you can purchase over-the-counter at your local retail store. Some patients have experienced damage to their teeth or surrounding gum tissue when using DIY teeth whitening kits, so it is best to visit our Okemos dental office if you want the best results.
Porcelain veneers are a custom-made ceramic shell that is extremely thin yet durable and is tinted to match the color of surrounding teeth providing a uniform look to your smile. The veneers are bonded to the front of your natural teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers in Okemos can be used to treat tooth stains, worn enamel, unusual spacing, uneven teeth, and chips, and cracks in teeth.
Traditional braces have been feared by many patients because of the look and feel of them. However, with clear aligners such as Invisalign®, you could discretely correct the alignment of your teeth. When using clear correctors, there are strict guidelines provided by our licensed Invisalign® dentist in Okemos to ensure the best success with proper use. Aligners must be worn for 22 hours per day for the most effective results, but they can be removed while eating, and when you brush and floss your teeth. The average treatment time for optimum alignment is approximately a year and a half, depending on your circumstances.
If you feel you have a “gummy” smile, your leading cosmetic dentist in Lansing at Tenaglia Smiles offers treatment options to help reduce the excessive gum tissue when you smile. Gingival contouring is often performed using a dental laser to reshape the gum tissue without the need for incisions or sutures. Downtime is minimal, and patients often report little discomfort.
Bonding is the practice of attaching a plastic and glass mixture to your natural teeth for fillings, crowns, or veneers. The mixture is strong, easy to form, and tooth-colored to help repair damaged, decayed, or discolored teeth. Dr. Tenaglia often uses bonding to repair cracks, chips, and small gaps between teeth. Also referred to as cosmetic bonding, this procedure is ideal if you need a “quick fix” for minor dental flaws.
Dental crowns are used in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. With several uses to restore or correct damaged teeth, crowns have natural coloring, which could improve the aesthetics of your smile, and restore stability to a damaged or weak tooth. Crowns are generally recommended when a tooth has sustained substantial amounts of damage where a veneer would not provide enough coverage to the affected area. Using the same high-quality porcelain as veneers, dental crowns provide similar natural-looking results.
As a permanent replacement for missing teeth, dental implants could fully restore your smile. Dental implants are the closest to your natural teeth and could last a lifetime with proper care. This tooth replacement option is ideal if you are missing one or more teeth, and desire to bring your smile back to its original brilliance. If you want to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenaglia, an implant dentist in Okemos.
Cosmetic Dentist in Okemos, Lansing, and East Lansing
Having a beautiful smile could increase your confidence in both your career and social situations. If you have a less than perfect smile and want to restore your confidence, Dr. Tenaglia can help. To find out which cosmetic dentistry procedure is best for you, feel free to contact Tenaglia Smiles for a consultation by calling (517) 347-6733 or schedule an appointment online today!