We often judge a person, by one's smile.


We often judge a person, by one's smile. I would like to explain how one can improve your smile, and, with it, chances of making better impression. The front teeth and a lower lip, so called smile line. We are attracted to a beautiful, even, warm smile, but an uneven, crooked one, discolored smile attracts equal amounts of attention. The difference between the two is nice looking, sparkling white, straight teeth. Sadly, not all of us are born with a Hollywood Smile, but luckily a dentist can offer several options.

At home whiting of the teeth became very popular and widely embraced procedure. It is a very simple and easy treatment, and it is relatively inexpensive. A dentist provides you with very comfortable custom-fit-to your mouth trays, which you wear at your convenience over period of 3 to 14 days.

Zoom is an almost instant (1 hour) gratification by using special lamp, which gets you the results quicker. I would still recommend at home whitening touch-ups afterwards as well, for longer lasting effects and maintenance. Zoom works very well on darker teeth, those, which have aging stains in particular.

Traditional Braces is the most widely known procedure to straighten teeth. It is ideal to straightening, as long as you accept treatment of at least 2 years or more in most cases. After braces you will have to wear the retainers for the rest of your life. If you do not consistently wear your retainers the smile will reverse itself to the previous condition.

Veneers are designed for a smile that has dark or stained teeth, for example heavily stained by the tetracycline. Veneers remove the stains, but also manipulate the angulation, position and shape of the teeth. The process, which takes usually two weeks, has proved itself to be very effective and satisfying and have been used for over 20 years.

Bonding is the process in which a dentist cements a very thin custom-made laminates, or veneers, to the front surface of the tooth. Bonding can change the shape (angulation) of the teeth, it can fix a chipped tooth, and it can mask the dark color or a stain on the enamel. Two types of the materials can be used in this type of treatment: porcelain and composite (plastic).

Composite is a less expensive method of getting instant gratification, it does not maintain the color as long as porcelain does. Porcelain remains the same beautiful translucent color and is permanent. In most cases patients later change their composites to porcelain anyway. My question I pose is “why not do it right from the start?”

Full Porcelain Crown offers translucency, giving it a life-like appearance that traditional metal frame porcelain lacked. If you are not happy with your life-less metal frame crowns there is great news, the next generation porcelain crowns, with stronger porcelain, do not require the metal frame. These restorations are very biocompatible and improve the appearance a lot in comparison to older type. An example of this is the Procera crown. For more good news, it is also possible to replace older bridge work as well.

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Costa Mesa Dentist