There it is. You look in the mirror to brush your teeth, and all of those stains, chips, and problem spots seem to stare right back at you. When your smile looks bad, you feel bad because you know other people are going to wonder what’s wrong with your teeth. That’s why we offer several cosmetic dentistry options at our Alma, MI dental office. Once you have a winning smile, your whole life can be better.
Does Teeth Whitening Really Work?
If you’ve tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products, you may have noticed they don’t work all that well. That’s because in order to be sold without a prescription from a dentist, the bleaching agent is made weak. At our Alma, MI dental office, we offer Zoom! DayWhite and NiteWhite to get your teeth truly white. First we create a mouthguard-like tray that will fit comfortably but securely over your teeth in particular. Then you receive a gel that you put in the trays and wear at home. You will see your desired shade of white in as little as two weeks.
If My Teeth Are Crooked, Can I Skip Braces?
Traditional braces are still used all over the country because they work so well. It might take two or three years, but your smile will eventually look even and beautiful. But if you hate the idea of wearing metal braces or need something done much faster, we offer Red, White and Blue short-term orthodontics. These clear plastic trays fit over your teeth, focusing on the ones people see when you smile. That way, the aligners can slowly and safely move your teeth like braces but in as little as 6-12 weeks, not years.Dr. McDonald on Orthodontics
What If My Teeth Have Small Chips and Dents?
Although the enamel covering your teeth is very strong, it can get damaged. Accidents and injuries can chip a tooth or put a small dent in it, making your smile look less than perfect. A quick but lasting fix is tooth bonding. In this treatment, we carefully apply a thin layer of resin material (like what’s used in a filling) over the front of your teeth. This fills in any chips or dents as well as corrects stains, quickly turning your smile into something beautiful to look at.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Some people have several dental cosmetic problems with their teeth. They could have a few chips, some unsightly gaps between teeth, slightly misshapen or crooked teeth, and stains from years of smoking or drinking coffee. Dental veneers can fix all of those so quickly that they’re often called “instant orthodontics.” Veneers are thin shells of porcelain made right here at our Alma, MI cosmetic dental office with our revolutionary CEREC machine. Once the shells are bonded to the front of your teeth, they cover any stains and seal any small damage like chips and cracks. They can even be made just a little bigger than the tooth to cover up any gaps or uneven lines.