Smile, grin, laugh, smirk, or beam—no matter how you refer to it, we all know the importance of it! It is scientifically proven that smiling has significant health benefits like reducing blood pressure, increasing endurance, and strengthening the immune system. Yet, so many of us are hesitant to smile. Although it is a well-known fact that smiling can immediately improve your mood, it can also leave some of us feeling self-conscious about what other people think when they see our teeth.
Yellow, chipped or crooked teeth often stop us from flashing our most winning smile, or covering it up when we do. This affects both our self-esteem and the impression we make on others. If we are presenting to a client, sitting down for a job interview, or meeting someone on a first date, our smile is the first way to establish trust. Feeling self-conscious about something we can’t hide, will translate to other parts of our lives. This leaves us feeling unhappy, not in control, and in some cases can even lead to more serious mental health issues.
So, what do we do if we have discolored or misaligned teeth that are stopping us from smiling our best smile? Good news, Dr. Ignatowicz is here to help! There are simple solutions to most of our smile concerns. His advanced training and experience make Dr. Ignatowicz one of the leading dentists in the Las Vegas and Henderson area. His office offers several preventative care programs or cosmetic procedures that will have you flashing a bright, confident beam in no time. Keep reading to learn about the cosmetic dentistry options he offers.
My Teeth are Discolored, What Can I Do?
Several cosmetic dentistry procedures can improve discolored teeth and leave us with a perfect smile. But the first place to start is with preventative care. Even if you decide on a treatment that will provide quicker whitening, maintaining those results after treatment is over is key.
It is essential for both natural and restorative teeth to remain in an environment that is clean. A preventative care regimen can help you preserve restored teeth, prevent cavities and decay, and even fend off gum disease. Dr. Ignatowicz offers a professional preventive care program that will give you the resources and teach you how to take care of those pearly whites all on your own. This involves learning what the right toothbrush is right for you, understanding how to correctly brush your teeth, and creating an at home care regimen that is consistent and thorough.
Bleaching, veneers, and bonding are other options to restore your teeth and bring on your best smile. These procedures followed by a preventative care program will have you feeling your most confident self and smiling every chance you get!
What Happens During Bleaching?
You have likely heard if teeth whitening before. Either from your dentist or some sort of whitening strip commercial. Teeth whitening methods can be used to treat discoloration and staining. A tooth bleaching, specifically, is a chemical teeth-whitening process that delivers a brighter smile by lightening yellow or brown stains on the tooth. While the results of teeth whitening are not permanent, the results can last over a year with proper care and the right habits.
The patient can complete the teeth bleaching process in the office or at home. Most patients choose to complete the process at home because it is more convenient than traveling to the dentist office several times. If you choose to complete the process at home, the cosmetic dentist provides all materials. Including a custom mouth tray that is designed to ensure that your teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution. The mouth tray also ensures the patient’s safety throughout treatment. The whitening solution gradually lightens the stains on your teeth leaving you with a brighter smile after every session. But patience and consistency are key to great results.
The dentist provides specific, straightforward instructions for how to complete treatment at home. The at-home regimen will likely involve sessions if two-three hours of exposure to the whitening solution. But instructions may be different depending on your desired results. However, the whitening regimen will last 2-3 weeks. After which the patient will return to the dentist for a follow-up.
Are Dental Veneers Permanent?
If you are looking for a more long-term solution for your smile, veneers can be right for you. Veneers are custom shaped pieces of porcelain or plastic places over your tooth. They can cure severe discoloration and correct misshapen or crooked teeth. When you look at celebrities and wonder how their teeth look so absolutely perfect and white, in most cases, it’s due to veneers.
Compared to crowns, veneers are less painful and a cheaper option. Because they do not stain, veneers can last up to 10-15 years! This makes veneers a go-to solution for many dental patients looking for a smile makeover.
You can use a veneer to correct a single tooth, several, or to correct your entire smile. At a consultation with the cosmetic dentist, you can discuss your desired result and the dentist will make the recommendations that would be best for you. Dr. Ignatowicz is devoted to providing his patients with an anxiety-free experience while choosing the cosmetic dental service that is right for them and during treatment.
Dental Veneer Process
The process of dental veneers starts with an appointment with your dentist. After discussing your vision and needs, and answering any questions you may have, the preparation process for your veneers can begin.
The preparation process for veneers involves light buffing of your tooth. The buffing allows room for the veneer to be placed on top of your tooth. Because the veneers are thin, usually only 0.5mm to 1.0mm needs to be buffed off the tooth. This might be different if the tooth is crooked or misshapen.
You can let your dentist know that you want to “try-in” your veneers. You would get temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are ready for you. Your temporary veneers would be glued to your teeth using temporary cement (this cement will be the same color as the cement you will have for your veneers). You will be able to check out your new smile in different settings and lighting to ensure you are satisfied with the new look. If there is anything you’d like to change about how your veneers look, you can let your dentist know so the necessary changes are made on your permanent set.
Once your permanent set of veneers is ready, your teeth that will be corrected with veneers will be cleansed. The dentist sets the veneers on your teeth carefully ensuring perfect placement and with the use of a light beam the cement will harden. Then, hello brand new smile!
What is Dental Bonding?
Another way to reshape or recolor a tooth is through dental bonding. Dental bonding allows the dentist to sculpt the tooth with composite resin. This can be used to fix broken or chipped teeth, fill unwanted gaps and cure a discolored tooth. This process can be used to give your smile a complete makeover or for small corrections.
The composite resin is durable and is bonded to the tooth with a light beam. Once the resin has bonded, the dentist can then shape the resin to the desired shape and polish it. Through this technique, a dentist can fix minor irregularities, like spacing, or change the length and shape of a tooth completely.
If there is a single tooth that you wish you could change or fix, this might be the right solution for you.
Dental Bonding Benefits
There are several benefits to dental bonding. The benefits listed below can help you decide if tooth bonding is right for you. For dental patients wanting to fix smaller cosmetic worries, bonding is usually their preferable treatment.
- Unlike some of the other procedures mentioned above, dental bonding can be completed in just one visit to your dentist. Usually, the process will take up to 2 hours.
- It is a more cost-effective option compared to veneers or crowns.
- Composite resin comes several shades so it can be matched to the tooth color to create a flawless smile.
- The process is usually pain-free! Unless filling a cavity, anesthesia is usually not needed during the bonding process.
- The results can last up to 10 years with proper care.
Let Your Smile Shine With Dr. Ignatowicz
No matter what stage you are at in your road to smile recovery, Dr. Ignatowicz can help. His experience and advanced training make him an expert at returning smiles to their absolute best! Improving your confidence and self-image has never been easier.
Whether you need him to sculpt the perfect veneer, whiten your teeth to the brightest levels, or fix the small issues that make you self-conscious about your smile, you can trust that he will be devoted to helping you make the decision that is right for you. Contact Dr. Ignatowicz today and let that beautiful smile make lasting first impressions!