Turning your smile into one of your best features is easy, thanks to several cosmetic dentistry treatments that can improve or correct tooth issues. Our Upper Marlboro, MD, dentist, Dr. Felix Papillon of Papillon Dental Care, shares some information on a few treatments you may want to consider.
Metal braces aren't the only way to straighten your teeth. Invisalign is a better option if you're looking for a more discreet orthodontic system. Instead of braces, you'll wear clear aligner trays that can be removed when you eat and brush and floss your teeth. The trays constantly press against your teeth, which gradually improve their alignment. You'll receive a series of trays and will usually wear each set for about two weeks.
Tooth loss forever alters you smile, changing your appearance and weakening your jawbone. Dental implants offer an innovative, long-term restoration solution. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone. The posts serve as artificial tooth roots and support a crown, an artificial tooth that looks very realistic. Because your implant is securely attached to your jawbone, you won't notice any difference when you bite and chew. Implants also provide the jawbone stimulation necessary to keep the bone from weakening after tooth loss.
Bright, white teeth are the key features of a winning smile. Unfortunately, smoking or drinking coffee or other darkly pigmented beverages can turn your once bright smile yellow. Even if you avoid cigarettes and coffee, your smile may become duller as you age. Teeth whitening can restore your bright smile by removing the pigments that have become embedded in your tooth enamel. You'll only need to spend one hour at our Upper Marlboro office to achieve a brighter smile. After the whitening agent is removed from your teeth, you can expect to see a three to eight shade difference.
Veneers improve the appearance of your smile by concealing common flaws. They consist of thin shells made of porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are an excellent option if you have small gaps between teeth, discoloration, uneven surfaces, cracks or chips. They're also used to lengthen teeth and alter their shape.
Transform your smile with one or more of these cosmetic dentistry treatments. Call our Upper Marlboro, MD, dentist, Dr. Papillon of Papillon Dental Care, at (301) 773-5700 to schedule an appointment.