If you have completed an orthodontic treatment and would like to improve your smile even further, there are some excellent cosmetic dentistry procedures to accomplish that. Orthodontics, whether it is conventional braces, Invisalign, or iBraces, can give your teeth good alignment, removing any crookedness, crowding and undue spaces.
This provides a very good starting point for further dental improvement. Some possibilities are:
If the front teeth are straight and even, they may still be unevenly sized. Or they may have staining that does not respond to tooth whitening. Porcelain veneers are an easy way to deal with one or more such problems all at the same time. They are thin, customized tooth covers that provide new front surfaces for the treated teeth. They will be matched to your natural tooth color and can quickly transform your smile.
Sometimes, the gums extend too far along the tooth surface, hiding part of the tooth enamel. This makes for a “gummy smile,” but there is no need to live with it. A laser treatment can quickly remove the unwanted gum tissue. The teeth will look better-proportioned and your smile will be better balanced.
Over the years, the teeth gradually become stained, yellowed, or grayed. This can be due to pigmented foods and drinks such as blackberries and coffee; to thinning tooth enamel which reveals more of the yellow dentin layer beneath; and to old metal fillings starting to show through the enamel.
You can quickly whiten your teeth with an in-office procedure that takes a little over an hour. It will give dramatic results. Alternatively, you can use a professional take-home kit, with custom-made trays and professional-strength whitening gel. This way, you can whiten your teeth at home, as your schedule permits.
It is best not to use any “whitening” toothpastes, as they contain abrasive ingredients that remove enamel as well as stains. Other store-bought teeth-whitening products will give mild or uneven results.