The teeth are a small part of the body, but they play many important roles in your mouth. Along with biting, chewing, and even speech, the teeth play a major role in the appearance of your smile. Your smile is the first thing that others notice about you. Any imperfections in the teeth can instantly dull your smile, which can lead to a serious drop in confidence. To make a great first impression, you want your smile to look its best. At Shenandoah Family Dentistry, we can help to give you a smile you have always wanted with cosmetic dentistry.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are designed to fit over the fronts of your visible teeth. They are commonly used to cover over minor dental imperfections, including small chips and cracks, small gaps, minor overlapping, and misshapen or small teeth. Porcelain is used because it not only can be colored to perfectly match your natural teeth, but it also reflects light in a similar manner to enamel. Once in place, the appearance of your teeth is restored, and no one will be able to tell there is anything there.
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Discoloration can happen due to a variety of different causes, including what you eat and drink, smoking and certain types of medications. Even your age can lead to tooth discoloration. Discoloration instantly dulls the beauty of your teeth, even if they are perfectly straight and blemish-free. It can also add years to your appearance. Teeth whitening is designed to restore the bright white brilliance to your smile. To achieve this goal, we provide you with custom fit trays, which are created from impressions of your mouth, and a special bleaching agent. The trays are meant to be worn for just a few hours each day. The bleaching agent creates bubbles that penetrate the enamel of your teeth and eliminate stains. In just one to two weeks, you will see significant results.
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Dental bonding involves the use of a composite resin material to correct a variety of minor imperfections, including small chips and cracks, gaps, and misshapen or small teeth. Composite resin, which is made up of a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials, is a flexible material that can be easily shaped to meet some needs. Unlike veneers, which require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel, bonding does not require any alteration to the structure of your teeth. Composite resin is placed on the affected teeth and shaped as needed before being hardened and polished. The procedure is quick. It can be done in a single visit and usually takes less than an hour. When finished, your smile will be completely restored.
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Invisalign is an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Treatment involves the use of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into proper alignment. Your aligners are created from impressions of your mouth. They are worn over the teeth and disappear once in place. Along with being practically invisible in your mouth, Invisalign aligners are also removable.
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A great smile can leave a lasting impression. If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry, and which procedures are right for you, call Shenandoah Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation today at (540) 667-8731.