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    22Jan

    Your dental alignment affects your smile in a number of ways; obviously, dental alignment impacts dental aesthetics, but it can also influence the way your smile ages over time. If you are concerned about your dental alignment, there are a number of different treatment options that can help you optimize your smile. In this short article, our Cheney Invisalign dentists are going to be giving you additional information about how this orthodontic treatment, specifically, compares to other dental treatments.

    To quickly review: Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that moves your natural teeth into better alignment over time. In order to move your teeth, you’ll wear clear plastic aligners over a series of months. Because these aligners are removable, it is easy to care for your teeth throughout the treatment process.

    In comparison to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is more comfortable, discreet, and hygienic for the patients. Essentially, most patients can achieve similar results using Invisalign or conventional orthodontics, but Invisalign is the better-tolerated treatment protocol.

    So far we’ve discussed only treatments that move your natural teeth. However, you can also alter the appearance and function of your smile by applying dental-grade materials over your existing teeth. For example, you can achieve a straighter looking smile by applying porcelain veneers to some or all of your teeth. Likewise, dental bonding, using composite resin, can be used to increase the appearance of alignment, close gaps between teeth, and correct dental damage. One huge advantage of these treatments is that they can both be completed very quickly. The entire dental bonding process takes just one appointment, and veneers generally take two to three dental appointments to complete.

    When you meet with our Cheney cosmetic dentists, we’ll talk about your long-term dental goals, your treatment preferences, and what type of post-treatment maintenance is appropriate for your life. Give us a call to learn more!

    08Jan

    When it’s time to improve the appearance of your smile, the number one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to settle for a one-size-fits all cosmetic plan. Our Cheney cosmetic dentists work hard to customize our patients’ treatment plans, and, to that end, we assess a patient’s aesthetic needs from a number of different angles and on a number of different levels. That’s what we’re going to be talking about today!

    Correct existing damage

    The first thing to consider is whether there are any current oral health issues that need to be dealt with. As you would imagine, it is deeply unwise to simply make a smile look better, without making sure the foundation is strong. When this happens, oral health issues inevitably compound and/or reoccur, and the aesthetics of the smile suffer anyway. So, our dental team make it a priority to address existing cavities and gum disease right off the bat.

    Address alignment issues

    The next thing to take a look at is your dental alignment. If you are one of the many people with gaps between your teeth, or a crooked smile, there are treatments available to improve the way your teeth fit together. Some of these treatments, like Invisalign, are designed to move your natural teeth into better positons. Other options, like dental bonding and veneers cover the patient’s real teeth in order to transform the smile.

    Brightening and whitening the smile

    Dental stains and discoloration can make your smile look older and more damaged than it really is. The good news is that our dental team offers effective treatments to whiten and brighten your teeth. Professional dental whitening actually lifts stains from the natural tooth structure, while dental bonding and veneers cover unsightly enamel with custom-shaded restorative materials.

    It’s crucial that we take your entire smile into account as we pursue your smile transformation. Our Cheney cosmetic dentists will walk you through every step of this process—gives ua call to get started!