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The holiday season is the time for family gatherings and lots of festivities. Most people get stressed about this season because they want to look good, but they are not confident about their smiles. The fear and anxiety come from having to talk to a lot of people and taking lots of photos. While it sounds simple, when you are someone living with smile flaws, this can be stressful and can create a sense of anxiety.

This holiday season could be the perfect time for you to do something to enhance your smile and boost your self-esteem. There are simple steps you can do to be smile-friendly this season, and cosmetic dentistry could be just your answer.

The evolution of modern dentistry goes beyond ensuring healthy gums and teeth or maintaining oral functionality. Cosmetic dentistry has paved the way to address smile imperfections. While they are not an essential factor in dental insurance, for most people who take advantage of the procedures, they have a significant impact on their lives.

Here are a few cosmetic dentistry procedures:

1. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure that serves both cosmetic and restorative purposes. It is a light-handed dental treatment option, ideally for those who have sustained minor dental decay or damage, such as small cracks, gaps, stains, or chips. In this procedure, your cosmetic dentist will carefully apply tooth-colored composite resin, which is the same material used to fill cavities, to the damaged or missing area, then shape it to blend in with your smile. This process can be completed in just one visit.

2. In-office Cleaning and Whitening

For those who want to have perfectly white teeth, professional teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most preferred smile makeover treatment options. This procedure can be completed one in one visit, and it involves the use of a medical bleaching agent.

Performed in a controlled environment, teeth cleaning and whitening guarantee noticeable results in no time without harming any surrounding areas. Professional teeth whitening offers a lot of benefits, such as noticeable results over a single visit, reduced risk of tooth and gum sensitivity, and long-lasting results that are better than any over-the-counter treatments.

3. Dental Bridges

People who are missing a row of teeth can benefit from dental bridges. If you choose a well-made dental bridge, it can effectively replace one to three consecutive missing teeth. There are various options for dental bridges that you can choose from, such as PFM bridges, Cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and all-porcelain bridges.

Check with your dentist to find out which one works best for your case.

4. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers provide a great cosmetic solution for those who have slight chips or cracks, or permanent teeth stains. A cosmetic dentist will custom-design thin layers of dental porcelain to be sent to an in-house network lab that will assemble the fixtures. Once it has been fabricated, you will need to go back to your dentist to have those shells permanently bonded to your teeth.

This procedure is done to protect the surface of your teeth from further damage or to improve the aesthetics. Porcelain veneers normally take two to three visits to complete, so make sure you allow extra time if you want to have that perfect smile before the holiday starts. Benefits of porcelain veneers include protecting teeth from tooth decay, restoring or strengthening cracked teeth, and enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of your smile.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Ypsilanti, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

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