As we head into the New Year, many of us are looking forward to a fresh start. We’re making resolutions and setting goals for how we can improve our lives in the coming year. One way you can help yourself is by improving your smile with cosmetic dental treatments! Many people are not happy with their smile. Whether it’s because of grinding, an accident, or just the natural process of aging, many people are looking for a way to improve their smile. Luckily there are many different types of treatments that can be done to improve your smile and give you back your confidence! This blog will go over some common dental treatments that will have you starting 2022 off with a new smile.
Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental treatment that can be done to improve the appearance of your teeth. It is a process in which the teeth are whitened using a bleaching agent applied to the surface of the teeth. This bleaching agent is then absorbed into the enamel and dentin layers, where it triggers a chemical reaction that breaks apart discolored molecules to remove years of stains. Whitening treatments can be done in a dentist’s office or at home with over-the-counter treatments. OTC treatments, however, take longer because they do not use a strong bleaching agent. They also have more risks. Therefore, if you want dramatic results with less risk involved, we recommend an in-office whitening treatment. In as little as 30-60 minutes, an in-office whitening treatment can brighten you smile by 5-10 shades! Now that’s something to smile about!
Another common cosmetic dental treatment that will make you smile is porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or resin that are customized and bonded to the front side of your teeth. Having veneers applied can change the color and shape of your teeth or cover imperfections such as chips, stains, spacing issues, etc. They are quick and easy procedures that can dramatically improve your smile in as little as two visits to the dentist. This is one reason why veneers are so popular among people looking to upgrade their smile. In fact, veneers are so popular that many celebrities have veneers.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They can be used to support a single tooth, several teeth, or an entire mouthful of teeth. Many people use dental implants to restore their smile after one or more teeth have fallen out or been extracted due to damage or disease. Dental implants are considered the best tooth replacement option because they are extremely strong, last a long time, look like natural teeth, and maintain bone mass in the jaw. If you are missing one or more teeth, then dental implants may be the right choice for starting 2022 with a smile.
If you have tooth decay, composite fillings are a great way to restore your teeth. Composite fillings are made of plastic or resin and can be matched in color by your dentist so they blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile! They’re also incredibly durable. Composite fillings are a great way to easily restore your smile and start 2022 off with no cavities!
We hope this blog has given you some ideas of cosmetic dental treatments that can be done to improve your smile! If you’re interested in any of these treatments, please give us a call and we would be happy to discuss them with you!
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.