If someone asked you to guess how many people stick to their New Year’s resolutions, what would you say? 40%? Maybe 25%? Believe it or not, it’s only about 8%! If you want to start the new year off with your best foot forward, there’s an easier way. You can improve your smile instead, in just 1 or 2 visits to a cosmetic dentist in Powell. Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out how 4 popular procedures can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
1. Professional Teeth Whitening
Whitening is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures because it’s fast, easy and effective. But while it’s tempting to go with store-bought whitening products, the FDA limits their strength, so they aren’t as effective as professional treatments. Both of the following professional options will whiten your teeth by 3-7 shades. The main difference between them is how quickly you get results. Here’s what you can expect from each procedure:
- Take-home trays: Most people get their results from take-home trays in 10-14 days. You simply fill custom-made trays from a dentist with professional-strength whitening gel and wear them at home for 30-60 minutes a day.
- Zoom! In-office whitening: This option whitens your smile in just one visit. After a powerful whitening gel is applied to your teeth, they’re exposed to a special light in 15-minute increments, which accelerates the process. Throughout your visit you’ll be monitored for sensitivity until your final results are acheived.
For a long time, the only way to straighten your teeth was traditional braces. Then Invisalign was developed around 20 years ago and changed everything. This orthodontic treatment relies on clear aligner trays to create movement and works for most of the same issues as metal braces, including overbites, underbites, crowding, gaps, and more. In many cases, Invisalign is completed in less time than traditional braces, with the average being 12 to 18 months. That means you could be done (or almost done) with treatment by the end of the year!
3. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are strong, thin shells of porcelain that are adhered to the front surfaces of your teeth to mask any imperfections underneath. They’re completed in just 2 visits and can hide a wide variety of flaws, including chips, cracks, severe stains, minor gaps and crowding, small or oddly shaped teeth and more. With regular checkups from a dentist in Powell and good oral hygiene at home, they can last 10-15 years or longer.
4. Tooth-Colored Fillings and Restorations
When you need to have cavities or other dental problems repaired, you don’t want it to affect the appearance of your smile. With tooth-colored fillings and ceramic dental crowns, it won’t. These materials are not only perfectly matched to blend in with your smile, they’re also strong and durable as well.
If you’ve always wanted a smile you can feel proud of, the new year is the perfect time to achieve it. After you’ve had a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist, they’ll create a custom treatment plan that’s perfect for your needs.
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Eskridge is a general and cosmetic dentist in Powell and a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. With nearly 15 years of experience and extensive postgraduate training, he’s able to provide top-notch cosmetic results. If you want a more beautiful smile in the new year or have any questions, he can be reached via his website.