If you are looking for ways to boost your confidence and improve your smile and as we head into the holiday season, cosmetic dentistry may be exactly what you need! Our dentists have several ways to help you create a beautiful smile – many of which can be done in the office. If you’re hoping to greet relatives with an unforgettable smile this year, we’re sharing some options that may be able to help!
Whiten Your Smile for the Holidays
The quickest way to freshen up your smile is a whitening treatment. Even if you brush and floss consistently, your teeth can still become stained by the foods and drinks you consume. Most people associate tooth discoloration with smoking and chewing tobacco. While it is absolutely true that both of those substances can stain your teeth, they aren’t the only causes. For example, if you love enjoying a nightly glass of wine or a regular morning coffee, there is a good chance you’ll experience some discoloration on the surface of your teeth. Other people can experience discoloration due to the contents of their drinking water or other environmental factors. The good news is that our dentists can help you tackle these stains to give you a shining smile you’ll be proud to flash at the holiday table.
At Sierra Smiles, we use Zoom Whitening to help our patients whiten their teeth. It’s a procedure that can be performed in the office and whiten teeth up to eight shades in a single treatment, although follow-ups may be necessary if certain stains persist. Your dental assistant will apply a protective coating to your gums to prevent the bleaching agent from irritating them during the procedure. They will then apply the bleaching agent to your teeth. The assistant will use Blue LED light-accelerated technology to activate the agent three times. After removing the bleach and protective agent you’ll get instant gratification when you check out your newly whitened teeth. Your dentist will instruct you on how to care for your teeth after the procedure. If you would prefer to perform the whitening in the comfort of your own home, there is a take-home kit complete with trays and bleach that will bring similar results.
Correct Crowns and Other Tooth Problems with Same-Day Crowns by CEREC
If you have recently broken a tooth, crown, inlay, onlay or veneer, same-day crowns created by CEREC can ensure there’s no need to worry you’ll be stuck waiting for weeks to repair the issue. Everyone wants to head home for the holidays looking their best and brightest and our office would love to help make that happen. We understand it is simply not practical to expect someone to spend days with a smile that makes them feel less than confident, especially if the issue is causing pain and discomfort. With Sierra Smiles’ CEREC machine, we can prepare inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers in a single visit. CEREC prints crowns in minutes in comparison to timelines of two to three weeks in labs. That means we can save you time in the chair in addition to providing you quick relief for a potentially painful or embarrassing problem.
CEREC works using a 3D image scan and x-rays of your teeth to create a 3D image of your mouth, assessing where the problem area is. Utilizing the scans, CEREC builds out a replacement with help from your dentist to ensure that it is cosmetically accurate and properly adjusted to fit your smile. Once the build is determined, CEREC prints the new crown or replacement components so they can be fitted and placed in your mouth as quickly as possible. While same-day printing and placement is not always possible, we do our very best to correct the problem in one visit.
Make a New Year’s Resolution to Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign
If you have crooked teeth, unwanted spaces or bite issues, cosmetic dentistry has advanced in a variety of ways, one of the most popular being the creation of invisible braces. While you may not be able to craft a perfect smile immediately, you can get a head start for the New Year and experience the confidence that comes with knowing you have taken control of your dental future. Invisalign allows patients to straighten their teeth without the hassle of metal braces. It’s a great option for adults who have avoided correcting their teeth due to embarrassment about wearing braces in a personal or professional capacity. It also works well for athletes who worry about injury, bent wires, or broken brackets. Even young children can wear Invisalign, making it an incredibly versatile and innovative solution for straightening teeth, correcting your bite, and resolving other issues.
Invisalign works by using customized trays that move your teeth incrementally over time. It is important to perform the movements gradually to ensure that there is no damage to the root of the tooth. Moving too aggressively can be incredibly damaging. Invisalign provides patients with new trays each month to help shift teeth in accordance with your dental care plan. The trays are designed in the lab based on images taken in your dentist’s office. You read that right! No uncomfortable trays of liquid required. Invisalign decreases the amount of time you spend at the dentist. While we love to see your smiling face, we know you have other things to do with your valuable time!
At Sierra Smiles, we understand just how important a healthy smile is to your self-confidence. If you are uncomfortable with your appearance, or if you need help correcting a persistent dental issue impacting your overall wellness as we head into the holiday season, schedule a consultation. Our experienced team can help you find a treatment plan that will give you the smile you deserve. Give us a call at one of our convenient locations.