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Looking Younger with Cosmetic Dentistry

There’s no doubt about it—a healthy smile can take years off your appearance. On the other hand, just the opposite is true as well—a dingy, yellow smile or missing teeth can make you look old before your time. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can do wonders for your smile and your youthful appearance. Most procedures are relatively routine, and many are surprisingly affordable. No matter what dental challenges you may have, there’s likely to be a cosmetic procedure that will fix the problem.

Teeth Whitening

Although there are several different types of methods for teeth whitening —such as chemical whitening, abrasive teeth whitening, laser whitening or mild acid whitening—bleaching is the most common. This procedure can either be done in the dentist’s office or at home with supplies provided by your dentist. The first step involves a trip to the dentist so that a custom mouth tray can be made. It’s important that the mouth tray fit your mouth exactly in order to achieve the optimum results from bleaching. Although you can purchase teeth bleaching kits at stores, the one-size-fits-all mouth trays that come along with those kits aren’t nearly as form-fitting as a custom-made tray made by your dentist, so the results won’t be nearly as good.  Once the tray is made you just follow the instructions provided by your dentist. The procedure usually involves keeping the tray (and the bleaching agent) in your mouth for 2 to 3 hours and sometimes overnight. You’ll need to repeat this process a few times over the course of 2 to 3 weeks, and then schedule a follow-up trip to your dentist. This type of bleaching is relatively inexpensive, and the results are usually great.