It’s one thing to choose a more complex treatment when it comes to improving your oral and overall health; however, when it comes to addressing cosmetic flaws, you may prefer a less invasive option. With so many services to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones don’t require countless hours spent in a chair or trips driving back and forth to the dentist’s office. As you do your research to find a solution that aligns with your needs, here are 3 minimally invasive ways to improve your smile and save you time.
Shed the Stains with Teeth Whitening
Surface stains and those that exist beneath the enamel can be hard to remove, but it is not impossible when choosing professional teeth whitening. Whether you opt for in-office or take-home whitening kits that are provided by your cosmetic dentist, this method of treatment is fast and effective, producing results in as little as one hour (in-office) or two weeks (take-home).
There is no altering of your natural teeth required, and you’re unlikely to experience little if any sensitivity following the completion of treatment.
Protect Teeth with Just One Appointment
Instead of waiting weeks for a dental crown to be created and placed over your vulnerable tooth, many dentists are now using CEREC technology to speed up the process.
When decayed or damaged teeth need timely care, dentists can offer more efficient treatment by incorporating the use of in-house milling units and advanced CAD/CAM software. When meeting with your dental team, they will clean your tooth, remove any decay or damaged areas, and prep it for a custom crown.
Although your tooth will need to be altered to ensure a proper fit, your wait time for a fully restored smile will be significantly less, as your dentist will use an in-house milling unit to fabricate the crown while you wait. It can then be put into place before you leave.
Customize Your Smile with Veneers
Typically, custom veneers require 2-3 appointments for the process to be completed. However, they are still considered minimally invasive because of how easy it is to put them in place. Requiring no surgery, your custom-made veneers are fabricated by lab technicians and placed over the front surfaces of teeth.
While a small amount of tooth enamel must be removed, it is a required step to ensure proper bonding between teeth and veneers.
Once they are in place, they can last 10 years or longer with proper care.
Improving your smile doesn’t have to take years to achieve. It also doesn’t mean that you must undergo surgery to attain a more attractive appearance. With any of the solutions listed above, you can expect to see a new and improved aesthetic that turns heads, boosts confidence, and helps you to feel beautiful on the inside and out.
About the Author
Dr. Shane Smith is a trusted dentist in Jonesboro who received his dental doctorate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. After working at various dental offices throughout Northeast Arkansas, Southeast Missouri, and Memphis, he made a home in Jonesboro and continues to pursue continuing education courses to advance and hone his skills. Offering various cosmetic dental treatments, he and his team believe all patients deserve smiles they can be proud of. Visit our website or call (870) 932-2644 to find out how easy it can be to transform your appearance with cosmetic dentistry.