Perhaps you aren’t thrilled with the appearance of your smile, but have never considered that cosmetic dentistry is a possibility for you. After all, unlike cleanings and exams, cosmetic dentistry is all about appearance — and when you don’t have a lot of extra money to spend, it can seem extravagant or wasteful.
But if you look at it another way, spending a little cash to transform your smile is something you can’t afford not to do. Because your smile is so important to how you present yourself to the world. If you are self-conscious, it comes across clearly to every person you meet. And in the context of a date, it can determine whether there’s a next one. In the context of a job interview or promotion, it can result in real money lost.
At North Oaks Dental of Royal Oak, MI, we offer a variety of cosmetic dental procedures at a variety of price points. That’s right: beautifying your smile doesn’t have to break the bank. Below are three effective yet inexpensive solutions to give you a smile you’ll love. To schedule a consultation, fill out our online form or call our office at 248-220-7021.
While simple and relatively inexpensive, teeth whitening can be transformative, lightening your pearly whites by several shades and making you appear vibrant, even younger. At North Oaks Dental, we offer ZOOM teeth whitening products, which are highly effective yet gentle on your enamel.
We do not recommend drugstore teeth whitening kits. These use less active ingredients than our professional product, so you may be tempted to leave them on too long. Also, their whitening trays are not custom-made. Because they don’t fit perfectly, you risk chemicals leaching onto your sensitive gums. And because your care won’t be supervised by a dentist, there is always the risk of misuse.
Dental bonding is another way to transform your smile without shelling out a lot of dough. In this simple and painless procedure, we prepare the surface of the tooth by painting on a solution that roughens it up (so the bonding agent adheres well). We then apply a composite resin material that’s perfectly matched to your enamel color and shape it as desired. The resin is “set” using a special light and the tooth is polished. Bonding is great for fixing: chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps, too-short teeth, oddly shaped teeth, and other minor problems.
Tooth Shaping or Contouring
Another way to improve your smile for not much money is tooth shaping. In this procedure, we remove small bits of enamel to eliminate rough spots, chips, and other minor flaws. We will first X-ray your mouth so we know exactly where the enamel ends and the pulp begins. Because we touch only the enamel, the procedure is painless.
You don’t have to live with a smile that makes you want to frown. At North Oaks Dental of Royal Oak, MI, we’d love to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options. Schedule a consultation by filling out our online form or calling our office at 248-220-7021.