A bright, confident smile can turn heads, but most of us weren’t born with a mouth ready for the Hollywood big screen. If you’re looking for a bit of a self-esteem boost in the smile department, cosmetic dentistry might have the answer for you. And with modern technologies such as dental lasers, augmentation procedures today are less invasive, more comfortable, and delivered in faster time frames than ever. Here are the top 10 laser-assisted dental makeovers for a better smile.
10. Fuller lips
Teeth are the infra-structure that support lips and cheeks. Veneers, bonding, or orthodontic treatment can position teeth against soft tissue for a show-stopping pout without painful filler injections.
9. Wider display
Broaden a narrow smile with orthodontic appliances, veneers, or bonding. Dental materials can expand the facial surfaces of teeth to create a more confident smile.
8. Close the gap
A gap (diastema) between teeth can be closed with orthodontic gadgets, minimally-invasive veneers, or bonding.
7. Chip repair
A broken front tooth not only causes soft tissue abrasions, it can be distracting to look at. Chips can be repaired with affordable bonding or veneers for a smarter looking smile.
6. Bite reconstruction
Teeth wear over time and become shortened and flat from chewing, grinding, or clenching. Raising the vertical dimension by adding porcelain to the chewing surfaces of teeth can restore height to a face for a more younger looking you.
5. Healthy gums
4. Tooth-colored restorations
Old silver fillings are unsightly and it’s probably time to think about replacing them if they were installed way back in the ‘70s. Tooth colored fillings (also called white fillings), mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure.
3. Tooth implants
If you think people can’t see that missing tooth in the back of your mouth, think again. A missing tooth is not only unawesome, it could also throw your entire bite out of alignment, similar to driving a car with three wheels instead of four. Implants are a good option for replacing a missing tooth.
2. Taller teeth
When teeth are covered with excess soft tissue, a smile can look “gummy” and teeth can appear to be short. Long teeth look pretty and can be exposed with aesthetic crown lengthening for a big smile that lights up the room.
1. Lighter teeth
Teeth whitening is the number one requested cosmetic service and its popularity continues to grow, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Although teeth are not supposed to be shade TB1 (toilet bowl bright), no one wants their teeth to look like a Tuscan sunset either. Laser whitening is the fastest (20 minutes) way to get dingy looking teeth their whitest.
Laser dentists are committed to the science and art of dentistry. Minimally-invasive dentistry is the goal and better smiles are the outcome. Have a discussion with your dentist about your smile goals and the risks, benefits, and alternatives.