There’s a lot that goes into creating a beautiful smile – the color of your teeth, their size, their alignment, even the condition of your gum tissue. Any imperfections in your smile, no matter how minor, can greatly impact your smile’s overall appearance, and your confidence. At National Dental Sunnyside, we offer smile makeovers, which can restore the beauty of your smile and leave you excited to show it off.
There are several factors that can affect the color of your teeth – foods, beverages, habits such as smoking, certain medications. There are several over-the -counter products available, but these products are usually only effective against minor surface stains, and often won’t provide you with the results you want. At National Dental, we offer two options for professional whitening. Chairside whitening is done in the office and takes about an hour of your time. A bleaching agent is applied to your teeth, and light is directed at them to enhance the effects. Your results are noticeable right away, your teeth several shades whiter. Take home trays let you whiten on your own time. We provide you with custom fit trays and a bleaching agent. You wear the trays for 4 to 8 hours a day for a designated number of days. Results can be seen in a week.
Bonding is a quick, simple and painless way to fix minor imperfections in your teeth. We use a composite resin material, which blends in naturally with the rest of your teeth. It is made up of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. Composite resin is versatile and can be shaped and molded to fit a variety of needs, fixing small chips and cracks, gaps between your teeth, misshapen teeth and even discoloration.
Porcelain veneers are another option for fixing minor dental imperfections. They are “shells” that cover the fronts of your visible teeth. The process for getting your veneers takes longer than bonding, and it does require the removal of a small amount of your enamel. However, porcelain is stronger than composite resin. It also mimics the color and the light reflecting properties of your natural enamel.
Ceramic crowns are “caps” that cover the entire visible crown of your natural tooth. They are used when the damage to your tooth compromises its strength and places it at risk of developing an infection, helping to avoid the need for an extraction (and tooth replacement). While crowns can be made from several different materials, ceramic provides the best aesthetic results. It blends in perfectly with the rest of your teeth and even mimics the light reflecting properties of your natural enamel.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They are a more recent technology, but one of the most popular. They require a surgical procedure for the placement of small titanium rods into your jawbone. As you heal, your jawbone fuses to the implants, creating a stable support for your replacement teeth. Implants offer numerous benefits over other replacement options, being more comfortable and easier to care for. Unlike any other option, implants also help to preserve the strength of your jawbone.
Metal braces have been used for decades to fix crooked teeth. However, because they are so visible in your mouth, they can often cause more embarrassment than the crooked teeth, particularly for older teens and adults. At National Dental, we offer Invisalign® as an alternative. Invisalign® consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that guide your teeth into proper alignment. They provide numerous benefits, the biggest one being that no one will know they are there.
AESTHETIC GUM LIFT
Your gums are a critical part of your smile. Excess gum tissue can make your teeth look small, resulting in a gummy smile. At National Dental, we use laser dentistry to perform an aesthetic gum lift. A laser is used to remove excess gum tissue, restoring an even gum line and more natural looking teeth.
If your smile isn’t what you want, a smile makeover may be for you. To schedule your appointment, call National Dental Sunnyside today at (718) 925-3365.