Smile Makeover Without Veneers
When the smile is impacted by multiple flaws, people may feel like they’ll never get to enjoy their ideal smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry treatments address imperfections to enhance the appearance of the teeth and gums. Smile makeover treatment combines multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures to completely restore the appearance of the smile.
Smile makeover treatment often involves porcelain veneers, which conceal dental flaws. However, it is possible to enhance the smile without veneers. Here, cosmetic dentist Bruce J. Wilderman discusses cosmetic dentistry treatments that can provide patients from Philadelphia, PA, Bucks County, and Doylestown, PA, with a smile makeover without veneers so that they get to see their smile’s true potential.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment that is able to address a wide range of aesthetic blemishes. During the dental bonding procedure, a tooth-colored compound is applied and shaped directly to the teeth. Like veneers, dental bonding conceals imperfections that detract from the beauty of the smile, including dental stains, discoloration, gapped teeth, chips, cracks, and fractures. The difference between dental bonding and veneers is that dental bonding does not require any significant alteration to the teeth, whereas veneers require the removal of a thin layer of enamel.
Gum contouring may be included in smile makeover treatment if patients complain of a gummy smile, or one that has excessive gum tissue. Excess gum tissue can make the teeth look small or disproportionate to the gum line. During a gum contouring procedure, excess tissue is removed to create a higher, more even gum line that reveals more of the natural tooth structure.
Dental stains and discoloration are two of the most common complaints that people have in regards to the appearance of their smile. Porcelain veneers can provide individuals with a brighter, whiter smile, but teeth whitening treatment can also be effective, and it is faster and more affordable than veneers. Teeth whitening treatment uses professional-strength bleaching agents to lift away surface stains and enhance the color of the teeth by up to eight shades.
Most people develop a cavity at some point throughout their lifetime. Cavities are small areas of decay that compromise tooth structure. Dental fillings fill in and seal off these areas of decay to prevent further damage. Traditional dental fillings are made of metal, which are gray in color and stand out against the teeth. During smile makeover treatment Dr. Wilderman can treat dental cavities (or replace old fillings) with tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with the natural teeth, so they enhance, rather than detract from, the beauty of the smile.
Porcelain veneers are frequently applied during smile makeover treatment to address minor misalignment problems, like gapped or crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers hide these types of issues, but they don’t actually correct them. When malocclusion problems interfere with oral functions or threaten oral health, Invisalign is a better treatment option. Invisalign corrects the position of the teeth and jaw to provide patients with straighter teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to achieve results, so it treats the smile without compromising its appearance.
Smile makeover treatment is personalized to meet each patient’s specific needs. If you would like to discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Bruce Wilderman so that he can create a custom treatment plan, send us a message online or call (215) 340-1199 to schedule an appointment.