Farmington, NM Cosmetic Smile Makeovers
Are you happy with your smile? Or do you find yourself avoiding photographs? Perhaps you have the habit of putting your hand in front of your mouth when you speak so people cannot see your teeth.
The fact is, if you are unhappy with your smile, it is likely having a negative impact on your overall quality of life. If you are avoiding showing your smile, or not smiling much at all, this can actually undermine your happiness with life in general. If you have broken, crooked, discolored, or missing teeth, a complete cosmetic smile makeover can change your smile—and your life!
What Is a Cosmetic Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover generally involves a number of cosmetic dental treatments that will fix problems you might be having with your teeth as well as your bite. Dr. Lusk can fully redesign your smile using cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, inlays and onlays, and dental bonding.
The first step to a smile makeover is to come in for a consultation. At that time, Dr. Lusk will review your overall oral health and discuss with you the cosmetic concerns you have about your smile. Depending on the amount of work that might be needed to repair damaged or misaligned teeth, a smile makeover might be a good option for you.
Common Procedures with a Cosmetic Smile Makeover
At Lusk Family Dentistry, we have extensive experience giving our patients something to smile about! Come in and we will design a treatment plan that will help you reach your goals. We can discuss many different options to address many different problems.
Bonding is a great way to correct cracks or gaps in your teeth; it can also be used to cover stained or discolored teeth. The resin used in bonding is used to fill cavities, as well, providing an advantage over the old, dark-colored amalgam fillings. With bonding, a composite, tooth-colored resin is molded and sculpted to fit the affected tooth. Bonding is a safe, attractive solution for a number of dental problems, and patients can expect it to last for 10 or more years.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays, which are also referred to as partial crowns, use the tooth as a base as full crowns do. Unlike full crowns, however, an inlay is placed right on a tooth that has no existing damage to the cusps. If there is some damage, an onlay is used. Like crowns, both inlays and onlays strengthen the tooth and restore its shape. Further damage is also prevented by their placement onto the teeth. You can expect the entire process to take about two or three weeks from the time a mold is taken of your tooth until the partial crown is ready to be placed.
Even with proper maintenance, it can be difficult to keep our teeth as white as we’d like. Coffee, wine, tea, and smoking can cause stains that cannot be eliminated with brushing. If your teeth are looking lackluster, teeth whitening is a safe, affordable way to restore their natural color.
We use a tray whitening system to whiten teeth. First, we make an impression of your teeth so we can create whitening trays you can use over and over. Next, we will give you the whitening gel that will make your teeth four to eight times brighter in just a few days! You'll whiten your teeth in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Veneers are simple restorations that can reshape your entire mouth as well as fix issues such as chipped teeth, cracked teeth, misshapen teeth, stained teeth, or teeth that are misaligned. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded directly to the tooth structure with minimal impact to your natural teeth. In just two or three visits, you can have a beautiful, natural-looking smile that can last as long as 15 years with good oral care. Dr. Lusk will work with you to help you decide the best shape, size, and color of your veneers.
Find Out More about Getting a Smile Makeover
Don’t hide your smile for one more day! Talk to Dr. Lusk about getting a cosmetic smile makeover at Lusk Family Dentistry!