You don’t have to live with an imperfect smile. These days, you can actually decide how you want your smile to look — whether that’s with perfectly straight, brilliantly white teeth or just teeth that look as naturally healthy as they feel. Options in cosmetic dentistry allow Dr. Benjamin Hodges, your dentist in Fort Walton, to customize a treatment plan to meet your specific desires and needs.
Wondering what’s possible with your smile in 2017? Let’s take a closer look at your cosmetic options.
Beautiful Teeth: The Basics
For minor improvements, maybe you just need to make a few lifestyle changes. Prevent staining, decay, and infection by practicing good dental hygiene habits every single day. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice daily, and floss once a day for healthy teeth and gums. It’s the most basic aspect of a beautiful smile.
In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, make sure you are visiting your dentist twice-annually for a checkup and cleaning. After this visit, your teeth will not only feel sparkling clean — they will be free of the plaque and tartar buildup that actually causes them to appear dingy or dirty, too.
Teeth Whitening Rejuvenates Smiles
There’s really no way to prevent the gradual yellowing or discoloration of the teeth that occurs with age. When your teeth start to look darker than you would like, a teeth whitening treatment may provide the quick rejuvenation you need.
The cheapest way to whiten is typically with a pharmacy bleaching system like whitestrips or gel. But for the safest, most effective results, you should partner with your dentist for a professional teeth whitening treatment.
Dr. Hodges offers at-home and in-office whitening. Choose the pace at which you wish to reveal your results — Zoom! Whitening is completed in just one hour, while customized at-home treatments produce the same level of whitening over a couple of weeks.
Porcelain Veneers Remake Your Front Teeth
Good for improving the appearance of chipped, cracked, severely stained, misaligned, misshapen teeth… their applications are far-reaching. Porcelain veneers in Fort Walton Beach are created and placed over two visits to Dr. Hodges’s office. When cared for properly using solid dental hygiene and protective measures like mouthguards, veneers can last for a decade or more.
Tooth-Colored Fillings for Decay and Minor Damage
When you have a cavity, Dr. Hodges can restore its health without taking away from the overall aesthetic appeal of your smile. Tooth-colored fillings use a white, biocompatible resin to fill the hole left by decay. The same material can also be used to make minor cosmetic improvements to chipped, cracked, stained, gapped, or otherwise flawed teeth.
Unlike silver fillings, tooth-colored composite resin blends flawlessly with your natural tooth enamel. Good for filling new cavities, replacing existing gray dental work, or improving the overall appearance of your smile, tooth-colored fillings are completed in just one visit to the dentist’s office.
Let’s Discuss Cosmetic Dentistry Options
You may be surprised at what’s possible with cosmetic dentistry. Let Dr. Hodges talk you through your options — contact our office to schedule an appointment today! You can also request a visit online.