3 Quick Cosmetic Treatments to Boost Your Smile

Feb 09, 2024
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3 Quick Cosmetic Treatments to Boost Your Smile

Have you been throwing yourself into a whirlwind of activities with family and friends? Then you look in the mirror, realize you’re unhappy with your smile, and wonder if there’s time to improve your appearance before the festivities begin.

The answer is a resounding yes! At Dentistry With a Smile in Livingston, New Jersey, cosmetic dentistry specialist Maria Victoria Sebastian, DDS, offers two exceptional procedures that give you same-day results along with other options that transform your smile but take a little longer.

The following treatments can prepare you to enjoy every day in style, whether you want to cover gaps between your teeth, hide a chipped tooth, or brighten your smile.

Teeth whitening

We can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades with the Philips Zoom!® system. After you look at a color chart and decide how light you want to go, we carefully protect your gums and lips and apply a whitening gel to your teeth. 

The active ingredient in the teeth whitening gel penetrates through the natural pores in your tooth enamel and breaks down the stains discoloring your teeth.

While that much of the treatment is similar to other professional whitening procedures, Philips Zoom! takes it a step beyond average. After we apply the gel, we place a special LED light in front of your mouth to speed up the process.

After 15 minutes, we check the shade of your teeth. If you want to go lighter, we reapply the gel and use the light for another 15 minutes. Most people reach their desired results in three (or fewer) 15-minute sessions.

Within an hour, you’re ready to face the day with a confident, vibrant smile.

Dental bonding

During a dental bonding treatment, we apply a composite resin directly to your tooth and sculpt the resin as needed to improve your tooth’s appearance. The resin bonds with your enamel, forming a strong layer that eliminates your cosmetic problem and functions like your natural tooth.

While the resin matches the natural color of your existing teeth, you can whiten your teeth first, and then we mix the resin to match the lighter shade.

We often use dental bonding to:

  • Repair cracked or broken teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Cover severely stained teeth
  • Improve the shape of your teeth
  • Fill cavities and replace silver amalgam fillings

You don’t need to take much time away from your schedule to dramatically improve your smile, because we complete your dental bonding in one office visit.

Veneers and crowns

Veneers are porcelain shells that we place over the surface of one or more of your teeth. A crown is a porcelain shell that completely covers your existing tooth.

These restorations repair all the same problems as dental bonding and more. Since veneers and crowns are stronger than bonding and form a structural shape, we can customize them to hide problems like crooked and uneven teeth. 

But don’t wait to schedule an appointment for veneers or crowns, because it takes the dental lab at least two weeks to produce your customized restoration.

Are you ready to brighten your smile? Call our office or book an appointment online right away.