If the words “cosmetic dentistry” immediately give you visions of a depleted bank account, you may be overestimating what it will cost to improve your smile. There are several cosmetic dentistry procedures that won’t break the bank and can have your smile gleaming in no time. Still skeptical? Check out this list of 7 cost-effective procedures (some of which you can do yourself).
1) Professional take-home bleach
Bleaching your teeth 15 minutes a day for 10 days can boost your smile 4-5 shades. Complete this simple task while you read the morning news or watch your favorite TV show. You can either use a take-home kit from your dentist or an over-the-counter bleaching kit. Be aware that some over-the-counter bleaching kits can cause tooth sensitivity, so you may want to consult with your dentist first.
2) Zoom-in office bleach
If you need a bright smile quickly, a fast solution is to visit your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. Your dentist will choose from a few different whitening methods to find the one that will work best for your teeth. With in-office bleaching, you can pop in to the dentist’s on your lunch break and return to work with a whiter, brighter smile.
3) Whitening pen and or lip plumper
For smile maintenance for those on the go, use a whitening pen and/or lip plumper. These cost-effective smile savers can be used anywhere and can provide a near-instantaneous boost to your teeth and lips.
4) Tooth re-positioning
Have you lost your retainer and found that your teeth have moved slightly? Luckily, there is an easy fix to put your teeth in their place. Minor tooth movement is as simple as using an Essix retainer, which is a transparent retainer that fits over your teeth and directs them into their proper alignment.
5) Custom mouth guard
Does the economy have you clenching or grinding your teeth? A custom-made mouth guard can preserve your smile. These mouth guards can prevent tooth breakage, gum recession and damage to dental restoration, which are common symptoms of clenching or grinding teeth.
6) Aesthetic contouring
For those who have some minor chipping or slight rotation, aesthetic contouring can work wonders. Aesthetic contouring involves reshaping damaged teeth to make them comparable to the surrounding teeth, or making uneven gum lines more level. The procedure is fast and can produce pleasing results.
7) Professional dental cleaning
Professional dental cleaning should be a regular part of your oral-care regimen. Frequent cleanings by your dentist will keep your teeth and gums healthy and give you fresher breath for that someone special. To maintain a healthy mouth, visit your dentist at least every 6 months to a year.
The above procedures, used individually or in a combination recommended by your dentist, can give you the smile you’ve been wanting without emptying your wallet. To find out about the previously mentioned cost-effective procedures or other options available to you, contact your favorite Nashville Cosmetic Dentist today. We’ll have your teeth sparkling and ready to show off to the world in no time.