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4 Services a Dentist Can Do for You

Are you unhappy with your teeth? Do you wish you had straighter teeth or a brighter smile? No matter what you want to do, a dentist can likely help you with it. Here are some services a dentist can help you with.

1. Bridgework

If you have missing teeth, you might be insecure about your smile. Luckily, with a bridge, your dentist can help restore your confidence.

A bridge is a structure for one or more missing teeth that uses the surrounding teeth to support it. The replacement teeth are typically made from porcelain and will be as close to your natural tooth color as possible. Bridges are easy to remove and clean, and no one will be able to tell that they aren’t your natural teeth.

2. Whitening

Over the years, it’s natural for your teeth to change shades. Perhaps you drink coffee or red wine, or maybe you smoke. Those things can all stain your teeth. Additionally, teeth can yellow over time, even with proper brushing and flossing habits. To brighten your smile, visit your dentist for a whitening Park Slope service.

While you could do an at-home whitening kit, you will likely find that your results won’t be as good as if you had your dentist do it. Your dentist will pair the whitening solution with a light or a laser which will activate the solution and allow it to penetrate deeper into your teeth, giving you better results.

3. Braces

When you think of braces, you might immediately think of teenagers wearing them. You should push that thought right out of your head. If you’re unhappy with your crooked teeth, don’t be afraid to get them fixed. If you’re worried about the look of traditional braces, your dentist can fit you for braces that are custom-fitted, almost invisible aligners that fit similarly to retainers. The aligners are gradually changed over six months to a year, depending on your teeth, and gently move your teeth where they should be.

4. Veneers

If you don’t like the shape or size of your teeth, veneers might be what you need. Veneers are thin shells that fit over the surface of your tooth and are bonded in place. To prepare your teeth for the veneers, your dentist must first shave your tooth enamel down to allow space for the veneer to adhere. Then, they will take an impression of your teeth, so they know what size and shape to make them. The veneer process will take several visits to complete, but you will be given temporary veneers until your permanent ones come in.

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