4 Ways to Give your Teeth a Makeover
If discolored, chipped or crooked teeth are preventing you from showing off your smile, now is a perfect time to consider giving your once-pearly whites a makeover. Cosmetic dental treatments and procedures like teeth whitening, implants, veneers or orthodontics can improve the appearance of your smile — allowing you to once again grin and laugh with confidence. And today's experienced cosmetic dentists are trained to address both functional as well as aesthetic concerns.
Enjoy the Benefits of a New Smile
Restoring your smile with a cosmetic procedure can have positive, life-changing results. In addition to improving your appearance, you'll likely gain increased self-esteem and confidence. And if dental problems interfere with your bite or chewing — fixing your teeth may even eliminate aches and pains, and allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again.
Four Easy Ways to Update Your Smile
Below are some of the most popular and effective ways to improve and renew your smile.
- Teeth whitening. Most adult teeth become darker with age, although certain foods, tobacco and antibiotics can also cause discoloration. Professional in-office teeth whitening provides the fastest, most effective way to brighten teeth — as many as 10 shades whiter — and usually in about an hour.
- Replace missing teeth. A porcelain fixed bridge is an ideal solution for recreating the form and function of original teeth. It works by using the surrounding teeth as a foundation, literally creating a bridge between the missing and remaining teeth. The durable and lifelike material is shaped to replicate missing teeth as well as fit within the bite pattern.
- Orthodontic treatments. Many options are available today to straighten teeth including conventional braces and invisible braces (clear orthodontic aligners). The methods vary in treatment length and cost. Clear aligners are easily removable for brushing, flossing and eating — and are ideal for correcting mild crowding or spacing issues. More severe crowding, overbites or underbites may require more advanced treatment.
- Repair broken teeth. Depending upon the location and severity, chipped or cracked teeth can be repaired with crowns, veneers or tooth bonding materials. With today's technology, the materials used can perfectly match surrounding teeth, making it difficult to tell there was ever a broken tooth.
Today's cosmetic dentistry treatment options make it easy to restore your smile and give you the look you want and love. Remember that you can use your CareCredit card to pay for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance. Use the Provider Locator to find a nearby dentist who accepts your CareCredit card.
What's the Seal of Acceptance?
The ADA Seal of Acceptance helps consumers recognize dental care products that have been scientifically evaluated for safety and effectiveness. To earn the endorsement, products must meet stringent requirements, sometimes surpassing legal requirements. You can search for and compare ADA Seal products here.
While insurance deductibles reset annually, you may have until March 31, 2017, to submit claims for the 2016 plan year — and pay for care with remaining funds in a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA). Check with your insurance provider for details. Remember that your CareCredit card provides a convenient way to help bridge the gap between insurance, health spending accounts and out-of-pocket expenses. Learn more.
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