Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
We hate to say it, but first impressions—and appearances—do matter. Research has shown that almost one-third of people with social media accounts in the United States do not show their teeth when they smile because they think their smiles are unattractive. Now for the good news… getting the great-looking smile you always wanted is more attainable than ever through cosmetic dentistry, performed by a highly-trained dentist in Knoxville like Dr. Ben Sentell at Cedar Street Family Dentistry. One of the most popular procedures in all of cosmetic dentistry is a teeth whitening, but did you know that you also can use veneers to brighten your smile? Read on to find out how!
A whitening treatment is limited by the shade of your natural tooth enamel
There are various methods you can use to whiten your teeth. You can purchase a whitening toothpaste or an oral rinse that promises whiter teeth. There also are whitening kits available for purchase over the counter. All that said, a professional whitening treatment administered by a cosmetic dentist in Knoxville is a better option because these procedures will last longer than any store-bought method and not cause enhanced sensitivity in teeth. However, even a professional whitening procedure will be limited by the shade of your natural tooth enamel. If you want your smile to be brighter than your natural enamel, then even the most powerful professional whitening treatment will not help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
A cosmetic dentist can tailor veneers to any shade you desire. Veneers also can be placed over the entire visible surface of all the teeth in your mouth.
Veneers can achieve several aesthetic goals—not just whitening teeth
When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you identify several different aesthetic flaws? Veneers can be your ticket to a better-looking smile. Whether they are placed over a single tooth or all the visible tooth surface in the mouth, veneers can whiten teeth while also resolving the appearance of chips, cracks, small fractures, unevenly sized teeth, uneven wear, or concealing an unwanted gap between two teeth.
Do your part to keep your teeth looking brighter
It is important to remember that no cosmetic treatment is permanent. At Cedar Street Family Dentistry, our veneers are made with beautiful dental porcelain. Not only does this material reflect light in a similar fashion to tooth enamel, but it also is stain-resistant. Still, limit your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain teeth such as coffee, red wine, and dark-colored fruits and if you use tobacco in any form, please consider stopping both to maintain your smile and improve your overall health.
Porcelain veneers in Maryville
Receiving a veneer is an extremely convenient process that takes place over the span of a couple of appointments. At the first appointment, a local anesthetic is administered, after which Dr. Sentell removes a small portion of the tooth structure to make room for the veneer and ensure it makes a smooth, flush bond against the front of your tooth. Digital impressions are taken, which are used as a guide in the fabrication of your veneer, which is placed at the subsequent appointment.
To learn more about our veneer procedures or any of the other cosmetic treatments available at Cedar Street Family Dentistry, call our office at (865) 233-7640 to schedule a consultation.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry offers state-of-the-art oral health care to patients in Alcoa, Knoxville, and Maryville, Tennessee.