You’ve gotten engaged over the last few weeks and now it’s time to think about the future. So you wonder, “Should cosmetic dentistry be a part of our wedding plans?” It’s a decision that should be made carefully. The good news is a visit to a dentist who provides cosmetic treatments may help steer you in the right direction. Your dentist and hygienist can clean your teeth and check for oral health problems that may interfere with you saying your “I dos.” A cosmetic oriented dentist can examine your teeth and smile with an eye towards creating a great smile for the wedding day and beyond.
What are some options? Maybe you just need a little whitening either in the office with a power whitening system, or with custom made, take home whitening trays. If you have old, stained fillings in front teeth, they can be replaced with newer, modern bonded materials that blend in with your natural teeth. Uneven, dark teeth can be bonded with veneers to give almost anyone the smile of their dreams. Want them straighter? Consider Invisalign. Need a little lip plumping? Juviderm may the answer.
Your initial visit will usually involve a thorough dental exam of your teeth and gums as well as any necessary digital x-rays to see bone levels. Photographs are taken and sometimes molds will be made to evaluate your bite. If veneers are an option then a wax-up of you final smile is made so you can see the result before anything is done to your teeth.
We have so many great options today for improving your smile. But don’t wait till the last minute! Getting a nice result can take some planning and time.
Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at at University of Maryland Dental School.