Adults Have Many Options Today to Get Straighter Teeth

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Adults Have Many Options Today to Get Straighter Teeth

My crooked teeth always bothered me, but I didn't want to wear typical metal braces for years as an adult. I thought that was my only option until I brought up the subject one day to my dentist. He told me that there were so many more options today that I should consider. I made an appointment with an orthodontist to discuss my options, and he said that I was a great candidate for invisible teeth aligners. He said that other people would not even notice them in my mouth, and that I likely only needed to wear them for a year. I was so happy I made that first appointment, because I now have straight teeth and am so happy with my smile. I created this blog to help other adults realize they have many discreet teeth-straightening options today. No should live with a smile they don't love!

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Have Your Teeth Lost Their Luster? Here's Why

Healthy, young teeth are lustrous like the surface of a pearl. Unfortunately, some people will notice that their teeth lose their luster, regardless of their color. If you've noticed that your teeth just don't seem to have that gleam that they once did, then it's probably because of this simple problem. Here's what you can do to get it back.

What That Luster Is

The luster you associate with young and healthy teeth is actually your tooth enamel. When it's fresh and new, it has a shiny quality to it that makes it look like a pearl. However, as it breaks down, it loses that appearance and becomes more dull and flat-looking.

Unfortunately, everyone loses some dental enamel over time. It's mostly lost due to dental neglect and the things that one consumes, like acidic beverages, but some enamel loss is simply due to aging. Regardless of the cause of your enamel loss, it's the source of your problem.

Whitening Won't Get it Back

Unfortunately, tooth whitening isn't a solution here. A professional tooth whitening service can give your teeth a wonderful shade of whiteness, but they can't restore luster. Thankfully, a different service available from your cosmetic dentist can.

What Will Get it Back

Instead of looking at tooth whitening, you should look at dental veneers. Veneers are a cosmetic application that is designed to give you the appearance of perfectly straight, even, symmetrical, and lustrous teeth.

Dental veneers are essentially tiny plates of porcelain that are mounted to the front of your teeth. Porcelain is known for having that same pearlescent quality as enamel, which makes it a perfect choice for applications like crowns and veneers. With dental veneers, no one will be able to tell that you have veneers, but they will be dazzled by the quality of your smile.

The process of getting dental veneers is an easy one. Your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure that they're healthy. If they are, then you'll move on to a consultation. This is where you'll get to choose exactly what it is that you're looking for in a veneer. Your dentist will have samples for you to look at, and you'll be able to choose the shade that you want.

After that, you'll come back one more time to have the veneers mounted. They're adhered with dental cement, and there's typically no need for sedation or numbing agents. Once they're on, you can immediately go back to your daily life, eating and drinking as you normally would.