The holidays are a time to gather your friends and family to celebrate together, and these often involve a lot of photographs. When it comes time to take that selfie, you may find yourself hiding your teeth behind a closed-lip smile if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and gums. Our dentist can help improve your smile in time for family photos using one or more of these restorative and cosmetic options:
1. Teeth Cleaning & Dental Exam
We recommend our patients have at least two dental exams and cleanings every year, but some patients are prone to gum disease and cavities and may need more frequent visits. These appointments identify tooth problems before they grow and remove the grime that builds up on your teeth over time. You’ll have a renewed satisfaction with your smile with plaque-free teeth.
2. Fill Any Cavities & Replace Silver Fillings
It’s important to fill cavities as soon as possible with a tooth-colored composite material. If you have amalgam (silver) fillings from when you were younger, we can also replace them with tooth-colored fillings so you can smile widely without worrying about flashing some silver with it.
3. Fix Any Chips or Cracks
Tooth chips and cracks can be fixed in a number of ways such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or a smile makeover. A smile makeover typically involves porcelain veneers along with a few other cosmetic options to transform your overall smile. Veneers involve thin, porcelain shells that are placed over your existing teeth to get rid of minor to severe cosmetic problems. However, before these aesthetic issues can be addressed, our dentist will need to make sure your oral health is intact, meaning no gum disease or infection is present.
4. Whiten Your Teeth
Whitening your teeth is the quickest way to improve your smile. We offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening treatment packages. Zoom! can brighten your teeth in as little as 90 minutes, and we also provide you with touch-up trays and take-home whitening gel to continue to brighten your smile afterward. Professional teeth whitening is the only way to effectively whiten your teeth without risking discoloration and tooth enamel damage. Over-the-counter products typically don’t give you the results you’re looking for and may leave you with splotches on your teeth.
5. Replace Missing Teeth
It’s essential to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. A lost tooth not only taints your smile but also poses several risks to your oral and overall health. Your remaining teeth will shift to fill the gap, and your jaw bone will degrade over time due to the lack of stimulation from the area. This will inevitably impact your facial shape and the way you eat and speak. Dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth, but we also offer Teeth the Same Day, dental bridges, and dentures.
If you’re unhappy with an aspect of your smile, please contact our general and cosmetic dentist in Ardmore today at 610-642-7024 to schedule your dental exam and consultation. The Office of Dr. Bellisario serves clients in Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.