A great smile often enhances your first impression of a new acquaintance, and you may wonder how effective your own smile is at showcasing the real you. When you’ve got the basics of dental care under control — cavities, tartar control, and hygiene — there’s plenty I can do to help you achieve a truly spectacular smile.

When you’re serious about refining your image, consider what your smile says about you and visit University Oaks Dental to learn more about these top-shelf smile enhancement treatments.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dentistry service in the United States. You’re already bombarded with ads for whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, and home whitening kits, and if you use any of these products, you may not think that a dentist can add much to the game. But there’s an enormous difference between the strength of the abrasives and bleaches you can buy at the store and those I use daily in my practice.

Dental polishing tools spin away surface stains thoroughly and evenly, and professional-strength bleaches provide a deep-down cleaning that beats the results of any home whitening kit.

Composite fillings

Many people have silver amalgam fillings. You know the look — dark and metallic. You may have a few yourself. From a practical standpoint, silver amalgam fillings have been the standard of care for many years, because they’re strong, easily shaped, and affordable. One thing they’ll never be, however, is a reasonable stand-in for natural tooth enamel.

Composite fillings, on the other hand, match the color and translucence of your teeth. An amalgam filling on a front tooth screams “dental work”; replace it with a filling made from composite resin and the evidence of your filling disappears. There’s no metallic interruption to your smile, just an even, all-natural look.

Enamel contouring

You may not know that teeth can have a feminine or masculine appearance. It comes down to shape. Feminine teeth are more graceful and rounded, with softer edges projecting a quiet beauty. Masculine teeth are square, like the profile of a chiseled jaw, suggesting the power and angularity associated with the male form.

Mother Nature, however, often misses the memo, bestowing a profile that doesn’t support your smile quite the way you’d like. Changes to the profile of your tooth enamel may be possible, giving you the more masculine or feminine appearance you desire. The profile of your gums can be altered as well.

Veneers

There are some stains and tooth discolorations that polishing and whitening can’t address, and veneers may be the answer for putting your best tooth forward.

You may have a chipped tooth, a gap, or minor unevenness that affects the appearance of your smile. Veneers are ultra-thin chips typically made from special porcelains that can correct any of these issues; they may also serve to strengthen a cracked or damaged tooth.

There’s no substance that more closely resembles natural tooth enamel than dental porcelain. University Oaks Dental also offers Lumineers® brand veneers, made from a material that’s half the thickness of already thin conventional veneers, typically fitted in just two appointments.

Teeth straightening

Yes, I admit there are some crooked smiles that are loaded with charm, but even these quirky-cute smiles may create overlaps and traps for plaque, which can become a dental liability down the road. Crooked teeth can wear unevenly and cause problems with your bite, potentially leading to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a painful condition of the jaw.

I offer a number of services for aligning your teeth into an even, consistent bite, including the Invisalign® clear teeth alignment system. Call the office or request an appointment online today.