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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Not Happy With Your Teeth? 3 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Bring Your Smile Back

by Jacqueline Byrd

If your teeth have you avoiding social situations, you should talk to a cosmetic dentist. Many of the problems that can make you self-conscious about your teeth can be corrected through cosmetic dentistry. If you're not sure how cosmetic dentistry can help you, here are three procedures that will dramatically improve your smile.

Remove Stains and Discoloration

Stains and discoloration can make you want to hide your teeth. Things like coffee, tobacco, and even certain medications can dull your smile and leave you with unsightly stains that are impossible to remove with home whitening kits. Professional whitening treatments can get your teeth up to 7 shades whiter, depending on the type of treatment your dentist uses. The types of professional whitening treatments available include light-accelerated bleaching, and internal bleaching.

Repair Chips, Cracks and Gaps

If your teeth have chips or cracks, or you have a gap between your teeth that you just don't like, porcelain veneers can be used to repair the damage. To repair your teeth using veneers, the dentist will place thin sheets of porcelain on to the surface of your teeth. These porcelain veneers are custom-designed to fit your teeth perfectly. Once the veneers are in place, the chips, cracks or gaps will be impossible to notice.

Replace Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, whether from injury or tooth decay, dental implants can be used to replace them. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are permanently implanted into your jawbone. Once the implants heal, they will look, act, and feel just like your natural teeth. In order to receive dental implants, your jawbone will need to be strong enough to sustain the metal rod that will need to be implanted.

If your jawbone is not strong enough to sustain the implant, or you have lost bone density due to gum disease, the dentist may need to perform a bone graft. To perform the bone graft, your dentist will either use shavings from one of your own bones, or will use synthetic grafting material. Once you've developed sufficient bone, the dentist will be able to proceed with the implant procedure.

If your teeth are keeping you from interacting with others, you can stop hiding. There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures that can repair your teeth and restore your smile. If you have questions about how cosmetic dentistry will benefit you, be sure to sit down with a cosmetic dentist in your area.