When it comes to investing in dental care to improve the look of your smile, it is wise to do some research. Planning out your treatment with the knowledge of how different procedures work and interact with each other will help you make the most of your time and money.
The Best Steps to Follow when Receiving Cosmetic Dentistry Services
There are a number of ways to approach cosmetic dental work
. You could first address the imperfection that causes you the most concern. However, if you ever want to have additional treatments, and for the best results, there is a particular order in which to begin your procedures.
Do You Need Veneers or Crowns?
If you are receiving restorations
, it’s important to know that these cannot be lightened after being color-matched. If you also want a brighter smile, professional teeth whitening
can be completed before the porcelain restoration is sent to the lab. This way, your veneers, crown, or even bridge, can be matched to your brighter teeth for total transformation.
Do You Want a Straighter Smile?
While professional teeth whitening is recommended prior to the placement of restorations if needed, the reverse is true with crowded or otherwise misaligned teeth. Lightening teeth that are not straight will not help the surfaces that are overlapping. If you are ever planning to straighten your teeth, it’s best to do this first. Professional teeth whitening is very beneficial after metal braces come off as they often lead to some staining. When using clear braces or aligner trays, the last aligner can be used to deliver a professional strength teeth whitener to your newly straightened smile.
Clear aligner type braces also work with crowns and bridges but using consumer direct products are not advised. If you are having metal braces placed after receiving restorations, be sure to work with an orthodontist who is experienced working with crowns and bridges.
Any of these treatments can be used alone or in combination for a complete smile makeover. When you work with one experienced dentist, who listens to your concerns, they can design a treatment plan that makes the most of your budget, and you may be amazed at the wonders they can do.
Call Dr. Greg Navarrete to Schedule a Consultation for Cosmetic Dentistry Services in La Mirada
Our warm and friendly staff is happy to answer your questions and help you arrange for a convenient appointment time. Dr. Navarrete provides high-quality cosmetic dental care for La Mirada and nearby communities.