I want super, super white teeth. My dentist said I won’t be happy with that because it won’t look natural. I don’t feel like I am going to get all my options from him. He’s a super nice guy and your basic bread and butter dentist, but for this I may need someone else. Can you tell me what my options are so I can start doing some research on dentists who do those procedures?
First, I will say you are wise to discern that you may need to see someone else for the types of procedure you are looking for. Too many patients think any dentist can do any procedure and that just isn’t true. You can have a great family dentist, but he or she could still be clueless as to cosmetic work. That’s not taught in dental school, nor is it a recognized specialty. That means it is totally up to the dentist how much post-doctoral training he invests in, if any. There are countless cosmetic dentist horror stories from patients who pressured an unqualified dentist. Fortunately, this should not happen to you.
You have a few options here.
Go the Whole Hog with a Total Smile Makeover
If you are looking to do more than just whiten your teeth, such as changing other aspects of your teeth, then you may want to look into porcelain veneers. This is what celebrities turn to for that Hollywood smile. It can remake everything about your smile. The shape, the size, the color, and even the character of your smile. However, this will need to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist. I would look on the mynewsmile.com website to choose the dentist to do this procedure. They have all been previously vetted and found to have both technical skill as well as artistry. They will create a stunning smile for you. In fact, most of them have a beautiful smile guarantee.
One Appointment Teeth Whitening
If you are just wanting to whiten your teeth but want to do it quickly, Zoom Whitening is a good option. It will get your teeth extremely white in just one appointment. You won’t have to find a dentist with special skills for this the way you would for porcelain veneers, but you will need a dentist who has the Zoom whitening machine.
At-home Teeth Whitening
If you are persistent enough, you can use at-home teeth whitening with bleaching trays. Any dentist can do this. You will wear the trays for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. The longer you wear them, the faster they will whiten. Many people choose to sleep in them. You can get them massively white by just sticking with this method.
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