Patients who want to achieve a total smile transformation often have to complete a few different cosmetic treatments in order to achieve a stunning smile. From restorative dental work to teeth whitening, our Elmhurst dentists help patients get the cosmetic care they need to smile confidently.
If you’re going to pursue cosmetic treatment, it’s important to think about how you’ll combine treatments to get your dream smile. There are certain general guidelines that can help you estimate how long your treatment will take and how it will progress. And of course, during your consultation with our Elmhurst dentists we’ll be able to go through your treatment schedule in more detail!
What kinds of cosmetic treatments are available?
You can combine many different types of treatments in order to achieve a stunning smile. You should always make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic care—get the restorative dental treatment you need before you start cosmetic dentistry.
Depending on the results you want to achieve you may benefit from orthodontic treatment—traditional braces or Invisalign. Dental veneers can also make your teeth appear straighter, and they can additionally correct chipped and discolored teeth. If you’re already happy with the structure of your smile, you could lighten your enamel with professional dental whitening.
How do I combine these treatments?
The way you combine your cosmetic treatments will depend on your specific needs. However, in general it’s a good idea to…
· First complete any restorative care you need—dental fillings etc.
· Then make structural changes to your smile—straighten misaligned teeth with orthodontic treatment.
· Next pursue dental whitening treatments to refresh the appearance of dingy enamel.
· If you’re having veneers placed, you’ll probably want to have your natural teeth whitened first, so that your veneers can be shaded to match your lightened enamel (porcelain veneers are not affected by whitening formulas).
When you discuss your cosmetic care with your dentist, he or she will be able to give you a better timeline for your specific treatment process. To get started, give our Elmhurst dentist office a call, today!