How your smile looks plays a significant role in how you feel about yourself. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 74 percent of people believe an unattractive smile can impede career success. You may feel self-conscious about your teeth due to stains, chips or crooked teeth. Thankfully, there are several affordable dentistry options that can fix those issues and improve your confidence. Learn about three of these options and how to discuss these options with your dentist.
3 Affordable Dentistry Options To Fix Your Smile And Boost Your Confidence
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How your smile looks plays a significant role in how you feel about yourself. You may feel self-conscious about your teeth due to stains, chips, or crooked teeth. Thankfully, several affordable dentistry options can fix those issues and improve your confidence. Learn about three of these options and how to discuss these options with your dentist.
1. Teeth Whitening
People's teeth can become yellow or stained for a variety of reasons. Beverages like coffee, tea, and wine can significantly add surface stains to your teeth. Some people's teeth are naturally yellow or slightly gray. If you decide you want to whiten your teeth, you can do at-home treatments or treatments at your dentist's office.
Teeth whitening treatments can vary in cost based on location and the type of product. According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, an in-office treatment costs an average of $650. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are more affordable than an in-office option, though not as effective. Teeth whitening with your dentist has dramatic results and can be maintained longer than the at-home products. Switching to a teeth-whitening toothpaste can maintain those whitening treatment results and reduce surface stains from food and drink.
2. Fix Chips and Cracks With Bonding
Dental bonding is an affordable way to fix chips or cracks in your teeth. Dental bonding is typically made of either composite resin or porcelain. The material can be dyed to match your teeth's natural color, so your bonded tooth looks good as new.
How much it costs to get your teeth fixed depends on the severity of the damage and how many teeth need fixing. Your dentist may recommend veneers if you have severely discolored or chipped teeth. Bonding is often more affordable than veneers. Ask your dentist about the best option and ask about financing options or assistance.
3. Straighten Crooked Teeth With a Retainer
There are multiple options to correct crooked teeth. Braces are the standard option for severely crooked teeth. With a slight misalignment or gap, you might be able to wear a retainer instead of braces. Most often, people wear retainers after their braces are removed to maintain their teeth's position.
An aligner is a transparent plastic tray that fits over the teeth and helps straighten them or remove gaps. Aligners are typically more expensive than retainers. But, aligners are often more effective at straightening crooked teeth.
If you're not happy with your smile, there are several options available! Schedule an appointment at your dentist's office so you can learn more about fixing your smile.
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