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February 10, 2014 – It is almost the middle of February. By now, you are writing 2014 on all of your checks, for those of you who still use checks, and in two more weeks it will be March. Yes, 2014 is in full swing. So, how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? If you are like the typical American, you have forgotten that you even made one. But it was probably about changing something about yourself. The obvious one that most people make is to lose weight, but was there one about changing your smile? Perhaps there is just that one tooth that seems to stick out in photos. Or maybe there are crooked teeth that not only do you not like the appearance of, but you also know you cannot clean between. It could also be everything!

The easiest fix is fixing a single tooth. It may have an old crown on it with a black line or a black mercury filling in it. Simply switching out the old filling or crown for a metal-free option, such as a same-day dental crown in an hour, can do the trick. If it is a front tooth, it may require a dental veneer. A dental veneer is a porcelain jacket that is bonded to the front of your tooth. In most cases, little to no tooth structure needs to be removed to place the dental veneers. They are very strong and look like, well, a tooth! This can also be the option if you dislike everything about your smile. Yellow, crooked teeth can really cause someone to not want to smile. Dental veneers may be the answer. Placing dental veneers over multiple teeth can completely upgrade your smile. You can control most aspects of your change. You can have a Hollywood smile, or a naturally perfect smile. The choice is yours. The veneers will never need whitening and you care for them the same way you do your natural teeth. This can all be accomplished in as little as one appointment.

Perhaps you do not like the idea of placing something on top of your teeth. Then the best option maybe to straighten them with Invisalign®. Invisalign is a series of clear plastic trays that straighten teeth. Invisalign was designed to help adults get straighter teeth but not let anyone know they are straightening them. Everyone has seen the kids running around with the metal wires on their teeth for braces. The metal wires apply a force to the tooth to help it move. Wait two years and you have straight teeth. But those metal wires are not aesthetically acceptable for most adults. That is where Invisalign comes in. Invisalign does the exact same thing. It applies a gentle force to the teeth, and they straighten. Luckily treatment time is typically much shorter, about eight months, and the plastic trays are practically invisible. After you have finished your series of trays, you can whiten your teeth and you have dramatically upgraded your smile!

Dentistry has changed dramatically over the years. Discomfort has decreased and technology has increased. If there is something you would like to change about your smile, there is a solution. The best place to start is with a consult with your World Golf Village dentist in St. Augustine. There, you can discover what options are best for you.

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