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July 30th, 2012

Did you know that one of the first things that people notice about you is your smile? In study after study, the smile was at or near the top of the list in everything from job interviews to political campaigns. The most important factor is for you to look in the mirror and decide for yourself what your level of satisfaction is.
Are the teeth discolored? We’ve had more than a few patients seeking whitening at the suggestion of their children or grandchildren, wondering why their teeth are yellow. Are there fillings that are discolored and need replacement? Are the teeth chipped or broken? Are they crooked? Do the front teeth look too short?
Obviously, there are multiple treatments available for all of these problems. It may require very simple whitening and replacement of fillings in many cases. Crowns may be indicated where teeth are broken or there are very large fillings or veneers may be suggested for crooked teeth that are out of position but don’t have any fillings. Adult orthodontics is a very real option for many, and in extreme cases, surgical movement of the jaws can change the entire facial appearance. Cases where the teeth look short and the gums show when you smile can often be corrected with a simple procedure to re-shape the gums.
You should talk to your hygienist and dentist about your concerns. They will be happy to sit down with you and discuss all the options that are available. If finances are a concern, they can discuss alternative ways to help you afford the treatment you would like. In fact, many people would like to receive a gift of dental treatment, and gift cards are available at our office for you to give the gift of a bright smile.
Just a word about affording dental treatment. There are multiple third party finance organizations such as Care Credit. These are helpful to spread payments out over a longer time but you should have an honest discussion with your dental team as to what you can afford. We are not looking to create financial hardships for our patients, only to provide the dental care you need at the level that you desire.

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