A smile makeover can consist of a single cosmetic procedure or a combination of multiple treatments. The appropriate procedures for you heavily rely on what you find unattractive about your smile. Most patients want a brighter, whiter smile, in which case Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Jack Haney recommends professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional whitening gels contain significantly stronger bleaching agents than store-bought products. If you’ve invested in whitening mouthwashes and toothpastes, yet still aren’t please with the color of your smile, professional treatment with Dr. Haney is the answer.
Another cosmetic treatment provided by Dr. Haney is porcelain veneers. Veneers are applicable in many cosmetic situations. They’re used in place of lengthy orthodontic treatment and can conceal a tooth that doesn’t react to the tough bleaching agent used in our whitening treatment.
For more information about your smile makeover, call 865-693-6886 today to schedule an appointment in Knoxville, TN with Dr. Haney.
The First Step of Your Smile Makeover
Dr. Haney begins each smile makeover with a physical assessment of the overall smile. He asks patients questions about how they perceive their appearance. Do they want a pearly white smile? Would they love their smile, if only that one tooth was different? You can prepare for this portion of the consultation by smiling in the mirror and writing down each feature that you find unappealing. Discuss your answers with Dr. Haney at your consultation.
Next, Dr. Haney will look at the color and shape of your lips, gum color, lip line, and skin tone to determine the best cosmetic procedure for you. He will then recommend the treatment that he feels will benefit you the most.
The Second Step of Your Smile Makeover
After determining the ideal treatment for you, Dr. Haney will begin the procedure. If you’re unhappy with the color of your smile, he begins professional teeth whitening treatment. Most patients claim to have an entirely new appearance after whitening treatment.
If you have a crooked, oddly shaped, chipped, discolored, or gapped tooth, Dr. Haney recommends porcelain veneers. Referred to as instant orthodontics, these thin shells are permanently bonded to the front of each imperfect tooth to create a beautiful new tooth appearance.
Smile Makeover Treatments
Patients can expect to have their initial whitening appointment in our office. Dr. Haney uses Zoom! to brighten smiles in the office. This procedure includes a special lamp that accelerates the whitening process. The light emitted from the lamp activates the hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gel to create a pearly white smile.
Once the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, it allows oxygen to reach the enamel (strong, protective layer) and dentin (softer tissue below enamel) to break down external stains. Dark-colored foods and drinks, such as raspberries, blueberries, red wine, coffee, and tea, create external or extrinsic stains.
After your in-office Zoom! treatment, Dr. Haney will send you home with Opalescence pre-filled whitening trays. These are used to ensure a long lasting bright smile.
To completely alter the appearance of your smile, Dr. Haney will begin porcelain veneer treatment. He will select a shade of porcelain that matches surrounding teeth, or a lighter shade if enhancing the color of a severely discolored tooth. Essentially, veneers cover the flawed appearance of a tooth to create a new, improved one.
A porcelain veneer is bonded over the two teeth on either side of a gap to close the space. Veneers are also used to lengthen a short or oddly shaped tooth that stands out from the rest.
Are you ready to schedule your smile makeover in Knoxville, TN with Dr. Haney? Call 865-693-6886 today to speak with a friendly staff member.