I’m doing some things to upgrade my smile. I’m very excited. I’m going to both whiten my teeth and do Invisalign. I wondered if it mattered which procedure I do first? Eventually, I’ll get some dental bonding done to take care of all my chips.
Congratulations on getting to work toward the smile you’ve always wanted. It looks like you’re wanting to straighten your teeth as well as change their shape and color. I wanted to make sure you knew there’s a procedure that can do all of those things at once.
Porcelain veneers can give you a complete smile makeover. They can change virtually anything about your smile. In fact, a great cosmetic dentist can custom design a look for you depending on what your goals are. They can lengthen your teeth to give you a more youthful appearance or widen them slightly to give you more authority. There’s virtually no end to the variations possible.
However, it is a high-end procedure and will cost more than what you’ve currently planned. That may factor into your decision.
If you decide to stick with Invisalign, bonding, and whitening, that’s okay too. Most dentists will allow you to do both Invisalign and teeth whitening simultaneously. You can use your Invisalign aligners the same way you would whitening trays. You’ll just need to purchase the whitening gel. Make sure you get the professional gel your dentist can provide. Anything you buy over-the-counter will not be nearly as strong.
As far as the dental bonding goes, make sure you don’t bond anything to your teeth until you’ve achieved the level of whiteness you want on your teeth. Once the bonding is done, there’s no way to change the color. You’ll want your dentist to match it to your final results.
One word of caution with porcelain veneers, if you decide to go that route, make sure you go to an expert cosmetic dentist to get the best results, preferably someone with a beautiful smile guarantee. You can find a listing of artistic cosmetic dentists who practice in your area on the mynewsmile.com website
Best of luck with your smile makeover.
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