If you are one of the lucky Americans that is receiving a tax refund this year, you may be wondering what to do with the sudden windfall. For many people, enhancing the beauty of their smile through cosmetic dentistry is the perfect way to reward themselves for a job well done throughout the year. Unlike frivolous expenditures, putting the money towards improving the look and function of teeth is money well invested in yourself, and will also reap rewards for a long time to come.
You may be wondering what kind of cosmetic dentistry procedures are available to you and what may fit into your budget, depending on your tax refund amount or other sources of funding. It’s important to note that not every type of cosmetic procedure requires a large sum of money or extensive dental work. There are many cosmetic procedures that are easy to have performed and won’t break the bank, while still providing you with the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
For example, if you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, whether because they have become yellowed over the years due to smoking or drinking beverages such as coffee or red wine that may have dulled their luster, you can opt for a laser teeth whitening procedure. This simple procedure takes just one hour to complete in the office and leaves you walking out with your teeth shades whiter and brighter than you ever imagined. The procedure is more effective than other types of whitening procedures, takes less time and effort to reap rewards, and will likely fit into your newfound post-tax-refund budget.
If you require more extensive work on your teeth to enhance their look and have a bit more time and money to invest, there are other options you may want to consider. For example, if you have had a number of cavities filled over the years with those ugly silver amalgam fillings, you may want to consider replacing the fillings with porcelain fillings, which blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Although may people don’t want to go through the filling procedure unless they have to, it’s worth noting that the amalgam fillings tend to develop small fissures or cracks over time, which can allow bacteria to get in and cause additional decay, so if your old fillings have seen better days, now may be a good time to start replacing them.
Another way to greatly improve the look of teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or otherwise not quite perfect is to opt for cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers. The first procedure involves the use of a bonding material that is applied to the teeth and can be molded and shaped to change the look of the teeth. This procedure works well if you have uneven teeth, spacing between teeth or an imperfection on a tooth that is easily covered. In contrast, veneers are comprised of a very thin layer of porcelain that is fabricated precisely to fit over your existing teeth and serves to completely cover the front surface of the tooth. This procedure can change the entire look of your smile relatively quickly and easily.
There are other cosmetic dentistry options to consider if you are looking to invest your hard earned tax refund into yourself. The best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine which procedure or set of procedures will meet your needs and fit within your budget.
For more information about the various cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help enhance your smile, contact Gentle Dental at 718-461-0100.