Greystone Living Magazine Dentist

Greystone Smile Design‘s Dr. Trent BuchananHighway 280 Dentist (Highway 280/Birmingham dentist) was recently featured in Greystone Living Magazine’s “Ask the Expert” section.  Dr. Buchanan discussed cosmetic dentistry and how everyone can have the smile of their dreams.

The most common question we hear every day in our office is when a patient asks “How can I improve my smile.” Good news!  Cosmetic dentistry is constantly getting better with improved products, more options, longer lasting materials, and more natural looking restorations – so there are several options!

How can I make my teeth whiter?
Teeth whitening is the most common procedure in cosmetic dentistry.  It’s easy, predictable, relatively inexpensive, and can produce a drastic change in your smile.  Greystone Smile Design has 7 teeth whitening options to fit everyone’s needs, budget, and expectations.  So, if you like everything about your smile except the color of your teeth, teeth whitening may be the treatment for you. 
How can I make my teeth straighter?
If you are unhappy with the alignment of your teeth, Invisalign may be your best option.  Invisalign is basically invisible braces that consist of a series of clear plastic trays that are changed every 1-2 weeks. 
Can you fix these chips in my teeth?
If you like most aspects of your smile except a few rough edges or chips and fractures, dental bonding may work best for you.  This treatment can also work to close spaces or gaps between the teeth.
I show too much gum when I smile.  Can you fix this?
Excessive gum display or uneven gum heights can be corrected in 2 ways:  laser gum re-contouring or minor gum surgery.  The treatment depends on how much gum needs to be removed.  Minimal adjustments can be modified by a laser, while excessive revisions would require a minor surgical procedure.
I hate everything about my smile.  What can you do?
Some people say they detest everything about their smile.  They dislike the shape, color, contour, alignment, and length of their teeth.  These people are great candidates for porcelain veneers.  With porcelain veneers, we are in total control of the smile.  Porcelain veneers are the “top of the line” treatment in cosmetic dentistry.
These procedures can be and usually are done in combination.  Sometimes Invisalign and/or gum re-contouring is needed prior to porcelain veneers.  Sometimes porcelain veneers are performed on the upper teeth and Invisalign, teeth whitening, and dental bonding are performed on the lower teeth.
As you can see, the sky is the limit with cosmetic dentistry.  The question is to find out what you don’t like about your smile, and the task for us is to find the best treatment to fit your specific needs.