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Which Cosmetic Dental Treatments Are Right for You?

Snap On Smiles | 2 | Dr. James C. Ross Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry | Novi, MI

Have you ever ended up completely remodeling a room although you had only planned to change one thing about it? It usually ends up being a more expensive redo than if you had planned out the more extensive work from the start. The results are usually better if a plan was in place too!

A smile makeover isn’t so different. You may replace a missing tooth, then decide you want to improve the look of your other teeth. Or whiten your teeth, then decide maybe it’s the right time to straighten them after years of living with a crooked smile.

The good news is, we’ve got cosmetic dental treatments to fix just about any smile flaw at our Novi, MI dentist office. The bad news is, it can be hard to know where to start or which treatments will offer the most bang for your buck.

That’s where our expert cosmetic dentist comes in! Dr. Ross, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and the Academy of Laser Dentistry, received a top award for his work at the AACD’s 9th Annual Smile Gallery Competition. He has also been named Top Cosmetic Dentist in the Best of Novi awards and a Top Dentist by Hour Detroit Magazine for eight consecutive years.

He can help you choose the right treatment(s) for your situation. Among other factors, he’ll consider:

  • Condition of your teeth
  • Your smile goals
  • Your overall oral health
  • Your budget

Conceal Your Smile Flaws

We offer several ways of covering imperfections like stains, chips, cracks, or worn-down teeth. One of them will be right for your smile and your budget!

  • Dental veneers. We use e.max veneers, which are made of high-quality ceramic. They look natural, are durable, and often require removal of less tooth enamel than other veneers. When affixed to the front surfaces of your teeth, they can conceal multiple smile flaws. Dr. Ross can typically complete your treatment in just two trips to our office.
  • Dental crowns. Because they cover your whole tooth, crowns are great for covering more extensive dental damage like breaks, cracks, or misshapen teeth.
  • Tooth bonding. Dr. Ross can usually complete this affordable treatment in just one appointment. He will apply tooth-colored resin directly to your teeth to hide minor imperfections.
  • Snap-On Smile. This removable, custom-made prosthetic snaps right over your teeth. Unlike most other cosmetic treatments, it is easily reversible. It is affordable enough to be used as a short-term treatment. For example, a patient might wear it to cover gaps from missing teeth while they wait for their dental implants to heal.

Straighten Your Smile

While you may want to straighten your teeth, you probably don’t want to spend long months with a mouthful of metal. You won’t have to with systems that use clear plastic aligner trays instead of metal wires and brackets to give you a great smile. They are practically invisible in your mouth!

We offer two of the most popular systems: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. With both systems, aligners are removable so it’s easy to eat whatever you’d like. Food won’t get snagged and stuck in braces. It also makes it easy to keep both your aligners and your teeth clean.

Brighten Your Smile

If you’d like a whiter smile, you can choose between a teeth-whitening treatment we apply for you in our Novi, MI dentist office or a take-home treatment you can use at your convenience. With the office treatment, we use a laser to super-charge the whitening. The home treatment gives you the option of whitening during the day or at night.

Improve Your Gums

If you’ve got a “gummy” smile, Dr. Ross can use a laser to painlessly remove excess tissue and give you a more attractive balance between your teeth and gums. He can use the same laser to even out a crooked gumline or to remove infected gum tissue that resulted from gum disease. Another use for the laser is to remove small amounts of decay without using a drill.

Replace Missing Teeth

If you’ve lost a tooth or teeth, you can get a dental bridge to fill the gap in your smile. And Dr. Ross can restore dental implants for replacement teeth that look, feel, and perform like the teeth you were born with. He can restore a single implant with a crown to replace a single tooth or with a fixed bridge to replace multiple teeth.

If you’re still overwhelmed by all the options for cosmetic dental treatments, the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ross by calling (248) 697-2487.

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