You casually reel the fish in and gently lower it into the boat. This won’t make for a compelling story, but not every outing on the lake needs to be noteworthy. Sometimes it’s nice when it feels like the fish are just coming to you. Your friends pat you on the back and immediately start asking for pictures. You stand up and hold your catch by the tail, and after a few pictures, one of your friends says, “Smile!” The last thing you want is a bunch of pictures with your teeth going on the internet. You’ve been self-conscious about them for a long time. You came out here to relax, and now you’re anxious. Maybe it’s time to get them fixed, but what can you do? Your cosmetic dentist in Lansing, Dr. John J. Hagerty, can enhance your smile in any way that you want.
Why Would I Want Cosmetic Dentistry?
Unfortunately, even healthy teeth are not always aesthetically pleasing. A complete smile should be healthy and beautiful. It can make you feel more self-assured and motivate you to be more outgoing. Cosmetic dentistry has the power to impact more than just your teeth. A smile that you are proud of can make you feel better about yourself, and studies show that having a positive self-image is actually good for your health. Dr. John Hagerty has a variety of ways of enhancing your smile.
Years of coffee, wine, tobacco, or simple ageing can leave your teeth looking discolored and dull. Zoom! Whitening is an easy way to turn back the clock and bring your smile back to life. It works by applying a highly-concentrated bleaching gel to your teeth and activating it using a specialized light to help break up long-standing stains. It can easily make your teeth 6-10 shades whiter in one session. All this can be done in our office in around an hour, making it work for just about anyone’s schedule.
We can also empower you to whiten your teeth at home by providing you with a custom-made tray and the potent bleaching gel. You simply need to wear the tray with the gel for 30 minutes a day for two weeks to drastically whiten your teeth. This can be used as a treatment on its own or as a touch-up for your in-office whitening. We also have a special program that will provide you free teeth whitening for life.
Whenever Dr. Hagerty repairs one of your teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury, he wants them not only to be strong, but beautiful as well. Tooth-colored fillings enable him to fix your teeth in such a way that they will seamlessly blend with the rest of your smile. The tooth-color resin also bonds to your teeth better than traditional metal-fillings, ensuring a better looking, longer-lasting result.
For teeth that need a little more help, porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns can help flawlessly restore a tooth that has been significantly damaged. They all help it to look like your natural teeth while being just as strong and durable.
Porcelain Bridges and Dental Implants
Your missing teeth need to be replaced for both cosmetic and medical reasons. A porcelain bridge can easily eliminate the appearance of a missing tooth in as little as two visits.
You can also completely rebuild a missing tooth using dental implants. They are the only procedure that restores the root of your tooth as well as the crown. They are becoming more common every day, and have a 98% success rate. They can be used to replace a single tooth, anchor a bridge, or even support a set of dentures.
Cosmetic Gum Lifts
Do you think your teeth look stubby or too short? This can easily be corrected using a cosmetic gum lift. Dr. Hagerty can shape your gums using a variety of methods to help your teeth appear longer, and give you a more balanced, attractive smile.
One of the most comprehensive cosmetic procedures involves porcelain veneers. The procedure itself is straightforward and painless, but the results are astounding. You can address a variety of cosmetic issues such as damaged teeth, discoloration, misalignment, and even obvious gaps in just two easy visits. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are securely bonded to the front of your teeth. Not only will they give you a beautiful smile, but also teeth you can rely on day to day.
Need to straighten your teeth but don’t want to deal with the look and discomfort of metal braces? Invisalign gives you the best of everything when it comes to appearance, effectiveness, and comfort. It uses clear plastic aligner trays to gently and gradually straighten your teeth over time. Only you will notice that you are wearing the aligners because they are nearly invisible. Plus, they are easily removable so that you can eat and clean your teeth normally. Straighter teeth are actually easier to keep clean, ensuring your long-term health. You get all of the benefits of braces without any of the drawbacks.
Which Procedure is Right For Me?
The first step to getting your new smile is to make an appointment with your Lansing cosmetic dentist. That way Dr. Hagerty can come up with a plan just for you. You will be part of the entire process so that you know you are getting the exact results you want. The smile you’ve always dreamed of is waiting for you, so please don’t hesitate to call us today and start getting it.