Labor Day weekend is always both sweet and bitter. An extra day off from work means you’ll get a chance to hit the trails, fire up your barbeque, and drink a beer at sunset. Plus, most of those tourists will be gone. On the other hand, it also means summer is coming to an end. Soon, leaves will begin to drop, the apple cider will flow, the days will get much shorter, and it will be winter before you know it. If you’re one of many for whom fall is your favorite season, then wouldn’t you want to go into it as your most confident self? To get there might mean going to the gym or practicing a mantra, but for others, that means working on your smile.

If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, and are hoping to take all the fall photos this season, then here are four ways to shape up your smile.

Shape Up Your Smile For Fall

Professional Whitening For Stained Teeth

One of the most common complaints patients have about their smile has to do with stained or yellow teeth. Extrinsic stains, the most common stains, are caused by coloring agents from foods and drink that have become trapped in the natural ridges of our enamel. This build up over time is natural and difficult to prevent, except by severely limiting stain-causing foods. The most common way to treat these stains is professional whitening. Generally, professional whitening done in-office uses a chemical agent like peroxide to dissolve staining agents from teeth. Because dental hygienist are trained to use these materials, the solution used is more powerful. Three applications of this whitening agent can give you a smile up to eight shades brighter than before.

Invisalign For Crooked Teeth

Another common smile complaint has to do with the shape of your teeth. For those who never had the benefit of braces as a child, crooked teeth is fairly common. If you feel like your smile is out of alignment, there are corrective measures you can take without ever having to bother with metal. Invisalign or clear braces start with a 3D scan of your teeth which is then reviewed by software that references over 2 million other smiles, determining the right treatment method for you. After this process has been completed, you’ll wear a set of clear aligners for a period of time determined by your dentist. In as little as 6 months, Invisalign can correct your smile, making it straight and beautiful in half the time as traditional braces.

Dental Implants For Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can be incredibly embarrassing. Not only that, if left missing for too long, teeth can begin to shift, causing your smile to become crooked. The best treatment for missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants are first inserted into the jaw bone, then, through a process known as osseointegration, the titanium contained in the implant fuses with bone and tissue, causing it to function much like a normal tooth root. When the dental implant has healed properly, a custom-crafted crown made from ceramic is attached to the implant. The medical grade ceramic of the crown is incredibly durable, and virtually impossible to tell apart from other teeth.

If you’re wanting to shape up your smile for fall, the best thing you can do is schedule a consultation with your dentist. There, your dentist can go over your smile goals, assess your history, and determine which treatments are best to meet your goals.

To learn how cosmetic dentistry can make your smile beautiful in Anchorage, please call (907) 349-0022 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Excellence in Dentistry.