As we've said before, cosmetic dentistry doesn't have to take over your life to be effective. But what does a simple smile makeover actually entail? It's one thing to make big promises about how low-key cosmetic treatment could change your life, and another entirely to deliver on our words.

This post will help make everything clear. You deserve to have a well-rounded understanding of your options - it will make the entire treatment process more rewarding, and your final results completely in line with your expectations. If you're ready to change something about your smile, but are looking for low-stress treatment, keep reading.

Why Patients Seek Out Casual Cosmetic Dentistry

The only thing casual about it is the treatment involved - our tools and skills will always be at the highest bar. Treatment without big patient commitment is appealing for many reasons. Some of the most common include:

  • Dental anxiety - Many patients are needle-phobic, have sensitive gag reflexes, have had negative dental experiences in the past, or feel especially vulnerable in the dental chair. No matter its cause, a fear of the dentist has consequences. Anxiety related to the office is not unusual, and can have a big impact on patients' lives. Some skip exams, and others hesitate to change their smiles because they're nervous about the office. Same-day cosmetic procedures help anxious patients pursue cosmetic dentistry without signing on for something that makes them feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed.

  • Time constraints - Our daily lives tend to leave little room for self-improvement. If you've been feeling restricted by your job, familial responsibilities, and everything else you have going on, you never have a chance to gain your perfect smile. But simple treatments let you make adjustments over your lunch break, without big commitments.

  • Budgetary restrictions - Dental treatment can be expensive. When there's only one appointment involved, and no dental lab, the costs go way down. This helps make cosmetic dentistry affordable no matter your budget.
  • Minor aesthetic changes in mind - If you only want to change a few things about your smile, there's usually not a reason to get more complex treatment. Minor tweaks will leave you looking natural, just like the best version of yourself.

Any of those sound appealing? You might be interested in one of the following treatment options.

Teeth Whitening

Whitening has long been the standard for quick cosmetic treatment. It's popular because it's not painful, it's effective, and it has a big impact on your overall smile. Just lightening the shade of your teeth livens up your entire face. You look younger and feel more confident. In-office whitening offers immediate results, while home whitening will yield a more gradual lightening of your enamel.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves the shaping and placement of tooth-colored composite on a tooth. It can be used to lengthen, reshape, whiten, fill gaps, or otherwise tailor a tooth. The resin is hardened immediately after being placed, so you don't need to wait for a restoration to return from a lab, or return for a second appointment. Dr. Okamura will match the shade of the composite to your surrounding teeth so that the bonded area blends in.

Tooth Contouring

Contouring – The edges of your front teeth play a big role in your smile. By reshaping the edges, we can add symmetry and change your grin's overall appearance. Dr. Okamura will contour your teeth in a single appointment, without anesthesia. You'll be amazed by what a significant difference tiny aesthetic adjustments can make.

Ready to learn more? We're always here to answer your questions! Just get in touch.

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.