The celebration of the new year is a tradition that goes as far back as the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar. The traditional Roman calendar attempted to follow the lunar cycles but frequently fell out of phase with seasons and the moon. To rectify this, Caesar sought the help of Alexandrian astronomer, Sosigences, who suggests a year which followed a full solar year, as the Egyptians had. A thousand solar years later, we’re still following this calendar, which has spurred several of the traditions we still celebrate. Now, we see the new year as the perfect opportunity to change our behaviors, being a full rotation away from the mistakes we made in 2018. Being a year wiser, the question is, what are you going to do with this newfound perspective?

If you’ve been embarrassed by your smile all year, perhaps that’s a great place to start. With the power of cosmetic dentistry, you can have the exact smile you want going into 2019.

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Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Did you not have the opportunity for braces when you were younger? Are you embarrassed by your crooked teeth but also embarrassed by the thought of adult braces? Invisalign is an increasingly popular orthodontic option for those with crooked teeth, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, or an overbite, and the best part is they don’t require metal. Using a set of clear aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place, you can enjoy the benefits of traditional braces without the inconvenience or embarrassment of metal. Simply book a consultation with your local dentist, then after a few scans, you’ll be ready to start your 2019 adventure.

Too Many Chipped Teeth?

If you have a chipped tooth or a minor gap, dental bonding is the perfect solution. One of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures, this procedure uses tooth-colored composite to repair decayed, chipped, or fractured teeth. Unlike procedures like dental veneers, which are manufactured by a third-party after measurements are taken, bonding can be done in a single appointment. When your dentist has chosen the color of the composite resin, it will be applied, molded, hardened with ultraviolet light, and polished. 

Change Out Those Fillings

If you had several cavities as a kid, chances are your mouth is littered with metal fillings. These can be unattractive when you smile as well as more likely to deteriorate. Composite fillings are an alternative to traditional metal amalgam which can match the exact shade of your teeth, making them much more attractive. Amalgam fillings can also being to pull away from a tooth over time, allowing bacteria to enter and damage the tooth root. This is known as a “leak” and can severely damage the structure of your tooth, even if there are no initial signs of pain.

If you’re hoping to replace your old amalgam fillings for composite or porcelain inlays, then you should start by scheduling an appointment.

For more information about your tooth-colored filling options and recommendations about which is right for you, please call (803) 781-9090 or contact Smile Columbia Dentistry today for an appointment at our Columbia, South Carolina office.