Cosmetic Dentistry Teeth WhiteningMany people are unaware of the numerous ways in which modern cosmetic dentistry can benefit them. Many patients think that cosmetic dentistry is only referring to unnecessary procedures that improve your looks. The truth is that cosmetic dentistry can affect much more than just your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can help make you feel more confident, boost your self-image, and allow you to get more out of life by providing more opportunities.

Nearly everyone has had a reason to consider cosmetic dentistry at some point in their lives. The following are some of the most common reasons for cosmetic dentistry:

  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Unsightly amalgam fillings
  • Teeth that are stained or discolored
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen or misaligned teeth

There are a number of cosmetic dental procedures that are available to solve these problems:

Dental Veneers allow your dentist to fix chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. A thin porcelain shell is placed over the existing tooth to hide imperfections in the original tooth. Each veneer is custom to fit the individual form of the patient's mouth.

Professional Tooth Whitening produces immediate, impressive results to remove stains and counteract discolored teeth. While there are various over-the-counter tooth whitening options, professional tooth whitening in the office is the most effective approach to whiten teeth. Your dentist uses a high-powered bleaching solution and complements it with an LED light to speed up the process. For optimum results, patients are also given custom whitening trays and a whitening gel to take home.

Dental Implants replace missing teeth permanently with a surgically implanted titanium post that is place in the jaw, acting as an artificial root. The replacement tooth is secured to this post, allowing the implant to function similarly to a natural tooth. Implants are a popular approach to replace teeth because they provide a natural-looking, low-maintenance solution to the unsightly and often uncomfortable gaps left by missing teeth.

Bridges can also be used to replace teeth that are missing. A “bridge” is attached to crowns on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and a false tooth is placed in between the crowned teeth. The crowns serve as anchors for the new false teeth, resulting in a smooth replacement that fills the gap.

Reshaping & Bonding is a solution to chipped or misshapen teeth. Misshapen teeth are reshaped before undergoing dental bonding - a tooth-colored resin is painted onto the tooth. Bonding allows your dentist to reshape unattractive teeth by providing a non-invasive, effective treatment for unattractively shaped teeth.

Many cosmetic operations are performed to address major health concerns. Teeth that are straight are easier to maintain clean than teeth that are broken or misaligned. Crooked teeth are difficult to floss and brush effectively, which increases the risk of dental diseases. Missing teeth can cause teeth to shift, creating gaps that gather food and make eating your favorite meals uncomfortable. Missing teeth can cause bone loss, which can make your face look older and cause long-term issues in your mouth and jaw.

Woman Smiling with Cosmetic DentistryThe health of your mouth is important, but your smile also has an effect on the quality of your life and your happiness. More than half of those surveyed claimed that a smile is the most important thing they notice about people they meet. Business owners also say that a confident smile is part of how decide who they should hire. Unsightly teeth may make it hard to laugh, eat, or talk, and make you feel less confident. Feeling self-conscious about your teeth can also limit your opportunities and prevent you from finding the right job or even meeting the right life partner.

Cosmetic dentistry can help! Your dentist can help address your concerns and give you a confident smile and a pain free mouth! Discuss anything in your mouth that causes you discomfort or make you self-conscious with your dentist and let us help you to enjoy a happier, healthier smile.

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