Cosmetic Dentistry Teeth WhiteningA lot of people are not aware of the many ways they can benefit from modern cosmetic dentistry. Many patients think that cosmetic dentistry is only referring to unnecessary procedures that improve your looks. The truth is that cosmetic dentistry affects 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. Common reasons for cosmetic dentistry include:

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

There are several cosmetic dentistry 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 applied over the existing tooth that hides imperfections in the original tooth. Each veneer is custom fit to the individual patient’s mouth shape.

Professional Tooth Whitening produces immediate, impressive results to remove stains and counteract discolored teeth. While several over the counter tooth whitening products are available, in-office professional tooth whitening is the most effective way to whiten teeth. Your dentist uses a high-powered bleaching solution and complements it with an LED light to speed up the process. Patients are also given custom whitening trays and a whitening gel to take home for maximum results.

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 attached to this post so that the implant acts just like a natural tooth. Implants are an effective method to replace teeth, producing an attractive, low maintenance way to fill the unsightly and often uncomfortable gaps caused by missing teeth.

Bridges are also used to replace missing teeth. 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 act as anchors for the new false tooth to provide a seamless 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 procedures address serious health concerns. Straight teeth are less challenging to keep clean than broken or misaligned teeth. Crooked teeth are often difficult to floss and brush properly, increasing the chances that dental problems will occur. Missing teeth can cause teeth to shift, crating gaps that may collect food and make it uncomfortable for you to eat your favorite foods. Missing teeth can also contribute to bone loss, making your face look older and creating 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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