You probably already know that an attractive smile goes a long way when it comes to maintaining a positive sense of self. You probably also know that cosmetic dentistry options exist designed to help you make the absolute most out of your appearance — but nonetheless, you may not be quite sure of whether cosmetic dentistry is a possibility for your individual needs and preferences.
There are many reasons why people choose to have cosmetic dentistry procedures performed. The following are three of the most common reasons why people seek cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth whitening is probably the most common form of cosmetic dentistry. It’s used for simply adding a few extra wattage to lightly stained teeth to those that are severely stained. Topical treatments include gels, strips, and specialty toothpastes. Laser procedures are also an option for those whose teeth are badly discolored and don’t respond to traditional treatments. Your dentist will be able to advise you on a customized tooth whitening strategy designed to suit your individual needs and preferences.
Many of those who seek teeth straightening solutions do so because they are unhappy with their appearance, but crooked teeth may also make it difficult to eat and speak properly, and in some cases, they may even have a negative effect on the overall appearance of the face. Braces aren’t just for teenagers anymore — if you’re an adult who wants to have your teeth straightened but doesn’t want to wear metal in your mouth, talk to your dentist about clear braces designed to be discreet.
There are a number of teeth restoration services associated with cosmetic dentistry. For instance, crowns are often used to cover teeth that are discolored to the extent that teeth whitening procedures aren’t a viable option. Crowns are also used to cover broken or chipped teeth. Implants, bridges, and even full dentures also have cosmetic aspects — as with many cosmetic procedures, these also have functionality advantages. For instance, you’ll definitely look better with crowns covering chipped teeth or with implants replacing missing teeth, but you’ll be able to chew your food better as well.
For individualized answers to your questions about cosmetic dentistry, please feel free to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.