A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
The appearance of your smile is important for a number of reasons. If you're happy with the way your teeth look, you'll feel more self-confident and that can affect your life in a number of ways. Just like you want to present a professional or attractive appearance with the clothing you wear, you want attractive teeth since they're the first thing people see when you speak. If you don't like the appearance of your teeth, a cosmetic dentist might be able to help in some of the following ways.
Teeth Whitening Procedures
Sometimes, having whiter teeth is all that's needed to improve your smile since society values white teeth. When your teeth are white, your smile might be considered pretty even if you have a few irregularities in the shape of your teeth. A cosmetic dentist will assess your teeth and recommend the right way to improve their color. Laser whitening is a quick way to get white teeth, but the dentist might give you whitening trays to use at home instead.
These methods work on teeth stained by smoking and foods, but not on dark stains caused by medications or injuries. Those types of stains usually have to be covered instead, and veneers might be the best option for whitening your teeth under those circumstances.
Correcting Uneven Teeth
If the help you need goes beyond whitening, then the dentist will consider all the options. It's possible that braces could be needed, and in that case, you might wear invisible aligners to move your teeth into a better position. Sometimes, slightly twisted teeth can be improved by applying veneers or crowns since these cover the teeth and can change their shape. Veneers are also useful for changing the length of your teeth and covering chipped areas.
When veneers and crowns are used for cosmetic dentistry, porcelain is often the material chosen since it looks like natural enamel. Porcelain veneers can transform your smile by making your teeth whiter and more uniform in appearance. Bonding is another possible option for cosmetic improvements to your teeth by covering small chips and changing the color of a tooth.
A cosmetic dentist has several options for a smile makeover and will help you choose the right way to get the results you want in a way that fits your goals and budget. You don't have to be embarrassed by teeth that are stained or misaligned because there is a solution that will help. Cosmetic dental work is for people of all ages, so you don't have to feel like you're too old to improve your smile. However, you may need to have dental work like fillings done first so your teeth are ready for their cosmetic transformation.