Your smile not only reflects your personality but also the overall health of your mouth. Unhealthy teeth and gums can actually result in deeper functional problems that, if not resolved, may impact you for the rest of your life.
Oral health is a primary concern for the field of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is more than just having a beautiful smile. A healthy smile enhances your confidence and restores dental issues that may eventually result in tooth decay or loss.
Purpose of Cosmetic Dentistry
➢ Help you achieve and maintain a gorgeous smile
➢ Whiten teeth that are stained or discolored
➢ Close off gaps or spaces between teeth
➢ Repair or replace teeth lost to injury or decay
➢ Prevent further damage or tooth loss
➢ Realign your bite
➢ Straighten crooked teeth
➢ Relieve dental pain and discomfort
➢ Correct improper chewing habits
➢ Replace outdated treatments
➢ Restore oral health
Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine which cosmetic dentistry procedures might be beneficial to you. Dental procedures vary in amount of time required to complete. Some procedures can be done in one visit, while others may require multiple appointments. Many cosmetic procedures do not necessitate the use of anesthesia, although a local anesthetic may be applied if specifically requested.
➢ Braces are used to straighten crooked teeth as well as correct misaligned bites. Traditional braces utilize metal wires and brackets that must be adjusted periodically. A variety of colored bands are available.
➢ Invisalign serves the same corrective purpose as braces without the need for metal wires. Additionally, they are nearly invisible, making them extremely appealing for those who may be self-conscious about getting braces. Custom-made aligners are used to move and straighten your teeth. New aligners are worn every few weeks until your teeth have properly shifted.
➢ Whitening can be performed either by using bleaching trays or via a special laser and solution combination.
➢ Veneers are able to cover teeth that are discolored or stained. They can also change the shape of your teeth.
➢ Bridges and implants are both used to replace teeth that are missing as well as fill in gaps and spaces between teeth.
➢ Bonding is useful for repairing damaged or chipped teeth. It can also alter the shape of your teeth.
➢ Enamel shaping changes the shape of teeth by contouring the enamel, or outer surface of the tooth.