Your smile is an important part of who you are, so making sure it is the best it can be is essential. Not only will that boost your self-confidence, but it can also ensure that you maintain a healthy mouth.
Yet, often, your smile is not quite where you want it to be, and you may be unsure of how to go about changing its appearance. Fortunately, you have several options, and a cosmetic dentist can help you determine what is right for you and help transform your smile into one you love to share.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized focus on the overall aesthetics of your mouth, with a dazzling smile one of its top benefits. Today’s options and procedures utilize the latest materials, procedures, and technology, all of which provide higher durability and can create a more natural-looking appearance. You can address a few small issues or go all in and transform your entire smile.
Common dental issues affecting your smile that cosmetic dentistry options can help with include;
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misalignment of teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Missing teeth
Essentially, cosmetic dentistry is a creative approach to improving your smile while also benefiting your overall oral health.
How Cosmetic Dentists Can Transform Your Smile
One of the many benefits of working with a cosmetic dentist is that they will take a whole perspective look at your mouth and make individual recommendations. Together you will discuss your goals for seeking cosmetic dentistry and find solutions that fit with your preferences and budget. From there, you will design a customized plan together to transform your smile and create a natural look and feel as well.
You may choose to go with a simple fix or a full mouth restoration or smile makeover. Whatever you select, there are several common ways your cosmetic dentist can help, including the following.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Many things can stain or discolor teeth, including certain food and beverages (e.g., coffee, red wine, and berries), smoking, prescription medications, specific health conditions, and even aging. Undergoing professional teeth whitening is a fast, effective, and safe way to brighten your teeth and take the coloring up one or more shades.
You can choose between in-office professional teeth whitening for the fastest results, sometimes in just one visit, or use the convenient take-home kits. If you do prefer the home whitening option, your cosmetic dentist can provide you with all you need including customized mouth trays and professional-strength whitening gel. Here at Bateson Dentistry, we offer our patients the KoR® system, which is convenient and easy to do right from home, day or night.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Replacing old, cracked, missing, or unsightly silver fillings can help enhance your smile. Adding tooth colored fillings can even out the coloring of that smile and no longer draw attention to the one or two teeth that may be less than perfect.
Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like covers customized to fit a tooth’s surface. They can be used to close gaps and restore the appearance of permanently stained, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth in the smile zone.
Veneers are a popular choice in cosmetic dentistry because they can serve different purposes, such as to change the shade, size, or shape of a tooth. Each one is specially designed and applied, so you can have just one or a whole set if needed. Some of the distinct advantages of veneers are that they are natural-looking, stain-resistant, and long-lasting.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign)
Misaligned teeth can cause a crooked smile. To straighten them and create a more even appearance, consider Invisalign. These clear aligners not only go to work immediately by gently straightening your teeth, they are also mostly unnoticeable, unlike traditional braces.
Dental Crowns or Bridges
While technically considered to be restoration treatments, dental crowns and bridges can also serve as a cosmetic improvement to your smile.
Dental crowns can improve your appearance by repairing cracked, worn down, or otherwise damaged teeth. They can also be a solution for misshapen, stained, or crooked teeth as well. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to match the color shading of your natural teeth as closely as possible. Dental bridges are valuable for bridging gaps between teeth when you are missing one or more in a row.
Find Out How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Enhance Your Smile Today
When it comes to enhancing your smile, it’s essential to know all the options available to you, including the variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments. The creativity and professionalism of Dr. Bateson and her team can help you make a personalized plan to meet your goals in the best way possible. Schedule a consultation today and get started on creating your best smile.