Do you ever find yourself shying away from taking photographs with your family, or even going out with friends, all because of imperfections in your smile? Does showing your teeth at all make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable? It can be difficult to feel confident when there are tooth imperfections like staining, gaps, or sharp edges causing concern. Fortunately, cosmetic treatment makes it possible to address most issues, and often quickly and with natural-looking results. The question is, are you ready to find out how a smile makeover could enhance your smile and improve your confidence?
There was a time when cosmetic dentistry was merely a dream for the average person, but today it is available to everyone and more popular than ever. There are a variety of reasons to visit a cosmetic dentist from stained teeth to chipped teeth, worn teeth, missing teeth, or a complete smile makeover. Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure know the pros and cons, the risks and benefits, and what exactly to expect before, during, and after. How much will it cost? Is it the right treatment for you? Is the dentist experienced? How much maintenance will be required after treatment? How long will it last? These are all questions you should have answered when you are looking to improve your smile.
There are several cosmetic treatments available based on what you need, want, and can afford:
Teeth Whitening: With age your teeth become stained or discolored. Smoking, certain medications, and certain foods and beverages contribute to tooth stains. Your dentist can bleach your teeth in the office or provide you with a system to use at home.
Dental Bonding: Bonding using a resin composite material can correct chipped, broken, cracked, stained teeth, and spaces between teeth. It can also be used to protect exposed roots.
Veneers: Less expensive than crowns but more expensive than bonding, veneers can correct stained, crooked, chipped, and worn teeth, and teeth with spaces between them.
Our next installment includes crowns, implants, and bridges.
Have You Talked to Your Dentist About Your Causes for Concern?
The first step in devising a treatment plan is simply talking to your dentist about what you are hoping to achieve by seeking cosmetic treatment. In some cases, a single treatment may be all that is needed to greatly improve the smile’s appearance. For instance, if you are bothered by staining you could likely benefit from professional teeth whitening treatment. That said, if you are concerned by inconsistencies in the size or shape of your teeth, or even in minor spacing between some of them, there are other treatment options that could help.
Both cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers can help to correct inconsistencies and cosmetic spacing issues, as well as permanent stains.
For many patients, though, the best way to achieve a greater smile is through a combination of treatments as part of a customized smile makeover. For instance, you might benefit from whitening on all your teeth, and then veneers on the few that are oddly shaped.
Ready to Learn More About Cosmetic Dental Treatment?
Cosmetic dentistry can help to correct many tooth imperfections, and leave you with a more beautiful smile and more confidence, as well. You can call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule your cosmetic consultation.