Could your smile use a pick-me-up, an improvement or two? Does it look dated due to staining? Or maybe you’re struggling with uneven or jagged edges from years of wear or even subconscious teeth grinding? If so, you may have thought about getting cosmetic dentistry, without really knowing what your options are, or how, specifically, they could help. Here is what you need to know about cosmetic dentistry, and why it is beneficial to seek out a dentist that specializes in not just cosmetic procedures, but also artistic smile design!
Combining Treatments to Create a Dream Smile
Professional whitening treatment can drastically lighten teeth in a short amount of time, just as veneers can correct a number of size and shape issues related to the teeth. But many patients don’t have just one concern they hope to address through cosmetic dentistry, which is why some struggle with what treatment to request. In fact, many have a number of imperfections they would like to correct, in order to help achieve their dream smiles, but they’re unsure where to start.
For patients with more than one esthetic concern, often the best approach is to have a dentist plan an artistic smile design, in other words, a custom smile makeover! This usually involves combining at least two cosmetic treatments to help produce excellent results, including a brighter and more symmetrical smile.
When the Gums Are Part of the Problem
Though most treatments can be completed by a cosmetic dentist, including whitening, bonding, contouring and veneers, if your gums are part of the problem you may need a gum lift to help improve your smile’s appearance. If this is the case, an artistic dentist can help design the end result and then work closely with an oral surgeon to ensure your smile meets those expectations.