If you love your job, your family, and your home, then you definitely have a lot to smile about. If you still find yourself hiding behind a closed-mouth grin, though, could it be because of insecurities about your smile, itself? Your teeth can have a huge affect on your confidence, and for many patients that affect is negative. When you are unhappy with your smile, it shows all over your face. Cosmetic dentistry can help increase your confidence, though, by correcting imperfections with your smile and allowing you to return to enjoying your great life.
Can deep teeth staining be fixed?
Yes. In most cases, your cosmetic dentist can quickly correct teeth stains through a professional whitening treatment that is able to lighten your teeth by several shades. Even if the stains are too deeply set for whitening, though, there are other ways to mask them. Dental bonding or porcelain veneers are commonly used, when whitening alone cannot brighten a smile. Your cosmetic dentist can let you know which treatment is right for you, based on the degree of staining and your lifestyle (for instance, whether or not you are a smoker).
My gums are too prominent. Can anything be done?
Yes. Not everyone realizes there are ways to address what is known as a “gummy smile,” but there are cosmetic treatments available. A relatively simple “gum lift” can help to make your teeth-to-gum ratio more desirable, based on your own esthetic goals. In some cases, veneers or porcelain crowns may also be used to correct the size and shape of your existing teeth, helping your gums appear less prominent.
I hate the gaps between my teeth. Are braces my only option?
No. For many patients, veneers or dental bonding can cosmetically address minor alignment issues. Instead of undergoing expensive and time-consuming orthodontic treatment, you might be able to address spacing issues with a simple cosmetic treatment. If your alignment issues are purely esthetic, and have not created functional problems, bonding or veneers could be an ideal solution.
About Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 847-234-0517.