Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry?
You already know you want a brighter and more beautiful smile. You’re just not sure how to go about achieving dazzling results. Sure, cosmetic dentistry could help. But what treatment is right for you? Talking with your cosmetic dentist before planning a course of treatment is generally the best idea, that way the dentist can address any questions you have, and then help formulate a plan that can effectively hide any esthetic imperfections.
Keep in mind that a dentist can also address any problems that might be negatively impacting your oral health, such as a chip or cavity. So, before you turn to over-the-counter whitening products or even a booth at the mall designed for one-hour whitening, consider the benefits of talking to your cosmetic dentist instead.
Can Treatment Help If I Have Drastic Problems?
There are no imperfections that cannot be addressed effectively through cosmetic dentistry. It is just a matter of determining which, or how many, are necessary to help achieve your dream smile.
For many patients that means using whitening treatment to lighten all the teeth, before using another form of treatment, such as bonding or veneers.
These are effective at addressing many severe issues, including gaps between teeth, disproportionally small teeth or misshapen teeth.
Which Treatment Is Right for Me?
To determine which cosmetic treatment will best suit your needs, the dentist will first need to know the concerns that have caused you to seek treatment. If your only issue is staining, for instance, professional whitening will likely be an effective and comprehensive way to eradicate your concerns.
On the other hand, if you have several small or jagged teeth, you may need bonding or veneers to address those, as well as whitening on all your teeth, so that the resulting smile is both symmetrical and bright white.
If I Have a Cavity am I Still a Candidate for Whitening?
To develop a beautiful smile, you must first have a healthy smile. So if you have any unaddressed dental issues, the dentist will likely recommend restorative action before any cosmetic treatment is performed.
This can actually save you from needing additional procedures, by getting your smile “right” the first time. In the case of a cavity, a simple filling could help prevent the need for more invasive action like root canal treatment or a dental crown. Plus, tooth-colored fillings are made of the same material as cosmetic bonding, so the resulting restoration could actually improve the health and look of your smile!
What Can I Do If Teeth Whitening Won’t Work?
For some patients, even professional whitening will not work. That is because some dental stains are intrinsic, or permanent, and unable to be addressed through whitening treatment.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t be corrected. Veneers and cosmetic bonding offer ways to hide staining, in order to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Both can be fast solutions for permanent staining or discoloration.
Call us if you have more questions about cosmetic dentistry
Are you excited to finally decide to get your smile done? Not sure how to achieve it? If so, your cosmetic dentist can definitely help. A cosmetic dentist can also address any questions you might have about your options for cosmetic treatment, and even how to combine several to create a customized smile makeover. You might just be surprised how quickly some treatments can drastically improve your existing smile, so don’t get lost in wondering. Talk to your cosmetic dentist.