cosmetics dentistry

An aesthetically pleasing smile is important to almost everyone, and you should be no exception. Lets face it, your smile says so much about who you are. Smiles are a universal form of communication regardless of what language you speak or country you come from. Your smile instantly communicates so much about how you feel about yourself, what kind of personality you have and how you feel about the company you are with.

Many people have low self esteem due to dissatisfaction with their smiles. So much that a smile can impact both personal and professional relationships. So know that we know all this, how can cosmetic dentistry help you? The art and science of cosmetic dentistry is constantly evolving. There are many different techniques and procedures to improve your smile. The first step towards an enhanced smile is identifying the problem that is bothering you.

This could be a long insecurity you've had or something more recent. Identify the problem first. Below are just a few common issues that can be corrected with the help of a cosmetic dentist.

Stained or Discolored Teeth

you may already like the look and shape of your teeth but the color is something you want to improve. A simple Laser Tooth Whitening procedure could do the trick or even using some take home solution such as whitening trays. The biggest difference between the take home solutions and a "1 hour whitening procedure" is essentially the speed in which your teeth lighten. There is also a cost difference. The quicker the solution the higher the fee, but generally speaking both solutions can get great results.

Gummy Smile

A gum lift can correct a gummy smile. Gingival contouring using soft tissue laser can result in a better smile.

Missing Teeth

Your missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants or a fixed dental bridge. Both solutions have their post and core and its best to consult with a cosmetic dentist regarding these two options for replacing missing teeth.

Replacing Silver Fillings

Cosmetic dentistry has evolved and there are so many more materials that have a better cosmetic look. Most modern dental practices do not even use the old silver amalgam fillings because they use more up to date materials such as composite resins and all porcelain crowns.

Crowded Teeth

There are in most cases a couple of options to straighten teeth. The first and most obvious is straightening your teeth through some form of orthodontic treatment whether that be traditional dental braces or nearly invisible braces that are removable and not as visible. Dental braces can take years to straighten your teeth. The other option is much quicker and involves cosmetic dental restorations such as porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bridges or a combination. Porcelain Veneers have become a very popular procedure in the field of cosmetic dentistry. They have been a popular cosmetic option for many years but recently have become more popular due to increased exposure in traditional media.

There are many different cosmetic problems that cosmetic dentistry procedures can fix.

The best way to move forward is to set up a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist. During this initial smile consultation you will be able to discuss smile goals, concerns and really get to know the dentist. Ask to see the doctor's before and after photos so that you can see the type of problems the doctor has solved.

Cosmetics Dentistry FAQ
1. What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Also known as "esthetic dentistry," cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that implements many different procedures to improve the beauty of your smile.
2. Can existing porcelain crowns or veneers be bleached?
No, porcelain does not change color when exposed to dental bleach.
3. How long should bonding last?
Bonding lasts 3-5 years, depending on wear and tear.
4. How long do porcelain veneers last?
When properly maintained, porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers can last in excess of 10 years (10 years is the approximate average).
5. Why do people choose porcelain veneers over bonding?
Laminates look more realistic than dental bonding, and they do not stain. They also feel more natural, are more durable, and are stronger than bonding composites.
6. Can dental veneers or dental crowns give me lip support?
If porcelain veneers are built out with bulk, they can deliver lip support, provided it does not interfere with function and local biology.
7. How do you get rid of spaces between teeth?
You can get rid of spaces between the teeth with porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Porcelain Crowns may be used to fix more severe gaps between teeth.
8. Does it hurt to have teeth prepared for veneers?
No. Preparing teeth for veneers is a painless, two-visit procedure. Local anesthesia can be given to highly sensitive patients, but is usually not necessary.
9. What are the advantages of porcelain veneers versus orthodontic treatment?
A Orthodontic treatment takes 18 months to 2 years and often requires braces, while porcelain veneers correct crooked teeth in just two visits.