Why We Love Cosmetic Dentistry (and You Should Too)
Personal aesthetics begin with a simple but memorable and unique foundation: an attractive smile. But when teeth are stained, chipped or otherwise flawed, a lot of people don’t feel confident with their smile. You can repair those slight flaws and start smiling confidently again. Next thing you know, you’ll regain your zest for life and start facing your personal goals.
Basics of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry refers to the type of procedures that improve the physical appearance of the teeth. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Whitening treatments
- Fillings (including tooth-colored fillings and mercury filling removal)
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Tooth-colored restorations
- Implants (although this one could fall into restorative dentistry just as easily)
- Laser gum contouring
The best procedure for any individual depends on their specific dental health and appearance. There are several techniques and tools that we can use to achieve an improved aesthetic appearance. It all starts with a serious consultation in which we can determine exactly what you need to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
The Positive Impact on Self-Confidence
Improving the way your teeth appear can have a positive impact on personal self-confidence. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, taking small steps like this will improve self-esteem and confidence so that individuals smile more often. (That, in turn, can lead to even more self-confidence, and more smiling. It’s a wonderful cycle.)
Even the simplest treatments can help improve your self-esteem in many ways, such as:
- Changing your ideas about your individual smile
- Improving the appearance of problem areas
- Covering up or repairing damaged teeth
- Hiding gaps or missing teeth
- Preventing worries about the appearance of a smile
- Maintaining the appearance of other teeth
Cosmetic procedures hide the flaws that make individuals uncomfortable about their appearance. You can start feeling more comfortable and happy with your smile by looking into one or more of these possible treatments.
Obtaining a Great Smile
The advantages of a cosmetic procedure depend on the severity of a flaw and the concerns associated with the problem area.
Getting a great smile starts with identifying the reason for personal concerns and discomforts. In some cases, the cause is directly related to the physical appearance of one specific tooth or area of the mouth. For example, a missing tooth may impact personal self-confidence and may reduce the number of smiles that you are willing to show to others. On the other hand, problems like unattractive fillings or old cavities are not always obvious. If you aren’t sure how to proceed, talk to us to see if a cosmetic procedure is an appropriate option based on your personal goals. We’ll take into consideration things like:
- Potential risks
- The process of the procedure
- Potential benefits
Stop Worrying and Start Smiling
Generally, there are several different options that can alleviate most of the common concerns around cosmetic dentistry. For example, using a local anesthetic helps reduce worries about pain or discomfort associated with specific procedures. We will ask questions about personal health concerns and allergies before starting a procedure, and after gathering accurate and up-to-date information about personal health, we can minimize any health risks associated with the procedure.
When concerns relate to the cost of a procedure, we may be able to help you find different options based on a personal budget. For example, a dental bridge fills in the space where a tooth is missing and is usually more affordable than dental implants, so it is a budget-friendly alternative. Exact costs will vary, so you just need to make sure you understand all the options before starting any procedure.
Cosmetic dentistry changes and improves the way your smile appears. Even small adjustments have a powerful impact on your self-confidence, so it is exciting to find the right procedure for personal goals.