Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?

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Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most dynamic aspects of the contemporary dental profession–but is cosmetic dentistry right for you? For that matter, what exactly is cosmetic dentistry, and what can it do for you? There’s a growing interest in cosmetic dentistry from people in all walks of life, and with good reason–the benefits of cosmetic dentistry are many, and it can have a surprisingly positive impact on your life. So let’s learn a bit more about cosmetic dentistry and find out if it’s right for you.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

In brief, cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of dentistry designed to improve the appearance of the teeth, gums, or bite. While primarily focused on aesthetics, cosmetic dentistry can also improve the feel and function of the patient’s mouth, allowing for more comfortable participation in a wide range of normal activities.

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about vanity or appearance. It can help improve overall health, confidence and happiness, and the patient’s overall life.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Me?

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of potential benefits, depending on the needs and unique situation of the patient in question. Some of the more common procedures included in the category of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Bonding is used to repair a chipped or damaged tooth by replacing the missing portion of the tooth with a malleable white substance that hardens when exposed to UV light. The filler is shaped to match the missing portion of the tooth and then hardened in place. Once installed, a dental bond has much the same feel and function as a natural tooth.
  • Dental Veneers are another way of repairing damaged teeth by fashioning a porcelain or enamel veneer to cover the front of the tooth. Dental veneers can be used to correct misshapen, discolored, or mis-spaced teeth.
  • Gum contourings are cosmetic dental procedures that raise, reshape, or re-sculpt the gum line and/or the bones beneath it. These can be used to make teeth appear more symmetrical, longer, or more even.
  • Implants are one of the most exciting recent developments in cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants replace missing or lost teeth by implanting a titanium base directly into the jaw and then attaching an artificial tooth to it. Once in place, the implant functions just like a natural tooth would.
  • Reshaping teeth is another common procedure in cosmetic dentistry, which involves removing enamel to correct a misshapen tooth and make it better match or fit with the teeth around it. Reshaping can be used to correct a number of problems or issues with the patient’s appearance.

So Why Do I Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

Now that we’ve looked at what cosmetic dentistry is and some of the things it does, let’s take on a more personal question: how could you benefit from cosmetic dentistry? There are a number of possible answers to this question, depending on you and what you want to achieve. If you have an issue with your teeth or your smile, cosmetic dentistry may prove the solution that you need. If you’re just looking for a boost in your confidence or self-esteem, improving your smile via cosmetic dentistry may just be the answer. And if you just have a big event coming up and want to look your best, a visit to your dentist for the right cosmetic dental procedure may be the icing on the cake.

There are a host of reasons to choose cosmetic dentistry, and we’ll help you understand what your options are and guide you to the right choice for you. Get in touch today and we’ll make an appointment to get you in and explore the changes cosmetic dentistry could bring to your life!