Which Issues Can Be Treated By Your Cosmetic Dentist?
Although there are some people who will never truly enjoy going to the dentist, there’s no arguing that your oral care has a huge impact on your overall health and well-being. When you visit the dentist, you can prevent future medical conditions while improving the look of your smile. And since 32% of people say they’re concerned by the look of their teeth, that might be an even bigger motivator to take care of your pearly whites with regular dental visits.
But what you might not realize is that your cosmetic dentist can treat a number of oral care concerns. Those who assume they’re stuck with a gap between their teeth or have to use whitening products at home may be surprised when they learn that their dentist can handle a number of situations. And in so doing, your cosmetic dentist can actually restore your self-esteem, along with your beautiful smile. Let’s take a closer look at just some of the dental issues that your dentist can address.
- Crooked or Overlapping Teeth: While some patients might not be too bothered by the look of their crooked teeth, it’s possible that overlapping or crowded teeth could lead to more problems in the future. What’s more, you shouldn’t have to live with an imperfect smile. Your cosmetic dentist may recommend a procedure like teeth contouring for minor overlapping issues or they might suggest a treatment like Invisalign to rectify misaligned teeth.
- Gaps: A gap-toothed smile can be charming in some situations, but it can also hold you back from certain opportunities — particularly if it’s something you’re embarrassed about. Fortunately, your dentist can fix this problem with clear aligners or with a treatment like veneers. Talk to your dentist to decide which available option will work best for your needs.
- Chips or Cracks: Chipped teeth can occur for a variety of reasons, including age, accidents, or certain habits (like chewing on hard objects while stressed). It’s important to fix a chipped tooth promptly to protect both the tooth and the rest of your mouth from further damage. It’s a good thing your dentist can address this problem in a number of possible ways, including crowns, veneers, and bonding.
- Gum Issues: If you suffer from a disease like gingivitis or you’ve always had what’s known as a gummy smile, you might feel self-conscious about the state of your mouth. Gum disease can not only lead to bleeding and inflammation, but it can even cause your gums to pull away from the teeth — creating an unsightly smile and a high potential for infection. Even if you show more of your gums naturally when you smile, that might be something that’s holding you back. Your dentist can suggest contouring your gums to correct this cosmetic issue or may recommend certain treatments that can keep the adverse effects of gum disease in check.
- Missing Teeth: We’re accustomed to losing our teeth when we’re younger. But when you lose your adult teeth — either due to decay or after an injury — you’re stuck with the end result. That is, unless you work with your cosmetic dentist to fix the problem. Your dentist may be able to place dental implants, crowns, or bridges to restore your smile and give you the convince you deserve.
- Discoloration: Many of the foods and drinks we love to consume — including coffee, red wine, citrus fruits, and more — can do irreparable damage to our tooth enamel. Medications and habits like smoking can also cause discoloration to our teeth. And while at-home methods do exist, it’s actually best to have this problem corrected at your dentist’s office. Not only will the results last longer, but you’ll also have the confidence in knowing that the treatment is properly applied and recommended by dental professionals. Your dentist can whiten your entire smile or even specific areas that have become stained or discolored over time.
It’s probably clear to you now that your cosmetic dentist can treat a number of common oral care concerns. Whether these concerns are merely aesthetic in nature or they’re taking a toll on your physical and emotional well-being, we’re here to help. For more information on how we can make you smile brighter, please contact our offices today.