When Does Someone Actually Need Cosmetic Dentistry?
Posted on: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
You might think of cosmetic dentistry as just something movie stars do so they appear perfect in front of the cameras. Actually, cosmetic dentistry has much more to offer than just a beautiful smile. There are many other ways that everyday people benefit from cosmetic dentistry – in fact, there are even health benefits connected with cosmetic dentistry.
First, let’s look at the range of services that may be included in this category of dentistry:
Bridges and partial dentures
That’s a lot of different ways that we can help you improve or restore your smile and dental health. Let’s quickly look at why a person might need these services and the benefits they can receive.
These are thin porcelain shells that are custom-made to fit over the fronts of your teeth. If you have experienced darkening or severe staining to your teeth, veneers offer a quick solution. They can also be used to repair chipping and cracking. Veneers can also make crooked or rotated teeth appear straight, like instant braces.
Crowns are often used to protect a tooth that has had a large filling or root canal but they can also be used to cover teeth that have suffered so much damage that they are unsightly. In this case, crowns protect the health and stability of affected teeth while creating a beautiful, perfect smile.
There are many reasons that teeth darken, including staining from food, drink or tobacco use or aging. ZOOM!® teeth whitening can bring back the brightness. This helps many of our patients feel more youthful and confident.
To correct small areas of damage, bonding uses a composite resin matched to the color of your teeth to fill in chips, fix minor flaws or improve the shape of your teeth.
If you are missing teeth, a bridge or partial denture will fill the gaps and stabilize surrounding teeth. The pressures of biting and chewing are distributed evenly, meaning that the teeth on either side of the gap no longer risk being loosened. Along with filling in missing teeth, these replacements make it a pleasure to display that smile to your friends or photographers.
An implant is a permanent replacement tooth that is anchored to a titanium implant – the part that takes the place of your natural tooth’s root. Implants are stable and long-lasting and act and feel like your natural teeth. If you are missing teeth, ask us about this superior replacement. One of the best features of implants is that they distribute biting and chewing forces throughout the jawbone and help keep that bone sturdy and healthy. When teeth are missing, this bone can atrophy over time and ultimately may collapse. Dental implants help keep this bone whole.
People who suffer from crooked teeth often realize they present a greater problem than just a displeasing appearance. They are very hard to keep clean. It can be impossible to get a toothbrush or floss into some corners of crooked teeth. Invisalign aligners are a nearly invisible system of gradually moving teeth into the right position. This gives us a unobtrusive way to help a patient reshape that smile into one they are proud of. And one that is much easier to keep healthy.
As you can see, cosmetic dentistry goes much farther than just helping a person feel pretty or handsome. Cosmetic dentistry offers real health benefits and the very special benefit of increased confidence in one’s appearance. We are very pleased to offer these services to our patients and our community.
"I've been going to Dr. Greenaway for about 8 years, and I am very pleased with her services."
- Jan G.