Cosmetic dentistry is centered around the appearance of your teeth. While many procedures that fall under this category are necessary for the overall health of your mouth, the driving reason behind these procedures is often cosmetic. People want to have a nice white smile and straight, well aligned teeth, and cosmetic dentistry is the way to get that.
There are many reasons why people seek out a cosmetic dentist. Sometimes you will need to find a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry, whereas other procedures can be undertaken by your regular dentist. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why people seek out the help of a cosmetic dentist:
Teeth whitening: Teeth lose color and get stained over time. This discoloration can be worse if you do not take good care of your teeth or if you are a smoker. If you are someone who always practices good dental hygiene and sees a dentist regularly, teeth whitening is something you may never have to do. Teeth whitening can be done in many ways, including at home kits, but the best way to ensure that your teeth are whitened the correct way and look their best is to do it under the guidance of a cosmetic dentist. This dentist will oversee the process, whether it is done in their office, or with bleaching kits sent home with you to do in the comfort of your own home. Doing this with the help of a dentist will ensure that it is done the right way and that your smile is nice and bright when you are done.
Missing teeth: Having missing teeth can not only be unsightly, but it can affect the alignment of all of the teeth in your mouth. There are many different tools used by dentists to help people with missing teeth. Today one of the most popular ways to deal with a missing tooth is to get a dental implant, which is a permanent ‘fake’ tooth that is implanted into your gum, just like a real tooth. Dental implants may be a procedure that your cosmetic dentist can do on their own, or they may need to refer you to a dental implant specialist.
Reshaping or contouring teeth: Teeth may need to be contoured or reshaped for a variety of reasons. You may have a large chip in one of your teeth, you may have crooked teeth, or you may have teeth which are irregularly shaped. Cosmetic dentistry can help! These changes will be subtle, but noticeable and will not only improve your smile, but can also improve the alignment of your teeth and your overall tooth health.
As you can see, there are many things that can be addressed by cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is important, not only for your appearance, but also for the health of your teeth and gums. If you have problems with your teeth and the way they appear, it is not too late to address it. To learn more about it, contact Colorado Family Dentistry today.