VISITING A COSMETIC DENTIST* IS A CONVENIENT, EFFECTIVE WAY TO IMPROVE ANY ASPECT OF YOUR SMILE. Because your smile is one of your most prominent facial features, having damaged, crooked, or discolored teeth affects how you portray yourself to others. A damaged smile may also diminish eating or speaking capacity and keep you from having the confidence with others that you could enjoy.
What is a Cosmetic Dentist?
In addition to restoring tooth functionality, cosmetic dentists use a variety of techniques to enhance the esthetics of your smile. Even if your teeth are in good condition, tooth whitening may add the extra touch you need to highlight an already beautiful smile. Other patients find dramatically increased confidence as their broken or missing teeth are repaired by their cosmetic dentist. Investing in a beautiful smile is more than just a way to look attractive: it is an important investment in your social and career opportunities.
What Cosmetic Dentists Can Do for You
Cosmetic dentistry offers many advanced techniques to help patients. Here are a few of the ways that cosmetic dentists can give your smile a lift:
• Replace missing teeth
Whether you have a few tooth gaps or a mouthful of missing teeth, a cosmetic dentist can restore your smile with natural looking tooth restorations. Dental implants, dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures have all been used successfully to fill unsightly gaps in smiles.
• Whiten teeth
Research shows that professional tooth whitening is safer and more effective than do-it-yourself remedies. It is perhaps the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure currently. Almost every cosmetic dentist offers a wide variety of in-office or take-home tooth whitening systems for a brightened, stain-free smile.
• Reshape teeth
If you feel that your teeth are too pointy, worn down, or oddly shaped, a cosmetic dentist can use one of many cosmetic dentistry techniques to reshape your teeth for a more pleasing look. Porcelain veneers are often used because they can be shaped exactly as you and your cosmetic dentist decide.
• Restore damaged teeth
Years of wear and tear on your teeth can be revealed through cracks, chips, or discoloration. Cosmetic dentists use procedures such as bonding or porcelain veneers to cover the damage and enhance the look of the tooth. For more severe damage such as badly decayed or broken teeth, a dental crown provides a natural-looking tooth restoration that offers important structure and support.
• Straighten crooked or misaligned teeth
Few people have perfectly straight teeth, but many people want to avoid the humiliation and pain of traditional metal braces. Most cosmetic dentists offer clear braces as an alternative teeth-straightening option that has proven to be widely successful. Clear braces consist of a series of nearly invisible plastic aligners that shift your teeth in stages without the discomfort of metal braces. Porcelain veneers are another effective straightening option that your cosmetic dentist may recommend.
• Lengthen small teeth
If you feel self-conscious about small teeth, a cosmetic dentist can bond dental veneers to each tooth surface to alter the length and shape of each tooth. Together, you and your cosmetic dentist can decide on the size, shape, and color of your veneers so that they fit into a beautiful smile that naturally fits your mouth.
Finding Your Cosmetic Dentist
Because your smile is such a crucial asset in your daily life, it is important to choose a cosmetic dentist with the necessary expertise and artistry to craft the smile you want. Simply trusting the closest or most convenient dentist may yield disappointing results. Many cosmetic dentists specialize in a few dental procedures while others expand their dental expertise to include family or restorative dental services as well. Be sure to find a dentist that will best fit your needs. For tips on finding a professional you can trust, visit the How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist page.
Contact a Crown Council Dentist
To learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile or for more information about sedation dentistry, dental implants, or general and family dentistry, contact one of the Crown Council member dentists. Crown Council member dentists stay up to date on recent dental advancements and are committed to high standards of patient care. Using the Advanced Search feature on this website, you can search for a Crown Council dentist the specializes in cosmetic dentistry or a number of other services.
*The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty area