While keeping your teeth healthy is certainly an undeniably important part of any dentistry practice, it should be noted that this is not the only thing with which dentists concern themselves. Indeed, many dentists are concerned about helping their patients develop smiles that they truly love. This means that there are fields of dentistry that are more focused upon the appearance rather than the function of your tooth. This is known as cosmetic dentistry, and it is a field of dentistry that is ever increasing in popularity. There are a variety of cosmetic options that can be used to help alter the appearance of your teeth and help you obtain the smile of your dreams.
How can cosmetic dentistry help me?
When it comes to oral health and your teeth, many people think the most important purpose that your teeth serve is, well, to stay healthy and help you out when it comes to eating or speaking. What this view fails to take into account, of course, is just how important your smile is for your overall appearance. When your smile is not up to your standards, it can deal a real blow to your confidence and self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry, then, can help you feel better about yourself and your appearance by giving you the opportunity to have a say in the way that your smile appears.
Can I really change my smile?
Many patients wonder if it is really possible to significantly change their smile, and the is yes! There are numerous options at your disposal for changing your smile. These include things like teeth whitening, smile design, recontouring, veneers, bonding, and ceramic or porcelain crowns. Any of these options can help enhance your appearance, but the degree to which they fundamentally alter the shape of your smile depends upon the specific selection you make. Teeth whitening, for example, is a great option if you are looking for a quick “pick me up” that will help your smile shine once again. If you are looking for something that can help you change the size, shape, spacing, or even the height of your teeth, on the other hand, then you should focus your attention more on things like veneers, ceramic or porcelain crowns, bonding, or recontouring.
Are the results of cosmetic dentistry permanent?
If you take the time to properly care for your smile, the results you see from cosmetic dentistry can last a very long time, indeed. Things like veneers or porcelain and ceramic crowns can last well over a decade, depending upon how much time you spend taking care of them and ensuring that they are clean and in good condition. If you simply have the cosmetic procedure done and then decide to avoid ever brushing or flossing your teeth again, on the other hand, you might find that the results wear off far more quickly.
Are you curious about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you achieve the smile of your dreams? Contact us today for more information!