It is important to know that healthy teeth and gums are the foundation for a beautiful smile. Placing a mouthful of veneers and crowns on teeth without addressing the underlying problems is a recipe for disaster. If tooth decay issues aren’t addressed decay can get underneath the new cosmetic dental work and destroy it. If the teeth are in poor alignment the new cosmetic dental work can break or wear down. If gum disease is not managed the teeth may not look good because of gum recession or because the gums may be red and inflamed. The end result of untreated gum disease is tooth loss. Once we have a healthy foundation there are a variety of cosmetic options that can be used to help 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 answer is yes! There are numerous options at your disposal for changing your smile. These include things like teeth bleaching, Invisalign, 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. We usually recommend wearing a nightguard at night to protect your teeth from wear and damage. A nightguard has many benefits and one of the main benefits is that it helps prolong the longevity of your dental work.
Are you curious about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you achieve the smile of your dreams? Contact us at (425) 485-4010 today for more information!