Do you find yourself holding back your smile because of the poor condition of your teeth? Although most people have something about their appearance that they would like to improve, in severe cases where a person is embarrassed of their smile, the effects of the poor condition of their teeth could be having several health consequences.
Research has proven that smiling is an important part of your health and contributes to your happiness – and that it can actually help fight disease. Beyond this, teeth that do not look healthy often are not.
Although cosmetic dentistry can be used purely to correct the appearance of teeth, in its highest form, it creates better health at the same time. This article begins to answer the most basic questions about cosmetic dentistry – to help you determine whether it is something you would like to ask your dentist about at your next visit.
What exactly is cosmetic dentistry?
In fact the term cosmetic dentistry does not stand for a single treatment. It could include something as simple as using white fillings instead of silver ones or as complex as a full mouth restoration or smile makeover.
Cosmetic dentistry seeks to look at the whole smile and health of the teeth to provide a solution based on the needs of the patient. Individual treatments to reach this outcome could include a host of procedures such as, dental crowns, bridges, veneers, gum re-contouring and more.
What is the most common treatment?
One of the more common cosmetic dentistry practices is teeth whitening. Your dentist is trained to help you get the best results by selecting the right treatment method based on your situation. Your dentist may recommend teeth whitening alone or in combination with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as Invisalign orthodontics, dental crowns or porcelain veneers.
What are some examples of cosmetic dental improvements?
Besides whitening, here are some of the most common examples of cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile:
- Resin or porcelain veneers to change the shape and alignment of teeth
- Using tooth-coloured fillings instead of silver fillings
- Evening out gum tissue
- Restoration of worn teeth to their proper shape
- Straightening crooked teeth with Invisalign or traditional Orthodontics
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Replacing discoloured fillings in front teeth
- Replacing missing teeth with bridges or implants
- Replacing old crowns
- Repairing chipped teeth
- Making teeth shorter or longer
How to find a cosmetic dentist?
Like other cosmetic surgery cosmetic dentists range in skill and quality. When looking for a cosmetic dentist it is advised to do thorough research on their credentials, experience and past clients. At Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group we’re proud to discuss our training as well as past cases and excellent track record with you – contact us today.
About Dr. Mahara
Dr. San Mahara at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group has extensive post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry and years of experience completing all levels of treatments including complex dental procedures such as smile make-overs and full mouth reconstructions.