If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you might think you have to live with it. Maybe you think there’s nothing we can do about your smile problem. Or maybe you think that investing in your smile is a frivolous expense. Let us dismiss both those ideas right now: cosmetic dentistry has the ability to correct virtually any complaint you may have about your smile. If you want a beautiful smile, you can probably get it. And investing in yourself is anything but frivolous, especially when it’s something as crucial as your smile.
Why Invest in Your Smile
Some people think that cosmetic dentistry is frivolous, but the truth is that the appearance of your teeth is an essential part of their function. Smiles are almost the universal greeting, and they have the power to control the first impression you make. In the short time it takes for someone to make a judgment about you, perhaps 1/100th of a second, a smile gives you an edge because it’s the most easily and fastest recognizable expression.
And your smile controls what that first impression will be like. After an initial meeting, more people will remember your smile than will remember your smell, your clothes, or even what you said. People with straighter, whiter, and more healthy looking smiles are thought of as being more intelligent and more trustworthy, as well as more compassionate. If making a good first impression is important to your personal life or professional livelihood, an attractive smile is a great investment.
The Power of Cosmetic Dentistry
If you have never talked to anyone about improving your smile, or if it’s been a few years, you’ll be amazed at what cosmetic dentistry can accomplish now. With new technology, advanced materials, and inspired techniques, cosmetic dentistry now has the power to correct virtually any complaint you may have about the appearance of your smile, often with several options so you can pick the one that best matches your personal goals.
Cosmetic dentistry can be used to correct all the following, and more:
- Discolored teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
- Small or poorly formed teeth
- Missing teeth
If you are looking for help with a cosmetic dentistry complaint not listed above, please call our office at 585-244-3337. We can either let you know right away if we can help with that or schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.
Correcting Discolored Teeth
The most common approach to improving the color of discolored teeth is teeth whitening. This can remove the stains that commonly build up on teeth with age and with habits like smoking; drinking coffee, tea, dark beer, or red wine, and eating staining food like chocolate.
But if your teeth are discolored because your enamel has eroded, because there are defects in the enamel, or because the tooth was discolored because of trauma, we will need to cover the tooth to whiten it. We will do this with porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
Gaps in Teeth
If you are just looking to eliminate a minor gap between two teeth, dental bonding is a quick, convenient, and effective treatment. For an even more beautiful and long-lasting result, we recommend porcelain veneers or maybe dental crowns.
In some cases, orthodontics, especially Six Month Smiles, is a great approach to eliminating gaps in teeth.
Crooked or Crowded Teeth
If your teeth are crooked or crowded, orthodontics is the best approach for straightening and spacing your teeth. We offer several good options for improving the appearance of your teeth. For rapid results, Six Month Smiles lives up to its name with a treatment time that averages about six months. If you’re looking for discreet treatment, Invisalign is not only subtle, it doesn’t interfere with drinking, eating, or oral hygiene.
Chipped, Cracked, or Worn Teeth
The right treatment for chipped or cracked teeth depends on how severe the damage is. For minor chipped teeth, we might recommend dental bonding. More serious chips can be treated with porcelain veneers. If the tooth is structurally weakened, dental crowns can restore strength, though sometimes a root canal may be necessary.
Dental crowns are recommended for worn teeth. We also want to figure out why your teeth are chipped, cracked, or worn, if it isn’t the result of an obvious trauma. Otherwise, the same thing could happen to your restorations that happened to your natural teeth.
Small or Poorly Formed Teeth
If you have small or poorly formed teeth, you want to figure out some way to harmonize them with the rest of your smile. Retained baby teeth or peg laterals are two common reasons why people have this feeling about their teeth, but other times they might just be unhappy with the size of their natural teeth.
Depending on the position and exact shape change, we might recommend dental bonding, porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
We have many options when it comes to missing teeth. The oldest and least expensive is traditional dentures. A better solution for a single lost tooth is a dental bridge. But the best tooth replacement option is dental implants combined with our Permalock dentures