If you regularly head to your dentist for checkups — you do come in for checkups once a year, right? — you’re already well aware that your dentists and dental hygienists wear many hats. But both can do much more than simply keeping your teeth in working order, whether that means cleaning them, filling cavities or doing major surgery. In fact, the dentists at DHG are seasoned experts when it comes to giving you a smile you won’t be able to stop flashing around to everyone you see. It’s called cosmetic dentistry, and it can truly make a big difference in your life. Let’s take a look at just what cosmetic dentistry is, who it’s for, and why you might want to ask your dentist to put together a plan for you.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
At its core, the purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your teeth, gums and bite so you won’t feel self-conscious about your smile. While cosmetic dentistry is often about how you feel about your smile, it also can have a big impact on the functionality of your mouth, strengthening structure, reducing pain while chewing and helping you to speak.
Who is Cosmetic Dentistry For?
If you’ve ever had to strongarm yourself through family photo sessions, keep your lips closed over your teeth so no one could see how yellow they are, or found yourself too embarrassed to approach a new business contact because of your smile, then cosmetic dentistry is for you. For so many of us, our smiles and our confidence are directly connected, and improving one can drastically improve the other. Once they are the right age, cosmetic dentistry can be even more important for kids, who often worry about any aspect of their appearance that differs from the norm. In this way, cosmetic dentistry provides solutions for a wide range of populations.
What Kinds of Cosmetic Dentistry Services Are Available?
At Dental Health Group, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services to address a number of issues.
Issue #1: Chipped and Cracked Teeth
1) Porcelain Veneers: When you’ve got teeth that are chipped, cracked, misaligned or discolored, porcelain veneers can provide an excellent solution. Veneers are strips of porcelain matched to the color of your teeth. Not only will they even out your smile, but they can also strengthen your teeth, helping to prevent further cracking, chipping and decay in the future.
2) Dental Bonding: One of the quickest and most cost effective solutions out there, bonding is simply the process of grinding down your tooth and filling it in with tooth-coloured plastic or resins. When hardened, your bonded teeth will have a much more even texture, with no more cracks and chips to speak of.
3) Dental Crowns: Also known as caps, crowns fit over your teeth to fill in any cracks or chips. This added layer not only looks good, but it will also help to strengthen your teeth, preventing further damage in the future.
Issue #2: Misaligned and Discolored Teeth
1) Invisalign Braces: Why use bulky braces for years on end when you could use a teeth straightening technology that’s mostly invisible? Invisalign is a series of individually crafted, plastic trays your dentist will design for your mouth to gently straighten your teeth over a series of months or years. It’s discreet, effective, and best of all, no one has to know.
2) At Home Teeth Whitening: No matter how good of a job you do at taking care of your teeth, they are bound to discolor with age — all the more so if you’re a frequent coffee or tea drinker. Zoom Teeth Whitening can fix that easily with powerful laser technology. Home whitening kits are available too, so that you can give yourself the gift of a whiter smile on your own schedule.
Issue #3: Missing Teeth
1) Dental Implant: Missing teeth can be a big embarrassment when you smile. Gaps can also attract food, making for awkward times at the dinner table. Dental implants and dentures eliminate this problem. Implants are a permanent addition to your smile, implanted directly in the gumline. They are utterly indistinguishable in form and function from a real tooth.
2) Full and Partial Dentures: Dentures, on the other hand, are removable, and are specially designed to fill in the gaps in your unique mouth. Dentures are a particularly good solution if you’ve lost all or many of your teeth.
3) Dental Bridges: Fixed bridges look much like dentures, but they are kept permanently in your mouth. However, unlike implants they are attached to your natural teeth rather than to your gums. All of these solutions for missing teeth will improve not just the way you look but the way you, talk and generally enjoy your life as well.
We use our teeth for just about everything, so it’s no wonder they suffer a little wear and tear over the years. But it’s the rare person who’s born with “perfect” teeth anyway. Do yourself a favor and invest in cosmetic dentistry for a smile that truly makes you happy.