A bright, healthy smile can do wonders for a person’s self-confidence. Your smile is also one of the first things people notice about you, and can serve as your introduction. People who are self-conscious or unsatisfied with their smile can develop low self-esteem, which can lead to anxiety or even depression. Fortunately, cosmetic dental treatments are available to help patients achieve a smile they can proudly and confidently show off. In this blog post, Ramona dentist Dr. Sean Feely discusses what makes a person a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Popular Reasons for Cosmetic Dentistry
From discoloration to damage, there are numerous reasons people seek out cosmetic dentistry. In many cases, issues patients want to improve aesthetically are also problems that could cause health complications in years to come. Below are some of the most common reasons for cosmetic dentistry:
- Yellowed, stained or discolored teeth – one of the most common dental concerns, dull and yellow teeth can detract from a person’s smile and even make them appear older and unhealthy.
- Replace a missing tooth – missing teeth can be an eyesore and give you an uneven smile. They can also ultimately lead to loss of bone density.
- Cracked or chipped tooth – damaged teeth need to be repaired immediately, to prevent bacteria and infection.
- Gaps between teeth – like a missing tooth, a large gap between your teeth can lead to loss of bone density and a change in the shape of your jawbone.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Many procedures fall under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella. Porcelain crowns and veneers cover up minor flaws, such as cracks or chips, and protect the tooth from further damage. White resin fillings are used to support and strengthen teeth while maintaining a natural look. Several types of ceramic dental bridges exist to close up the gaps left by missing teeth. You and your dentist may even decide that you are a good candidate for a smile makeover. This is a combination of two or more procedures to help you achieve your best smile.
As for lightening your smile, there is no better option than a professional in-office teeth whitening treatment. There are dozens of products on the market that claim to give you a bright smile. While it is possible for over-the-counter toothpastes and whitening strips to lighten your smile by a shade or two, only your dentist can help you get rid of deep, multi-layered stains. New technologies in teeth whitening, such as the Zoom! whitening treatment, can lighten your smile by up to eight shades and only takes up an hour of your time. This quick, painless procedure can be much more efficient and effective than spending money on products that produce only temporary results.
Call (480) 634-6014 to schedule a consultation with Ramona dentist Dr. Sean Feely. A bright, healthy smile can boost your confidence and help you look and feel your best.