Cosmetic dentistry can help you get a smile that looks great. But the term ‘cosmetic’ can give the impression that all the options are surface-level. What about serious dental problems? Can cosmetic dentistry be used to deal with issues that go beyond surface-level issues? The short answer is yes, cosmetic dentistry can fix serious problems with your teeth. Keep reading to learn about the ways cosmetic dentistry procedures can be used to deal with serious issues with your teeth.
Whiten your smile
Whitening your smile is sometimes a surface-level issue. Surface stains can easily build up on your teeth from the things you eat and drink. Removing surface stains is something you can do with the help of in-office teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry can also help if you have discoloration that goes below the surface. Deep discoloration is a serious problem that cannot be fixed with surface-level whitening. Fortunately, there are options in cosmetic dentistry that can fix deep discoloration. Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns can cover up deep discoloration and give you a whiter and brighter smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can be used to fix damage to your teeth. If you have a tooth that is chipped, porcelain veneers, crowns, onlays, and composite fillings are all potential options for repairing the damage. These procedures are also options for fixing a tooth that is cracked. Damage that has occurred because of decay can often be treated with composite fillings or, in the case of deep decay, the use of a crown. Cosmetic dentistry procedures do help your teeth look better but they can also repair damage and help restore function.
Replace missing teeth
Missing one or more teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. Missing teeth can also make everyday tasks like eating more difficult. Cosmetic dentistry can help restore the look and function of your teeth with tooth replacement options like dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. Dental implants are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. Once the implants are placed, you can treat them just like you treat all of your other teeth. Having a missing tooth is one of the most serious dental issues you can experience and cosmetic dentistry has a solution.
Issues like deep discoloration, damage, and missing teeth can happen for a variety of reasons. Most adults experience the need for some type of cosmetic dentistry at some point in their lives. If you are living with one or more serious dental issues, cosmetic dentistry likely has some options that can help. You do not have to continue living with teeth that do not look or function the way you want. Schedule a time to see your dentist and talk about which cosmetic dentistry procedures will help you get the smile you want.