You’ve never gotten accustomed to looking at your smile imperfections in the mirror, and you often wonder whether people notice them. A recent study found that one-third of the population will look at the condition of your teeth before anything else. So your cautiousness is probably warranted, but that doesn’t mean that you’re forced to live like this forever. Your cosmetic dentist in North Dallas has a host of cosmetic methods available to fix any flaw in your smile – all within a relatively short period of time. You’ll learn about some of them as you read on!
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the form of care that focuses mostly on the aesthetic qualities of your teeth. In making noticeable improvements to your appearance, it also serves as a form of preventive health. That’s because when you feel better about how you look, you emit more dopamine, endorphins and other hormones that contribute to the well-being of your entire body.
Studies have found that added stressors can contribute to oral problems, as the corresponding hormones emitted can cause a more acidic environment in your mouth. Therefore, improving any dental flaws you may have could be well worth the effort.
Different Types of Cosmetic Options Available
Everybody’s needs are different, so your local dentist offers various services to accommodate:
- Porcelain Veneers – Custom-made from ceramic, porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit over the teeth in the smile zone to mask problems like gaps, misalignments, crookedness or stains. The process usually takes two – three visits to complete, leaving you with a brand-new smile.
- Teeth Whitening – If you have stained teeth, the professional whitening treatment that you’ll receive from your dentist will deliver the fastest and most effective results. In addition, you’ll have the peace-of-mind of knowing that your soft tissues won’t be susceptible to irritation, as is often the case with over-the-counter whiteners.
- Bonding – One of the more cost-effective ways to improve your smile is with cosmetic bonding. The process involves your dentist applying a composite resin compound to your tooth and shaping it to fit the look of the others. After curing under a special light, you’ll have a completely rejuvenated smile!
- Porcelain Crowns – If you have severe damage to the crown or you have a missing tooth, you’ll need a crown restoration. This is the perfect example of the versatility of cosmetic dentistry, because just as the replacement will restore the tooth’s function, it will also leave it with an aesthetically pleasing look.
- Inlays and Onlays – This group of restorations are used in situations that don’t warrant a crown replacement but require more repair than just a filling. The inlay addresses the internal part of your tooth while the onlay covers the cusps (the rough chewing surface).
Now that you have a greater understanding of the avenues available to improve your smile, the only thing left to do is reach out to your local dentist to schedule your initial consultation. Soon, you’ll be running to the mirror to see your beautiful smile!
About the Author
Dr. John Grinaldi earned his dental degree from Ohio State University and has since gone on to provide expert and compassionate care for the past 20 years. Still, he has remained eager to learn, evidenced by his completion of 500 hours of advanced training to earn him Fellow status with the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Grinaldi can be reached for more information through his website.