When your teeth are strong and healthy it is easy to take your smile for granted. You can talk to others, eat, and smile without giving it a second thought. But, if you are experiencing dental problems your teeth are suddenly on your mind all of the time. Discolored teeth, missing teeth, and damaged teeth can all make you feel self-conscious about smiling or talking to others. Missing teeth can also make eating and talking difficult. Decaying or damaged teeth can lead to discomfort and pain. If you are dealing with one or a combination of these issues it can be very discouraging. Is it possible to get a smile you are proud of once again? When you are dealing with dental issues every single day meaningful change can seem hopeless. The good news is that there is hope for your smile-even if it needs a lot of work. There are cosmetic procedures that can improve surface level imperfections, replace missing teeth, eliminate discomfort, and repair damage.
Improve surface level imperfections
When cosmetic dentistry is mentioned the first thing most people think of is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a relatively simple and non-invasive procedure but it can have a big impact on how you look. Teeth can become discolored for a number of reasons. The beverages you drink, medications you take, your dental hygiene habits, and genetics can all impact how white your teeth look. If you want your teeth to look whiter then professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure you should consider. Working with a dentist to improve the surface level imperfections of your teeth will provide you with the quickest and most dramatic results.
Replace missing teeth
A missing tooth can impact both how you look and how you function. It can cause you to feel self-conscious when you smile or interact with others. In addition, a missing tooth can make eating difficult and lead to more serious issues down the line. You can remedy all of the issues that come with missing a tooth with cosmetic procedures such as dental implants, permanent bridges, or dentures. The right cosmetic procedure for your situation will depend on the level of tooth loss you have experienced and the condition of your remaining teeth. There is no reason to continue suffering from the issues that occur when you have missing teeth. There are cosmetic dental procedures available to replace the look and function of the teeth you lost.
Repair damage and eliminate discomfort
Damaged teeth can look bad and make you uncomfortable in your interactions with others. Serious damage can also lead to physical discomfort and pain. If you have damaged teeth that are causing you problems then cosmetic dentistry may be the answer. You can have chipped or cracked teeth repaired with cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers, crowns, or onlays. If you have an injured tooth that cannot be saved then getting a dental implant may be the best option. Cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a number of options for alleviating pain and repairing physical damage to your teeth.
If you are looking for ways to transform your smile from something you feel bad about to one you are proud of you can find the answer in cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry can address surface level issues as well as those that go below the surface of your teeth. The first step in getting a smile you are proud of once again is to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.