If you are unhappy with the look of your smile there are a number of dental procedures that can make a big difference. Any type of dental procedure that impacts the way that your smile looks can be put under the broad category of ‘cosmetic dentistry.’ If cosmetic dentistry makes you think of teeth whitening then you are on the right track but it also includes a number of other procedures that can be much more transformative.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
As mentioned above, cosmetic dentistry has to do with the way your teeth look. If you have surface-level concerns about the way your teeth look you will find that cosmetic dentistry offers a number of options. Cosmetic dentistry can also provide you with solutions for more serious dental issues that impact the look of your smile. For example, dental implants can be considered cosmetic because they have a dramatic impact on how your teeth look. All dentists have experience with some types of cosmetic dentistry as a part of their general dental training. And, there are some dentists that choose to continue their education and specialize in certain aspects of dentistry that include specific types of cosmetic procedures.
Is cosmetic dentistry right for you?
Most people can benefit from some type of cosmetic dental procedure. If you have surface level stains on your teeth then professional teeth whitening can help brighten your smile. For stains that are below the surface and cannot be whitened, porcelain veneers have the ability to cover up those stains. Veneers can also help hide damage to your teeth including some types of cracks and chips. If you have more serious damage to your teeth another potential option is porcelain crowns. Getting crowns is a much more involved process than getting veneers but there are many situations where crowns are the best option. If you have teeth that are missing you can look into cosmetic options such as dental implants, dentures, and permanent bridges. If you think that one of the cosmetic dental procedures mentioned above could be right for you, get the process started by scheduling an appointment with your dentist. Ultimately, you will work closely with your dentist to determine which cosmetic dental procedures will make the biggest impact in your situation.
The dentists at Samuels Dental Arts offer various cosmetic dental procedures designed to help you get a confident smile once again. Examples of the cosmetic procedures you can choose from include porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, porcelain onlays, dental implants, permanent bridges, dentures, and Invisalign. These options vary significantly in the time they take to complete and the impact they have on your smile. If you think one or more of these cosmetic dental procedures are right for you, schedule a consultation at Samuels Dental Arts to get started transforming your smile.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.