One of the main issues that prevent people from seeing the dentist is that they need too much dental work. Avoiding the dentist because you are ashamed of your teeth can lead to more damage and bigger problems. This is a vicious cycle that can leave you in pain and make you self-conscious about your smile. If you are in a place where you need extensive dental work then now is the time to find a dentist who can help. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while then you may not know where to start. What type of dentist is right for your needs? If your goal is to get a smile that looks great then a dentist who is experienced in cosmetic dentistry procedures may be the best choice. Dentists with this type of experience can offer treatment for a wide range of issues and offer a variety of restorative and cosmetic procedures.
Trained to treat a wide range of issues
Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry that is concerned with the way teeth look. The way your smile looks is impacted by a number of factors including their color, health, spacing, shape and placement in your mouth. This means that a dentist who performs cosmetic procedures may offer everything from teeth whitening to dental implants in order to give you the smile you desire. Dentists who offer these types of procedures get the majority of the training they need for these services in dental school. Some dentists choose to continue their education with additional training in complex procedures to better serve patients. If you have complex dental problems that need to be addressed then it is worth the effort to search for a dentist who has additional training in your area of concern. For example, if you have teeth that are missing a prosthodontist is a type of dentist that received additional training in performing dental implants and creating removable dentures. Working with a prosthodontist will provide you with the best possible results for fixing your missing teeth and improving your overall smile. This is just one example of the range of training that a dentist can receive.
Offer a variety of procedures
Dentists who are experienced in cosmetic dentistry generally offer a variety of procedures to patients. The exact list of procedures will vary depending on the provider. Examples include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, porcelain crowns, and dentures. Many of these cosmetic procedures are transformative. For example, porcelain veneers can be applied quickly and non-invasively but provide dramatic results because they can change the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. Advances in technology have made the process of restoring your smile much quicker than in the past.
Cosmetic dentistry is a great option for you if your smile needs a lot of work. If you are still concerned about the level of work your smile needs then start with a consultation. Your dentist will let you know if you require the help of a specialist. The most important factor to remember here is that your dental problems will continue to get worse without professional intervention. The type of dentist you choose doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you are taking steps toward getting proper oral care.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.