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The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.


The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

Cosmetic Dentistry Choices To Enhance Your Smile

Sofia Curtis

If your confidence level is lacking as a result of chipped, stained, misshapen, or crooked teeth, then talk to your dentist about cosmetic dentistry options. There are many cosmetic dentistry choices from which to choose to suit your dental needs, long-term goals, and budget. Here are some ways a cosmetic dentist can enhance your smile.

Dental Implants

Dental implants may be the right treatment option for you if your teeth are broken, if you have missing teeth, or if your teeth have been damaged by extensive decay. While the dental implant procedure is a multi-step procedure that can take months, the results are typically very dramatic.

Not only can dental implants improve your smile's appearance, but they can also help you chew better, correct a malocclusion, and relieve jaw pain from temporomandibular joint dysfunction. It is important to note that you will need to have your natural teeth extracted before your dentist can insert your implant rods.

Depending upon your needs, you may only need a few implants; however, your dentist may recommend replacing all of your natural teeth with implants. Dental implants may be the most permanent cosmetic dentistry option; however, you will need to take care of them in the same way you would if they were your natural teeth to help ensure their longevity. 

Dental Veneers

Resin and porcelain veneers are great choices for treating cosmetic problems with your teeth. While veneers do not actually correct cosmetic dental problems, they can conceal them. Veneers are thin "jackets" that are placed over your natural teeth to hide staining and chips in your enamel.

Although veneers are sturdy, your dentist may tell you to avoid eating hard foods and doing other things with your teeth such as opening packages and biting your nails because these activities can loosen the veneers and cause them to fall off.

If a veneer comes off, bring it to your dentist so that he or she can reattach it. While your dental veneers may not last as long as dental implants, they can last for many years with proper oral care such as daily brushing and flossing your teeth and by regularly visiting your dentist for checkups and cleanings. 

To learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options, talk to your dentist. After a comprehensive dental examination, he or she will recommend the best treatment option that best suits your individual needs, financial situation, and future goals. 

To learn more, contact a cosmetic dentist.