Do you ever feel self-conscious about your teeth to the extent you try to hide your smile? If this describes you, we encourage you to talk to our dentist in Plymouth, MI, about.
Schedule an appointment today with our cosmetic dentist at Plymouth Dentistry or continue reading the below blog post which describes some of the most common reasons patients seek out cosmetic dental services.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Ever wonder what it’s like to be the person with the biggest smile in a group photo? The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance and overall health of your smile so that you can feel confident.
Cosmetic dentistry can repair the following:
- Discolored and Stained Teeth
- Chipped Teeth
- Crooked and Gapped Teeth
- Decaying and Missing Teeth
Discolored and Stained Teeth
Tired of looking atin the mirror? Certain foods and beverages can make our smiles less than pearly white, such as coffee or red wine.
While it can be hard to kick the caffeine addiction, you should know that these types of beverages create tooth enamel stains. Other habits, such as smoking, canand damage gums.
If you haven’t achieved theresults you want with over-the-counter toothpaste, gels, and light applicators, you may want to consult with an experienced Plymouth cosmetic dentist.
A professional teeth whitening treatment can help you see an immediate improvement in the whiteness of your teeth. Dentists use thicker peroxide gels, potassium nitrate, and fluoride desensitizers to help control gum and tooth sensitivity.
If your teeth are naturally discolored, you may want to consider bonding resins and porcelain veneers. In addition to correcting a variety of dental conditions, they can also be matched to the color of your surrounding teeth for a whiter smile.
Metal fillings make for an unattractive smile. Fortunately, ceramic and acrylic fillings can mimic the natural color of your teeth so no one has to know you had cavities filled. Many of our patients appreciate having the option of white fillings for permanent adult teeth.
Metal fillings are hardly discrete, especially when you have multiple cavities filled at once. To avoid having a mouth full of metal, you may want to choose. Metal fillings are easy to spot against a backdrop of white tooth enamel; however, they are less expensive.
Chipped, Crooked, or Gapped Teeth
Contrary to popular belief, orthodontics isn’t the only way to achieve a straighter smile. If your teeth are chipped, crooked, or gapped, dental bonding and porcelain veneers can help! Veneers and resin can both be used to cover problem teeth, redefining their shape and filling in slight gaps.
The veneers process involves color matching the porcelain to your teeth. Our dentist will then file down the enamel of your tooth so that the veneers will sit flush against the rest of your teeth. The veneers are then bonded to the fronts of your teeth for an instantly improved smile.
Dental bonding is similar, except that less enamel must be removed before the procedure. Our dentist will rough up the surface of your tooth before painting on a resin that is then cured until it hardens. Dental bonding tends to be less durable than porcelain veneers, but the process is usually a bit more affordable for many patients.
If you are missing teeth, you may benefit from a dental bridge or dental implant procedure. Dental bridges allow you to anchor a false tooth between two healthy strong teeth. A dental implant screws into your jaw and is capped with a dental crown for the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
It’s not uncommon for patients to be missing teeth from playing contact sports or from not being able to pay for dental treatment. If you would like to pursue dental treatment for missing teeth, we recommend you speak with our dentist to go over your options.
Ready to Make an Appointment?
If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, please feel free to call our at (734) 459-7110. Gary Feucht DDS runs a cosmetic dental practice with the goal of helping patients achieve their best smiles.
This blog post has been updated.