If you polled 100 people you know and asked them what they thought about their smile, they may tell you the things they want to fix about their smile's appearance. Next, ask them what they think about cosmetic dentistry and see what they have to say.

The words cosmetic dentistry probably conjure up the image of bright, white smiles and porcelain veneers. While teeth whitening and dental veneers are indeed cosmetic dental services, they're just a few ways that we can improve your smile.

We're proud to offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to improve the smile's appearance, improve your dental health, and boost your self-esteem.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

The term 'cosmetic' can be a little misleading. It may make people think about cosmetic dentistry as superficial treatments done solely to make you 'look better.'

And while it is true that having whiter and brighter teeth won't necessarily impact your ability to chew, cosmetic dentistry is not just about how your smile looks; it's about improving your quality of life, too.

Cosmetic dentistry includes everything from teeth whitening to dental bonding to fixing chipped teeth to putting in dental veneers and even dental implants.

We may only think of cosmetics in terms of appearance, but cosmetic dentistry has many incredible benefits. Here are some of the immediate benefits of cosmetic dental treatments:

Improved appearance. Yes, cosmetic dentistry does improve how your smile looks, but it's not the only benefit. Looking better often makes us feel better about ourselves and improves our confidence when we interact with others. Think about this: Do you hide your teeth when you smile and talk or avoid taking pictures because you don't like your stained and discolored teeth? If so, you may want to consider cosmetic dental treatments such as porcelain veneers or teeth whitening to improve your confidence and the appearance of your smile.

Improved self-confidence. As we mentioned, improving the appearance of your smile can significantly improve your self-confidence. For example, suppose you're struggling with your smile because of chipped or cracked teeth. In that case, you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry treatments such a dental bonding or dental restorations such as inlays or onlays to improve the appearance of chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged teeth. Taking these steps can improve your smile's quality, which should give you something to smile about!

Improved diet. Are you missing a tooth or several teeth? If so, you know that missing teeth can make it difficult to chew some kinds of food. Individuals who are missing several teeth or all of their teeth often experience severe impacts on what they eat and how they digest food (missing a tooth or teeth has also been linked to a greater chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease) and can impact your overall health. Cosmetic dentistry treatments, like inlay, onlays and dental implants, can help to strengthen bites and improve your ability to chew food.

Improved dental health. So we've talked about how cosmetic dentistry treatments can enhance your appearance. Still, we haven't mentioned how cosmetic dentistry can also help improve your oral health by protecting against future dental problems. For example, dental crowns can save damaged teeth from further decay or damage. Dental implants can also help prevent your teeth from shifting around in your mouth (due to the gap left by the missing tooth), which can impact your bite and develop into temporomandibular joint disorder.

Improved quality of life. Not only do cosmetic dental treatments help by improving your appearance, self-confidence and overall oral health, but cosmetic dental treatments can also improve your quality of life by helping to reduce dental complications, which allows you to avoid future treatment.

These five benefits are just some of the benefits of cosmetic dental treatments! Do you want to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and our cosmetic services? Call us now to learn more and schedule a treatment.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Ask yourself these questions:

Do you ever hide your smile with your hand or look down when you laugh to prevent others from seeing your smile?

Are you embarrassed when others see your smile?

Do you avoid the dentist because of the state of your smile?

Are you experiencing any of these smile issues?

  • Stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Old metal fillings
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Unevenly sized teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Teeth that are turned slightly
  • Teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay

If you're experiencing any of these or any combination of these issues, you are a good candidate for cosmetic dental treatment. We'd love to talk to you about the options available to you and how we can help. So give us a call today to schedule your appointment!