Excellent dental health goes far beyond your smile’s appearance, but the pride you take in your smile has a significant impact on your overall self-confidence. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the outward appearance of your teeth and gums, and offers a number of options for improving its appearance in a comfortable, conservative manner. If you have further questions about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you, then mention your concerns to your dentist during your next visit!
How did my teeth stain?
Teeth stains affect nearly everyone at some point. Fortunately, they are often a minor cosmetic issue that can easily be erased with professional teeth whitening. The most common type of teeth stains are extrinsic, meaning they form on the outer layer of your teeth (known as enamel). Such stains can be caused by poor hygiene and habits like tobacco use, or they can form over time from exposure to foods and beverages.
Is my chipped tooth cosmetic?
A chip in your tooth won’t heal and your tooth won’t grow scar tissue over it to protect it. In minor cases, however, a chip or slight crack in your tooth can be corrected with a cosmetic procedure, such as dental bonding or a porcelain veneer, rather than a restorative dental crown. Your dentist will carefully examine your tooth to determine the extent and severity of its damage, then recommend the most conservative and effective cosmetic or restorative option.
What if I have more than one cosmetic dentistry issue?
With today’s advancements in dental technology and materials, even complex smile improvements can be completed with one or a few minimally invasive treatments. For instance, porcelain veneers, which are wafer-thin, custom-designed shells of lifelike dental porcelain, can correct several different cosmetic issues at once. One or more veneers can be placed onto the front surfaces of your teeth to correct severe teeth stains, chipped or cracked teeth, excessive spaces between teeth, and more.
If you want to enjoy a brighter, more attractive smile, then find out more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you! Schedule an appointment by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, today at (724) 285-4153.