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How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve Your Smile?

Several factors can affect the appearance of a person’s smile such as diet, disease, injury, age, and genetics. Whether you have major concerns or minor imperfections that you would like to correct in order to revitalize the look of your smile, cosmetic dentistry treatments can help you create a smile that will boost your confidence and make you feel happy and proud when you show it off.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a branch of dentistry that focuses on the aesthetic appearance of a smile in addition to the correction of both major and minor imperfections with the goal of improving the look of a patient’s smile. While some cosmetic dentistry treatments also have some health-related benefits, the maintenance of oral health is not necessarily the primary goal of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

9 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

1. Improve the Symmetry of Your Smile

Facial symmetry is strongly associated with our perception of beauty. The more symmetrical a face is, the more attractive it is perceived to be. A variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments can help correct asymmetrical imperfections to create an overall more balanced, symmetrical look.

2. Hiding Cracks, Chips, or Broken Teeth

If you have cracked, chipped, or broken teeth due to weakened enamel or an injury, cosmetic dentistry treatments like veneers or dental bonding can help to mask minor damage while a dental crown might be needed to cover and correct more severe damage.

3. Filling in Tooth Gaps

Some patients love the unique look that a tooth gap can bring to a smile, but not everyone loves their own. Whether you get orthodontic care, dental veneers, or dental bonding, cosmetic dentistry can help you fill in a tooth gap with which you simply are not in love.

4. Correct the Shape or Size of Teeth

Sometimes, teeth can be much larger, significantly smaller, or misshapen – especially when compared to their neighboring teeth or the corresponding tooth on the other side of the arch. This can significantly impact the symmetry, fullness, and overall look of a person’s smile. Treatments like bonding, veneers, and dental crowns can help correct the size and/or shape of a tooth.

5. Improve Your Smile’s Color

It is common for teeth to become stained or discolored as a result of tobacco use, consuming highly pigmented foods and drinks, age, as a side effect of certain medications, and even as a result of certain oral health issues. Cosmetic dentistry can help address stains and discoloration for a brighter, whiter, and more uniform smile appearance with several different treatment strategies.

Most stains and discoloration can be removed with professional teeth whitening treatments. More stubborn stains or discoloration can be covered up using dental veneers, dental bonding, or dental crowns.

6. Replace Missing Teeth

Having a tooth that is missing, especially one that is visible in the front of your mouth, can significantly alter a person’s appearance. Additionally, there are other consequences that can arise as a result of missing teeth. Over time, the neighboring teeth can shift and move into the gap left behind, resulting in bite problems (malocclusion). Over time, a person’s jawbone will also start to deteriorate in the spot where the missing tooth was once located.

The best treatment option for replacing one or more missing teeth is dental implants which anchor directly in a patient’s jawbone and closely mimic a natural tooth. Dental implants, implant-supported dentures, implant-supported bridges, and all-on-4 treatment are all great tooth-replacement options that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.

7. Straighten Crooked Teeth

Orthodontics can actually straighten crooked teeth with braces and clear aligners. However, cosmetic dentistry treatments can give a patient’s teeth the appearance of being straight with dental veneers. This is often a good option when a patient’s teeth are not so severely crooked that the misalignment causes discomfort, TMJ disorder, or difficulty with oral hygiene.

8. Healthier Teeth

While dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and bonding can be considered cosmetic dentistry treatments, they can also offer some improvement to the health of a patient’s teeth when they are in need of restoration. For example, dental crowns, inlays, and onlays can all be used to address severe tooth decay.

9. Address Tooth Sensitivity

In addition to covering up stains and correcting minor chips in teeth, dental bonding can also help patients who suffer from sensitive teeth by sealing areas where the tooth enamel is thin or where the dentin has been exposed as a result of receding gums.

Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Services With Our Loveland, CO Prosthodontist

While cosmetic dentistry treatments are designed to improve the look of a patient’s smile, several restorative dentistry treatments can do the same while also addressing oral health concerns. Although every patient is different, many patients benefit from receiving a combination of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments during their oral health journey.

At Northern Colorado Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry, we offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments and services that, together, can restore the function of your smile and completely revitalize your look. Treatments available with our experienced prosthodontist include:

  • Dental Bonding
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Veneers
  • Porcelain Restorations
  • Inlays and Onlays
  • Dental Implants
  • Bridges
  • Full and Partial Dentures
  • Implant-Supported Dentures
  • All-on-4

After a consultation and examination, Dr. Andrew Bock can recommend a personalized treatment plan that is based on your treatment preferences and designed to help you achieve a smile that looks and feels amazing.

To learn more about how cosmetic and restorative dentistry can improve the look of your smile or schedule a consultation with Dr. Bock, we welcome you to contact our office or schedule an appointment online today.

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