Cosmetic Dentistry improves the appearance of your teeth by improving the shape, color, and function. In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is something a patient wants, not necessarily something they need. Sometimes it is a matter of both. We always design our cosmetic restorations to be aesthetically pleasing.
Cosmetic Dentistry is more of a want than a need
Cosmetic dentistry is part of restorative dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is more elective than restorative dentistry. It is something patients want but not necessarily need. Comprehensive cosmetic dentistry can aid in the occlusal function of the teeth and the way they fit together. Poor occlusion can result in breaking teeth, breaking Crowns, TMJ disorders, headaches, dizziness, tiredness. These symptoms may not always be associated with your dental health. But many times it is.
Cosmetic dental procedures are patient-driven in our practice. Our patients let us know because we spend time with them if they are not comfortable with the way their teeth look. It may be affecting their personality, their ability to smile, and be confident. When discussing their options, we advise them about the outcomes of each option, and in the end, let them decide what the best cosmetic choice for them will be.
Cosmetic procedures can include:
- Teeth whitening
- Composite restorations
- Orthodontics (we will refer you to an orthodontist)
There are many times in our St. Joseph office, we will take an impression of your teeth and create a “mock-up” of the cosmetic work that a patient wants to have done. We believe, in some cases, it will benefit you to see what you want before the work is done. This helps ensure you will be happy with the result.
Cosmetic dentistry can help you look and feel better about your appearance. We do everything we can to ensure that the decisions you make are ones that have the least impact on your natural teeth and the most impact on the way you look and feel about the way you look.
Being confident today is important to you personally and professionally. Not being confident about your smile or the way your teeth look can affect your ability to interact with people and be yourself. If you are unhappy and know that your teeth may be affecting your confidence, there are cosmetic options to correct this. Call our office today (816) 233-0142.