Cosmetic Dentistry improves the appearance of your teeth by improving shape, color, and function. In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is something patients want, not necessarily something they need. Sometimes it is a matter of both. Cosmetic restorations are 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 generally a procedure patients want but do not necessarily need. Comprehensive cosmetic dentistry can aid in the occlusal function of the teeth and the way they fit together. Poor occlusion can break teeth, break Crowns, and result in TMJ disorders, headaches, dizziness, and tiredness. These symptoms may not always be associated with your dental health. But many times, they are.
Cosmetic dental procedures are patient-driven choices in our practice. Our patients let us know if they are uncomfortable with the look of their teeth. It may be affecting their personality or their ability to smile and be confident. When discussing options, we advise our patients about the outcomes of each option, and in the end, the patient decides what the best cosmetic choice will be.
Cosmetic procedures can include:
- Teeth whitening
- Composite restorations
- Orthodontics (we will refer you to an orthodontist)
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. An impression 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 have the most negligible impact on your natural teeth and the most impact on how you look and feel about your appearance.
Being confident today is crucial to you personally and professionally. Not being sure 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.