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Cosmetic Dentists Help Give You A More Beautiful Smile

December 22, 2011 | News | The Office of The Palisades Dentists

Many people visit a cosmetic dentist to handle unsightly tooth problems. Proper care of teeth is the best way to keep them looking beautiful, however sometimes there are issues that appear over time even when teeth are well cared for. In other cases, some individuals are born with visual defects in their teeth. Each situation is different, and each requires the careful eye of someone who can make teeth look natural. That’s where the cosmetic dentist comes in.

Lots of people have tooth problems that do not cause discomfort or problems with daily tasks like eating or speaking, however they still may wish to have tooth irregularities corrected. A person’s smile can have a strong impact on how they view themselves and how others view them. Crooked teeth can look unsightly, depending on the severity of the problem. A cosmetic dentist can help correct these issues so the patient can feel more confident about themselves. A bright, shining smile can make a huge difference in a person’s demeanor and how often they smile each day.

There are a number of common procedures that a cosmetic dentist offers patients. Tooth whitening, or bleaching, has become a hugely popular option. This procedure has been made available in stores as do-it-yourself kits. While these can be less expensive than a visit to a dental professional, they also come with more risks. A professional knows how to complete the process and can take care of any issues that may arise. They can also talk to patients about what to expect during and after the procedure while supplying tips and recommendations to take care of teeth long after whitening.

A cosmetic dentist can also reshape chipped, broken or uneven teeth. Although some patients do not realize it, cosmetic dentistry takes some artistic talent. Your dental professional needs to be able to create a tooth that looks natural and blends with the shape and color of your teeth. Along with reshaping, many also handle bonding which describes the process of applying an enamel composite to the surface of the tooth to help sculpt it.

Patients with unsightly tooth gaps may talk to a cosmetic dentist about veneers, which are bonded to teeth to help close gaps.  When successfully applied, veneers will make your smile look fuller and more even. A veneer will also help conceal significant discoloration which can come from age, smoking and eating habits. Patients who have not had success with teeth whitening often decide to try veneers instead.

A cosmetic dentist can provide you with a number of services to help improve your smile. Even though many of these procedures are aesthetic in nature, they can make you feel far more confident each time you smile. Reshaping and other procedures offered by cosmetic dentists can also help make common habits, such as speaking and eating food more comfortable.