Everyone wants to feel confident about their smile, but unfortunately, many of us have common cosmetic dental flaws that get in the way of that. The good news is that there are all sorts of different ways to have aesthetic issues fixed by your dentist. Continue reading to learn about some of the most frequently seen aesthetic dental flaws, and the things that your cosmetic dentist can do to correct them.
This is probably the most common cosmetic issue that people have. Discoloration occurs naturally over time. Whether your teeth are becoming stained due to smoking, dark pigmented foods, medication, or aging, there are a few ways that your dentist can help with this. The most common solution is teeth-whitening. In just an hour, you can walk out of the dental office with noticeable results. You could also choose to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home with a take-home whitening kit from your dentist.
There are very few people out there who are born with a perfectly aligned smile. If you aren’t one of these lucky individuals, that you may be dealing with crooked teeth. While you may only see this as a cosmetic issue, it can make it more challenging for you to clean your teeth properly, increasing your probability of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
Braces are a great option to correct misalignment and bite issues, but most adults would prefer to not have a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is another option that allows you to straighten your smile without taking away from your appearance. Its unlikely others will even notice that you are going through the treatment.
If you have a tooth that has been damaged in one way or another, your dentist has a solution. If you have a small crack or breath, they may use cosmetic bonding with a composite resin material. This is molded and bonded with your tooth, leaving you with a natural finish. If this isn’t an option because your tooth has endured more damage, your dentist may be able to preserve your tooth with a root canal and crown. If your tooth is beyond repair, it can be extracted and replaced with a few different options, including a dental implant.
Irregularly Shaped or Uneven Teeth
A few different things can make this happen. Sometimes it occurs due to bruxism (teeth grinding) and other times, it is completely genetic. There are a few different treatments available to fix this. If this is a very small issue, your dentist may be able to fix this by recontouring. This is when they shave away a small amount of the tooth’s protective enamel. Another option is cosmetic bonding, which uses a tooth-colored resin to alter the shape, length, and width of the tooth. If you want a more dramatic fix, porcelain veneers are a better option. This involves your dentist placing wafer-thin shells of porcelain over the front surface of your teeth to change their appearance entirely.
No matter which of these cosmetic dental issues is bothering you, there is a solution. You will be showing off a smile that makes you feel confident in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Megan A. Shelton earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and is committed to completing hours of continuing education each year. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and she is certified in Invisalign Orthodontics. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her office in Carlsbad, visit her website or call (760) 388-6773.