Cosmetic Dentistry is a popular way of improving one’s smile through correcting damage, treating discoloration of the teeth, or fixing misalignment. There are dozens of different procedures that are available for treatment of these conditions, with more techniques and options coming out of dental medicine every day. We’re going to cover some of the most popular treatments that are offered and how they can help restore your smile and your confidence.
Coffee, Tea, and Soda consumption are at all-time highs in the United States, and with them a rise in tooth discoloration caused by the food we eat. As a result, there has been an expanding suite of teeth whitening treatments that have become available both in office and over-the-counter. Before starting any teeth whitening routine, we strongly suggest that you make an appointment with your dentist to verify the health of your teeth. Even OTC agents tend to be harsh and can be painful or even damaging to your teeth if not appropriately used, and compromised teeth are particularly at risk.
Porcelain Veneers are a next-level form of teeth whitening for those who have stains that just won’t come out, and are also helpful for treating minor misalignments and other cosmetic issues like cracks and chips. Porcelain veneers require the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your teeth, meaning that this option is only appropriate for those who have already healthy teeth with a reasonable amount of enamel on them. Veneers, like whitening, aren’t a permanent fix and will only last between 10-15 years.
If you’re one of those who feels that you have a horsey grin, where too much gum is exposed when you smile, then gingival contouring may be an option that interests you. This doesn’t describe one procedure so much as a suite of options depending on your specific case and includes everything from surgical lip repositioning to gingival sculpting and maxillofacial surgery.
If you’re considering getting cosmetic dentistry performed then it may be time to pick up your phone and give Dr. John Batlle at Southwest Family Dentistry a call. Located in Lake City, Florida Dr. Batlle has been proud to be serving patients general dentistry needs in the area and is ready to address your cosmetic dentistry needs. Don’t spend another day with a smile that embarrasses you or that’s less than perfect, cosmetic dentistry can restore your confidence and get you back to enjoying life today!