November 3, 2021
You’re getting ready for a first date and look at yourself in the mirror. Overall, you look nice, but when you smile, you notice flaws. You suddenly become more nervous about your date. Does this sound familiar? Are you self-conscious about how your teeth look? Cosmetic dentistry could the right solution.
Cosmetic procedures can only be performed on patients who have healthy smiles. If you have a cavity, gum disease, or another issue, it will need to be resolved before you can consider any cosmetic work. Once your teeth and gums are free from infection, you can then focus on how your smile looks. Here are the ways that cosmetic dentistry procedures can change your appearance and your confidence.
Whiten Your Teeth
When you drink or eat darkly pigmented foods or beverages, traces can be left behind on your teeth. Over time, these surface stains can make your teeth appear dull or yellow. If you want to whiten your smile by a few shades, store-bought whitening can get the job done. However, if you would like to remove significant stains, you need to work with a dentist. Their professional-grade solutions can brighten your teeth by up to 10 shades.
Sometimes teeth can appear discolored because of medications, genetic, or other causes not related to surface stains. This kind of discoloration can be particularly stubborn and may not respond to professional whitening, but other cosmetic treatments like veneers or direct bonding can brighten up these teeth.
Fill in Chips or Small Gaps
If you have chipped or gapped teeth, you may not have to undergo complex treatment to correct it. For more severe cases, orthodontic care, veneers, or metal-free dental crowns may be necessary. In mild cases, however, composite resin can be used to fill what’s missing. This tooth-colored substance looks realistic and can be placed in just one appointment. Plus, this treatment is reversible, and no enamel needs to be removed in order to perform it. So if you change your mind, you can go back to how your smile was before.
There are many other types of flaws that cosmetic dentistry can address, including minor cracks, slight tooth misalignment, or oddly shaped teeth. Regardless of why you want to cover up your teeth, veneers or metal-free crowns can alter the way your teeth look. They are durable and reflect light just like natural enamel for decades with the proper care.
The next time you get ready for a date, don’t you want to love what you see in the mirror? Don’t you want to feel confident about showing your smile to a potential partner? Cosmetic dentistry is worth looking into so that you can put your best self out there!
About the Author
Over his almost 40-year career, Dr. C.J. Landry has completed thousands of hours of advanced training. He is an expert in complex areas of dentistry including dental implants, prosthodontics (dental crowns and dentures), as well as endodontics (root canal therapy). He also offers cosmetic dentistry services, specifically porcelain veneers, direct bonding, teeth whitening, and metal-free restorations. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Landry, you can contact Lapalco Family Dental online or by calling 504-348-0080.
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