Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry designed to improve the appearance of your smile as well as maintain its health. In a narrow sense, people may request certain procedures to address specific complaints about the appearance of their smile. More broadly, here at StarImage Dentistry, we can consider an attractive appearance to be one of the vital functions of your teeth, and every procedure we perform is designed to maximize both the beauty and the function of your teeth.
The Appearance of Your Smile Matters
When it comes to your smile, appearance shouldn’t just be an afterthought. Smiling is one of the most basic human expressions, and it’s vital for virtually every human interaction. When you first meet a person, they are more likely to remember your smile than your words. An attractive smile is the most desired feature in a potential date, and studies of online dating apps shows that smiling profile pictures get the most likes.
In a professional context, people with straight, white teeth are more likely to be offered a job over someone with similar qualifications but crooked, discolored teeth. And they’re more likely to be offered a higher salary. An attractive smile makes people think you are healthy, compassionate, and smart.
When we think of all the functions of your teeth, it’s clear that making an attractive smile is as vital as the others. That’s why we consider all dentistry we perform cosmetic dentistry–if it doesn’t help your smile look more attractive, it’s not a success.
How Would You Like to Improve Your Smile?
There are many common complaints people have about the appearance of their smiles. These include:
- Discolored teeth
- Small or poorly shaped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Missing teeth
Cosmetic dentistry can fix all these complaints and more. If you think your smile is beyond help, think again: virtually any smile can be beautiful again with cosmetic dentistry.
For discolored teeth, teeth whitening is the first choice. This removes the stains that can build up on teeth from food, drink, and other exposures. If teeth whitening doesn’t work for your teeth, we can use porcelain veneers to give your teeth the brightness you desire.
Small or Poorly Shaped Teeth
Some people have what we might describe as a gummy smile, which can be corrected with several cosmetic dentistry procedures. Sometimes, people think, this is because their teeth are too small. If that’s the case, we can build up your teeth with porcelain veneers or dental crowns. If your gums are overgrown, laser gum recontouring can help.
Chipped or Worn Teeth
Teeth chipped in minor accidents can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. Fortunately, they can be restored to their former beauty with porcelain veneers. Serious cracked teeth may require dental crowns to fix, possibly with a root canal treatment. If many of your teeth are worn down, we might recommend neuromuscular dentistry treatment for TMJ or other bite problems. If most of your teeth are seriously damaged, we may recommend a full mouth reconstruction.
Gaps in Smile and Crooked Teeth
If you have a gap between your teeth, or your front teeth are crooked, you don’t need to get orthodontics: cosmetic dentistry offers other options We can close that gap with porcelain veneers. Why move your teeth when you can reshape them? And instead of having to wait months or even a year for results, you can get results in just a few weeks.
In the past, we could only replace missing teeth with removable dentures, and then with dental bridges. But now we have dental implants that allow for attractive, fully functional tooth replacement. We have also utilized advancements in cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry to offer advanced dentures that are attractive, comfortable, and fully functional.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve Your Smile?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, we have many options to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. This isn’t just about improving the appearance of your smile, it’s about improving the quality of your life.