Your smile can make or break a first impression and maintaining that smile is an important part of good dental health. Through injury, normal wear, or decay, you may find dental problems can affect the look of your smile. The good news is, cosmetic dentistry often has a solution. Here are five ways that cosmetic dentistry can give you your smile back:
Fix a Crooked Smile
Crooked teeth can cause problems with your bite, inhibit the way you chew food and offset your smile. Braces or retainer devices can help to put your teeth back into proper placement to fill out your smile and match the natural shape of your mouth.
Help Maintain Your Natural Face Shape
When you lose teeth, your natural face shape can be affected in many ways. Your mouth may sink in around the area where you are experiencing tooth loss, and other teeth may shift causing a change in your bite and the shape of your mouth. Additionally, a gap in your teeth can cause sagging in the facial muscles as they become less stimulated to contract. If you experience tooth loss, there are many cosmetic procedures that can replace them including, bridges, implants, and partial/full dentures.
Eliminate Gaps in Your Smile
Tooth loss or the shifting of teeth to compensate unfilled space can lead to gaps. Gaps in teeth create breaks in your smile and often result in other teeth becoming crooked. Gaps can also cause difficulty with speech if they become too pronounced or occur at a young age. To eliminate gaps, it is important to repair or restore lost teeth or utilize spacing devices to hold the placement in young children who still do not have all their permanent teeth.
Give You Whiter Teeth
Many people would agree that a bright, white smile can light up a room. Unfortunately, lifestyle behaviors, eating and drinking habits, teeth can become yellowed and stained over time. This staining can make teeth look dirty and dull a previously bright smile. Cosmetic teeth whitening procedures, such as laser whitening and bleaching, can help to remove stains and give your teeth a whiter, more brightened appearance.
Cover Up Cracks, Tooth Decay or Damage
Through injury, wear, illness, or lack of care teeth can suffer from decay, cracks, and chips that can cause teeth to look misshapen. If you have damaged teeth and crowns are not your preferred option, veneers are a cosmetic procedure that can cover up injuries and imperfections in the teeth by bonding a thin layer over your current teeth. This layer can then be shaped to give you back your winning smile.
Don’t let tooth loss, decay, or damage prevent you from leading with your smile.