Dental Tips Blog

May
13

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Dentistry has several branches of specialty practice. Periodontists focus on gum health, oral surgeons reconstruct jaws, orthodontists straighten teeth, and so on.

Cosmetic dentistry, however, is not a recognized specialty, according to the American Dental Association.

So, what exactly is cosmetic dentistry if it’s not a specialty?

Cosmetic Dentistry: An Emphasis on Art

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on treating teeth to make them look as beautiful as possible. While general treatments makes teeth healthy and functional, cosmetic services take things a step further.

Cosmetic dental procedures include things like:

  • Teeth bleaching
  • Gum contouring
  • Minor orthodontic enhancements
  • Esthetic dental crowns
  • Veneers
  • Dental bonding

What Makes Cosmetic Dentists Different?

A cosmetic dentist will take the time to help you create the smile of your dreams. Simply filling or capping a tooth is not the answer. A dentist who focuses on aesthetics wants you to love the results and feel confident in showing off your teeth.

To make the time necessary to focus on the cosmetic aspect of his or her work, a cosmetic dentist will likely treat complicated cases by working with other specialists or hand chosen labs that specialize in cosmetic restorations.

For example, the cosmetic dentist will cover a dental implant, but might send the patient out to a surgeon for the implant procedure. Or they might bleach crooked teeth after they’ve been straightened by an orthodontist. An endodontist can do your root canal, and then a cosmetic dentist can crown the tooth.

Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t mean ignoring health or function issues in your teeth. It simply means that the dentist spends more time making your teeth look youthful, natural, or glamorous during the process.

Schedule a smile consultation today to learn how cosmetic dentistry could change your smile for the better.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Mar
30

Learn to Love Your Smile!

You’ve caught yourself so many times saying this: “No photos, please! I hate my smile!”

Or maybe you’re the kind who suffers in silence, hiding your teeth behind a closed-lip smirk.

Almost everyone wishes that they could change something about their smile. But very few realize just how easy it is. A little cosmetic dental treatment can go a long way in revolutionizing the way you feel about yourself.

What Would You Change?

The first step in achieving a more beautiful smile is to identify what about it bothers you.

Common complaints include:

  • Long teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Discoloration or stain
  • Bad breath
  • Short teeth
  • Unevenly shaped teeth

Create a list of everything you’d like to see changed. Don’t hold back thinking that it’ll cost too much to repair it all. Just get it in writing. Next, rearrange your list so that it reflects your priorities.

Get Out What You Put In

Your smile represents an investment of time and effort. You don’t get beautiful teeth with dental work, alone. A solid routine of regular brushing and flossing will help keep your smile clean and fresh. That’s something to be proud of!

Diet also plays a major role. When you make balanced food choices, your smile will be healthier.

Consult an Expert

Now it’s time to bring your plans to life.

Your dentist is your best resource. You’ll get recommendations for improving oral hygiene, avoiding tooth damage, and making some upgrades.

Cosmetic dental treatments are more affordable than you may realize. A simple procedure like getting a crown can address multiple concerns at once.

Talk with your dentist to find out more about getting a smile you’ll fall in love with.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Jan
4

There’s More Than Meets the Eye in a Beautiful Smile

A perfectly straight white smile has become a symbol of successfully achieving the American dream. Gorgeous teeth are an indication of growing up with every access to dental care, great health, and beauty.

But if your teeth are less than stellar right now, why should you care? Focusing on how your smile looks could seem pretty pointless in view of everything else you have to worry about…right?

Consider, however, a few good reasons why you should consider improving the appearance of your teeth through cosmetic dental procedures.

  1. Your Teeth Will Be Healthier

This is the most important reason to enhance your teeth with a little cosmetic dental treatment. You wouldn’t try to cover up a serious mold problem in your home by hanging a few nice pictures. Likewise, you can’t patch on a pretty smile without addressing the core issues. A beautiful smile starts on the inside.

By pursuing cosmetic dentistry, your teeth will also experience the reinforcing benefits.

  1. You Will Look Younger

Virtually every society associates a loss of teeth with aging. A gap in the smile often denotes a lack of intelligence. Long or crooked teeth can indicate evil intent. While such stigmas aren’t true, a beautiful smile will bring your overall looks closer to the ideal of human health and vitality.

If you want to take years off your looks, investing in your smile is the longest-lasting way to do so.

  1. Your Smile Is Your Most Important Feature

Bright eyes, perfect hair, nice muscle tone, eyebrows-on-point – all of that goes out the window once someone notices that your smile is dull, stained, or uneven. Don’t underestimate the power of a sparkling grin!

Ask your dentist which cosmetic procedures could make the biggest impact on your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Enamel Dentistry
2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 717-5315

Dec
26

Is There a Difference Between a Smile Makeover and Full Mouth Restoration?

Yes, there is. Although both are processes are meant for remaking a smile, the end goal is very different. This difference could affect your plans for restoring your own smile.

What’s Involved In A Smile Makeover

A smile makeover takes a cosmetic angle. In fact, the process is almost purely cosmetic dental treatment with few functional benefits that may coincidentally follow. You undertake this series of procedures because you want to make changes in how your smile looks.

Some treatments that commonly turn up in a smile makeover include:

  • Teeth bleaching
  • Bonding
  • Veneers
  • Invisalign orthodontic treatment
  • Gum recontouring

When You Need A Full Mouth Restoration/Reconstruction

An FMR is something you need, not just want. The aim here is to restore some original function that was lost. Patients usually need restorations after their jaw has been affected by an accident, cancer, or extensive dental disease.

Restoring function often involves surgery, extractions, dentures, implants, and dental bridges, crowns, or fillings.

Which Do You Need?

Think of it this way: a makeover is a series of superficial changes while an FMR rebuilds your mouth, thereby helping you eat, breathe, and speak normally.

It can be hard to decide what you want when you don’t even know what your teeth need! Get started by visiting your dentist. He or she will assess your dental health needs, discuss your treatment options, and help you prioritize treatment.

Your dentist will help you figure out how to afford treatment and which procedures your insurance is likely to cover. In the meantime, take care of the smile you have with a great oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643

Dec
12

How Should I Fix My Front Tooth?

A stained, chipped or crooked front tooth can be a frustrating burden to live with. Even if it doesn’t physically hurt, the pain of being constantly aware of it can be severe enough to limit your social life.

Most people reach a point in their life when they decide they’ve had enough of close-lipped smiles and laughing behind their hand. If you too feel that you can’t rock the small flaw with confidence, then it’s probably time for a big little change.

Deep Stain Removal

Is your tooth just severely discolored? Trauma or certain medications in childhood can result in deep stubborn staining that won’t respond to any over-the-counter whitening products. Your dentist may have special techniques for bleaching a single tooth to help it more closely match its neighbors.

Bonding

Dental bonding is ideal for patching up small chips, roughness, and stained spots that don’t respond to bleaching. All bonding involves is patching a bit of white filling material where it’s needed and smoothing the edges to a seamless finish.

Veneer

For something a little more lasting than bonding, you might try a veneer. It’s a whole piece of slim porcelain that covers the entire front of your tooth like a tablecloth on the top of a dining table.

Crown

As a last-resort, you can cover up any deficiencies in your tooth by capping it off with a natural-looking dental crown.

Making the change to your front tooth can be such a small thing, but it’s guaranteed to make a big difference! Contact your dentist to find out which restorative options are available in your area and which will work best for your tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Dec
5

How Much Will It Cost to Fix My Smile?

That depends on how much “fixing” your smile needs.

Not only that, but what kind of fixing you need and how much fixing you want also come into play. Add in the fact that offices price their treatment differently depending on geographic location, and it’s really difficult to give a ballpark estimate.

You could be looking at a range from two to six figures in terms of treatment cost.

Let’s get started by considering a few questions:

  • What are smile needs?
  • What are your smile wants?
  • How can your dentist help?

Smile Needs

“Fixing” your smile isn’t just about making it pretty. Dental repairs are often essential to keep teeth comfortable and functioning. Restorative treatments range from a simple filling to crowning a tooth to completely extracting it in favor of a fake one.

How your dentist can help:

You have to consult an actual dentist in person to know what your smile needs to properly function once again. He or she will tell you your options and give you the best estimate of the total.

Smile Wants

Sometimes, fixing a smile is about covering up a spot that doesn’t feel bad but looks bad. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t considered a medical necessity so it can be hard to get insurance coverage for it.

How your dentist can help:

You’d be surprised at the range of cosmetic dental treatments your dentist can provide. Some are surprisingly cost-effective, like at-home whitening or dental bonding. It may not take much at all to reach your smile goals. Your dentist is in the best position to help you navigate the many options out there.

Schedule a smile evaluation today to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Nov
30

The Emotional Impact of a Beautiful Smile

Wow! A beautiful, healthy smile may be more important than you think. Have you ever seen someone who refused to smile? Was it really that they were angry…or just embarrassed by the bad teeth hidden inside? Was that someone you still wanted to meet? Date? Hug? Work for? Did you still feel good inside when you shot them a smile and got no reaction (or a frown) back?

A beautiful smile can…

Lift Your Spirits

The flash of that smile can be a like a wink, a thumbs up, a silent way of telling you that everything will be okay. There’s a saying that you might not remember what a person says to you, but you’ll always remember how they made you feel. How does a winning smile make you feel?

Make or Break First Impressions

A great smile could equal a job offer, a pageant crown, a first date, or even an opportunity to be on TV. It could be as simple as the retailer choosing to wait on you first because your smile got his attention. It could mean that the airline who lost your luggage is suddenly bending over backwards to make it right. Do you favor those who smile? 

A Boost in Your Health

When you take pride in your smile, you may suddenly take pride in the rest of your appearance, too. “Maybe I do have time to make a salad, go to the gym, get that physical scheduled…?” Feeling good is contagious! Will you share your beautiful smile today? Call your dentist to see what type of cosmetic  dental treatment solutions are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Nov
29

Four Reasons Why You Deserve Beautiful Teeth

You weren’t naturally blessed with a gorgeous smile, but you’ve learned to accept it. There are other things you’re happy with…your hair…your waistline…you can’t have it all, right? Actually, there’s more to be said about having beautiful teeth than you might realize. Plus, it’s easier than ever to finally have the “smile of your dreams” with a little help from your dentist.

Here are four reasons why you should finally consider getting a little cosmetic dental work done:

A Renewed Confidence

Maybe you didn’t realize that you never smile in photographs…it’s become such a habit over the years, but it boils down to not liking how your teeth look. Being free of having to hide your teeth can give you the confidence to go throughout the day with a higher level of self-esteem. 

An Investment in Your Career

Making a great first impression often starts with smiling when you enter the room. Studies have shown that people with whiter, straighter, more appealing teeth are more likely to do well in job interviews and be awarded a higher paying salary. 

A Happier Demeanor

People who feel good about their teeth are apt to smile more frequently. As such, others think of them as happier and more of a joy to be around. If you smile more, you’re likely to have more friends than other people.

New Social Opportunities

Great looking teeth can give you the boost necessary to go out of your way to meet new people, talk at parties, or even finally ask your crush out on a date.

Book a private consultation with your dentist today to find out what cosmetic dental options are available. You might just be surprised at how easy the process is!

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Nov
29

A New Smile in 1, 2, or 3 Trips to the Dentist

Cosmetic dentistry can be as simple or complex as necessary. What most people don’t realize though, is that you can make improvements to your smile’s appearance in just a couple of trips to your dentist’s office.

When you’re short on time, here are cosmetic dentistry options you might want to think about: 

If You Only Have Time for One Appointment

Talk to your dentist about whitening your teeth. You can usually choose to have a custom tray made for use at home, or opt to have your teeth whitened in about an hour at the dentist’s office. Whitening can make your smile look younger and brighter. It’s almost always the first step to a more complex smile makeover, as other treatments may need to be made to match the rest of your smile. 

When You Can Squeeze in a Second Visit

No-prep veneers or cosmetic bonding are usually recommended after you’ve whitened your teeth, so that everything blends in. An impression is taken at your first visit and the no-prep veneers are ready to bond in place at the next appointment. Additional bonding can be used on other teeth to round-out your overall smile aesthetics. 

Three Appointments? No Problem!

Getting traditional porcelain veneers usually requires a three-visit process: the consultation, preparation, and placement. If you’re whitening or bonding teeth at the same time, these will be phased over the course of your appointments.

Talk to your dentist about what smile options are set for you. It’s easier and more straightforward than ever to finally have a smile you can feel proud of showing off.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Nov
12

Five Cosmetic Treatments for a Dazzling Smile

Curious about what your smile makeover options are? While most people opt for a combination of various cosmetic dental treatments, some find one that works well on its own and provides everything that they’re looking for.

Here are five that you might want to consider:

Veneers: Dental veneers offer the most life-changing, dramatic cosmetic enhancement in modern dentistry. You can use veneers to make your teeth look straighter, whiter, and properly shaped. They’re bonded directly over the front of your teeth, hiding what’s tucked away behind them. 

Tooth Bonding and Recontouring: Small gaps and chips in your teeth don’t necessarily mean that you need veneers. Conservative bonding or adjustment to your tooth shape can provide significant results without requiring more extensive treatment. 

Whitening Your Teeth: Brighter tooth enamel can make a person’s smile look more youthful and appealing. Depending on how much time you have on hand and the level of brightness you want to achieve, the best choices are a professional take-home kit or in-office laser whitening treatment. 

Getting Braces: Tooth colored braces and clear aligners help to straighten your teeth so that they are easier to care for and won’t wear down so much. There are also “cosmetic” braces available that only straighten your front teeth (taking less time to complete.) 

Gum Recontouring: The shape of your gum tissue can make your teeth look short or even lopsided. Adjusting your gumlines can give you a fuller, even smile and erase “gummy” grins.

Talk to your dentist today about your top choices, to see how you could have a beautiful smile in no time.

Posted on behalf of:
True Dental
1257 Annapolis Rd.
Odenton, MD 21113
(443) 438-1054

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