Cosmetic Dentistry

Gain back your confidence with a newly radiant smile. Obtain a beautiful smile and healthy teeth at the same time with cosmetic dentistry.

img_cosmetic_dentistryCosmetic dental procedures have become some of the most popular dental procedures sought by patients in recent years. That’s because there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of smiles, as opposed to just teeth, for a person’s overall well-being and general health. In addition to the fact that an unattractive smile can be incredibly damaging to a person’s self-esteem, the majority of tooth issues that affect the appearance of the smile also have a negative impact on oral health.

In discussing cosmetic dentistry, let’s first explain a few procedures that are strictly cosmetic and have no particular health benefits. There are not many of these: Teeth whitening and veneers. Both of these procedures are for appearances only and cannot strengthen teeth or improve tooth or gum health. However, they have great benefits for self-esteem. It is has been found in studies that a person’s smile is the first thing people notice when meeting someone. People who have negative feelings about the way they look when they smile tend not to smile, which can send damaging messages about their personality to other people. A teeth whitening or smile improvement with veneers, which can reshape teeth, cover lines or imperfections and completely change the look of the front teeth, can give someone an entirely new outlook on life and send a positive message to others.

Nearly every other dental procedure that has cosmetic benefits also doubles as an oral health improvement. Crooked teeth are not only unsightly, but they are also like a time bomb that slowly progresses until one day all of your teeth may be out of position. In addition, crooked teeth or gaps between teeth can make it harder to clean your teeth and gums correctly, which can lead to a greater chance of gum disease and even tooth loss. The same is true with missing teeth, even just one missing tooth. Getting crooked teeth straightened with orthodontics or having missing teeth replaced with dentures, implants or bridges not only improves your looks, but it will stabilize your teeth and keep them healthier.

A damaged tooth or one that is decaying will fall out or need to be extracted if it is not repaired. A dental crown can restore a bad tooth to complete health and strength. For cosmetic purposes, crowns are sometimes referred to as caps, but they provide a serious dental health benefit in cases of damaged teeth. Unlike veneers, crowns are sturdy and cover a tooth completely. Like veneers, crowns can be made of dental resin or porcelain. Both result in a very natural-looking appearance, but porcelain is the most natural-looking due to its light-reflecting properties.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call Kettleman Dental in Lodi now to set up a consultation appointment.