Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry that is dedicated to ensuring you have a smile that is as attractive as it is healthy. This includes ensuring that all dental restorations are attractive as well as functional, but it also includes addressing concerns you may have about the appearance of your smile. We have a full range of procedures to restore the attractiveness of your smile and usually have more than one option to address your concerns.
If you would like to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry in Valdosta, GA can restore your smile, please call (229) 242-5511 or email for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Nelson Clements.
Why the Appearance of Your Smile Matters
Some people may think that the appearance of your smile is something frivolous, not worthy of attention, but there are many benefits of having an attractive smile.
From a health perspective, it’s easier for us to identify decay or erosion on your teeth if they’re white.
From a social perspective, your smile is how most people will judge you. It’s the first thing they’ll notice about you, and the last thing they’ll forget. They will form impressions about your intelligence, income, health, and personality on the basis of your smile. A nice smile is the most important thing people are looking for in a potential mate, and it can dramatically impact your odds of getting a job, and what salary you’ll be offered.
People respond to your smile so strongly because smiling is as essential a function of your teeth as is chewing and helping with speech. Neglecting the appearance of your smile would be a dereliction of duty as a dentist.
Correcting Common Complaints about Your Smile
So what can we do about the appearance of your smile. Most often people come to us seeking help for many different cosmetic dentistry concerns, such as:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or poorly shaped teeth
- Crooked or gapped teeth
- Gummy smile
- Missing teeth
We can correct all these complaints with several different options.
Teeth can be discolored because of surface stains or they can be discolored as a result of internal developmental problems or damage. Surface stains are best treated with teeth whitening, which chemically removes the stains.
Stains inside the tooth can be caused by enamel defects, tooth trauma, or other problems. They are best addressed by treatments that conceal the surface, such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
Chipped or Poorly Shaped Teeth
If your teeth have been chipped in a minor trauma, it can detract from the appearance of your smile. On the other hand, some people have teeth that are unattractive in their shape, either because they’re small or they do not match your other teeth. Both these complaints can be addressed with procedures to reshape your teeth, including dental bonding and porcelain veneers.
Crooked or Gapped Teeth
Most of us don’t have our teeth properly spaced out. They may be crowded into the arch of our smile, or they may be spaced out too much, leaving unattractive gaps in your smile. Orthodontics can be used to properly space out your teeth, but reshaping procedures like dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns can also be used to give your teeth the proper spacing.
Sometimes, though, your teeth just look crooked because of an uneven gum line, which can be corrected with gum recontouring.
Your teeth should have a proportional balance between the amount of gums you show and the amount of teeth. For many people, though, too much gum is showing, making their teeth look small. Gum recontouring can help if your gums have grown up too high on your teeth. If your teeth are naturally too short, porcelain veneers can be used to lengthen them.
Having one or more missing teeth is the most easily spotted cosmetic problem with your smile. Fortunately, we have many ways to replace a missing tooth. Partial dentures and dental bridges are traditional approaches. Partial dentures are removable tooth replacements, that can look attractive but may not be fully functional. A dental bridge is attached to your natural teeth and are fully functional but depend on your natural teeth for support.
A dental implant is a fully functional tooth replacement that also looks like your natural teeth, requires no special care, and can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
How Can We Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, we can use any of the above treatments to restore your smile to its former beauty, or give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of but thought you could never have. We can even design a custom smile makeover using a combination of procedures.
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 or email today for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.