If you think that cosmetic dentistry is only about whitening teeth and smoothing minor smile imperfections, think again. The advancements in cosmetic dental technology has enabled dentists to perform additional cosmetic dental procedures that can dramatically change and improve the lives of their patients.
Here are some signs you may need a cosmetic dental procedure:
–Difficulty chewing. Do you experience pain, discomfort or pressure when you chew? Maybe you don’t have any discomfort, but you’re physically not able to chew food as well as you should. Difficulty chewing can have a variety of causes, most notably a misaligned bite caused from crooked, missing or misshapen teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry can fill-in gaps between teeth, replace lost teeth, reshape teeth and straighten teeth so that your proper bite can be restored.
-Embarrassing smile. If you’re unhappy with your smile, join the crowd. Many patients can find one thing wrong about their smile. For many people, it’s the unpleasant yellowing of their teeth due to poor oral hygiene, smoking, and drinking of coffee, tea, wine and soda.
While some patients may have the time to have their teeth whitened via at-home whitening kits, other may have deep stains that they’d like to have removed quickly. Hills Dental Design article on cosmetic care
If you have teeth staining that won’t come out with at-home whitening kits or products and it’s causing you to hide your smile, cosmetic dentistry may be the best option for you.
Maybe it’s not teeth staining your most embarrassed about. Maybe you have chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth. Cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers, onlays, inlays and bonding can help with these dental issues.
-Jaw pain, pressure and discomfort. Dental issues such as bruxism and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) can leave your jaw sore and can lead to excessive pressure on your teeth and gums.
Crowns can help protect teeth from further wear due to the grinding and clenching common in bruxism and Botox can help ease the pain and pressure associated with TMJ.
–Chronic headaches. Dental conditions such as TMJ and abscessed teeth can also produce constant headaches which can be severe enough to negatively impact your life. Your oral and nasal cavity are interconnected so a severe issue in one can also affect the other. A problem in the mouth can, therefore, not only cause jaw pain, but it can impact the nasal cavity and produce headaches. Cosmetic dental procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox can help lessen the severity and frequency of your headaches.
-Heartburn and ulcers. Patients who suffer from chronic acid reflux and heartburn can not only be staining their teeth, but also put their teeth at a heightened risk of decay. The stomach acid that comes up from the stomach can erode the lining of the esophagus and the enamel of teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry can help protect your teeth from further stomach acid damage.