Cosmetic dentistry includes an assortment of dental procedures used to restore the look and functionality of the teeth as well as provide a better smile and healthier mouth. Patients who have lost a tooth or have cracked, broken, crooked, worn down or discolored teeth can usually benefit from some type of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry treats a wide range of issues so it’s important to know what makes a patient an ideal candidate for each procedure.
Cosmetic dentistry has the ability to change your smile, but not everyone is a good candidate for it. This is what you need to know.
Current State Of Your Smile
To begin with, what is the current state of your oral health? Cosmetic dentistry can range from something fairly small and insignificant to something much bigger and involved. The type of treatment that you would need to achieve your goal can affect how much would be involved in your cosmetic dentistry journey.
Cosmetic dentistry accounts for many different types of services, including:
What you actually need will depend on you. Together with your experienced Oxnard Cosmetic Dentist, you will be able to go over what it would take in order to achieve your perfect smile. But even before you reach this point, you need to find out whether your mouth is even healthy enough to go forward with cosmetic dentistry.
General Criteria for Cosmetic Dentistry Candidacy
Every beautiful smile is built upon a solid foundation of good oral health. Without this foundation, a beautiful smile is nothing more than a façade – one that will inevitably crumble sooner rather than later. Therefore, patients who have extensively damaged mouths will not be good candidates for strictly cosmetic procedures, as they will be trying to skip the essential step of restoring good oral health to their mouths.
Consider, for example, a cosmetic dentistry treatment such as porcelain veneers. This is one of the most popular treatments in all of cosmetic dentistry for good reason. These custom-crafted porcelain restorations, once affixed to aesthetically flawed teeth, will blend seamlessly into virtually any smile, complementing surrounding natural teeth perfectly in terms of size, shape, color, and even texture. However, they do not replace teeth; rather, they are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. If these teeth are weak or at risk of being lost, the veneers will do nothing to improve the situation. In fact, if the tooth is lost, a relatively expensive piece of porcelain will be lost with it.
Improving the Gumline
The teeth aren’t the only thing that cosmetic dentistry can treat. People who have prominent gums or issues with gum recession can also undergo cosmetic dentistry to address these issues. Periodontal surgery can help reshape the gumline, making your smile look its very best.
If your gums are healthy, you will also need to confirm that you do not have any active decay in your mouth. Decay, also known as cavities, can only be reversed through restorations. You should not have any cavities before you could go forward with cosmetic dentistry.
The reason you need to focus on the restorations first is that cosmetic dentistry might mask any issues that are lurking underneath the surface. Your teeth might look ok on the surface, but if there are any other problems, it won’t do you justice in the end.
Sometimes, the restorations that you need in order to bring your teeth up to the healthy level they need to be in order to go forward with cosmetic dentistry are cosmetic themselves.
For example, if you have decayed front teeth, instead of getting veneers that cover the decay, you should opt for crowns that would remove the decay, but still can give you the shape and color you wanted to get from the veneers.
Options for Dealing with Crooked Teeth
Teeth that are crooked can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. This malocclusion can also lead to a number of dental health problems as well. Thankfully orthodontic care can be considered for your cosmetic dentistry needs. Braces or advanced invisible orthodontic treatments can be considered as needed. In addition, porcelain veneers can be used to deal with some alignment issues.
You may notice that porcelain veneers have come up a fair amount with regard to treatment. They reason for this is their general versatility. In fact, because of this versatility, porcelain veneers has been nicknamed “instant orthodontics” by some people.
How to Start
You need to consult with your dentist first in order to know what you need to do in order to quality for cosmetic dentistry. You should still write down what you would like your smile to look like and together, with your dentist, you can create a plan to know what steps have to happen before you reach your end goal.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Consultation with Dr. J
Anacapa Dental Art Institute is proud of their dedicated service to Ventura County. Lead by world-renowned top cosmetic prosthodontist Dr. Jivraj and his expert staff, Anacapa has the expertise and facility to handle whatever your cosmetic dental situation may be. Whether it’s a tooth whitening or a full mouth reconstruction, expect nothing but some of the best dental care Ventura County has available.
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