Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. For people who feel self-conscious or unhappy with how their teeth look, this can stand in the way of living life with confidence, meeting new people, and enjoying social gatherings. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the bright, attractive smile you long for. Not familiar with what a cosmetic dentist does? Our Fuquay-Varina dentist is sharing exactly how he can help.
What is a Cosmetic Dentist?
Cosmetic dentistry consists of elective procedures that fix or repair superficial issues or mask imperfections to improve the look of someone’s teeth and gums. While these issues don’t impact a person’s dental health, they can impact appearance, and thus confidence and self-esteem.
A cosmetic dentist does not have a specific degree of license to specialize in cosmetic dentistry. However, dentists, including Dr. Hamby, do receive training as well as have a broad scope of experience to help their patients get the exact results they want in a way that is safe and long-lasting.
Why Choose Cosmetic Dentistry
Some people wonder why a person would choose to see a dentist if they aren’t in pain and don’t have a problem. The simple answer is quality of life! When you’re self-conscious about your smile, it’s almost impossible to truly feel at ease in social settings. This includes work events, parties, and even meeting with friends.
Having a smile you can feel confident in allows you to enjoy social gatherings again and stand up with confidence in work settings. Many patients experience high rates of satisfaction following their cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Cosmetic Dentist Procedures
Cosmetic dentistry ranges from simple steps like teeth whitening to surgical steps like dental implants and can fix or hide issues including:
- Stained or yellow teeth
- Chips or imperfections
- Gaps or alignment issues
- Missing or broken teeth
Years of drinking coffee, tea, or red wine can leave your teeth looking yellow, dingy, and unattractive. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening is a safe, effective way to remove surface stains and brighten your smile. With proper care, results can last several years.
Veneers are thin shells of resin or porcelain that are fitted over your teeth and create a bright, vibrant smile and cover imperfections including chips, gaps, or crooked teeth.
For broken or misshapen teeth, a crown is a semi-permanent cap that sits over the existing tooth, protecting it from further damage and offering you the full range of ability of a natural tooth. A bridge is a type of partial denture or false tooth that closes the gap where a tooth may be missing and restores your attractive smile.
While dentures can slip, feel uncomfortable, or make chewing and talking difficult, dental implants feel and act more like natural teeth. These permanent fixtures are set into your jaw bone and a resin tooth is attached to a post.
Do Cosmetic Issues Affect Dental Health?
While most issues related to cosmetic dentistry are aesthetic, fixing alignment issues, sealing gaps, and placing a bridge can improve your overall dental health. Aligning your teeth makes it easier to floss, reduce grinding, and can improve your bite, all of which minimize damage and decay. Having crowns and bridges placed protect your teeth around where a tooth may be decayed or removed and minimize or prevent further damage.
Good health is contingent on good oral health, and cosmetic dentistry may be the step you need to take to help you live a healthier life.
Schedule an Appointment for Cosmetic Dentistry Today
Come see us at Hamby Family Dental Center in Fuquay and let us give you the smile you’ve always wanted! Call (919) 552-2431 or fill out the form below to schedule an appointment today!