February 13, 2014
Crooked or discolored teeth are just a few flaws that can negatively affect the beauty of your smile. When multiple cosmetic flaws are present, they can seriously compound the problem. Fortunately, there are ways to correct even the most complex and glaring dental issues. With an individualized smile makeover at our Bridgeport office, you can achieve a completely revitalized smile. Because smile makeovers are customized to treat the specific problems of each individual patient, each makeover is unique, comprising any number of cosmetic procedures. By identifying exactly what this treatment plan can do for you, you can be well on your way to a brand new smile.
Cosmetic Problems Treated by a Smile Makeover
Even perfectly healthy teeth are susceptible to aesthetic problems. Patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile but do not require any restorative dental work may be looking to correct any of the following:
- Discoloration: Stains on teeth can leave them looking darkened or discolored. For surface stains caused by food, drink, or tobacco use, a teeth whitening procedure can dramatically brighten your smile. On the other hand, deeper stains from injury, medication, or disease may not be affected by whitening gel. Instead, porcelain veneers or dental bonding can be applied over the tooth’s surface, concealing any conspicuous stains beneath them.
- Crooked teeth: Mild crookedness will not typically affect your dental health, but it can have a surprisingly significant impact on your smile. To address the problem directly, Invisalign® can be used to shift teeth into place, creating a permanently straighter smile. For limited crookedness or a quicker solution, porcelain veneers can cover teeth, replacing their outward appearance via instant orthodontics.
- Chipped or cracked teeth: Chips and cracks can be a major distraction in the front of your smile. Using porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist can hide these flaws. Or, with dental bonding, composite resin can be added to a tooth to restore its shape.
- Gaps in teeth: Similar to chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can help fill unwanted space between teeth. Likewise, the side of a tooth may be lengthened with dental bonding to close gaps.
Dental Health Problems
By restoring your smile, we are also able to address more serious problems that may pose a risk to your dental health. Since a smile makeover can combine nearly any number of treatment options, it’s a great opportunity to simultaneously give you healthier and more attractive teeth.
- Bite misalignment: Moderately or severely crooked teeth can impact the alignment of your bite. As a result, teeth are more susceptible to decay and discomfort, also possibly affecting diet and hygiene. Invisalign® or a similar orthodontic treatment may be recommended for the long-term correction of misalignment.
- Misshapen teeth: Teeth that are small, weak, or misshapen may result from genetic or environment reasons. Tooth decay is another common reason for a tooth being reduced in size. In such cases, dental crowns can be used to protect teeth while giving them a full, straight exterior.
- Missing teeth: Lost teeth can affect one’s speech and bite strength, lead to bone tissue loss, and increase the risk of adjacent teeth shifting out of place. To replace missing teeth right down to their roots, dental implants can be installed and fused with the jaw. Implants can effectively serve as the support for tooth replacements such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, providing a realistic replacement for any degree of tooth loss.
In the event that teeth are currently suffering from decay, restorative treatment should be performed prior to any cosmetic procedures. Dental fillings or root canal treatment, for instance, should take precedence in the interest of your health.
Get Started on Your Smile Makeover
Before treatment can begin, you must consult your dentist regarding the condition of your teeth. Together, you can formulate a treatment plan that can help you achieve each of your dental goals. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.