in this day and age where everyone has a camera on their phones and our faces are plastered on social networking sites, the pressure to look nice is higher than ever. But profile pictures and video chats aren’t always fun when you’re not thrilled with the look of your smile. Many people are turning to a Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist to correct their less than perfect teeth and the results are giving them confidence they never had before.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses all dental procedures done primarily to improve the appearance of the teeth. Advances in the field over the past few decades have created options that can correct virtually any and all dental flaws. Whether your teeth are crooked or chipped, stained or misshaped, or even if your gums are too prominent, a Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist can help improve your smile.
Who Can Perform Cosmetic Dentistry?
Most dentists perform cosmetic procedures in some capacity, but certain specialists focus more on cosmetic dentistry than others. When choosing a cosmetic dentist, Rochester Hills residents should remember that a picture paints a thousand words. Ask for before and after photos during the consultation and decide for yourself about the quality of the smiles he has created.
Your first visit with a Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist is the time to discuss the flaws you’d like to correct. X-rays may or may not be taken, depending on your particular case. Once all the information has been gathered the dentist should then be able to determine the best procedure to correct your particular problem, and explain it in detail.
Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures done today are outlined below:
More and more adults who didn’t get their teeth straightened when they were younger are turning to cosmetic dentistry. Besides clear braces, the introduction of Invisalign several years ago has opened up a whole new world for adults wishing to correct misaligned teeth.
Between over the counter products, take home dental trays and in office laser tooth whitening, there is an option for everybody when it comes to tooth whitening. While over the counter products do whiten teeth, procedures done by a Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist tend to have much longer lasting results.
Veneers or Bonding:
Veneers and bonding are similar procedures in which a material—either porcelain or resin—is bonded on top of tooth surface. A good alternative to crowns, veneers can correct chipping, staining due to age or medication, gaps or misshaped teeth. Some enamel must be removed from the front of the teeth receiving the veneers which makes this an irreversible procedure, but an excellent option to improve unsightly teeth.
Contouring or Reshaping:
Contouring or reshaping is good choice for those whose teeth do not need full veneers but are uneven or oddly shaped. This procedure is fairly straightforward and painless and can be completed in one visit to the dentist. The results are a more even, balanced smile.
For those who have what’s known as a “gummy smile”—when the gum line is longer than average, making teeth appear very small—your Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist can help you. Gum and bone tissue are reduced to expose more of the teeth creating a new gum line. The results are a dramatically improved, pleasing smile.
Other cosmetic procedures can be done to correct damage from tooth lost to decay, such as crowns, bridges or replacement of metal fillings with tooth-colored porcelain. Your Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist can discuss all of your options and together you can devise a plan of action on your road to a better smile.
Who is the first person you’d like to smile for after getting your teeth beautified?
Dr. Joseph Matievich is a cosmetic dentist in Rochester Hills. Visit his website at: www.familysmilesdental.com