Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? You don’t have to accept an unattractive smile: cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you desire. Whether you’re just looking for a subtle touch-up or a complete smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry can help. The results can be natural in appearance and can be very long-lasting–permanent in some cases.
Want to learn how cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve a more beautiful smile in New City? Please call (845) 634-6006 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at New City Family Dental.
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Your Smile Matters
Many people put off cosmetic dentistry because they tell themselves that it’s frivolous or indulgent. But the truth is that your smile is a vital asset in both personal and professional situations. Most importantly, your smile is part of how you define yourself, and when you look at your reflection in the mirror, your smile is part of what defines your self-image. If you’re unhappy with that image, it can make you unhappy with yourself.
Your smile also helps you present your image to others. Your smile is what most people will remember about you from a first encounter, more than your hair, your smell, or even what you say. And what impression your smile gives really matters. More than anything else, people judge prospective dates on their smile.
And your smile can help you make the right professional impression, too. A healthy, attractive smile will make people think you are more intelligent and more competent. It will make people think you are more successful and better educated. Studies show that a straighter, whiter smile can make you more likely to get hired, and more likely to be offered a higher salary. Other studies estimate that an attractive smile can increase your lifetime earning by as much as 4%.
For all these reasons, cosmetic dentistry is a great investment.
Common Cosmetic Complaints and Their Solutions
There are many things that people dislike about their smile, but some of the most common that people approach us with are:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn teeth
- Small teeth
- Unattractive tooth shape
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Missing teeth
All these complaints can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry, and often many of them can be improved with the same treatment.
The right treatment for discolored teeth depends on the cause of the discoloration. For most people, discolored teeth are related to staining from foods, beverages, and tobacco, which can be easily removed with teeth whitening. Discoloration from within the tooth, such as because of tooth trauma or enamel defects, may respond better to porcelain veneers.
Minor chipped teeth may be able to be smoothed out with no need for restoration. Slightly larger chips respond well to dental bonding, which uses a compound material to reshape the tooth. Porcelain veneers are a longer-lasting and more attractive alternative, and can be used for larger chips. For very large damage, dental crowns might be recommended.
Teeth can be worn down just by normal eating habits, but they can also experience accelerated wear because of TMJ and other bite conditions. Bite conditions must be fixed before restoring worn teeth. Once the bite is fixed, porcelain veneers or dental crowns can be used to build your teeth back up.
Teeth That Are Small or Have an Unattractive Shape
If you have small teeth, such as retained baby teeth, or teeth with a congenitally unattractive shape, such as peg laterals, cosmetic dentistry can build up the teeth with porcelain veneers or dental crowns to give them a full, attractive shape.
Crooked, Crowded or Gapped Teeth
If your teeth are crooked, crowded, or have gaps between them, we have many options. Of course, orthodontic options are available. We have many new choices when it comes to orthodontics. You can get your teeth straightened using clear plastic aligners with Invisalign. Or you can use braces to get your teeth straightened in about six months with Six Month Smiles. Functional orthodontics can help expand the jaw. And we offer alternatives to orthodontics. Myofunctional therapy uses exercises to stimulate jaw growth to hopefully eliminate the need for orthodontics.
Reshaping teeth can also help when you have only cosmetic concerns. When we use porcelain veneers to reshape your teeth, we call it instant orthodontics. And porcelain veneers or dental bonding can be used to quickly close a gap in your smile.
Missing teeth are probably the most visible cosmetic complaint about your smile. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with missing teeth. Partial dentures and dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth, but the most attractive and functional tooth replacement is a dental implant.
Custom Smile Makeovers
If you have multiple complaints about the appearance of your smile, we can combine multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures in a custom smile makeover. During your consultation, we will listen to your cosmetic goals and propose one or more optimal solutions to achieve them. We can then tweak the plan to make sure it meets your goals and any restrictions you may face (such as timing, health restrictions, or budget) before deciding on the best course of action for you.
Whether you’re looking for a subtle change or a dramatic makeover, we can help. Please email us or call (845) 634-6006 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at New City Family Dental in New City.