What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
In many cases, dental work is performed to alleviate the symptoms of a painful problem. For instance, if you are having pain in one part of your mouth, you may make an appointment to see your dentist. Once the cause of that pain is identified, some form of treatment will be completed in an effort to provide relief.
While that is a common pattern, it’s not the only reason people decide to see the dentist. For some, a trip to the dentist is a chance to improve on a smile that they may not be happy with at the moment. The field of cosmetic dentistry exists for exactly this purpose. If you would like to change something about the appearance of your smile to give yourself more confidence moving forward in life, visiting a dentist who offers cosmetic services is a great step to take.
It Takes Many Forms
One of the things you should understand about cosmetic dentistry1 is that it can take on many forms. There are a variety of dental treatments which can fall under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella, so it is important to speak with your dentist about which of those treatments would be helpful in your case. As this post moves along, we will touch on some of the various options made available at Lakeside Dental.
The nice thing about choosing cosmetic dentistry is the amount of control you will have over the process. When addressing an oral health issue, you might not have much say in which treatments will provide the best results – those treatments will be dictated by the issues currently present in your mouth. With cosmetic dentistry, however, you can choose treatments largely based on what it is that you would like to change about your smile. Of course, your dentist is going to need to make sure a given treatment is a good fit for your situation, but you will have plenty of input along the way.
As mentioned above, there are a variety of possible treatments which can be used as part of a cosmetic dentistry plan. The points below highlight some of the commonly-used treatments in this area of dentistry –
- Teeth whitening2. There is a good chance that this is the first treatment you will think of when considering cosmetic dentistry. One of the top complaints that people have about their teeth is that they aren’t as white as they would like. With professional teeth whitening completed in a dental office, you can look forward to great results in a modest amount of time. In most cases, the whitening you can perform at home with an over-the-counter kit is just not going to lead to the same results as what you can achieve with the help of a dentist.
- Dental bonding. This is another great treatment when the goal is improving your smile. The beauty of dental bonding comes in the simplicity of the task. You don’t need to prepare yourself for a major dental procedure in order to have small issues with your smile corrected.
- Replace missing teeth. Larger dental procedures can also fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry. That is the case with dental implants3, which are a significant procedure but also have the capability to dramatically transform your smile. Replacing a missing tooth with a quality implant is something that can improve your quality of life in a number of ways.
The three treatments listed above are just a starting point for what can be accomplished thanks to the many services offered in a modern dental office. To learn more, or to inquire about a specific treatment, please contact Lakeside Dental at your convenience.
Getting Help with a Plan
You shouldn’t feel like you are out there on your own when trying to decide how to improve your smile. You might have some specific ideas for the kinds of treatments you would like – and that’s great – or you might not know anything more than you’d like to make some changes. Whatever the case, an experienced dentist is going to be happy to work with you on developing a plan.
When you visit Lakeside Dental with the goal of improving your smile, we’ll be happy to speak with you about how we can help. It might be that just a single treatment can address your concerns, or it may be that a combination of treatments will lead to the best results. Rather than trying to make these decisions on your own in advance, simply make an appointment and get the help of a professional to reach your smile goals as soon as possible.
A Long-Term View
In the present moment, having these treatments to work on your smile might be a bit inconvenient. You may need to take a bit of time away from work, and you’ll need to spend some money in order to have the work completed. Don’t let those issues prevent you from getting started. Remember, this is the kind of work that is done with the long-term picture in mind. If you are willing to make some minor sacrifices now to have the work completed, you can be enjoying the benefits of that decision for years to come. Think about how much you will enjoy having a smile you can be proud of and suddenly the thought of making a few visits to the dentist will seem like no big deal.
When you are ready to explore cosmetic dentistry options that could be a good fit for your needs, please contact Lakeside Dental right away. There are a variety of services we are proud to offer that all have the potential to improve your smile and grow your self-confidence. If you have any questions about these services, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, simply give us a call to speak with a member of our friendly team. Thanks for stopping by, and we look forward to serving you!