Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry, also known as aesthetic dentistry, is an area of dental practice aimed at improving the appearance of your smile. Many different treatments are included under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry, but all share the same focus: giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
What are some common cosmetic dentistry procedures?
Dr. Steier is experienced in many types of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including:
- Composite bonding
- Inlays and onlays
You can also come in for professional tooth whitening, which offers a far better result than anything you can buy on the drugstore shelves.
What is the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for me?
There’s no cut-and-dried answer to this question, as your needs will differ from those of others. Dr. Steier views her role as a partner in helping you create your best possible smile. To that end, she works with you to discuss the pros and cons of various approaches.
For example, if you only need to correct some areas of discoloration and a small chip on a front tooth, a set of dental veneers might be your best option. On the other hand, if you have a tooth that is discolored and has a large filling, then bonding could address both the shading and provide structural support for that tooth.
In many cases, a combination of procedures is the best way to create your optimal smile. Those procedures can be done all at once or over a more extended period. Cosmetic procedures do not require major reconstructive procedures, and are usually very quick and painless.
Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?
Creating a great smile does require an investment, but the rewards are hard to measure adequately. Your smile is one of the things that others first notice about you, and it plays a big role in the impression they form.
Your smile can make a big difference in social settings as well as professional interactions. Also, feeling great about your smile is an awesome confidence booster. Not only will a gorgeous smile change the way that others think about you, but it will also change the way that you think about yourself.
Many cosmetic procedures also improve the strength of your teeth. Crowns provide additional structural support and should be done by a prosthodontist, while Invisalign prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position. Veneers and bonding can protect chipped or cracked teeth.
Dr. Steier discusses the cost of all treatment options during your appointment. She firmly believes that being fully informed is the best way to make any decision, especially regarding your dental health. Schedule an appointment today to begin exploring the possibilities available through cosmetic dentistry.