Many of our patients ask Dr. Nofallah, “How can cosmetic dentistry improve my smile?”

Our answer? “In several amazing ways!” Cosmetic dentistry in Lakeland can make your smile noticeably whiter, brighter, and healthier-looking, both immediately and in the long run.

Cosmetic dentistry can address a number of aesthetic issues, such as:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Unsightly spaces or gaps between teeth
  • Discoloration and staining
  • Misshapen or misaligned teeth

Ways Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Improve Your Smile

A whiter smile

Every sip of coffee, tea, or red wine can discolor your teeth – certain foods, such as tomato-based sauces, can also stain your teeth to reduce the whiteness and brightness of your smile. You could go to the corner store and pick up an over-the-counter bleaching solution, of course, but these home treatments do not contain the prescription-strength ingredients your dentist uses to make your teeth as white as possible. Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Sometimes a tooth is so stained that even professional whitening cannot fix it. In these cases, our dentist may recommend using a dental veneer, which is a thin layer of porcelain that our dentist places over the visible surface area of one or more front teeth. Dental veneers are like starting over with a whole new tooth!

Biting and chewing normally is attractive

Do you have one or more teeth that make it hard to bite and chew food? If so, you know how that can affect how you eat: you may bite with the side of your mouth, for example, or chew only on one side. Being unable to bite and chew correctly can also be embarrassing, for example, if you have to cut up pizza to eat with a fork.

You might be surprised to learn that cosmetic dentistry can help here too. Dental veneers provide extra strength to your existing teeth, for example, which allows you to take a healthy bite of your food and chew it more easily.

The best part is that veneers are an easy procedure that provide a permanent solution, so you can have a completely new and strong smile in just a couple of visits.

Healthier teeth and gums gives you the confidence to smile

If you are like a lot of people, you think cosmetic dentistry is unnecessary in that it only makes someone’s smile look appealing. However, you might be surprised to learn that cosmetic dentistry can also support healthier teeth and gums.

Our dentist performs a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures that address or completely eliminate dental health and wellness issues, ranging from problems with jaw alignment to gaining clearer speech. For example, dental bonding done to make misshapen or crooked teeth look better can help maintain healthier teeth. Gum contouring that makes teeth look larger can help reduce the occurrence of tooth decay, preserve healthy teeth, and help teeth stay healthier for longer.

A stronger smile

While the main objective of cosmetic dentistry is to make your smile more attractive, some cosmetic procedures can also make your teeth stronger. Dentists recommend dental crowns to make chipped or cracked teeth more aesthetically pleasing, for example, but crowns can also strengthen the tooth and reduce its risk of additional chips and cracks.

Also, covering the physical damage with a dental crown stops bacteria from entering into your teeth, so they reduce your risk for an infection deep inside your tooth.

Replacing missing teeth

More than 36 million adults in the United States have no teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists, and another 120 million are missing at least one tooth. If you are one of them, then you know that nothing diminishes the aesthetic quality of your smile like one or more missing teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile by replacing your missing teeth with dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants.

Dentures are the most popular means of replacing missing teeth. In fact, 90 percent of people missing all of their teeth wear dentures. A partial denture replaces a few teeth, while a full denture replaces the entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth. Dental implants and dental crowns effectively replace missing teeth to restore your smile as well.

Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. They consist of a metal post surgically implanted into your jaw and a dental crown that looks like your missing tooth.

While dental implants are supposed to be permanent, they can rarely break or become damaged. While they are not typically needed, dental implant repairs can restore the cosmetic appeal that your dental implants created.

Cosmetic dentistry can even help prevent further damage – and that’s something to smile about!

Dental crowns and other cosmetic dental procedures can help decrease the risk for further problems associated with cracked, decayed, crooked, or missing teeth.

For more information on how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile, consult with Kawveh Nofallah DMD. Our cosmetic dentist in Lakeland provides a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help your smile be as white, bright, and appealing as possible!

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