The 5 Most Embarrassing Problems Cosmetic Dentistry Can Solve
Most people think a beautiful smile is the perfect accessory. A smile has the power to draw others in. It makes you look friendly and welcoming.
Unfortunately, not everybody has a naturally dazzling smile. Some people are not happy with the appearance of their teeth, and this not only prevents them from easily breaking out into a natural smile, but can also make them feel quite self-conscious about their dental concerns.
If you have “tooth issues” that make you feel uncomfortable when smiling, solutions are available at our dental clinic. We offer a variety of cosmetic dental treatments so, whatever your dental problem, we will have a solution to improve your smile.
We have listed below five of the most common smile problems that our dental team takes care of, as well as the therapy we offer for these issues.
A lot of people, particularly the young, don’t like having a single tooth that sits out of the straight line of their teeth. It can distort the shape of the mouth, as well as affect their smile.
This is easy enough to treat with orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment will reposition the out-of-line tooth into place and, at the same time, perfect the alignment of all the other teeth.
If this is the only dental issue to be treated, patients typically need only wear the braces for 18 months to two years.
2. Discoloured teeth
Yellowish or greyish teeth can make anybody feel self-conscious. Those who have them tend to think that people will judge their oral hygiene practices because of the “unhealthy” hue of their chompers.
Discoloured teeth can also be treated easily. Extrinsic staining can often be eliminated with a thorough professional dental scale and polish. If the discoloration is due to the teeth themselves, professional teeth whitening is generally all that is needed.
Another option that may be appropriate if whitening is not the solution, is the application of veneers. A thin piece of custom moulded material (usually porcelain) is bonded to the tooth or teeth to improve both their colour and shape.
3. Uneven teeth
This can be an alignment and/or a shape and size issue. Teeth may be overlapping or crowded, or some of the teeth have formed with a size or shape that doesn’t harmonise with the surrounding teeth.
For this particular problem, you may need orthodontic treatment, or dental veneers, or sometimes, both. Braces will move the teeth into their optimum position, while veneers can alter the original size and shape of the natural teeth to improve their appearance.
4. Chipped tooth
A chipped tooth is typically the result of an accident. This problem doesn’t always cause great discomfort; but for many people, a smile with a chipped or broken tooth is enough to cause embarrassment or self-consciousness.
Often a chipped tooth can be repaired simply and relatively cheaply with composite resin (white filling material). However, sometimes dental veneers are the best cosmetic solution, and often a longer-lasting one. They can be used to restore the original shape and size of the tooth. We provide a temporary one at first to restore your smile as we work on a higher quality permanent veneer.
5. Missing teeth
Many people find gaps between teeth unsightly or embarrassing. There are different restorative dentistry procedures to choose from based on your specific requirements (how may teeth are missing, how long they have been missing for etc.)
Often the most affordable solution is to have partial dentures made. These will fill in the gaps easily, and they are removable.
Another solution to consider is a dental bridge. There are three types of dental bridges but they all accomplish the same thing, which is to restore the look and function of the missing tooth. For dental bridges, the options are:
- Traditional bridges
These are ideal for crowns or an implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. These are made either of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
This is normally only suitable for missing front teeth because it doesn’t withstand heavy chewing forces well. Instead of a crown each side of the missing tooth, the pontic is supported by a crown or implant on only one side.
- Maryland or resin-bonded bridges
These bridges are also unable to cope with biting forces. They use a porcelain, or porcelain-fused to metal, or plastic tooth supported by a metal or porcelain frame. The frames are attached or bonded to existing slightly reshaped adjacent teeth without crowning them (reshaping is required to secure the bridge).
- Dental Implants
Implants are the most expensive solution but most often provide the best result. Dental implants replace the root of the missing tooth with a titanium facsimile, which then carries the replacement tooth. Unlike other replacement options, dental implants can preserve the bone and gum structure and placement doesn’t damage the remaining original teeth.
This is a short list of some of the most common and embarrassing dental problems that cosmetic dentistry can help you with. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, then get in contact with us at Apple Dental; we are ready to help!
Call us for an appointment so we can assess the root of your dental problem. Then we can discuss all the treatment options and answer any questions you may have so you can make an informed choice to finally put that smile back on your face.