A smile is often one of the first things we notice about a person, and cosmetic dentistry means that you no longer need to settle for stained or misshapen teeth.
If uneven or discolored teeth are causing intense feelings of embarrassment when you smile, cosmetic dentistry may offer a real solution to improving your feelings of self-confidence. Even a minor treatment like a whitening treatment to remove stains can dramatically alter the appearance of your teeth.
Your regular dentist may be able to carry out minor cosmetic work, but for major work you may prefer to visit a specialist for a wider choice of treatments. There is no "one size fits all" approach to cosmetic dental procedures, and your dentist will consider several contributing factors, such as your current state of oral health, before deciding on the best approach. If you show signs of tooth decay or gum disease, they will need to be treated before you undergo any additional cosmetic work.
While some cosmetic treatments may occur over several sessions, other simpler procedures, such as changing old silver fillings to more natural-looking white fillings, may require only a single visit to your dentist. In addition to adults, teenagers may also decide to have cosmetic dental work to straighten their uneven teeth. Orthodontic treatments that require patients to wear braces may be recommended for both teens and adults.