Experienced West Seneca Cosmetic Dentists
Providing Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry Services For The Whole Family
Cosmetic dentistry comprises the measures that you and your dentist can take to improve the appearance of your teeth—that is, as long as your mouth is already healthy and free from debilitating conditions.
As soon as any oral, dental, or gingival (gum-related) disease is treated and corrected, you may be eligible for cosmetic work to enhance your smile and solve any lingering problems related to bite and alignment. Cosmetic dentistry treatments allow individuals to achieve perfect smiles, and the treatments can alleviate many issues that affect the gums and teeth. Dental veneers can alter the shape and color of teeth, contributing to a brighter and more even smile while providing extra protection to each tooth. Tooth whitening can help to remove any stains that may have accumulated due to dietary choices, and your dentist can remove any white spots that may have developed because of excessive fluoride intake or the use of braces. If your teeth are slightly or moderately misaligned, orthodontic appliances such as clear aligners can correct these irregularities. Each of these cosmetic treatments has the potential to enhance the character of a smile, and the teeth can even be strengthened by the orthodontic and superficial support that these treatments can offer.
If you think that you may benefit from cosmetic treatment, you must first arrange an appointment with your dentist, who will be able to tell you if there are any issues with your oral health that might make cosmetic dentistry treatments unnecessary or even harmful. There is no good reason, for example, to try to bleach every tooth when one incisor is stained due to an undetected internal problem; tooth whitening would thus lighten every tooth except for the infected incisor, making the original discoloration issue even more visible and leaving the underlying cause essentially untouched. During this consultation, because your goals will influence which cosmetic treatments you receive, you should inform your dentist about what you feel are the strengths and weaknesses of your smile. After this, your dentist will examine your teeth, bite, and gums in detail in order to identify how best to attain the smile you wish to have.
There are a number of tests that your dentist can perform in order to determine the cosmetic treatments that would benefit you the most. Your dentist will first learn about your health history and inspect your mouth for any concerning issues. He or she might take photographs of your mouth and conduct an X-ray scan in order to peer below the gum line. An impression will be taken of both your maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) to have a permanent, physical record of the current layout of your teeth. Once all this information has been gathered, your dentist will be able to prescribe certain cosmetic procedures and discourage others. You and your dentist can utilize computer software to design your new smile, estimating the extent of the effects that individual cosmetic treatments can have on your teeth. As soon as you and your dentist have come to an agreement upon which treatment or treatments are most opportune and affordable, you can set your first cosmetic treatment appointment.