Although the primary reason for having a great dentist is to be covered in the event of a dental health issue, a dentist can also help with the aesthetic properties of your smile. This practice is called cosmetic dentistry and focuses on correcting issues, both minor and major, that may affect your smile and, in turn, your confidence. Here is a summary of what cosmetic dentistry entails, and some of the services you can find at Affordable Dental Center.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Unlike general dental procedures, which are aimed at fixing or preventing a dental health problem, cosmetic dental procedures usually don’t have any basis in creating a healthier mouth. What these procedures do is affect a positive change to the way your teeth and your smile look.
This can have a number of purposes. While it may seem superficial, people notice your smile. They notice if your smile is straight or white, and they definitely notice problems with your teeth when you smile. For some people, this can cause insecurity and self-doubt. That’s where we come in.
Affordable Dental Center wants to ensure you have avenues to get the smile you want. Over time, teeth may become crooked, stained or simply faded with age. Cosmetic dental procedures exist to counteract the effects so that you can have the ideal smile to restore confidence in yourself and smile freely for years to come.
Some Cosmetic Dental Procedures That We Offer
At Affordable Dental Center, we use the latest cosmetic technology to improve your smile in ways that are simple and comfortable as possible. Here are a few examples:
- Teeth whitening: To whiten teeth, many people resort to home bleaching kits and whitening toothpastes in an attempt to restore their smile to the brightness it once had. Naturally, teeth dull with age, whether because of damage, fading or the consumption of certain foods and beverages. While home whitening may have some effect, the safest and most effective way to whiten teeth is to have them professionally bleached.
- Straightening: Crooked teeth are a fact of life for many people, which is why so many individuals have braces during their youth. Orthodontia is an area that fits both in cosmetic dentistry and restorative practice, because it’s meant to straighten teeth, but also to improve the bite of patients whose alignment may be causing them to damage teeth. Dr. Stegmann is also certified in Invisalign, a popular choice for adults and youths who want a more subtle way to straighten their teeth.
- Dentures and implants: For people who may be self-conscious about their smile due to missing teeth, there is no shortage of solutions. Many older patients opt for dentures, a completely removable set of teeth. We also offer dental implants, in which new teeth are implanted in a patient’s mouth semi-permanently.
- Veneers: Patients who want straight, white teeth without waiting can opt for veneers, which are teeth coverings usually made of porcelain in the style and color of your choice.