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About Cosmetic Dentistry
Most dental visits are about fixing problems that affect how your teeth function. Cosmetic dentistry is about appearance and how you feel about your smile. It could be something as simple as teeth whitening or as extensive as repairing/replacing cracked or chipped teeth (that still function properly) to make your teeth look as good as they work.
Appearance, however, doesn’t stand alone, serious dental-function problems can go hand-in- hand with visual problems and esthetic dentistry can fix both in a single operation. You should know that cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized dental specialty, any dentist can claim expertise, regardless of their actual experience and skill. Avalon’s Dr. Richard Robertson is affiliated with the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association and the International Association for Orthodontics. If you have a problem with your teeth, “Dr. Rick”, as he’s known to his patients, has the training and experience to take care of you.
How Can I Benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?
Your self-esteem and self-confidence shouldn’t depend on what’s in your mouth, but what’s in your smile does affect your appearance and, let’s be honest, we’re human. We want to look our best to friends, prospective employers, everybody! Cosmetic dentistry can make that happen. In addition to correcting esthetic flaws, esthetic dentistry can make you look younger; it can build self-confidence which may enhance your career or social life; it can even prevent future dental damage by strengthening your teeth.
Types of Cosmetic Treatments
Teeth whitening ranks among the most common cosmetic treatments. Your local pharmacy has plenty of tooth whiteners, but whitening with custom trays details the program to your smile and your cosmetic goals. We also offer take-home whitening kits.
Gapped front teeth are an example of perfectly functional, not so perfect-looking teeth. Dental crowns, tooth bonding or porcelain veneers are simple options for closing or hiding that gap. If the gap is causing other problems, like tooth decay or malocclusion, we may recommend an orthodontic solution, such as braces or, in some cases, clear aligners such as Invisalign.
Crooked teeth may be far more than a photogenic situation; they also increase your chances of tooth decay, gum disease or TMJ (jaw) troubles. These also may need orthodontic treatment.