General Dentists recommend that we maintain our dental health by brushing and flossing every day, and also through regular dental visits about twice a year. But what happens if you don’t like your smile? Or your teeth are misaligned or discolored? You will have to consult a cosmetic dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry involves improving the aesthetics of your smile. It includes the use of various dental treatments, to improve the appearance of your teeth.
At Skyview Dentistry, we provide various cosmetic dental treatments. Our staff is well trained and qualified to offer only the best dental care to all our patients. The treatments include:
Over the years, there have been major advancements made towards cosmetic dentistry. Trends such as using lasers or minimally invasive techniques are geared towards providing a natural tooth appearance, and also reducing pain and recovery period following the procedures.
Am I the Right Candidate for Cosmetic dentistry?
If you have missing, uneven, chipped, stained or discolored teeth, and would like to see their appearance enhanced, then you are an ideal candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Patients suffering from periodontal disease such as exposed roots, uneven gum line or indentations in gums or jawbones can also benefit greatly from undergoing a cosmetic dental treatment.
Dr. Seti Byrd recommends visiting your dentist for an initial consultation before making any decision. This is vital because she will conduct a full examination of your teeth, before recommending the best course of action, depending on your situation.
In some cases, there may be need for X-rays, in order to get a clearer picture of the problem, which allows a dentist create the best treatment plan.
Additionally, having a positive attitude and maintaining realistic expectations of the procedures goes a long way in ensuring that you get the results you had hoped for.
What Should I Expect During The Treatment?
Your dentist will opt for the technique that best suits the specific cosmetic treatment you are undergoing. During your initial consultation, your dentist will take you through the entire procedure, and show you projections of what you can expect.
During the treatment, your dentist may first administer anesthesia for your comfort. The modern advancements in the dental industry have allowed cosmetic dentists to use materials that closely resemble the look and feel of your natural teeth. All instruments and materials used will depend on the type of procedure you are undergoing.
Are There Post Treatment Instructions I Should Follow?
The recovery period of cosmetic dental treatments varies with different patients, and depends on the specific treatment. Some procedures such as dental veneers and teeth whitening will have little recovery period, or none at all. You can resume your normal duties following the procedure.
On the other hand, procedures such as dental implants have a lengthy downtime, and your dentists will give aftercare instructions after the treatment that will help you maintain your oral health.
You may also experience tenderness and pain on the treated site, after the procedure, and Dr. Byrd recommends taking prescribed pain relievers to manage the pain and inflammation.
The most crucial aspect in all cosmetic dental treatments is maintaining a good oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing on a regular basis will ensure that the cosmetic effects last for a long time.
In case of any questions or concerns, please contact our office, at Skyview Dentistry, Charlotte, NC, for the best dental experience.