Creating a beautiful smile with cosmetic dentistry can be a positive life-changing experience. Your smile is your signature; a sign of happiness, confidence and success. When considering cosmetic dentistry, as an option, most patients only think of the enhancements to their appearance. However, a straight and sincere smile is more than just cosmetically significant, it is imperative to your oral health.
Consider the impact of a single lost tooth. One lost tooth can change the aesthetics of your mouth by throwing off the alignment of your entire smile and may be enough reason to consider a cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, most patients will not consider that the health of your entire mouth is now at risk. Since the missing tooth is no longer available to help support surrounding teeth, they’ll begin to lean toward the gap. This will ultimately create overlapping areas that are hard to clean, potentially leading to other oral health issues. Lastly, misaligned teeth can also affect your bite and cause tooth erosion, jaw pain, and headaches. The dental procedure needed to restore the mouth described may fit the cosmetic dentistry definition, but more importantly, it will significantly improve the oral health of the patient.
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a variety of treatments, including veneers, crowns, implants, composite fillings, and tooth whitening. In each oral health challenge, more than one of these treatments may be the answer based on numerous personal factors. Seeking the insight of a specialist will be imperative in an aesthetically positive and healthy outcome with each situation.
Most patients don’t realize there is no true specialty of cosmetic dentistry, because all dentistry should be aesthetic as well as cosmetic. Prosthodontists are the most highly trained restorative dentists in the country with extensive training using state of the art technology and procedures for oral health issues. Dental Solutions of Binghamton is proud to have two prosthodontists on staff. Call for an appointment with Dr. Sambursky or Dr. Zietsman today, to ensure the improvements you make to your smile are more than just cosmetic.