Making the Decision for Cosmetic Dentistry Improvements

There’s nothing quite like making an improvement to your appearance. We feel great after a new haircut, a new outfit, or a new look to your smile. This is one reason why cosmetic dentistry is so important to patients in West St. Paul, MN.

We know that a few changes to your smile can transform the way you feel about yourself, which is why we offer extensive amounts of cosmetic dentistry solutions to our patients. No matter what it is that bothers you about your smile, we can help you make improvements.

Before you make decisions for the improvement of your smile, we recommend that you do some thinking about what you really want to see happening for your smile! We have some questions to get you started. From there, we will talk about some common smile complaints we see from our patients and ways that we can correct those problems! Let’s get started!

Are You Unhappy with Your Smile?

The first question you have to answer is are you unhappy with your smile? Here’s a little secret: most people are unhappy with some aspect of their smile. It’s a common complaint about appearance.

We know how important an attractive smile is, and we want to know that when other people look at us, they are seeing something they like! After all, your smile is one of your best assets. If you aren’t happy, you’ll know. Here are a couple of questions to help you decide for sure.

Do you hide when the camera comes out?
When someone points a camera at you and asks you to smile, what do you do? Does your heart begin pounding as soon as you see the camera come out of the bag? Do you cover your smile behind your hand? Do you refuse to take a photo altogether? These are all signs of someone who is embarrassed by their smile!

Do you smile with your teeth?
Aside from cameras, we all have opportunities to smile and laugh throughout the day. How do you handle those moments? Someone who is confident with their teeth will smile or laugh without a second thought. Those who are not confident will keep their lips closed, cover their smile with a hand, or look at the ground when they smile or laugh.

If you could relate to any of these situations, you know that you probably need some cosmetic work! After all, you want a confident smile, don’t you? Let’s dig into areas of improvement and solutions to those problems!

What Needs to be Improved?

For most people, the area of improvement will fall into one of the following three categories: color, repairing damage, or changing the shape of your teeth. Some of this damage comes from aging and normal wear and tear, but it can also come from injury or accident!

Color: Most color damage comes from a lifetime of eating and drinking. Every smile is going to darken over time, but some smiles go faster than others. Smoking and tetracycline stains (from antibiotics) can cause your color change to be more dramatic.

Damage: A wrong bite, a knock to the teeth, or a weak tooth can end the same way: damage. Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth are more common than you might realize. Always have a damaged tooth checked for signs of decay before you decide on cosmetic treatment.

Shape: The shape of your teeth is normally a genetic thing. Your teeth might be short and wide, too thin, gapped, or your gums might overpower the whites of your teeth. In any case, the shape of your teeth can affect the way you feel about your smile!

How to Get the Smile of Your Dreams

Damage can always be corrected! There are so many things that can go wrong with your smile, so it’s good to know that there are ways to fix the problems you see. We mentioned specific areas of damage above, but now we would like to talk about our cosmetic options that will allow you to get the smile of your dreams!

Whitening: If you are looking to improve the color of your smile, we recommend skipping the over-the-counter whitening methods you see advertised in the drugstore. Those methods are not proven safe for regular use. Instead, you can have quality, professional whitening done by us here in the office!

We use a whitening solution called NiteWhite, which is applied using a custom whitening tray. The solution contains potassium nitrate and calcium phosphate to protect your teeth from sensitivity often caused by whitening. Once your treatments are complete, you can sign up for our Whitening for Life program that enables you to maintain your bright color for the rest of your life at no additional cost!

Dental Bonding: For teeth that are cracked, chipped, have gaps, or have areas of discoloration, you might consider cosmetic dental bonding. Dental bonding uses a pliable resin material to cover and shape your teeth into the look of your dreams.

The material will fill the gaps, chips, and cracks with a solution that matches the color of your teeth perfectly. We layer bonding material over and around your teeth until the damage is no longer visible! This is a great solution for patients looking for a cost-effective way to get great cosmetic improvements with minimal time and hassle!

Veneers: In some cases, whitening and dental bonding just won’t cut it. That or the entire tooth needs to be completely covered because the tooth itself is misshapen! Whichever the case, we offer beautiful porcelain veneers to create the smile of your dreams. The process is more in depth than bonding or whitening, but the results will last longer.

In order to place veneers, we need to prepare your teeth, take impressions, and craft custom veneers for your smile. We find that placing implants in sets of 4, 8, or 12 create the most natural result for your smile. You will then enjoy your new smile for the next 20+ years before needing to replace or repair your porcelain veneers.

Want to Learn More?
Are you looking to improve your smile into something you can truly be proud of? Cosmetic dentistry might be the way to go, and we can help you make that decision right here at Serafimov Dental! Contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you soon!