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Common Smile Problems That Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix

Looking to correct stained, missing, or crooked teeth? Our cosmetic dentist can help you enhance your natural teeth so that your smile looks and feel its best. 

Since cosmetic dental problems vary from person to person, your smile makeover treatment will be tailored to the specific issue at hand. Such as managing tooth decay and broken teeth, or replacing missing teeth with cosmetic dental implant restorations. 

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry specifically offers improvements in the appearance of teeth and overall bite. In most cases, cosmetic dentistry procedures tend to be completely elective in nature, such as teeth whitening. But they can also serve a restorative purpose, like a porcelain dental crown.

Even the healthiest teeth often experience the effects of age, lifestyle, and diet choices. Cosmetic services can correct any problems with your teeth shape, size, alignment, and color. When you have great oral health but want to change the appearance of natural teeth, our cosmetic dentist will plan a tooth-by-tooth approach to address the specific issues at hand. 

Some of the most common services offered by our Chattanooga cosmetic dentist include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Ceramic dental crown (caps)
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Fixed bridges
  • Aligners to straighten teeth
  • Cosmetic bonding

When you have a cosmetic concern like discolored teeth, the treatment is usually elective. Whereas chipped or cracked teeth require a restoration that improves function just as much as the appearance of the entire tooth.

Before and After
Before and After
Before and After

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve Your Smile?

When you feel embarrassed by stained teeth or missing teeth, great cosmetic dentists like the team at McOmie Family Dentistry work to erase your aesthetic dental problems. Your dental care focuses just as much on your oral health as it does your smile’s physical appearance. In most cases, the least invasive method of care is recommended. Professional teeth whitening to brighten stained teeth is the perfect example. Whereas someone with major teeth alignment issues (including gapped teeth) may need porcelain veneers or alignment trays to help their smile look healthy. 

Cosmetic treatments used during a smile makeover can also impact how your gum tissue looks. If you have a “gummy smile”, we may suggest gum contouring to help your gingiva (gum tissue) look more attractive. 

Porcelain Veneers in Chattanooga

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of tooth colored porcelain that we bond to the front surface of teeth to enhance your appearance. Depending on how wide your smile is, you may need anywhere from 6-8 veneers or more. If you have a significantly broken tooth, dental crowns offer a functional alternative. 

Veneers are often the premier treatment used in today’s smile makeovers. They fix common dental problems like staining, tooth misalignment, and minor to moderate smile flaws and veneers are worth it for fixing these kinds of cosmetic issues. Since they hide crooked teeth, some people refer to veneers as “instant braces.”

Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants are best for replacing a missing tooth. Implants function like a natural tooth and are non-invasive to surrounding teeth. A dental bridge or denture are other ways our Chattanooga cosmetic dentist might recommend filling gaps caused by missing teeth. Since the loss of permanent teeth can cause adjacent teeth to tilt out of alignment, we’ll want to replace the tooth completely before other tooth structure is impacted. 

Shape and Overlap of Teeth

Traditional braces, alignment trays, dental veneers, and bonding are all great ways to address tooth shape and alignment. Since uneven teeth can result in cracked or broken enamel on opposing teeth, a functional bite is important to long-term dental health. Crooked teeth are also more likely to suffer from gum disease and cavities. Creating an attractive smile may seem like a solely cosmetic procedure, but your long-term dental care will benefit as well. 

Stained Or Discolored Teeth

Coffee, tea, red wine, chewing tobacco, smoking, and other dark foods can cause major stain in your tooth enamel. But over-the-counter whitening gels usually can’t remove tough stains on teeth. If you want whiter teeth that are noticeably brighter, then professional teeth whitening is always best. Choose between a one hour in office treatment or have a set of custom trays created to use at home.

We usually recommend whitening your teeth before you receive dental services like veneers or a dental crown because we want your front teeth to match the new restorations in your mouth. Whitening is one way to get a beautiful smile without any additional dental care. 

Chipped Teeth Treatment in Chattanooga 

If you have a chipped tooth, bonding or veneers tend to work best. Composite bonding can be applied in a single appointment, offering immediate results. But if you have multiple chipped teeth then crowns or veneers may be required, depending on the extent of damage to your teeth. A tooth with little or no damage will usually respond best to cosmetic bonding. And since dental bonding is minimally invasive, you shouldn’t feel any tooth pain or require numbing medication during the procedure. 

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Our Chattanooga cosmetic dentist can help you tailor your general/family dentistry treatments to address both your oral health and your overall appearance. Cosmetic dentistry enhances your overall facial structure, helping you look your best wherever you go. As a result, you can enjoy a boost in confidence and make a great first impression whenever you’re around other people. If you have crooked teeth, cracked or broken enamel, or missing teeth, be sure to meet with our dentist to discuss your options. 

How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Bad Smile?

Every cosmetic service our family dentistry office provides comes with flexible financing options. As you map out your care plan you can select the best treatments for your budget. Options like whitening or bonding teeth are extremely affordable. More dramatic treatments can be financed at 0% or low interest with low monthly payments. Our care plan will review all of the options beforehand so that you can work with our dentist to map out the best makeover for your specific teeth. 

Contact McOmie Family Dentistry in Chattanooga today to reserve a private, one-on-one consultation with our cosmetic dentist. 

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