You may think that crooked or chipped teeth aren’t a big deal. They’re just cosmetic issues, so they don’t need to be fixed. However, it’s necessary to look into cosmetic dentistry in Owings Mills, MD when you have aesthetic issues. Often, these issues come with underlying oral health problems. Dr. Suman Chibb, of Owings Mills Dental Care, explains how cosmetic dentistry can help you.
What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix?
Cosmetic dentistry fixes things like crooked, discolored or stained, and chipped or broken teeth. Crooked teeth can be painful if teeth are overcrowded or overlapping. They can also impact the function of your bite. You may also suffer from more tooth decay with crooked teeth, as plaque can build up in the hard to reach places crooked teeth create. They’re definitely much more than an aesthetic problem.
As we age, our teeth can become discolored. This is accelerated if you have habits like smoking or drink or eat things that stain, such as coffee or red wine. While this is mostly a purely aesthetic issue, things like tobacco can also lead to further problems. Smokers have an increased risk of periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay from plaque and tartar buildup.
Damaged teeth, like ones with chips and cracks, can be anywhere from inconvenient and unsightly to painful. Since the enamel is compromised, it means those teeth are more likely to get infected. Bacteria can get into the interior of the tooth easier, leading to a root canal or a full tooth extraction.
What Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments are Available?
At Owings Mills Dental Care, we offer various treatment options for cosmetic dentistry concerns. These include:
If you have crooked teeth, an overcrowded smile, or large gaps between teeth, Invisalign can help. Using clear aligners that are customized to your mouth, your teeth are slowly moved into position. They’re worn 20-22 hours a day and are changed every 1-2 weeks. Each aligner is a step closer to a straighter smile!
Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is much more discreet. Since the aligners are clear, they’re virtually invisible when you’re wearing them. They’re also removable, so you have no dietary restrictions and can continue your normal oral hygiene routine. With the material the aligners are made of, as well as them being customized to your mouth, you shouldn’t have any irritation issues with the soft tissue in your mouth.
Porcelain veneers can be used for many cosmetic concerns. They can repair and conceal chipped or broken teeth, improve the appearance of crooked or misformed teeth, or give the appearance of a whiter smile.
They’re a popular cosmetic treatment because of their durability, stain resistance, look and feel like natural teeth, and can be taken care of with normal maintenance. The veneers are color-matched to your natural teeth or the color you want. These thin slices of dental ceramic are bonded to the outside of your teeth. They’re polished to look natural and can be shaped to the size and shape of teeth that will look right in your smile.
Tooth bonding can also fix various problems. These include chipped or broken teeth, discoloration, misshapen teeth, and tooth gaps. The bonding material is a composite resin that can be shaded according to the color you want for your teeth. The material is molded to the desired shape, then hardened and polished so that they blend in with normal teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Owings Mills, Maryland
Can cosmetic dentistry help the issues you’re having with your teeth? Call us today or schedule an appointment online!