cosmetic dentistry

Treatment Options to Improve Smile Symmetry

cosmetic dentistry veneers ClearwaterOne common reason for cosmetic dentistry treatment is to correct the look of an asymmetrical smile. You might have teeth that appear proportionally smaller than other teeth, or you might have irregular gaps or overlaps in your smile. In many cases, your cosmetic dentist can treat these issues with cosmetic veneers.

Evaluating Your Smile

If you’re concerned about the way your smile looks, talk to a cosmetic dentist about possible treatment options. Asymmetry in your smile can be treated in a variety of ways depending upon what about your smile detracts from its overall appearance. If your teeth are overly crooked or if there are large gaps between them, you might need orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic treatment might not be sufficient in this case to prevent long-term problems related to the positioning of your teeth. Be sure to discuss this possibility with your dentist to be sure you will see the best outcome.

However, if you have one or two teeth that look noticeably smaller than your other teeth, or if you have minor gaps or crowding, cosmetic treatment might be just what you need to improve the symmetry of your smile. One common approach is to use dental veneers.

Improving the Symmetry of Your Smile

Cosmetic veneers are a minimally invasive treatment that is versatile enough to address many causes of an asymmetrical smile. Veneers are made of very thin porcelain that is custom-made to match the shape and color of your teeth. If a tooth is much smaller than adjacent teeth, a veneer can disguise this fact. Veneers can also disguise small gaps and minor overlap. In other cases, dental bonding can help improve the look of a tooth that is proportionally smaller or irregularly shaped.

If you’re concerned about the way your smile looks, contact our cosmetic dentist about the best options for treatment. He will evaluate your smile, talk to you about your goals, and then determine the best course of action to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Can periodontal disease be prevented?

gum disease Clearwater FLGum disease is a common and preventable cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, it is the most common cause of tooth loss. By practicing good everyday oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly, you can be sure your gums remain healthy and your teeth remain intact.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when infection develops in the gum tissues. Infection can cause the gums to recede and pull away from the teeth. Since the gums provide support and a foundation for your teeth, damage to these tissues can cause your teeth to eventually become loose and even fall out.

The good news is that gum disease can be prevented. Regular brushing and flossing are the first round of defense. Your family dentist provides even more insurance. Although gum disease can develop with very few symptoms, keep an eye out for these signs that it might be developing:

  • Bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Swelling or redness in your gums
  • A shiny look to your domes
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

Your family dentist can also diagnose gum disease by measuring the pockets around your teeth.

Treatment for Gum Disease

If you do develop gum disease, treatment is available. The type of treatment recommended by your family dentist depends upon how serious your gum disease has become. In its early stages, if there is only minor inflammation, treatment can be as simple as a special toothpaste or mouthwash. As gum disease becomes more serious, however, treatment becomes more invasive. A special deep-cleaning method called planing and scaling removes bacteria and infection just below the gum line and also smooths out the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from taking hold. If gums have started to recede, pulling away from the tooth roots, you might require gum surgery. This can include gum grafts, which transplants tissues from the roof of your mouth to shore up your gum line.

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