If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you are not alone. As one of the most noticeable features on our face and an invaluable social tool, our smile is virtually impossible to hide. Smiling with a closed mouth in photographs and avoiding eating in public, are just some of the ways in which we try and hide our teeth.
Feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your smile can also have a deeper psychological effect, causing a loss of confidence, fear of intimacy, social anxiety, and even depression. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help improve the aspects of your teeth that you dislike, restoring your appearance and self-confidence.
At Smile by Choice in Manhattan, NY, Dr. Yoon Choi is a skilled cosmetic dentist, offering a range of cosmetic dental treatments that can restore your smile. From teeth whitening to dental implants, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers, Dr. Choi can help restore the overall appearance of your smile.
How can cosmetic dentistry help me?
There are now more types of cosmetic dentistry available than ever before, meaning that it is possible to improve virtually any aspect of your smile. While some patients only require a single procedure to achieve the improvements that they are looking for, others opt to combine different treatments to totally transform the appearance of their smile.
Typically, patients who choose cosmetic dentistry do so to address problems such as:
- Teeth that are stained or discolored
- Teeth that have imperfections on the outer enamel, such as cracks or chips
- Teeth that are generally damaged or extensively decayed and have a large number of metal cavity fillings
- Too many teeth in the mouth, causing them to overlap or become crooked
- A noticeable overbite or underbite
- Gaps between the teeth
- Teeth that appear too long from receding gum tissue
- Teeth that appear too short from excessive gum tissue giving the patient a gummy smile
Types of cosmetic dentistry procedure
The type of cosmetic dentistry that is right for you will depend on which aspect of your smile that you wish to improve. Nevertheless, there are plenty of different cosmetic dental treatments to choose from.
Teeth whitening is the single most requested cosmetic dental treatment in the world today. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive, low-risk and immediate treatment for transforming the appearance of your smile. While there are a lot of different products available that claim to have whitening capabilities, in-office professional whitening is proven to deliver the most outstanding, consistent and long-lasting results.
Sessions can be performed during your lunch break, and there is no down-time after your teeth whitening treatment, meaning that you can return to your busy day-to-day life between teeth whitening treatments. The exact number of sessions you will need will depend on the starting color of your teeth and the shade that you wish to achieve. During your initial consultation, Dr. Choi will help you determine how many treatments you need to achieve your desired whiteness.
A popular alternative to teeth whitening, porcelain veneers are often used for patients who are unable to tolerate bleaching agents, who have minor imperfections on the outer enamel of their teeth, or who are unable to achieve the exact shade of whiteness that they desire. Porcelain veneers can also be used to cover small gaps between the teeth and create a more uniform shape, size, and color across your smile.
Every set of veneers is designed specifically for your teeth and requires a little of the natural enamel on the outside of your teeth to be filed away, which is done under local anesthetic, so that each veneer can be applied and secured using special adhesive resin. The procedure is painless and will leave you with a beautiful, natural smile.
Composite resin fillings
For many of us, cavity fillings are an unfortunate and unavoidable part of life. Conventional, budget fillings are carried out using dark grey metal, which can be unattractive when you open your mouth. In the case of people with a large number of fillings, this can be embarrassing.
Thankfully, it is now possible to have a much more discreet type of cavity filling. Made from composite resin, these tooth-colored cavity fillings can replace metal varieties. Composite fillings are virtually imperceptible and make your teeth look much healthier and your smile more beautiful.
While your teeth may be perfectly healthy, you may still suffer from alignment problems. This is when the teeth that you have are twisted, crooked, overlapping or gapped. It can also refer to problems with your bite, when the teeth in the front of your upper jaw protrude further forward than the lower jaw (overbite) or vice versa (underbite).
Only orthodontic treatment can address tooth misalignment and bite problems. Conventional orthodontic braces have been used for many years with great success. However, there is also a newer alternative – Invisalign, which involves the patient wearing a series of removable plastic liners on their teeth to guide them in to the correct spaces.
Invisalign is more convenient and discreet than regular braces, but is not suitable for all patients. It is also important to remember that, depending on the severity of your problem, you may need to have teeth removed, in order for orthodontic treatment to work effectively.
If you have lost a tooth due to damage or decay, or your dentist has advised that you require an extraction, you will probably be worried about the effect that the gap left will have on the appearance of your smile. While there are several different tooth replacement options available for single or multiple missing teeth, including a dental bridge or dentures, you may also want to consider dental implants.
Dental implants are the most recent solution devised to replace missing teeth. They work by inserting a prosthetic tooth in to the gap, and securing it to the jaw bone with a metal rod. This permanent and discreet solution has a wide range of benefits that make it a sound investment in your long-term dental future.
This list represents just some of the cosmetic dentistry appointments that we can offer at Smile by Choice. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry, or to arrange your consultation at our comfortable, state-of-the-art facility in Manhattan, NY, please call our team today at 917-412-2334.