29 Sep EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COSMETIC DENTISTRY IN KNOXVILLE
Cosmetic dentistry is anything that improves a patient’s smile. This could be making teeth whiter, more straight, or fixing chipped or broken teeth. To get a better understanding of cosmetic dentistry, we spoke with our own Dr. Elisabeth Belter to help give us a better understanding of what it is and how it can help our patients.
To understand cosmetic dentistry, we’ll cover:
- Types of cosmetic dentistry
- The benefits of cosmetic dentistry
- What kind of problems does cosmetic dentistry treat?
- Does cosmetic dentistry have functional benefits?
- How to choose a cosmetic dentist
At Kirkpatrick Dental, we care about every aspect of your smile. Keep reading to learn what cosmetic dentistry can do for you and how we can help make it happen.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
There are different types of cosmetic dental procedures available to those who are interested. Some of these procedures may require approval from your dentist after a consultation. With that said, all of them have the capacity to give you a brighter, more confident smile.
Veneers are a thin shell that your dentist cements to the front of your teeth. Made from porcelain or composite material, they’re custom made to address a multitude of dental issues that can cause patients to feel less confident in their smiles.
- Chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Spaces between teeth
Veneers require a consultation with your dentist to see if you qualify for the procedure. Schedule an appointment with us today to see if you’re a good fit.
Check out any list of cosmetic dentistry procedures and you’re sure to find teeth whitening or bleaching on the list. This is because many people have stained teeth due to food, drink, and smoking. Like veneers, teeth whitening isn’t right for everyone. This is why you will need to talk to your dentist before undergoing dental teeth whitening.
At Kirkpatrick Dental Care, we offer one of the most professional teeth whitening services in Knoxville. Glo Science Professional is a safer option to whiten your teeth professionally. Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out if Glo whitening products are the right fit for you and your lifestyle.
Also known as caps, dental crowns are designed to fit over the entire tooth. They’re perfect for teeth that are:
- Spaced far apart
Don’t worry if you’re concerned about dental crowns being able to handle biting and chewing. These porcelain or acrylic teeth have been combined with metal so they’re strong enough to handle whatever you throw at them.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Made out of titanium, these devices are surgically implanted into your jaw wherever you have a missing tooth. Think of dental implants as a sort of anchor for replacement teeth such as dentures, crowns, and bridges.
Other Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t limited to the above procedures. Those interested in improving their smile may also want to consider:
- Teeth Shaping: when your dentist removes enamel in order to reshape the tooth.
- Tooth Bonding: when your dentists “bonds” tooth-colored material to your teeth to improve broken, chipped, or stained teeth.
You can reach out and talk to us about your full list of options. We’ll be able to advise you on which treatments will benefit you most and which you may qualify for. By working with our dental professionals, you’ll be able to develop a plan to provide you with the brightest smile possible.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
The biggest benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the boost of confidence you get from finding the smile you’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, not everyone smiles because of the way their teeth look and feel. According to Dr. Elisabeth Belter:
People tend to smile differently or shield their teeth from view when speaking to people. If you’re more confident in your smile after having a cosmetic procedure done then you’re able to walk out, smile at people, feel more comfortable in your skin, and be happier with your overall appearance.– Dr. Elisabeth Belter
That’s the true power of cosmetic dentistry. It’s not about having the whitest teeth in the room. Cosmetic dentistry is about empowering people to be more confident in their smile and more comfortable in their own skin!
What kind of problems does cosmetic dentistry treat?
Cosmetic dentistry can address a wide range of dental problems. One of the most common is peg laterals, a condition where one or both teeth on either side of the front teeth haven’t developed correctly. The result is teeth that are small, cone-shaped, and pointy. In this case, veneers would be the perfect option to make them look more uniform with your other teeth.
Another issue is staining. This can be from smoking, consuming acidic food or drink, or even as a side-effect of antibiotics such as tetracycline. Childhood illnesses such as high fever can even have long-term effects on teeth, resulting in bands of discoloration that remain your entire life.
Does cosmetic dentistry have functional benefits?
While focused on the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can improve the functionality of your mouth in certain cases. Patients can develop what’s known as a collapsed bite, which is when tooth loss causes a change in the structure of your jaw, teeth, or facial profile.
This is a perfect example of when cosmetic dentistry can help improve functionality by using dental crowns. As Dr. Belter explains:
When the bite is collapsed, you can do crowns on the back teeth to help increase the bite. This allows patients to look better in terms of their facial profile as well as allow them to function where their jaw would naturally sit.– Dr. Elisabeth Belter
In this way, adding caps does much more than creating a more attractive facial profile. It also restores your original bite.
How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist
You don’t have to go to a cosmetic dentist in order to get quality cosmetic dental work. The truth is that general dentists are trained in cosmetic procedures during dental school. What’s important to look for is if they have continuing education in cosmetic dentistry. You’ll likely find this information in the Bios or About sections of dental office websites.
Look for dentists that have:
- Portfolios of their cosmetic work with good before/after photos
- Professional affiliations with cosmetic dentistry groups
- Continuing education in cosmetic dentistry
There’s always more to learn when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. By finding a general dentist who pursues continuing education in cosmetic dentistry, you’re finding someone who is staying up to date on the materials and procedures that make cosmetic dentistry possible. Dr. Elisabeth Belter at Kirkpatrick Dental Care formed a passion for cosmetic dentistry while in dental school that has continued since returning to practice general and family dentistry in Knoxville, TN. She’s looking forward to getting to know our patients and help them achieve the smile of their dreams.