Do you find yourself dreaming of a whiter, brighter or more symmetrical smile? Have you always felt haunted by your disproportionately large front teeth, or minor gaps between some of them? When you look in the mirror is all you see worn edges left from subconscious grinding? Whatever the cause of your smile insecurity, you probably already know that cosmetic dentistry could help. But determining which treatment is right for you, is just as important as deciding to call the dentist.
How to Decide What’s Right for Your Smile
For most patients, determining the best course of cosmetic treatment is a matter of weighing their concerns and goals, against their budget and how long they can commit to treatment. For example, to some patients fast results are paramount. Others want to know that the enhancements will be long-lasting, regardless of the initial cost.
To determine what is right for you, it is best to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist.
- Keep in mind that you need to be honest with the dentist about your goals as well as your lifestyle, so that he or she can help you make an informed decision about how to move forward.
- If you are a smoker, for instance, you may become unhappy with the results of cosmetic bonding, after a few years. That is because the material used in this procedure is not as stain-resistant as the dental porcelain used for veneers.
- In some cases it will be important for the dentist to first determine the cause of the cosmetic concern, such as with worn edges. If bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, is to blame, cosmetic treatment will be shortly enjoyed, unless the bruxism itself is also treated.
- Even discoloration can sometimes be indication of an oral health issue, like a burgeoning cavity. This is a good example why it’s wise to consult your dentist before starting any smile improvements, including over-the-counter whitening products.
About Your Spring, TX Dental Experts:
At Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!