“Can I get a selfie with you?”
If you cringe when someone asks you this question, you may want to ask yourself why. It could be because you don’t feel confident about your smile.
If so, you aren’t alone. Many people — millions across the country, in fact — feel ashamed or embarrassed by the appearance of their teeth. We don’t want you to feel that way. We want you and all our patients in and around Marietta, GA, to feel comfortable sharing their smile with the people you love, the people you work with, and even the people who might see your picture on social media.
It’s why we offer smile makeovers at our practice. Through a combination of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dental care, we can help you transform your smile from something you want to hide into something you want to show off.
To find out what we can do for you, start by calling 770-744-4619 or filling out our online form. Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Atlanta West Dentistry so we can discuss the changes you would like to see and how we can help you make that happen.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Change Your Smile
Believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry has been around for thousands of years. To give just one example, the ancient Mayans used to carve holes in the front of their teeth so they could place gems in those holes.
Today, we have a different idea of what makes a great smile. For many people, the “Hollywood smile” is the ideal. In general, that means having teeth that look straight, are evenly spaced, and are bright and white.
At the same time, there are all kinds of reasons your smile may not look as nice as you would like. Below, we will describe some common problems that we see and how our cosmetic services can help.
□ Crooked teeth
It’s rare for anyone to have teeth that are naturally perfectly straight.
When your teeth are crooked, they may overlap one another. They also may be turned sideways rather than facing the front of your mouth. This crookedness can result in crowding or bite issues such as overbites and underbites.
You may be dealing with one or more of these issues at the same time. These problems can range from mild to severe, and that can affect which treatment or treatments we might consider for your particular smile.
Orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign® is an effective way to move teeth to create a straighter, more appealing smile. For patients with mildly crooked teeth, sometimes dental veneers are a good option as well. Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth to change the outward appearance of someone’s smile.
□ Yellow or stained teeth
Fair or not, it’s normal for our teeth to become yellower or darker as we get older. The foods we eat (pizza, pasta, pie, etc.) and the things we drink (coffee, tea, soft drinks) all add to those stains over time.
Unfortunately, you also may have teeth that are discolored for other reasons such as injuries, illnesses, or the side effects of certain medications.
Professional teeth whitening is a fast and effective way to remove stains from your teeth. We offer a variety of whitening options, so you can find the one that works best for you.
For discoloration issues that are not stain-related, veneers once again are an option to change the look of your smile.
□ Gaps between teeth
Different people respond in different ways to having extra room between two or more of their teeth. Fortunately, you also have a few choices for how to fix this.
Orthodontic care is one option, particularly if you have other alignment issues as well. Veneers can be used to close the space between teeth, too.
Another option is dental bonding. This is done by applying a composite resin to your teeth to close the gaps. Bonding also can be used to repair chipped teeth or to restore worn-down teeth to their full size.
Restorative Care Has Cosmetic Benefits, Too
Smile makeovers are intended to make smiles look nice, but sometimes that requires restorative care along with cosmetic dentistry.
Replacing and repairing teeth is great for restoring the function of a smile. At the same time, getting a dental crown, dental bridge, or dentures can give you a complete and natural-looking smile again.
And our modern tooth-colored dental fillings can repair damage from tooth decay so that other people can’t tell that you ever had a cavity.