A cosmetic dentist restores the look of your smile so you can feel more confident wherever you go. In addition, the work performed by a cosmetic dentist can lead to vastly improved oral health, as well as better overall health. Here are five major ways that a cosmetic dentist can help you.

Repairing Teeth That Are Chipped or Cracked

Many people find it difficult to smile when they have teeth that are damaged in some way. A cosmetic dentist is able to repair cracks and chips to improve not only appearance, but the teeth’s ability to function their best. With your restored teeth, you may find that you are able to eat things that broken teeth were preventing you from consuming before, everything from crunchy foods like raw apples, to foods that are especially chewy.

Removing Stains and Minimizing Discoloration

Certain habits, such as drinking coffee or tea, or smoking, can discolor teeth. Often, though, teeth will stain and discolor as you age regardless of your lifestyle choices. Professional teeth whitening treatments can reduce any discoloration present, leading to a sparkling, bright smile and greater confidence levels.

Closing Any Gaps That May Be Present

You may see gaps that have been present since childhood, or have some that developed from injuries. You may even have gaps due to missing teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can minimize the gaps in your teeth through one of several options, including dental veneers, which are thin coverings placed directly over existing teeth to create a more natural and attractive appearance. Removable dentures can correct partial tooth loss. Dental implants provide another effective option your dentist may consider.

Creating a More Uniform Appearance

Teeth that are crooked or misshapen don’t always require braces. In many cases, a more uniform, natural appearance can be sculpted by a cosmetic dentist. Misshapen teeth can be improved through implants, veneers, bonding, and other methods. Your cosmetic dentist will consult with you to explain options and determine the best approach to correct any issues present.

Improving the Health of Your Gums

Teeth that are cracked or chipped are usually at greater risk for decay, which can impact the health of your gums and put you at greater risk for infection. Having a cosmetic dentist repair your chipped teeth has the added benefit of keeping your gums healthier.

Cosmetic Dentistry in and around Salisbury

If you’re uncomfortable with your smile, the solution may be as simple as a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. Contact us at Merritt Mill Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment and begin your journey to a better smile and a more confident you!