Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry CandidatesIf you are unhappy with your smile, whether it’s due to discolored teeth, missing teeth, or other dental imperfection, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. There are countless cosmetic dentistry treatments available to correct the smallest issue (like yellowed teeth) to more severe conditions (like missing or broken teeth). Because of the wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments out there, most people will be proper candidates for one or more treatments. To discuss your specific treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen. Meanwhile, read this blog post to learn more about cosmetic dentistry, as well as popular treatments available.

Who Are Candidates for Cosmetic Dentistry?

In general, candidates for cosmetic dentistry include those who are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Prime candidates should have healthy gums and teeth to help ensure the success of treatments, however, treatments can be done to restore the health of the gums and teeth to prepare them for cosmetic procedures. The following list includes some of the many conditions shared by cosmetic dentistry candidates, along with common cosmetic dentistry treatments available to correct these issues. If you suffer from any of the following dental issues, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.

Discolored Teeth

Tooth discoloration is one of the most common issues facing Americans today. Yellowed or otherwise stained teeth can be corrected with such cosmetic dentistry treatments as in-office teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding.

Broken or Damaged Teeth

Broken, chipped, fractured, or otherwise damaged teeth can be embarrassing and lead to more severe dental problems like decay and tooth loss. If you suffer from broken or damaged teeth, cosmetic dentistry treatments may be right for you. The type of treatment used depends on the extent of damage, as well as the desired results. Porcelain crowns can be used to restore extensively damaged teeth to their former strength and beauty. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are beneficial in correcting the appearance of front teeth with mild damage.

Gummy Smile

Some candidates for cosmetic dentistry suffer from excessive gum tissue, often called a “gummy” smile, which can make the teeth look small and ill-proportioned. Laser gum contouring is a wonderful treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of gummy smiles by gently removing extra gum tissue to reveal a more even gum line.

Metal Fillings

Metal fillings can be a source of embarrassment and insecurity. If you suffer from a mouth full of metal fillings and wish you could have a perfectly white smile again, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. Tooth-colored fillings are one of the cosmetic dentistry treatments available to replace old metal fillings with perfectly shaded tooth-colored materials.

Irregularly Shaped or Flawed Teeth

Candidates for cosmetic dentistry also include those who are unhappy with the shape or general appearance of their teeth. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are applied to the front of the teeth to improve the shape, shade, size, and overall appearance of the teeth while also hiding flaws.

There are many more dental issues that may make you a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen today!