Few people are born with a naturally attractive smile. If you’re among those who are embarrassed by their teeth, you’re not alone. Whether your imperfections are caused by genetics, poor oral hygiene, or trauma, you can have the smile of your dreams using cosmetic dental treatments. While you’re excited to get started, you might need additional steps to improve your dental health before your dentist can transform the appearance of your teeth. Your oral health is the foundation for achieving your cosmetic goals. If you have untreated dental issues, here’s what you need to know before moving forward.
Importance of a Healthy Smile
If you’re insecure about discoloration, minor chips, or gaps between your teeth, they are often only aesthetic concerns, so why is your dental health important when fixing them? Unfortunately, if your teeth and gums aren’t healthy, you won’t be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry until after the issues have been resolved to prevent unnecessary complications, like an infection.
Common Dental Issues
To begin your journey to an attractive smile, you’ll first need a consultation with your dentist. Besides discussing your aesthetic goals, they will also perform a comprehensive examination to evaluate your oral health. There are a few key issues your dentist will check for to ensure you’re a candidate for cosmetic treatments, including:
- Tooth Decay: Cavities are a common cause of delays because the enamel must be strong and undamaged to benefit from certain treatments, like teeth whitening or veneers. If you have a cavity, you don’t need to worry about a dark filling causing an eyesore when you smile. Your dentist can use a tooth-colored filling, which will blend in with your enamel.
- Gum Disease: Your gum health is equally important as that of your teeth. Even the earliest stage of gum disease can cause complications for your new smile. Often, a simple deep cleaning will resolve the infection, so you can proceed with your cosmetic treatments.
- Bad Habits: Untreated bad habits can damage your new smile, like grinding or clenching your teeth. Breaking the habit or getting the right treatment will ensure your new smile will thrive, like using a nightguard.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: If you don’t have the best oral hygiene habits, you’ll need to recommit to regular brushing and flossing to protect your investment. Besides the right care at home, you’ll also need to visit your dentist at least twice a year.
Enjoy a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
Due to new advancements, cosmetic and restorative dentistry often overlap. As a result, your dentist can often repair damaged teeth while also improving the appearance of your smile, such as with an all-ceramic crown. If you’re not satisfied with your smile, your dentist will improve your oral health and your confidence with a customized treatment plan.
About Remmers Dental
Remmers Dental is committed to helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. We offer a variety of services to cater to your specific needs. Our office uses the latest advancements in dentistry to enhance the health and appearance of your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for cosmetic dentistry.