Cosmetic dentistry is about restoring health to the mouth, eliminating pain, and achieving balance for long-lasting, natural-looking results. Dr. Shawna Hoffert is an experienced cosmetic dentist that offers a full range of treatment options to help bring subtle change or a dramatic transformation to your smile. Dr. Hoffert places emphasis on pre-treatment planning to make sure you’re getting what you want or need before any changes are made.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Dentists use traditional and advanced techniques to maximize the overall functionality and appeal of your teeth. Most problems must be solved with more of a practical approach, such as cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, overbites, and underbites.
Some people need specialist dentists like orthodontists to ensure their teeth move into the correct position using braces, retainers, or clear aligners. The teeth must be problem-free before discussing any cosmetic work.
Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions
Choosing a solution to your cosmetic problems is done with the help of your dentist. There are always options for every situation, but they will give you the best one and explain why it would work best for you. You should be able to trust in your dentist’s expertise in choosing the right option. Here are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures and materials:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental veneers
- Tooth bonding
- Dental crowns
Reasons to See a Cosmetic Dentist
There are many reasons you might see a cosmetic dentist, including:
- Tooth decay
- Damage (cracks, chips, etc.)
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Missing teeth
People with damaged, decaying, crooked, or discolored teeth may also have difficulty when eating and speaking. For others, dental issues may affect their self-esteem. If you feel dissatisfied with your smile, a cosmetic dentist can improve the condition of your teeth.
Functional dental issues can become cosmetic concerns if they’re left untreated. For example, tooth decay that isn’t addressed can eventually lead to lost teeth. If you have a cavity, tooth-colored fillings can prevent further complications, like tooth loss. Living with missing teeth long term can lead to other health issues, such as:
- TMJ pain
- Facial bone loss (which causes the face to look sunken)
- Gum disease
- Difficulty chewing
If you’re considering any cosmetic dentistry, please call or schedule an appointment with us online to help you achieve your dream smile. During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Hoffert will discuss your personal goals for your smile. Then, you will be presented with the treatment options you need to achieve those goals.