Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?
Would you like to improve your smile, but aren't sure if there's an effective way to address your problem? Dr. John Koechley, your Batavia, IL, dentist, explains how cosmetic dentistry can help you look your best.
Your teeth are dull or stained
It's not unusual for your teeth to lose their luster after years of use. Thanks to the natural effects of aging and stains caused by darkly colored foods and beverages, your previously bright smile may now look more beige than white. Luckily, professional teeth whitening can remove those stubborn stains and give you back the smile you remember. Both in-office treatment and take-home kits are available.
If professional whitening doesn't get your teeth quite as white as you prefer, there's another option. Your Batavia, IL, dentist can apply dental veneers to the fronts of your teeth for all-over whiteness. The thin porcelain shells are stain resistant and available in a variety of shades.
You don't like the way a tooth looks
Do you have one tooth that you would like to change? It may be chipped, discolored or just unattractive. Both veneers and crowns can cover these imperfections. Crowns are shells that slip over teeth and help stabilize them. They're a must if a tooth is cracked, fragile or broken. Veneers not only conceal flaws, but can also close up small gaps and lengthen short teeth. If your gap is large or your tooth is very short, crowns may be a better option than veneers.
Composite bonding is another option if you're concerned about the appearance of a tooth. Your dentist shapes composite resin to fit your tooth, then hardens it with a curing light. Bonding is used to repair defects and make alternations to the length and shape of teeth.
You have missing teeth
Missing teeth aren't just an appearance issue. Failing to replace a lost tooth can make it difficult to chew or speak and even cause trouble with your bite, which may lead to painful temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Replacing missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants offer an excellent way to restore your smile.
Could you benefit from a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Call Dr. Koechley, your Batavia, IL, dentist, at (630) 406-9441 to schedule an appointment.