Have you been thinking of fixing something about your teeth for years? Do you have small imperfections you wish you could snap your fingers and correct? Are you missing one or several teeth? Are you generally unhappy with the appearance of your teeth?
If we had to choose between form or function where it comes to our teeth, function would win for most of us. That’s because we understand that we need our teeth to help us process a varied diet, enunciate properly and keep our jawbone strong. Once the basics are covered, however, the way that our teeth look quickly becomes top of mind. That’s because our teeth have a great impact on the way that we feel about ourselves and how we behave in the world.
The impact of how our teeth look to ourselves and to others might be easy to minimize or dismiss if we are generally satisfied with the appearance of our teeth. Those who have suffered diseases, injury or genetic conditions that impact the way that their teeth look, however, could likely describe the impact comprehensively.
If you’ve ever found yourself covering your mouth when you laugh, you understand the effect on your level of self-confidence. Even small concerns can become a source of self-consciousness if we fixate on them. It can cause us to stifle our expression, limit our social interactions and change the way we make ourselves available for opportunities in our lives. If you could fix something about your teeth, what would it mean for you? Would you finally have the confidence to wear that lipstick, join that club or say yes to that date?
Modern dentistry offers more ways than ever to correct the appearance of teeth. Whether we are talking about one tooth or every one, your dentist has access to quality materials which, combined with their skilled application, will offer a result that you will be proud to show off.
Form or Function – Is it Always a Choice?
You may have already had some dentistry done in the past where there were trade-offs between form and function. For example, old fillings may deal with your cavity problem but don't look like natural teeth. Because cosmetic dentistry is always improving, there are many cases where we can help solve your problems without having to sacrifice function or aesthetics.
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We look forward to having you meet our General Dentists and team and providing you with quality dental care in Red Deer to ensure you have a healthy and happy smile for life! Please give us a call @ 403-986-8000 or request an appointment online.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is not necessarily considered cosmetic because it is done to save the tooth – not improve its appearance. The result of having a root canal completed, however, often serves both interests. This is because once the infection from the tooth is resolved and the tooth sealed, your dentist will often recommend a crown over the tooth.
Crowns, also known as caps, add structural strength to the tooth and protect it from further damage. Crowns may be required for severely worn, fractured or broken teeth, or root canal treated teeth. The ceramic material is specially designed in shape and colour to restore or improve the natural look of your tooth.
Bridges are used to correct a gap along the dental arches when a tooth has been lost. Like the name suggests, they 'bridge' the gap between two teeth by attaching a replacement tooth (false tooth) between them. This replacement tooth is anchored by teeth on either side of the space. While bridges do not provide any benefits for jawbone health, they restore your smile and help you chew food as well as preventing teeth from shifting out of position.
A specialized white composite material, mimicking the natural appearance of teeth, is applied and bonded onto the surface of the tooth to alter the colour and appearance. Bonding is a quick and cost-effective process, ideal for minor alterations to healthy teeth.
Used to correct the appearance of teeth more than to improve their function. They cover only the front side of a tooth and can be used to correct its colour and shape. Veneers may be a good option for discoloured, crooked, chipped, or worn teeth. Veneers can also be used to fill in gaps or spaces between teeth.
These artificial teeth provide a solution when a tooth is lost. Supporting your false tooth from below is a titanium rod which is placed into the jawbone that fuses with the bone. When healthy, dental implants prevent the degradation of corresponding bone tissue and offer strength and stability that bridges and dentures cannot compete with.
In order to be able to eat a diet that provides adequate nutrients for your health, teeth are required to break down food. Without teeth, diets become restricted to liquids and soft foods. Dentures restore the ability to eat more diverse food and provide the added benefit of looking like a set of natural teeth.
If you have questions about this or other services offered, contact our clinic today.