If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of your smile, you might be wondering “is all cosmetic dentistry the same?”
Watch the video below to get the answer from Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist, Betty Jo Schope, DDS:
“All cosmetic dentistry isn’t the same because of what we talked about – that somebody could have a real simple fix with bleaching and another person has a lot of problems with function and that’s what’s causing them to not have a great smile.
What I mean by that – when I keep bringing this function thing up – is just like if your car alignment was off, you’re going to wear tires out in a certain way. If you don’t have a functioning bite that is in harmony with your joints and your muscles, you could be breaking teeth, wearing teeth so that they’re very short.
Have you ever seen somebody where you see them smile and these teeth over here are this long and look normal? All of a sudden, they have these wear patterns and you’re wondering what’s going on there. Sometimes those can be signs of disfunction. If you went to somebody who wasn’t looking at that, they might just say, “Hey, let’s just put veneers back and try to put these back to where they used be,” but we haven’t corrected what’s wrong with the function.
That investment in that is probably going to be lost soon because if your own tooth didn’t hold up to that bad function it would be like not fixing your alignment and getting new tires. You’re going to wear those tires out too soon.
So, in that kind of situation, that’s why that cosmetic dentistry for that patient is completely different. Some people have great bite. Everything is perfect. They just have some bad stains. Their teeth didn’t develop properly. Some people that had well water when they wer growing up – they just have darker teeth and so, then we can very simply do some veneers that wouldn’t take anything to change their bite or any of those things. We’re just basically putting something over to hide that darkness. That’s something that’s much more simple than this situation over here.
Sometimes those situations could be – let’s try lightening first – kind of going back to trying to do the most conservative thing. If we lighten those teeth and we’re still not happy with the way they look – maybe we want a more uniform color – then let’s go to that next step of veneers, but at least we’re already a lighter shade for that translucent veneer to come over – is going pick up the color of that tooth underneath it and you’re going to have a brighter smile. So, sometimes we’ll combine some cosmetic techniques to get the best result, but always starting with the most conservative way to get the smile every patient wants.”
Conclusion: All Cosmetic Dentistry Is Not The Same – Find Out What Works Best For YOU!
As Dr. Schope mentioned in her video, not all people and not all sets of teeth are the same – everyone is likely going to have a different overall dental health situation – and therefore, what’s required to obtain your esthetic dental goals will not be the same. You’re encouraged to contact Dr. Schope to schedule a cosmetic appointment to discuss your individual situation with her and she’ll be able to provide you the best options for cosmetic treatments for please, lasting results.