How Do I Know If I Need to See a Cosmetic Dentist?

Cosmetic dentists are trained to perform several procedures that will improve the appearance and feel of your teeth. These procedures won’t just enhance the look of your smile, but they can also address some major health issues you could be facing, such as problems with your bite.

But, how does one know they need to see a cosmetic dentist? Here are 5 signs you might want to book a cosmetic dentistry appointment:

1. You Have Multiple Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can have a great impact on your confidence levels, but also your diet, bite, and even gum health. There are several ways for a cosmetic dentist to help you address missing teeth issues, from dental implants to even full arch veneers.

2. You Don’t Like Your Smile

Even if your issues are just with your smile’s appearance, there is nothing wrong with seeing a cosmetic dentist to improve the appearance of your smile. There are several ways this could happen, from professional teeth whitening to removing stains on your teeth to even braces that will straighten the teeth and pull them into their most optimal position.

3. You Have Trouble Chewing

Your teeth help you break down the food you eat, so they directly impact your digestion. Missing or misaligned teeth can make it very hard to properly chew the food, which over time can lead to several stomach issues like cramps, heartburn, or even acid reflux.

If you are experiencing stomach problems and think improper chewing is the cause, a cosmetic dentist can help restore the health of your teeth.

4. You Notice Jaw Pain or Headaches

Severely crooked or misaligned teeth can put extra pressure on the jaw, which over time can lead to pain when you eat. As the muscles wear out because you’re working them harder than usual to chew, you can also experience headaches that will stem from your teeth.

5. You Notice Your Face Features Change

Teeth and gum health go hand in hand. Missing teeth, for instance, can sometimes lead to bone loss in the jaw area. When the loss is extensive, the face will likely change its natural features, as the muscles in the face will have less jawbone support.

Cosmetic dentists can restore bone mass through bone grafting procedures, and replace missing teeth to help improve the appearance of both your smile and facial features.

Book an Appointment with a Cosmetic Dentist Today

If you notice any of these signs and think that you might need to see a cosmetic dentist, we at Rio Vista Family Dentistry are here to help you. Dr. Joy Bonifacio Lockwood, Dr. Raquel Reyes, and Dr. Patricia Campillo will help establish the best course of action to improve the health and appearance of your smile. 

Book an appointment at our practice today and come in for a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

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