Have you ever thought about cosmetic solutions to the parts of your smile you don’t like? A lot of people do – studies recommend around 60 percent of us have considered some way to change a smile we aren’t happy with.
We offer a variety of cosmetic dental services at our Rochester office, but it isn’t always that simple to straighten or sculpt your smile. A lot of patients who just want one simple procedure find that there are some important first steps they need to take before they can work on beautification.
The First Steps To A Beautiful Smile
Cosmetic work, even the most simple of procedures, change a lot about your mouth. In order for those changes to be safe and successful you need to be cavity and gum disease free. Any other state could lead to irreversible and catastrophic damage.
Every cosmetic procedure we offer comes with a comprehensive exam for that very reason. We don’t want you to end up getting a treatment that fails or results in pain and more treatment. We just want you to be happy with your new look, and that might require some prerequisite procedures!
Thinking About Teeth Whitening?
If you’ve spent any time researching teeth whitening online you’ve probably found horror stories about sensitivity and pain. Aches and irritation after whitening are caused by the gel slipping into the spaces between your tooth’s tubules. These microscopic gaps between enamel rods can be a source of problems for a lot of people – now imagine if you added a cavity to that!
A cavity is an open hole into the innards of a tooth – the precise areas that are so sensitive to whitening gels. Before you can even think about bleaching your smile we need to fill those cavities and restore your teeth to a good healthy condition.
Interested In Invisalign?
You can get a pretty amazing new smile in record time with Invisalign, but add gum disease to the mix and you have a recipe for tooth loss!
When you move a tooth you’re weakening the bone that holds it in place. In a healthy mouth there’s nothing to worry about – the bone will heal after the tooth is settled into its new position and you’ll be fine. Gum disease, on the other hand, complicates matters a lot.
As gum disease progresses it causes recession of the gum tissue, exposing the bone that holds your teeth in place. Even before it’s exposed it’s severely weakened by infection, and if teeth start moving they aren’t likely to heal well at all. Gum disease patients who undergo orthodontic treatment are at a high risk of losing their teeth.
Are Veneers In Your Veins?
Both veneers and cosmetic bonding aim to reshape and beautify your teeth. They both go about it in very different ways, but they both face the same problems: tooth decay. Adding a layer of something on top of your teeth, be it porcelain or composite, can seal a cavity inside. You might think this would kill it, but that’s not true at all.
Cavities sealed inside of teeth will continue to do damage, and can even eat their way to the outside of the tooth. We don’t want to leave you with a cavity-infused veneer!
Tired Of A Gummy Smile?
Too much – or too little – gum tissue can be unsightly and uncomfortable. We can fix both problems at our Rochester office, but we can’t do anything until your gums are in good shape!
Removing and reshaping gum tissue is a tricky procedure, and doing it with infected gums is a no-go. Healing would be more difficult, results may change due to inflammation, and your reshaped gums could be subject to further damage as the disease progresses.
Whether you want to get rid of excess tissue or restore receding gums getting rid of gingivitis and gum disease is step number one – no exceptions.
We Want To Create Your Perfect Smile!
The perfect smile doesn’t just look good – it’s healthy too. We would be irresponsible if we told you we could change your look while ignoring your health, which is why we’re committed to helping you get the health you need first.
To find out what you need as part of your dream smile don’t hesitate – call Northwest Dental Group today at 507-315-2932. You can also save time and request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon!