If there’s something about your smile you want to change, you’re not alone. Whether it’s whitening stained teeth, replacing missing teeth, or changing their size or shape, most people put a smile makeover at the top of their cosmetic improvement wish list.
With an office in The Woodlands, Texas, Scott Young, DDS, provides dental services for the greater Houston region, including the communities of Highland Village, West University, River Oaks, Rice Village, and Memorial.
7 complaints a smile makeover can address
Here are seven common cosmetic and oral health issues that can be fixed with a smile makeover:
1. Missing teeth
Tooth loss is common. Almost half of all American adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The risks of tooth loss increase as we get older.
While gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss, trauma, accidents, and sports injuries can also result in missing teeth.
In addition to ruining your smile, missing teeth can impact your oral health, nutrition, and speech.
2. Gummy smile
If your teeth look too small relative to your gums, you have a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile is usually a cosmetic problem, but if your gums look red, swollen, or puffy, it can be a sign of gum disease.
A smile makeover can improve a gummy smile.
3. Stained or discolored teeth
Stained, yellow, or discolored teeth are a common complaint. A professional teeth whitening treatment can dramatically brighten your face and even make you look a little younger.
4. Crooked teeth
Cosmetic veneers change the size, shape, and color of your teeth. If you have minor to moderate cosmetic imperfections like crooked or uneven teeth not caused by orthodontic problems, a smile makeover can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
5. Gaps or spaces
Gaps and spacing issues are common cosmetic dental problems. While some gaps and spaces are caused by bite and alignment issues that may require orthodontic treatment, a smile makeover can close small to moderate gaps and spaces to improve your smile.
6. Chipped or cracked teeth
Depending on the extent and type of damage, cosmetic treatments like veneers or crowns may be a good option.
7. Tooth decay or damage
Tooth decay and grinding your teeth (bruxism) can wear them down over time. For example, when a cavity is too big for a standard filling, a crown is the next best thing to protect and preserve the remaining healthy portion of the tooth.
Crowns also replace metallic fillings to replace your old silver fillings for a more natural-looking smile. At our office, we often utilize crowns during smile makeovers.
For more information about the cosmetic dentistry services available at Scott Young, DDS, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in The Woodlands, Texas.