Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs: Answers to the Most-Frequently Asked Cosmetic Dentistry Questions


Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs: Answers to the Most-Frequently Asked Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

Having a smile that makes you proud to be happy can boost your confidence, make you feel good about smiling, and can even improve the first impression you have on the people you meet. Whether you were born with an imperfection that you’d like to improve or the appearance of your smile has changed due to an injury, illness, or with regular wear and tear, cosmetic dentistry can help you get the smile of your dreams.

We’ll help you get more familiar with this branch of dentistry by answering your most frequently asked questions.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a field in dentistry that focuses specifically on aesthetics to modify and improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth. At Cardinal Dental, our cosmetic dentistry services include dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, clear orthodontics, teeth whitening, composite (natural-looking) fillings, and complete smile restoration or reconstruction.

What Dental Problems Can Cosmetic Dentistry Address?

Cosmetic dentistry procedure can address a variety of oral health problems and aesthetic concerns including:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Misaligned or crooked teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Mild to moderate malocclusion (bite problems)
  • Missing teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Silver-colored amalgam fillings
  • Tooth decay

Depending on the degree of a patient’s dental issues, a combination of cosmetic and general dentistry services are often used to restore the patient’s smile. Our dentist works with each patient to determine the best course of treatment based on their specific situation and dental/medical history.


Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve General Dental Health?

Although the primary focus of cosmetic dentistry is improving the look of a patient’s teeth, some cosmetic dental procedures can also improve or restore the function of teeth and general oral health. For example, dental implants not only fill in gaps where teeth are missing, but they also help maintain the strength of the jaw bone and prevent it from deteriorating and negatively affecting neighboring teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Every patient can benefit from cosmetic dentistry in their own, personal way. However, these treatments usually provide the following benefits:

  • Improved appearance
  • Increased confidence
  • Restored dental function
  • Preservation of natural teeth

The Question Everyone’s Asking: Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right For Me?

At Cardinal Dental in La Mesa, we’re proud to offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that can improve and enhance the appearance and/or function of your smile. To learn more about our services and to find out whether cosmetic dentistry is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Michels today.