Watkinsville area dentist explains how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile
It’s not hard to find a perfect smile. On television, in movies, and on the front covers of magazines people with flawless teeth smile brightly and confidently. However, if your smile is less than perfect, it can make you feel awkward and self-conscious. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Nail, of Athens Oconee Dentistry, has helped countless Watkinsville-area patients improve the appearance of their smiles with cosmetic dentistry services.
Benefits of cosmetic dentistry
Many patients think that improving their smile is a luxury they don’t need. The cost may deter them, or they think they should just deal with feelings of insecurity. It’s important to note that an improved smile can improve personal, social, and professional areas of your life. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile, it’s common to hide your mouth by turning away, covering it with your hand, or simply not smiling very often. This can lead to barriers in your personal and professional relationships. Once your smile improves, others will see the real you.
While improving your smile and boosting your confidence is often the reason many patients pick up the phone to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, it’s not the only benefit. In fact, there are often oral health benefits to cosmetic dental treatments. For example, if your teeth are crowded or misaligned, there are likely pockets between the teeth where tiny food particles can become stuck. This can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Furthermore, teeth that are crowded can create pressure in the mouth, which leads to jaw pain or headaches. When these issues are addressed, you can smile confidently while knowing that your oral health is in top shape.
Types of cosmetic dentistry services
In addition to a full suite of preventative and restorative dental services, Dr. Nail offers cosmetic dental services, including:
- Teeth whitening: One of the most effective ways to quickly and painlessly improve your smile is with professional teeth whitening. While there are many products available in drug stores, these often fail to live up to their dramatic claims. Instead, under the direction of your trusted dentist, you can brighten your smile quickly in our office or gradually from the comfort of your own home.
- Orthodontics: Most patients don’t have teeth that are perfectly straight. Even those who had braces as a teenager often find that the teeth will shift out of place. While braces used to be the only way to bring teeth to proper alignment, today there are greater options. Dr. Nail offers ClearCorrect, an orthodontic treatment system that uses clear alignment trays to gently shift the teeth into their proper positions.
The first step
If you want to make changes to your smile, it’s important to start by having an honest conversation with a trusted dentist. By discussing your perceived flaws and your incentive for wanting to make a change, as well as your timeline, budget, and lifestyle, you can decide which dental treatment, or treatments, are right for you. In some cases, patients find that they may need to undergo several treatments to achieve the smile they want. Dr. Nail can help you determine which treatments will offer you the best results and determine the right timing for each procedure if you need to undergo several treatments.
For more information about the cosmetic dental services offered at Athens Oconee Dentistry call us today at (706) 549-2440.