Quiz: Cosmetic Treatment For Flaws That Disrupt Your Smile

The quality of your smile may not be the most urgent oral health concern, but for many people, it is still a significant priority. Your dentist recognizes the high value placed on having an attractive and healthy smile. If you have dental issues that hurt your teeth, you may be interested in what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. If your teeth are structurally fine, but are not as white as you would like, cosmetic work can begin and end with a professional whitening treatment. However, some people will be more interested in procedures that can eliminate other flaws, like dental damages, or misshapen teeth.

Questions:

True Or False: No cosmetic dental work will ever be able to cover a gap in your smile.

True Or False: Dental damage that does not threaten a tooth’s health, or its ability to function, may be treatable with a cosmetic procedure.

True Or False: Discoloration that occurs after a tooth is injured can be addressed with a dental bonding treatment.

Answers:

False! If a tooth is smaller than it ought to be, it can be the cause of a gap in your smile. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers both offer solutions to this problem. A dental bonding treatment uses composite resin to change a tooth’s appearance. Porcelain veneers are permanently attached to your teeth to correct flaws.

True! If your cosmetic flaws also affect your dental function, your dentist may need to resort to restorative work. If your issues only affect your appearance, then your dentist can discuss cosmetic options with you.

True! An injured tooth will not suffer the kind of discoloration a whitening treatment is meant to address. However, dental bonding can hide this type of discoloration.