Cosmetic dentistry makes dreams come true by taking lack luster smiles and transforming them into truly radiant sets of teeth. However, if you’re considering making a trip to your cosmetic dentist, it’s important to remember the state of your oral health first. Read on to learn why you should always ensure that your mouth is healthy before beginning to improve the appearance of your smile!
The Importance of a Consultation
Before you can begin your cosmetic dentistry, you must visit your dentist for an initial consultation. This appointment is integral because it gives your dentist a chance to examine your smile, carefully checking for issues like cavities, gum disease, and more. If there are any issues present, they must be treated before beginning your cosmetic dentistry. Once your dentist has seen that your oral health is in check, they will develop a personalized treatment plan with information like the types of services you may need.
What Can Delay Your Cosmetic Treatment?
Without the foundation of good oral health, certain cosmetic treatments like whitening, veneers, bonding, and more will cause irritation, damage, or even fail. Thankfully, most minor oral health issues can be corrected in an appointment or two, which will only delay your treatment by a few weeks. Here are a few of the most common issues that must be treated before beginning cosmetic dentistry:
A Problem that affects half of the current US population, gum disease is an infection and inflammation of the gums that is typically caused by poor oral health. So what does this have to do with the beauty of your smile? Untreated, gum disease leads to permanent soft tissue damage, jawbone deterioration, tooth loss, and even higher risks of more serious overall health problems. Without healthy gums, you can’t enjoy a healthy smile!
Porcelain veneers and dental bonding can transform misshapen, discolored, or chipped teeth. However, tooth decay and cavities must be treated before your dentist can start correcting your appearance. Unlike other medical conditions that can get better with time, tooth decay will only grow worse. A simple cavity can turn into a root canal, and left untreated, you may even lose your tooth. To avoid more extensive and expensive dentistry in the future, issues like cavities must be corrected!
Remember that by attending your regular checkups and cleanings, these problems can usually be completely avoided! But, just in case, your dentist provides a thorough checkup during your consultation to make sure you’re healthy before beginning your treatment.
Contact your dentist to get the green light and start your journey toward the smile of your dreams!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Scott Olson is known for his attention to detail, which comes in handy during your initial cosmetic dentistry consultation. He uses his extensive experience and knowledge to help his patients achieve truly amazing and personalized results. To schedule an appointment, he can be reached through his website or by phone at (417) 823-4900.