Cosmetic Dentistry: Not Always The First Step!
There’s no denying the value of a great smile. Repeated studies have found that a good set of teeth can open up job possibilities, the dating world, and even net you more money in the long run. Now compare that to the fact that around 60 percent of us would like to change something about our teeth and you have an interesting situation!
At Overmeyer Family Dental we’re glad we can make great smiles a reality with all the cosmetic services we offer. But don’t let that make you think we can simply slap a new smile on your face without considering the foundation it’s built on. In order to take advantage of many of the cosmetic services we offer you first need to have a healthy mouth!
Want A Straighter Smile?
The definition of “crooked teeth” is all in the eye of the beholder, and that means that straightening your teeth might be high up on your list of priorities no matter how small the problem seems to others. We use both Invisalign and Six Month Smiles to straighten teeth. These great short term orthodontic treatments are ideal for adult patients who want to fix something they don’t like.
Straightening your teeth can be stressful on the bone that surrounds them, so health conditions that weaken bone need to be treated before we can think about orthodontic work. The most common concern is gum disease. As it progresses your gums recede, which means the bone sockets are left to do more of the work supporting the teeth.
Moving the teeth when the gums and bone aren’t completely healthy can result in eventual tooth loss, loose teeth that don’t heal, and a high potential for teeth shifting right back into their original positions. We don’t want that to happen, so if you want braces gum disease treatment may come first!
Considering Teeth Whitening?
A brighter smile is only a trip to the drugstore away, right? Wrong – unless you’re looking for unpredictable results and serious tooth pain! Teeth whitening gels have long been known to cause sensitivity, primarily because the gel is able to get into the spaces between the enamel rods that make up the surface of your teeth.
The pain happens because that gel gets into the dentin and the root, and guess what else provides a clear path into the deeper parts of a tooth? Cavities.
If you come to us for professional teeth whitening we’re going to take care of any cavities first. We don’t want your whitening to result in pain – we just want it to result in a great new look! It’s common for patients dealing with sensitivity to simply stop whitening before treatment is complete. We’re not going to let that happen!
Quick Cosmetics: Not Always So Fast!
There are two fast, easy, and flawless ways to correct cosmetic problems available at our Orlando office: veneers and bonding. Both of these solutions are able to reshape, repair, eliminate stains, close gaps, and completely change your look. They do it in different ways but both are the same in what they’re doing: covering your teeth with a thin layer of material to change their appearance.
Easy, right? There’s no way these would be difficult solutions – unless of course you had a cavity or two. Both veneers and bonds have the potential to seal cavities beneath the surface of your teeth: a dangerous situation that can result in loss of the tooth, severe decay, or even root infections.
Before we even think about placing veneers or cosmetic bonds we need to take care of any cavities you have on the target teeth. Once those are treated then we can proceed with perfecting your look.
You Can’t Build A Castles On Quicksand!
That analogy applies to a great looking smile too: the foundation it rests on has to be healthy if the good looks are going to last! It’s our responsibility as dental professionals to make sure your mouth stays healthy so that it can look better, cosmetic treatments or not.
We want you to be happy with the look and feel of your smile, and we know from experience that it’s not possible if you’re fighting toothaches, gum disease, and cavities. Let us take care of your mouth from the roots to the gums to the crowns – you’ll be glad you did!