It is so common for patients to be unhappy with the states of their smiles, especially as they age. The good news is that there are a number of treatment options available to you if you are ready for a smile overhaul.

Below, our San Francisco cosmetic dentists discuss 3 different cosmetic problems that we take on, and how we do it. Let’s get started!

Uneven, crooked, or crowded teeth

A poorly aligned smile looks cluttered, and can be difficult to keep clean compared to straight smiles. Treating these issues with orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign, allows our team to move your existing teeth into better respective positions. This also allows us to perfect any bite issues you may be dealing with.

There are, however, ways to improve the appearance of dental alignment without actually moving your teeth. Dental bonding and veneers, for example are used to build out specific teeth and make the smile look more seamless.

Discolored enamel

When it comes to lightening discoloration, we can once again choose to either attack the core issue, or cover staining with a fresh and clean dental material. Professional dental whitening is a topical treatment that lifts discoloration, and restores the tooth to its natural color. Alternatively, composite bonding and veneers cover dark or dull teeth and make the entire smile appear fresh, young, and clean.

Cracked or chipped enamel

It is critical to address dental damage in a timely manner, so that cracks, chips, and cavities do not become more severe. Our dental team will remove any diseased or damaged tissue, before restoring the tooth. Custom dental crowns, veneers, and dental bonding can all be transformative when it comes to rebuilding smiles.

No matter what your smile looks like today, our San Francisco dentists are here to help you love your smile well into the future. Give our team a call to get started! 

Many patients consider orthodontic treatment to be a purely aesthetic decision. And, while it’s true that orthodontic care can give you your dream smile, it can actually do so much more than that. Today, our San Francisco dentists are going to be reviewing some of the ways that improving dental alignment can help you smile as a whole. Let’s get started!

Effective Cleaning

Patients with crowded and crooked teeth have a more difficult time reducing plaque and tartar levels. You’ll find that both brushing and flossing are more effective with a thoughtfully aligned smile. Over time, this can reduce your instances of developing dental caries as well as gum disease.

Shifting Teeth

If you are someone with large gaps in your smile, you may notice that adjacent teeth move around over time. Closing gaps can give your smile stability as neighboring teeth actually work to hold other teeth in place.

TMJ Issues

People with poorly aligned bites are at a greater risk of developing damage to the temporomandibular joints—these are the joints that attach your lower jaw to your skull. You may experience soreness, clicking/popping sensations, and even jaw locking. Over time, teeth can wear down unevenly and prematurely due to unconscious alternations that the patient makes in his or her bite/chewing movement in order to accommodate for the poorly balanced smile.

When you undergo orthodontic treatment with our San Francisco Invisalign dentists, we address both aesthetic and functional issues at the same time. During the treatment process, you’ll wear a series of aligners, and each set of aligners will move you closer to your goal smile.

If you are unhappy with the current state of your smile, there are treatments available to help you! You can always call our San Francisco dentists to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation. 

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