Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist? – Answering the Question

It’s easy to determine if you need to visit your dentist. Tooth or gum pain, oral health issues, or the fact that it’s time for your twice-yearly cleaning are all obvious reasons that you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist. But deciding whether or not you need a cosmetic dentist is much more difficult; mainly because it won’t really be a question of pain or health, but one of aesthetics. Your dentist may suggest that you consider a trip to the cosmetic dentist if you’re concerned about the appearance of your teeth, but in the end it will be up to you to decide whether or not you need to visit a cosmetic dentist. The key here is determining if there is an aspect of your smile or mouth that you’re not in the least happy with. In particular, it would be something that causes you to feel self-conscious, or even embarrassed. If that is the case, there’s a good chance that you may need to visit a cosmetic dentist in order to get the solutions to the issues with which you are dealing. However, it’s one thing to decide that there is something you’d like to change. You still need to determine if a cosmetic dentist can actually help you or not. In most cases, things like missing or stained teeth, alignment problems, and spacing issues can all be corrected by a cosmetic dentist. For example, you can get whitening treatment, veneers, or a bridge. If you’re serious about your smile, you might even want to think about getting dental implants. All of these options are well worth considering and could be corrected by a visit to a cosmetic dentist. It comes down to deciding if you’re facing an issue that a cosmetic dentist can treat; then determining if you’re unhappy enough with the issue to seek help from one. People often try home whitening kits to treat stained teeth, but these can’t match what a cosmetic dentist can do. Professional whitening treatments are able to perform much better than store bought ones. Whether you have chipped teeth that are causing problems, missing teeth that you’d like replaced, or some other kind of cosmetic issue, then there’s a possibility that a cosmetic dentist can help. Take the time to learn what he or she can do and you’ll probably be able to figure out if their services are worth seeking.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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