Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Explains Important Aesthetic Priorities

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Mar 5, 2024

When you are ready to improve the appearance of your smile, our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists are here to help you make your dream smile a reality. There are a few key things we focus on whenever we create aesthetic treatment plans. This short article will give you a better idea of the types of issues we prioritize during cosmetic treatment.

Health Comes First  

The primary priority as we begin treatment is to ensure that we correct any existing oral health issues as we simultaneously improve aesthetics. It really doesn’t make any sense to use a quick fix to make your smile look better, without making sure that your underlying dental foundation is strong. Many dental treatments that we use to repair damage also improve aesthetics—dental bonding, porcelain veneers, custom crowns, and periodontal disease treatment.

White & Luminous Enamel

Bright and white dental enamel looks young, healthy, and strong. Unfortunately, our teeth can lose some of their luster as time goes on—remember, your teeth come into contact with absolutely everything that you eat and drink, every single day! So, what can you do to improve your dental aesthetics if you notice discoloration? Well, stain-lifting gels actually remove discoloration from your tooth’s surface, in order to restore your smile to its natural level of whiteness. Additionally, or alternatively, you can cover unsightly enamel with resin (composite bonding) or porcelain (dental veneers). 

Proportions Matter

You also want to consider how balanced and proportional your teeth appear in relation to one another. Teeth that are over-sized or particularly small, can draw attention to particular sections of your smile, and disrupt the overall aesthetic. You may find any combination of these treatments—gum tissue reshaping, tooth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers—effective in achieving your desired aesthetic results. 

As you can see, successful aesthetic treatment is really all about paying attention to details. Give our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists a call if you’d like to learn more or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation.