What do you like about your smile? Or, is this a better question: what don't you like about it? Likely, the things that you dislike about your teeth and gums are noticeable to others, too. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile speaks about your personality, ambitions and more. Dr. Richard Lestz, a cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills, NY, encourages you to explore the benefits of this creative branch of dentistry and learn how your smile can change for the better.
The particulars on cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry has gained popularity since the 1980s, and it is a bona fide dental specialty. Dr. Lestz and his professional colleagues have increased their knowledge and skills through taking continuing education courses in this expanding field, giving patients multiple ways to improve how their teeth and gums look.
When evaluating an individual for a smile makeover, Dr. Lestz first does a complete oral examination to ensure the patient's mouth is free from gum disease and tooth decay. He then considers factors such as the shape, color and size of the individual's teeth, how wide the smile is, any bite or alignment issues, the patient's age and gender and most importantly, what the patient expects.
Patient expectations shape any smile makeover--from the simplest enhancements to complete reconstructions. Dr. Lestz encourages his patients to formulate realistic goals. In other words, cosmetic treatments should help the individual feel more confidence in his or her natural looks.
For instance, a patient may want her gum line evened, or she may like some small gaps between her top teeth filled. Another individual may be self-conscious about dark stains on his front teeth or in the appearance of dark metal fillings.
Frankly, there is no cookie-cutter approach when it comes to cosmetic dental treatments. Their goals and execution are as individual as the persons who seek them. It's important, however, that smile goals be clearly communicated and agreed upon before starting treatment.
Offered cosmetic treatments
Your cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills gives recommendations that make sense for each patient. He carefully considers the individual's budget and time commitment, too. Dr. Lestz offers these aesthetic services:
- Composite resin bonding to fill small flaws such as hairline cracks
- Tooth-colored fillings to restore decay seamlessly
- Orthodontics for children and adults, including conventional braces and clear aligners
- Porcelain veneers to conceal larger defects such as gaps, chips and deep stains
- Laser gum surgery to remove excess gum tissue and reveal more tooth structure
- Professional teeth whitening (both in-office and at-home versions) to improve tooth color by several shades
A final word
Cosmetic dental treatments benefit more than self-confidence. They help oral health, too, by strengthening weak enamel (bonding), making teeth easier to clean and improving tooth alignment (orthodontics).
So if you want to pursue the advantages of cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Lestz today for a consultation. You'll get your questions answered in a calm, reassuring way so you can enjoy your very best smile. Call (718) 544-9100.