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8 Dental Issues Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix

Cosmetic dentistry is more than just superficial changes to teeth; cosmetic dentistry can fix seemingly minor dental issues that can actually have a substantial negative impact on your overall dental health. Cosmetic dentistry treatments like dental bonding, porcelain veneers, teeth contouring, gum contouring, and dental crowns can be utilized to improve both the look and health of your teeth. Don’t underestimate the importance of a beautiful smile. While it boosts your confidence, it can also boost your dental health. Cosmetic dentistry is about more than the aesthetics of your teeth.

8 Dental Problems Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix

1. Discolored, yellowing or dull smiles: In our society, white and bright smiles are often perceived as healthy smiles. Though a yellowing smile doesn’t necessarily indicate poor health (more likely some bad habits), teeth whitening can fix discolorations to brighten your smile and boost your confidence. If you have intrinsic stains, dental bonding can be used to cover those discolorations.

2. Gaps between teeth: Gaps between teeth don’t just affect the look of your smile, but they can also impact the position of your teeth. Space between your teeth allows your teeth to shift and move out of place. Teeth bonding can be used to correct minor gaps and porcelain veneers can be used for more extensive correction.

3. Missing teeth: The combination of a dental implant and dental crown can replace one or more missing teeth. You can also opt for a dental bridge, which covers the missing space.

4. Chipped or cracked teeth: Chipped or cracked teeth can be repaired with teeth bonding. Teeth bonding uses composite resin, the same material used for white fillings. Resin can be molded to the tooth to fill in cracks or chips; then the resin is hardened to stay permanently in place.

5. A gummy smile: A “gummy smile” is not a health concern, but many people with this particular type of smile become insecure about it. With a gummy smile, more of your gums show as you smile so your teeth look smaller. Gum contouring removes some of the gum tissue to expose more of your tooth surface and bring balance to your smile.

6. Disproportionate teeth: Are your teeth uneven in length? The asymmetry of your teeth can be corrected with dental bonding or veneers.

7. Overlapping teeth: Orthodontics may be required to correct severe overlapping of teeth, but for minor overlapping issues, teeth contouring can be a solution. Teeth contouring is like filing a nail: Some of the tooth is gently filed and removed to adjust its shape.

8. Pointy canine teeth: With teeth contouring, your cosmetic dentist can carefully file away small portions of your teeth to reduce the bothersome pointy shape of your front canines.


At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling (508) 842-6356 today.