Three Problems You May Not Have Realized A Cosmetic Dentist Could Fix

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People think of cosmetic dentists as professionals who correct stained, crooked, or badly chipped teeth. Indeed, cosmetic dentists use solutions like crowns, veneers, and bonding to fix or camouflage these issues. However, these are not the only problems that a cosmetic dentist can fix. Here are three more surprising issues you can and should talk to a cosmetic dentist about.

Black Triangles

The term "black triangle" is used to describe the gaps that can form between teeth when the gums start to recede. The black triangle is actually just empty space. This issue can perpetuate problems with your teeth and gums. It's usually the result of gum disease, and since food can get caught in the black triangle area, it can lead to tooth decay, too. However, black triangles are also a cosmetic issue, and they are an issue that a cosmetic dentist can resolve.

The cosmetic dentist can place some bonding on the teeth on either side of the black triangle. This will make the triangle a lot less obvious, improving your appearance. But the bonding will also keep debris from getting into the black triangle area, which will give your gums a chance to heal and regrow, further closing the gap.

Teeth That Look Too Long

Do you feel like some of your teeth are too long? Covering the teeth with veneers or crowns won't fix this, but that doesn't mean you should not see a cosmetic dentist. They can do two different things to make your teeth look a bit more proportional. First, they can shave just a little enamel off the ends of your teeth to shorten them. Second — and this is where most of the change occurs — they can add some grafts to your gums to bring your gum line down further. Most people who think their teeth are too long really just have gum recession, so gum grafts make a huge difference.

Gaps Between Front Teeth

If you have a gap between your front teeth, you might assume you need to see an orthodontist for braces. But actually, a cosmetic dentist can be a lot of help. They can use bonding to make each of your front teeth look just a little bit wider. Or, they can put veneers over just your two front teeth to make them look wider and close that gap. This is a lot less time-consuming and painful than wearing braces.

If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth, it never hurts to consult with a cosmetic dentist. They can do more than you think.