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How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Oral Health?

June 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — franklindentalteam @ 8:11 pm
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Cosmetic dental care is usually associated with unnecessary treatments or procedures for the sole purpose of improving appearance. Even though they do hold aesthetic value, there is more to cosmetic dentistry than just trying to look good. Many cosmetic procedures also help to strengthen or restore teeth back to health. Your dentist in Tyler shares more about different cosmetic procedures and how they can improve your overall oral health.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that can conceal internal stains and modify a tooth’s shape and spacing. This is a common procedure amongst celebrities who hope to perfect their smile for years to come. Veneers can correct teeth that have small chips or alignment issues. Not only does it create a beautiful smile, but it makes your teeth stronger and healthier.

Other Porcelain Restorations

In addition to veneers, porcelain can be used for a number of dental restorations. These include porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges. They can be customized to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. Restorations enhance your smile while also protecting and strengthening your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

This is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. When done by a dentist, it has immediate and long-lasting results as compared to the at-home whitening kits. Your dentist uses a highly concentrated whitening agent that can lift external stains from the enamel and drastically brighten your teeth. When you love your smile, you may be more diligent about keeping a good oral hygiene routine to maintain it.

Gum Contouring

This is a cosmetic procedure that changes the shape of your gums. Your dentist either cuts away excess gum tissue or restores gum tissue that has receded. This is usually done using advanced laser technology. Taking away excess gum tissue can reduce your risk of periodontal disease because there are less places for bacteria to hide. It also makes brushing and flossing more effective.


In general, straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When teeth are crooked or overcrowded, there are often more tight spaces where bacteria can hide. This contributes to gum inflammation, bleeding, irritation, and tooth decay. When teeth are aligned, it’s easier to keep them clean by regular brushing and flossing. With an improved bite, you are less likely to experience dental injuries and jaw problems.

Don’t believe the stigma that cosmetic dentistry is only to improve appearances. Depending on the procedure, there are plenty of benefits to cosmetic dental care. In addition to a higher confidence, many cosmetic treatments can improve the health and longevity of your smile.

About the Author

Dr. Donna Franklin-Pitts practices cosmetic dentistry at her office in Tyler, TX. She completed dental school at Howard University in Washington D.C. and is a member of several different organizations including the American Dental Association, the Smith Country Dental Society, and the Texas Dental Association. She and her dental team provide a wide array of dental services in a warm, welcoming office. It is Dr. Franklin-Pitts’ priority to give you a smile that makes you feel confident. For more information on the benefits of cosmetic dental care or to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call (903) 593-2330.

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