Some say the eyes are a window into the soul, but your smile says a lot about you, too. Not only does a beautiful, bright smile look great and bring happiness to others, it also tells the world that you care about your health. It also leads to a better life!
Here at Ericson Dental, this combination of beauty, health, and function is our ultimate goal for every patient. We call it “aesthetic dentistry,” and in today’s blog post we’ll explain why this approach to care will help you achieve the best results.
What is aesthetic dentistry?
Aesthetic dentistry combines art and science to improve your teeth. Aesthetic dentistry helps correct teeth that are:
Some people mistakenly believe that a perfect smile is the primary focus of aesthetic dentistry. However, while improving the look and brilliance of your smile is part of the equation, it’s not the ultimate goal. Instead, this philosophy of care pays special attention to the natural health and function of your mouth.
By blending cosmetics with this focus toward dental health and wellness, the result is a smile that is naturally beautiful, healthy, and long lasting.
The benefits of aesthetic dentistry
To understand the benefits of this approach, let’s look at an example. Pretend you’re unhappy with your smile — you want it to be brighter and less crooked.
A cosmetic-only approach might produce a celebrity-status, Chiclet-white smile that is symmetrical and visually appealing (if not a little fake looking). The smile is correct, but it may not look natural or real.
An aesthetic approach, on the other hand, strives to do more than just produce a perfect smile. It combines various scientific techniques and artistic skills to ensure you achieve a smile that matches and fits with your natural features and personality, helping you achieve dental wellness.
Common aesthetic dentistry techniques
Aesthetic dentistry can be as simple as replacing an old discoloured and cracked filling with a more natural-looking one that blends seamlessly with your natural tooth. It can also involve more complicated procedures like replacing a decaying or damaged tooth with a dental implant and natural-looking crown.
Keep reading to learn about 5 types of aesthetic services we offer at Ericson Dental, and how they help perfect your smile and your health.
- Veneers — A porcelain shell attached to the front of your teeth. Corrects gaps, stains and discoloration, chips or cracks, and crooked teeth. Helps restore the shape and function of your smile.
- Dental crowns — A cap for severely damaged teeth to restore its shape, function, and color. Helps stop decay and is durable, too.
- Dental implants — A biocompatible titanium post placed in your jawbone to act like the natural root and restore missing or damaged teeth.
- Cosmetic bonding — Touches up dental imperfections by closing gaps, filling in chips, smoothing rough edges, and brightening teeth. Is minimally invasive and strengthens teeth.
- Invisalign — The minimally-invasive way to fix crooked teeth, closing gaps or providing crowded teeth with more space. Increases dental health and your ability to property clean and care for your smile.
- Dentures — Strong and stable solution for missing teeth. Restores functionality like chewing and helps minimize issues like gum disease and TMJ.
- Teeth whitening — The minimally invasive and highly effective way to restore your smile to it’s bright and natural color
Aesthetic dentistry is for everyone
Many people assume they can’t afford the investment it takes to improve their smile. They view these improvements as frivolous and unnecessary. Aesthetic dentistry is here to change that perspective.
This approach does more than just beautify your smile. In fact, an aesthetic restoration is usually rooted in repairing a severe dental issue that may be causing you dental and whole body health issues.
Let’s say you want to correct crooked teeth. While the end result will look better, did you know that a perfectly aligned smile also has many benefits in and of itself? In fact, crooked teeth can put you at risk for:
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
- Tooth wear and decay
- TMJ and other jaw pain
- Difficulty chewing
The same can be said of countless other aesthetic dental treatments. Veneers restore the shape of your smile and enhance their brightness, but also provide additional support to prevent further damage. Dental implants restore missing and severely damaged teeth and also prevent bone loss and gum disease.
The point is, don’t assume that aesthetic dentistry is out of reach. In fact, this type of care may be just what you need to achieve total dental wellness (and as a bonus, it will improve the look of your teeth, too.)
What to expect from aesthetic dentistry
Aesthetic dentistry is more than just an end result — it also encompases the type of care and overall dental experience you’ll receive.
At Ericson Dental, our commitment to providing high-quality aesthetic dentistry translates into a modern, high-tech environment coupled with close, friendly care and attention.
Our entire team is committed to helping you achieve total dental wellness and a beautiful smile. Our dentist take time to get to know you and listen to your goals. We’ll also help you understand how a specific treatment will affect your smile and your health.
Finally, every treatment is focused on your comfort. We offer a relaxing environment and provide sedation options to help you feel comfortable and completely at ease.
Create the natural, brilliant smile you’ve always dreamed of with aesthetic dentistry
At Ericson Dental, we think everyone deserves the highest quality dental care and a smile they love — we’re here to help you achieve just that. Our offices in Lompoc and Santa Barbara are proud to offer aesthetic dentistry to all our patients.
Through our compassionate and high-tech care coupled with the latest dental techniques and equipment, you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Plus, we provide affordable financing and payment options to ensure you can receive the care you need.
Since graduating from the USC School of Dentistry with academic honors, Dr. Ericson has been dedicated to furthering his scope of practice and helping patients feel anxiety-free through every treatment. He has completed extensive training and continuing education, excelling at two residencies in implant surgery and multiple residencies in advanced bone grafting, gum grafting, oral surgery, and surgical orthodontics. Dr. Ericson is also a graduate of the advanced prosthodontics program at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, WA.