Common Cosmetic Dental Problems

Boulder Dentist Serving Denver, Ft. Collins & Nearby Areas in Colorado

cosmetic dental solutions boulder colorado dentistA beautiful smile makes a great first impression. It can give you the confidence you need to make the most out of every moment. Most people aren’t blessed with a perfect smile by nature. In fact, many of us are faced with nagging imperfections that can leave us feeling less attractive and self-conscious when we smile. Fortunately, there are safe, effective cosmetic dentistry treatments for nearly all common cosmetic dental problems.

Boulder cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Adler and his team at Adler Advanced Dentistry are dedicated to helping you realize your full potential with a beautiful smile. Using the latest technology and drawing from his extensive experience, Dr. Adler can help you achieve your unique aesthetic goals.

If you're interested in learning more about how Dr. Adler can create a customized smile makeover recommendation for you, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 303-449-1119 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly provide quality dental care to those who live in the Front Range communities in and around Boulder, Colorado.

Cosmetic Dental Issues

Your smile is an extension of your personality. When you have cosmetic issues with your teeth or gums, you may hide your smile from others, withholding an important part of who you are. This can affect your life in many ways; you may not smile or laugh as much while on a date, in social situations, or even at job interviews when first impressions are critical.

Some of the most common cosmetic dental problems we see at our office include:

  • Teeth that are crooked
  • Teeth that are chipped or cracked
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Teeth that are discolored
  • Missing teeth
  • Gummy smile

Fortunately, Dr. Adler and his highly-trained staff have extensive experience with these cosmetic dental problems and have solutions to fix your teeth and gums to give you the beautiful smile you deserve. In the sections below, we'll briefly outline the above cosmetic issues and the solutions we offer to help you have a beautiful and healthy smile.

Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Chipped or cracked teeth can be some of the most obvious dental problems when you smile. These can occur because of injury or if you bite on something hard. Fortunately, chips and cracks can be restored using either dental bonding or porcelain veneers. The best solution will depend on your unique circumstances, and Dr. Adler is happy to discuss all of your options.

The benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • Natural looking
  • Stain resistant
  • Strong and durable
  • Long-lasting
  • Quick procedure
  • No recovery time

The benefits of dental bonding include:

  • Low cost
  • Completed in one visit
  • Highly conservative option in terms of tooth preservation
  • Natural-looking material
  • Only a small amount of tooth enamel is removed
  • Anesthesia is generally not required

Crooked Teeth

Nearly everyone has some degree of crooked teeth. Fortunately, there are many options available today in addition to traditional wire braces. Invisalign® Clear Aligners are rapidly becoming one of the most popular choices for older teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without the obvious hardware of traditional braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth to their desired position.

The benefits of Invisalign® Clear Aligners include:

  • Nearly invisible to others
  • Easily removable when eating and brushing/flossing teeth
  • Made of comfortable form-fitting plastic
  • Requires fewer office visits to adjust
  • Customized to your teeth

If you would like to achieve the appearance of straight teeth, but don’t want to invest the time associated with orthodontic treatment, then porcelain veneers may be a good option to consider. Keep in mind that porcelain veneers won’t actually straighten your teeth. They’ll just provide the appearance of straight teeth. Please see the above section for the benefits of porcelain veneers.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can be one of the most frustrating problems people face when it comes to their smile. In addition to being unsightly and embarrassing, missing teeth can cause serious long-term deterioration to the jaw and jeopardize the health of adjacent teeth.

Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth because they are the only option that replaces the missing root as well as the missing tooth. They can also help support the adjacent teeth and strengthen the jaw. If Dr. Adler determines that you aren’t a suitable dental implant candidate, he may recommend alternatives such as dental bridges or dentures.

The benefits of dental implants to replace missing teeth include:

  • Helps prevent adjacent teeth from shifting
  • Helps keep your bite aligned and comfortable
  • Reduces strain in your jaw joints and muscles from a bad bite
  • Allows you to properly chew, talk and laugh
  • No grinding of adjacent teeth needed to implant
  • Strong and durable like natural teeth
  • Long-lasting results
  • Tooth crown is customized to match existing teeth color

Gaps in Teeth

It’s common for people to have gaps in their teeth. Depending on the severity and size of the gap, you may not worry about its appearance or you could be embarrassed to show your smile. Gaps between teeth are not a cause for any oral health concern; however, they can make some feel self-conscious about smiling.

Gaps in teeth can form from a variety of causes. The most common include:

  • If your teeth form smaller than normal and do not fit their space, gaps will form once the teeth grow and spread out
  • If the skin which attaches your gums to your upper lip (labial frenum) grows between your front teeth a gap can form
  • Children who use pacifiers or chronically suck on their thumbs past the age of four can develop gaps in their teeth
  • The process of tongue thrusting, or pushing your tongue against your teeth, generally during eating or swallowing, may cause a gap to form over time

For those who have gaps in their teeth, Dr. Adler can use a variety of treatments such as dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® Clear Aligners. The exact treatment he recommends will depend on the severity of the gap and its placement in your mouth. For the benefits of these treatments, please see the sections above.

Stained or Discolored Teeth

There are many causes for staining and discoloration of the teeth, from dietary choices to the aging process. Dr. Adler offers the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System to restore your brilliant smile. The Zoom! Teeth Whitening System offers an average improvement of eight shades whiter and produces minimal sensitivity.

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments on the market today but the best way to enhance your smile is from a dental professional. The benefits of this treatment include:

  • Fast and convenient
  • Long-lasting results
  • Low sensitivity after the procedure
  • Proven safe and effective
  • Applied by a dental professional
  • All done in about one hour

Gummy Smile

Many people are self-conscious about having a gummy smile, where the gums are more visually prominent and out of balance with the teeth. Using advanced laser gum recontouring, Dr. Adler can create the pleasing appearance you desire with this minimally-invasive technique that heals quickly.

The benefits of gum recontouring include:

  • No incisions or sutures needed
  • Bleeding is minimal as the laser cauterizes as it cuts
  • Precise treatment
  • Symmetrical results
  • Has a gum-lifting effect

Whatever common cosmetic dental problem you are facing, Dr. Adler can develop a personalized plan to help you achieve your cosmetic dentistry goals. He understands that aesthetic issues with your teeth can be a cause of self-esteem and confidence issues, that’s why he works with your to find the best treatment for your specific problems to help you feel great about your smile.

If you're interested in learning more about any of the above cosmetic dental treatments, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 303-449-1119 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly provide quality dental care to those who live in the Front Range communities in and around Boulder, Colorado.