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March 15, 2019

Healthy Teeth and Gums for Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is amazing. Not only can it restore your smile, but it can also boost your confidence.

Porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, clear braces, and dental bonding can alter the appearance of your smile. However, according to your dentist in Independence, you must have healthy teeth and gums before you proceed with any type of cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Why Do I Need Healthy Teeth and Gums?

Some people think they can get away with cavities and gum disease as they are having cosmetic procedures done anyway. According to Dr. David Schaefer, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Just like a house, you need a solid foundation before you build. If you have gum disease, your Independence dentist will take care of that first before recommending any sort of cosmetic dental procedure.

If you are having cosmetic dental bonding and have a cavity, Dr. Schaefer can take care of both problems at the same time. In most cases, tooth restorations can be done simultaneously with cosmetic dental procedures, however, if you have gum disease, it will need to be addressed first.

My Teeth and Gums are Healthy Am I a Candidate?

Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. However, not all procedures are suitable for every patient. For example, if you are considering Invisalign® clear braces and have severely rotated or crooked teeth or an extreme over or under bite, Dr. Schaefer may recommend conventional wires and brackets.

If you are reluctant about any type of permanent alteration to your teeth, cosmetic dental bonding would be a better fit than porcelain veneers as cosmetic porcelain veneers are permanent.

If you would like a checkup to see if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. David Schaefer today.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055