If you’re not happy with how your smile looks, cosmetic dentistry can help. Whether you have a noticeable stain, crooked teeth, or a “gummy” looking smile, these treatments can correct your dental imperfections and give you a set of pearly whites you’ll be excited to show off. However, some patients are hesitant about improving their smile because they’re worried that it might be painful. Read on as we discuss if getting cosmetic dental work done hurts.
Dentistry has advanced by leaps and bounds over the years. Nowadays, your cosmetic dentist can ensure improving your smile is virtually pain-free with the help of:
While you can rest assured that you shouldn’t feel any pain during your cosmetic dental work, some treatments may cause uncomfortable symptoms for a little while afterwards. Here’s what you can expect and a few tips to help manage any discomfort you may experience.
While store-bought whiteners are notorious for causing tooth sensitivity, professional teeth whitening solutions are designed to minimize any discomfort after treatment. If you do experience tooth sensitivity afterward, it should be easily manageable and pass within a day or so.
A thin layer of enamel needs to be removed to place these wafer-thin shells of porcelain. While the veneer will protect the sensitive tooth underneath, it’s natural to feel slight sensitivity or soreness in the tooth for a few days. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed to help ease your symptoms.
Invisalign offers a much more comfortable orthodontic experience than traditional braces because it doesn’t have any poking wires or brackets. However, it’s normal to feel some soreness in your teeth when you start a new set of aligners. Apply ice packs, eat or drink cold things, and consider switching to your next set of aligners right before bed to minimize your discomfort.
Crown lengthening, or gum recontouring, removes extra gum tissue that may cause your teeth to look short or stubby. Your dentist will give you specific instructions to follow after your treatment, but you can typically expect to take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease any soreness as your mouth heals.
It’s never been easier or more comfortable to improve your pearly whites! Talk to your cosmetic dentist today to find out how you can get the beautiful smile you deserve.
Dr. Robert Sue of Glendale Dental Wellness Center has been helping patients achieve happy, healthy, and beautiful smiles for over 40 years. As an active member of several prestigious organizations like the American Dental Association and the San Fernando Valley Dental Society, he regularly completes continuing education to stay current with the latest in dentistry and provide his patients the best dental solutions. He offers a wide variety of cosmetic treatments as well as virtual smile design, so you can see a digital preview of your results before you even begin treatment. If you have more questions or concerns about improving your smile, he can be contacted via his website or at 818-243-3838.