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October 9, 2020

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_nelson @ 9:12 pm
young man pointing to his smile after undergoing cosmetic dentistry in Lutz

Everyone wants to have a smile they can be proud of. If your teeth are riddled with aesthetic imperfections, though, it can be hard to feel confident about smiling in front of others. That’s where cosmetic dentistry in Lutz can greatly help. These treatments are designed to correct your dental flaws and give you a smile that you just can’t wait to show off. But are you a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry? Keep reading to find out.

Figure Out What You Want

Before you or your dentist can determine whether cosmetic dentistry is right for you, you need to know what you wish to accomplish with your smile. The more specific you are about how you’d like to improve your smile, the easier it will be for your dentist to know whether cosmetic dentistry can help. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Do I wish my teeth were whiter?
  • Am I self-conscious about that gap between my teeth?
  • Do I want to fix that little chip in my front tooth?

Find the Best Cosmetic Dentist for You

Once you’ve narrowed down your smile goals, you can start looking for a cosmetic dentist to help you achieve them. Although this process may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Ask family and friends if they have any recommendations, or do a simple online search for cosmetic dentists in your area. Make sure to read through reviews and look at any before-and-after pictures they may have on their website.

After you’ve decided on a dentist, schedule a consultation to get a better idea of whether they’ll be a good fit for you.

Learn About What Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Are Out There

Many services fall under the umbrella of “cosmetic dentistry,” but not all of them are right for every patient. Some of the most common treatments include:

Teeth Whitening

To brighten your smile by several shades at once, you can choose a professional in-office teeth whitening treatment. Some dentists also offer take-home whitening kits for added convenience.


A veneer is a ceramic shell that is bonded over the front of a tooth to give it an effortlessly flawless appearance. Each one is personalized to look perfectly natural.

Dental Crowns

Similar to veneers, crowns are made of natural-looking materials and conceal part of a tooth. The difference is that crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. This protects it from damage as well as improving the way it looks.

Ultimately, the only surefire way to know if cosmetic dentistry is right for you is to talk to a dentist. Scheduling a consultation could be the first step in your journey to achieving your dream smile!

About the Author

Dr. Jay A. Nelson obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in Lutz, FL and the surrounding communities since 1987. As a Fellow with the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry, he has proven his dedication to clinical excellence and continuing education. His practice offers the cosmetic services described in this post and more. To find out whether cosmetic dentistry is right for you, contact Dr. Nelson’s office at (813) 949-0424.

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