Dentistry has two main goals when it comes to the teeth: to make them as functional as possible and to make them look beautiful as well. A person really needs both to be completely satisfied with their smile. Of course, in order to achieve these two very different goals, a dentist needs to combine a variety of treatments together. A balance has to be struck between aesthetics and function. At For Beautiful Smiles, Dr. Ben Sutter takes this comprehensive approach with every patient who walks through our doors and uses the latest dental technology to help him do it.
The Best of Both Worlds
In order for a smile to be considered functional, it needs to allow a patient to eat and speak with complete comfort and confidence. Problems usually arise when a patient develops a cavity or suffers dental trauma, and when they do, Dr. Sutter can repair the teeth using a range of treatments called restorative dentistry.
And, if a patient has cosmetic issues with their smile such as stained, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, he can use (you guessed it) cosmetic dentistry to give them a beautifully uniform smile.
Of course, there is one factor in the mouth that connects both of these treatments: the jaw. If the jaw is not properly aligned, it can make it very difficult for a person to eat and speak normally, and this can also drastically affect the appearance of the smile.
This is why, when treating a patient, Dr. Sutter always makes it a special point to ensure that their bite is well-balanced and properly aligned. To do this, he uses a variety of advanced tools that can track and measure the position and range of motion of the jaw. With this information, he can determine the correct combination of treatments to balance all of the factors we just mentioned.
With this all-inclusive approach to dental care, Dr. Sutter can easily combine both restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to give a patient the best possible results. When the jaw is properly aligned, the teeth are structurally sound, and the smile is aesthetically pleasing, you get a very happy patient!
What This Means For You
What’s most interesting about this multi-pronged methodology is that it often reveals the root cause of dental problems that would normally be missed by just fixing them. For example, a misaligned jaw can cause the teeth to wear down unevenly, which can affect the smile aesthetically as well as functionally, and simply repairing the teeth wouldn’t really address the issue. Thanks to Dr. Sutter’s familiarity with the latest technology, he’s not only able to provide more thorough care, but also give his patients smiles that are built to last.
If you have a dental problem, be it cosmetic or otherwise, this comprehensive approach is truly the only way to make sure you get the exact care that you need.
If you would like to learn more about what you’ve just read and see the difference it can make for your smile, please contact us today for an appointment.