When to See a Cosmetic Dentist

A cosmetic dentist works to improve the overall appearance of teeth, without necessarily improving the structure of the bones of the face, or the jaw itself. However, cosmetic dentistry can do much more than give you a beautiful smile; this type of work can actually protect the health and strength of your teeth, and protect your overall oral health. Note how this is, and when you might want to at least visit a cosmetic dentist for a consultation.


Pain in the jaw or the inside of the cheek should usually be checked by a dentist, as you might have an oral infection, impacted tooth, or other issue that needs medical or surgical intervention. Pain in the teeth itself, such as when you eat very spicy foods or drink anything very cold, can be caused by small holes in the tooth enamel, or undersized and weakened teeth. A cosmetic dentist can often cover such teeth with veneers, which are artificial coatings that protect the tooth surface, or with a cap. These pieces slide over undersized teeth and also provide a strong barrier against the tooth nerves, so that you don't experience pain when eating or drinking.

You often bite your tongue or cheek

Accidentally biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek is not uncommon, but if you do this often, this can signal that your teeth are severely crooked, or that you have a tooth that is overly sharp. A cosmetic dentist can put caps on these teeth, as mentioned above, to make them more properly aligned, or to cover a sharp tooth. In turn, you won't be as likely to bite the inside of the cheek or scrape the skin inside your mouth, or bite your tongue.

Your teeth look thin, grey, or faded

If you notice that your teeth actually seem thinner than they once were, or appear to be grey or somehow faded, don't ignore this issue. In many cases, this can mean that the protective enamel that covers teeth is wearing away. This erosion can lead to teeth being at risk for chipping or cracking. You might also experience more pain, especially when drinking something cold. Some cosmetic dentists can put a protective covering over this worn enamel, or may want to fill in small cracks that have already formed with a type of putty that bonds to teeth and protects them. If the enamel is severely damaged, teeth may need to be capped before they get chipped or broken.