Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the aesthetic dental and facial form and function of patients. Usually cosmetic dentistry is sought by people with stained or yellowed teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and crooked teeth. A cosmetic dentist will try to improve the teeth to enhance a patient’s looks and restore a beautiful and confident smile.
Many people have stained teeth or inherited discolored teeth that make them feel less confident about their smiles. Laser teeth whitening and other methods can help to whiten the teeth and restore a confident smile. Porcelain veneers are an option for chipped teeth or for teeth that need reshaping. Lumineers are a new type of veneer that is highly durable and that provides natural-looking teeth. Braces can correct overcrowding of teeth, correct gaps, and reshape skew teeth. Braces correct the structure of the mouth as well as the bite for an improved facial appearance.
Cosmetic surgeons also work on people who have been involved in trauma like accidents and have lost or damaged teeth. They also replace extracted teeth with natural-looking dental implants and create bridges and crowns to reinforce the jaw.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry allows for the examination and treatment of oral issues that will improve your overall look. The ultimate result may improve our general and mental health as you are able to face the world with more confidence. Beautiful, white and straight teeth are associated with good health and cosmetic dentistry may translate into better life choices such as job prospects and life partners where first impressions count.
Tooth whitening is one of the most common treatments provided by cosmetic dentists. Even if you have strong, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, your teeth will appear dull and unhealthy if they are stained or yellow. Professional-grade bleaching is much more powerful than over-the-counter kits but the results are worth the extra cost.
There are many different methods employed to whiten teeth, but the most effective is laser whitening treatments that can whiten teeth up to ten shades lighter. Laser treatment usually requires only one visit to the dentist and the results last a lot longer than bleaching.
Porcelain veneers are used to make small alterations or to change the shape, size, or color of teeth. They are thin slices of porcelain that match the natural tooth enamel. A very small amount of tooth enamel is removed to create room for the veneer to fit into the mouth. Veneers often create a better appearance than the original tooth did. They are very successful at restoring teeth with poor color, contour or shape and a popular choice for patients with gaps in their teeth, fractures, or uneven bite issues. It is also ideal for people who do not respond well to tooth whitening procedures. In these cases porcelain veneers are the best solution.
If you are thinking of having cosmetic dentistry it is important to find the best qualified cosmetic dentist in your area who is qualified and experienced in the type of treatment you need. Bear in mind that most cosmetic dentistry is not covered by standard insurance.