Cosmetic Dentistry Overview
You only have one chance to make a first impression. Since your smile is the first thing people usually notice about you, it can play a large part in your first impression. Unfortunately, for some people, their smile does not make the best first impression. Brushing and flossing does not always guarantee a perfect smile. Genetics, lifestyle habits such as smoking, and accidents can dramatically change the appearance of your teeth for the worse. Cosmetic dentistry can change the appearance of your smile so that you can make a good first impression.
At one time, cosmetic dentistry was not catered towards the average person. The field of cosmetic dentistry has grown exponentially in recent years and is now attainable for many people. As a society, we have become focused on our appearance and cosmetic dentistry is like a face-lift for your mouth. Whereas people once accepted the appearance of their teeth, they now feel empowered to change their appearance. No more is a perfect smile reserved for the rich and famous. In recent years, the cost has come down significantly, and more people are seeking out cosmetic services. In reaction to the growing desire for cosmetic dentistry services, there has been an increase in the number of dental practices devoted specifically to cosmetic procedures. While specialists are great, any dentist is qualified to perform the cosmetic dental services on the market today.
Traditional dentistry is concerned with medically necessary services and focused on preventing tooth disease and decay. Cosmetic dentistry describes dental services that are not medically necessary to keep your teeth healthy. For example, drilling and filing a cavity is not considered cosmetic dentistry. If someone however wants their silver fillings replaced with white ones, then it is considered cosmetic dentistry because it is not a medically necessary service. Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your teeth. People have cosmetic dentistry for varying reasons. Some are unhappy with their old metal fillings and want tooth colored ones. Others do not like their stained teeth or the gaps between them. Tooth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures performed today.
Various types of cosmetic dentistry services
Composite Bonding - Bonding is typically used for chipped teeth. A material which looks and feels like enamel is used to fill the chip or crack. The composite material is shaped and then a high intensity light hardens the material. The result is a tooth that contains no evidence that a repair was performed.
Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry service requested today. Teeth whitening removes stains that are a result of smoking, food, tea, and coffee. Stains resulting from poor oral hygiene are also treated with tooth whitening.
Veneers are thin, translucent overlays that are affixed to the surface of the tooth. The veneers are made of a composite or porcelain. Veneers cover up gaps between teeth and camouflage worn or damaged teeth.
Many patients opt for a full smile makeover. The makeover assesses your entire mouth and creates a plan to improve the overall appearance. Makeovers may involve veneers, teeth whitening and gum treatments.
The cost of cosmetic dentistry varies greatly. Some dentists offer low cost dentistry, while others change a premium based on their experience and expertise in this area. The materials used in the treatment also affect the cost. For example, crowns can be made over silver or gold.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, it is important to research the various procedures that are available. For example, you can opt for veneers or crowns on your front teeth. You can do a one step tooth whitening or one that takes a couple of treatments. You should also consider the risks involved with any procedure you are considering. Do your research and develop a short list of questions to ask the dentist and discuss the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry.
Finally, consider the cost. Can you afford the procedures that you are seeking? Will you pay cash or charge it on a credit card? Almost all dentists offer in house financing which is a better option than using a credit card. Weigh the costs against the long term benefits.
If you are unhappy with your smile, there is no need to live with it. Cosmetic dentistry has improved the mouths of thousands of patients. Take the first step by making an appointment with your dentist to discuss how you can have the smile of your dreams.
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