A cosmetic dentist is a dentist who focuses on improving the shape, colour, texture or appearance of the teeth rather than the overall oral heath. Some people may never have reason to visit a cosmetic dentist, while others will end up in the office several times in their life.
Some issues that send people toward a cosmetic dentist visit are genetic, while others just kind of happen along the way. Here are some of the common reasons people visit a cosmetic dentist.
Teeth whitening is certainly the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure, as much of the population wishes for a brighter smile. Some patients need to whiten up just a few shades while others need more extensive work, but they’re all usually pleased with the outcome. Sometimes, you may receive treatments in the office and sometimes you’ll be given a kit to take home and do yourself. For really tough cases, the dentist may suggest porcelain veneers to fix the issue.
For teeth that are crooked, misaligned or full of unwanted spaces, you may end up looking for relief at the cosmetic dentist’s office. If you are in need of braces you will be referred to an orthodontist to have braces fitted. A newer solution known as ‘invisalign’ may also be used to correct a crooked smile.
Cracked Teeth and Gaps
If you have cracked teeth or unusually large gaps between them, you may end up at the cosmetic dentist office. You may receive dental bonding to repair chips or cracks, fill in the gaps, add strength and support or change the size and shape. Bonding isn’t right for everyone, but the dentist will help you figure that out once you get there.
Dental bonding is a more economical choice compared to veneers, and if the repairs you need are minor ones, it may be the treatment of choice.
If you have missing teeth, the only permanent solution to replace them are dental implants. These are artificial tooth roots that are implanted surgically into the jaw bone. Then, an artificial tooth is screwed in and you have a secure, natural-looking tooth. Dental implants will work if you need just one tooth replaced, or several teeth replaced. The fact that they don’t rely on other teeth for support means they are appropriate for virtually every situation.
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Stacy Miller knows the importance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy, including keeping them white, or without chips, etc. That is why she trusts Dr. Carol Waldman and the professionals at Cosmetic Dentistry. They offer a variety of cosmetic dental proceedures. To learn more, visit their website today.