Types Of Cosmetic Dentistry
Far from being simply about filling cavities and cleaning teeth, dentistry has seen a tremendous boom in people seeking cosmetic enhancement of their smile.
When you think about it, it makes sense. Straight, white teeth are a sign of success in our society. Models in advertisements and movie stars on the silver screen all make us desire that looks for ourselves. We can’t all have Brad Pitt’s body, but we can have his winning smile.
Is it any wonder then, that cosmetic dentistry is on the rise? Here are some of the most common types of Cosmetic Dentistry procedures:
Nobody likes yellow teeth, and in the last few years, there have been a plethora of teeth whitening commercials. Between the toothpaste and the over-the-counter gels and strips, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in whitening procedures. You might think that because you can get whitening strips at the grocery store that would reduce demand for cosmetic dentists, but actually the reverse is the case — when people look into teeth whitening, they usually discover that teeth are more effectively whitened using dentist-prescribed bleaching agents, because they are much stronger and don’t cause so much sensitivity.
Veneers are the second most common procedure. Veneers are little shells that cover the original tooth. They are typically whiter than most people’s teeth, improving the appearance on that front, and they can also be used to slightly reshape teeth to make them seem more natural and regular or to reduce gaps and chips.
Look into the “no-drill” veneers, which do not require any of the existing teeth to be ground away. Veneers are a fast, simple procedure to quickly produce whiter, straighter teeth.
If you have lost a tooth, particularly a front one, your dentist may have already spoken to you about implants.Implants are surgically installed replacement teeth. Instead of anchoring a bridge to other teeth, a titanium implant is anchored right into the old tooth socket, and it’s like you have all your own teeth again! This is a relatively invasive procedure, but in certain cases, it’s considered preferable to bridges, since once the implant is inserted, you never have to worry about it again. Just treat it like a normal tooth — there’s no special care required as there is for bridges.
If you’re wishing for a movie star smile, trust us, it can be yours! Talk to your dentist about your “smile goals” and see what he or she recommends. It might not take much to get you smiling.