What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

You may have seen people with perfectly arranged teeth and others with overlapped teeth. It doesn’t mean because your teeth grew the way they are (with gaps or crooked) they can’t be corrected. With cosmetic dentistry, you can get that beautiful smile you are longing for.

What exactly is cosmetic dentistry? It is a part of dentistry that aims to improve imperfections in your dental formula (your teeth). Cosmetic dentistry can correct flaws such as gaps in your teeth, discolored teeth, excess gum tissue, and crooked teeth.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Started

According to archaeological findings, there is proof that cosmetic dentistry was practiced in the past. Etruscans replaced lost teeth using ivory and bones. Ivory and bones were not so good for tooth replacement because they used to emit a lousy smell and this led to the introduction of gold metal tooth replacement.

The Egyptians on the other hands hammered replacement teeth made out of seashells into the gums, this must have been painful, and it took only the courageous to do it. The crude way of implanting dental implants and how dental implant started are some of the factors which made cosmetic dentistry not gain popularity.

Barbers did fillings and tooth whitening in the 13th century, but they never had dental experience which led to more dental problems since they used acid which wore down teeth. Teeth whitening by Egyptians were done by mixing pumice stone with vinegar. The Romans, on the other hand, used ammonium (from urine) which is a natural whitener to whiten teeth.

Applications of Cosmetic Dentistry

The cosmetic use is seen in all aspects of dentistry with patients’ demands rising by the day. People are concerned about how they will look when a dental procedure is carried out. When they seek for dental service, they find a dentist who has experience in cosmetic dentistry. Here is a list of various dental procedures based on cosmetic dentistry.

Veneers

They are thin layers of porcelain or other materials shaped like teeth. Veneers are placed on the front part of the teeth with the aim of hiding imperfections such as discolored teeth, misalignment, broken or chipped teeth. They are less invasive and suitable for those people who are anxious about teeth whitening or any alignment method.

Bonding

It is the process of repairing a fractured, decayed or chipped tooth by use of a composite resin that has the exact color of a tooth. It might be an alternative to amalgam fillings, but it can only be used in areas that have low bite tension like the front teeth. It is a straightforward procedure that can be done in a day.

Implants

dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed beneath the gums into the jawbone to support dentures or dental crowns. It is suitable for those people who have experienced tooth loss. A dental implant is not for everyone, and if you have less bone mass and diseased gums, you may not be a candidate for dental implants.

Whitening

It is restoring the natural white color of your teeth. As you age, so do your teeth and they can get discolored because of wearing out which allows foods and drinks to adhere to the enamel of your teeth. Teeth discoloration can be caused by medication, lifestyle or diseases. There are a couple of types of teeth whitening treatments. You can use over the counter whitening products, but these products will take longer and may not give you the results you wanted. The other method is professional teeth whitening at your local dentist office. Professional teeth whitening will give you faster and more dramatic results in one visit.

Crowns

Crowns are artificial teeth mounted on an implant or a decayed tooth. It is used to strengthen the weak tooth, give teeth shape and make the dental appearance appealing. It isn’t a temporary procedure that you can remove anytime you want. But it will strengthen and protect the tooth it is covering.

Alignment Correction

Teeth misalignment is when your teeth have an irregular bite which needs correction for proper dental function. According to a report from the American Association of Orthodontists more than 4 million Americans are seeking tooth alignment services. It shows how much cosmetic dentistry is being appreciated and embraced.

Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Dentistry

Just like any other product in the market cosmetic dentistry has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry.

Pros

  • Since the primary focus is on appearance, it will correct any dental flaws and give you a confident smile.
  • People who have dental imperfections are rarely seen laughing or interacting with others but the moment they have these flaws corrected their self-esteem is awakened, and they socialize more.
  • Cosmetic dentistry prevents dental infections since dental cleaning is necessary before cosmetic dentistry is done.

Cons

  • Most medical insurance providers don’t cover it or only cover a small percentage of it. This can make it expensive since you’ll have to pay it out of pocket. But most dental office will offer dental financing so that you don’t have to let money stop you from getting the smile you always wanted.

If you are not happy with the way your smile looks, whether it be the color of your teeth or that your teeth are chipped or misaligned. Come to Freedom Dental where are cosmetic dentists will work with you to give you the smile you have always wanted!

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