When most people think of dentistry, they automatically go to images of cleanings, cavities, and root canals. Of course, it is true that much of dentistry does center around these services, but did you know there’s much more to a beautiful smile?
While traditional dentistry centers around the health of the mouth and teeth and is covered by most dental insurance policies, cosmetic dentistry focuses more on the appearance and appeal of your pearly whites.
Let’s take a closer look at what is cosmetic dentistry.
What is Considered Cosmetic Dentistry
Everyone wants a winning smile. It can be the first thing that someone notices about you. If you have stained teeth, or ones that are broken, chipped, or missing, you may make the wrong first impression or be less willing to engage in conversations or speak up in a meeting.
While it is very important to take care of the health of the mouth and teeth, there is a growing priority to also have the best smile possible. Cosmetic dentistry is where people turn to make that happen. Just like cosmetics are used to improve the appearance of other features, this type of dentistry focuses on enhancing a person’s self-esteem by providing a make-over on your smile.
Here are a few things that can help:
One of the easiest forms of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. Even if your teeth are not in perfect alignment, a bright white smile still gives you confidence.
Teeth can be whitened during a procedure done in the office, or you can purchase trays and the solution from your dentist to bleach them at home.
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Braces are not just for teenagers anymore. With a variety of options now available, people of all ages are deciding to enhance their smile by straightening their teeth.
You can go with the traditional braces affixed to the front of the teeth, go with ones that attach behind the teeth, or choose the very popular Invisalign option that uses removable trays to align teeth while still having an option to go without them for a period of time.
Dental veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are pre-whitened and the size and shape can be modified to fit in with the other teeth in your mouth.
This requires that a very thin portion of the original enamel be filed away to make room for this addition. You will most likely need to replace or repair the porcelain as it will wear away with time and use.
Veneers are typically used when there is only one tooth or a couple of teeth in a group that needs to be fixed. They can be made to match the existing shade of the rest of your teeth and be undetectable.
Cosmetic dental crowns fit completely over a tooth. It is sometimes also called a cap and completely changes the look of the tooth. They are put in place to hold together a broken or chipped tooth and can also be used to cover teeth that are extremely discolored.
Crowns can be made of resin, ceramic, or even metal and fit all the way up beyond the gum line.
A dental implant is an artificial replacement of the root usually fashioned from titanium. It is placed directly into the bone socket.
When the socket heals, it provides a permanent foundation for the replacement tooth. Advancements have been made so the replacement tooth can be made to match the rest of your teeth for a consistent appearance.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Helps Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition where someone unconsciously grinds or clenches their teeth. Most people have sleep bruxism where they grind their teeth while they are sleeping. It is considered a sleep disorder and those who suffer may also experience other sleep disorders such as excessive snoring or sleep apnea.
The condition itself may not require treatment, but over time may cause problems with your teeth. In addition to headaches and jaw pain that is very common, it can also cause teeth to chip, crack, or break.
Cosmetic dentistry can help bruxism in two ways. Teeth that are aligned properly and without gaps are less likely to show the effects of bruxism. If the damage has already been done, then one of the repairs listed above can help fix the tooth or teeth and restore a beautiful smile.
For more information on symptoms and causes, this article is helpful.
Good Oral Hygiene
Once you have invested the time and money into cosmetic dentistry you need to take the next steps to make sure you practice good oral hygiene so the work will last for a long time.
Make sure, even as an adult, that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss after each meal.
You should visit your dentist twice per year, even if some or most of your teeth are replacement or false. You still need a regular check-up to monitor for other mouth issues or conditions. If you find it difficult to remember or plan your dental appointment, here are some tips to help.
Avoid the use of all tobacco products. If you currently use them, start today on a regiment to quit. Not only will tobacco discolor your teeth, but it will also increase the chances that bacteria will stick to the gums and teeth.
If you have diabetes, make sure you do all you can to help control the disease. This will help reduce the risk of gum disease. In addition, be mindful if any of your medications cause dry mouth. Your natural saliva helps to break down food and keeps it from getting stuck on and in between your teeth. Dry mouth can be treated by drinking plenty of water, limiting your alcohol intake, and chewing sugarless gum.
It’s Your Smile
If you’ve been wondering what is cosmetic dentistry, then we hope this article provided helpful information.
A healthy and radiant smile will boost your self-confidence and make you feel ready to conquer your world. Take the steps today to make sure yours is unforgettable.
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