Your smile has the power to define your personality. A beautiful smile sits pretty on your face and makes it more attractive and inviting. Unless you are genetically gifted, a little imperfection is quite common. Even magazine cover girls and supermodels don’t have perfect teeth when they start out. You can get your white pearls easily corrected by cosmetic dentistry treatment.
If you’ve been afraid to smile too widely or are hiding your teeth behind a close-mouthed smile, you should know that there are surgical options to fix the problems that are stealing you of your self-confidence and ability to express yourself fully.
A large number of people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to fix a wide range of tooth problems. The most common is cracked, chipped or misshapen teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can fill in the cracks while also reshaping your teeth to their proper size and proportions.
Missing teeth is another common problem that cosmetic dentistry can address. Teeth lost for a number of reasons can create a big gap in your smile. But this can easily be rectified by getting implants to replace the missing tooth. An implant is created to look just like your other teeth and inserted into the gap so that it fits seamlessly into your mouth. With a good dentist no one should be able to tell the difference between your fake and real teeth.
From crooked, chipped, yellowed teeth, to gum makeovers, dental veneers and teeth whitening treatments, cosmetic dentists offer a range of solutions to take an ordinary smile and refine it into a look that sparkles and stands out.
Cosmetic dentistry is one of the major specializations in the field of dentistry, which mainly concerns itself with the optimization of oral and dental aesthetics (aesthetics being looks), while also taking care of dental function and general oral health like all other branches of dentistry. It is the one specialty in dentistry that more and more people have been seeking the help of in recent years, as more and more people become awake to the possibility of improving their appearance (and hence self-image followed by self-esteem and ultimately happiness) through the various procedures that make up cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth whitening is probably the commonest of these cosmetic dentistry procedures. Truth be told, having badly discolored teeth puts one at a great social – and possibly even financial disadvantage nowadays as people are expected to almost always ‘have a great smile’ in this post-Victorian era days; where the greatness or otherwise of one’s smile is gauged by the whiteness of their teeth. And although it is possible to undertake teeth whitening on one’s own (without the help of a cosmetic dentistry practitioner), getting the help of such a professional still remains the most recommended thing, because undertaking teeth whitening on your own without the supervision of a doctor could leave you with obnoxious long term side effects, the commonest and most distressing of which is extreme teeth sensitivity induced by the various bleaching agents.
Teeth reshaping procedures are another set of operations that cosmetic dentistry practitioners are commonly called upon to perform on those of their patients who may have been born with ill formed teeth, or those who might have been born with relatively well formed teeth, but who still want perfection in terms of dental appearance. Before having teeth reshaped, people are warned about the risk of increased dental sensitivity that the procedure might make them prone to, since such reshaping inevitably involves tampering with the enamel that protects the teeth from the ‘elements’ in the mouth.
Then there is dental bridging as another set of procedures that cosmetic dentistry practitioners are commonly called upon to perform on their patients from time to time. The idea here is to fill in the gaps left by tooth extraction (which thankfully is becoming less common thanks to procedures like air abrasion). But then again, although many dentists might favor the use of techniques like air abrasion in treating problems that previously required the use of outright extraction, it often turns out that some patients only get to see dentists when their dental problems are far too advanced to benefit from such air abrasion, and these are naturally the people who form the candidacy list for tooth bridging, after having the inevitable extraction procedures done on them.
Veneering is yet another common procedure carried out by cosmetic dentistry practitioners. The right candidates for veneering are people who might have lost some of their teeth or people who might be having quite bad cases of tooth discoloration, but who are wary of submitting to tooth bleaching or tooth bridging described before – instead opting for the easier to implement option of simply putting a cleverly made veneer over the teeth.