It is the easiest way of communication and spreading love to all: smiling. We want to have that perfect smile whether it is for impressing a new boss, attracting a mate or getting that perfect graduation picture. And while others are satisfied with their teeth, some opt to have cosmetic dentistry. But what is it really and what should you know about cosmetic surgery?
Our physical appearances matter. Even though the awareness of people about accepting what they look like is spreading we still want to appear attractive in our own ways. Perhaps the easiest way to be attractive is flashing a smile. Numerous people still prefer having someone that proudly fashion their teeth and smile. And while others are born with great set of teeth, there are some who needs help in making their smile better.Enter cosmetic dentistry, a general term for all the procedures that can improve a person’s dental appearance.
Whether it is the teeth, gums or bite, cosmetic dentistry has a procedure that can work miracles in making a smile better. Dentists who specialize in this area have gone through extensive practice and training in order to satisfy clients and have the results they seek. You might be thinking that these procedures will sound fancy and expensive but you’ll be surprised on how often you have heard these procedures and not know that it falls under cosmetic dentistry.
Here are five (5) of the most common methods in cosmetic dentistry that you might have heard at least once from your dentist or loved ones.
- Teeth Whitening
Since the goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth, teeth whitening immediately falls under cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening is perhaps the simplest procedure of improving a person’s dental appearance. This procedure eliminates the yellow, black or any tarnish on the natural white color of the teeth. The discoloration of the teeth is usually caused by drinking coffee or dark-colored beverages, smoking and/or medications. While there are consumer products that can improve the color of the teeth, most people still prefer going to cosmetic dentists to have whiter teeth that lasts longer.
- Porcelain Works
Porcelain works in dental industry has been used for a long period of time. And because this procedure improves how a person’s teeth appears, it still falls under cosmetic dentistry. Some of the most common porcelain works on teeth are:
- Porcelain Veneers- used as an enamel substitute for the teeth, this covers dental imperfections. Veneers are often thin shells that has the same color to a tooth.
- Porcelain Bridgework- if you have gaps between your teeth, a porcelain bridgework attached to both sides of a tooth can be done. There are some gaps that may form due to a missing tooth, and there are gaps that happen naturally. Either way, porcelain bridgework helps in improving the gaps.
- Porcelain Crowns- this is often used for more damaged teeth that cannot be hidden using veneers. Porcelain crowns usually look very natural, so it is an option that many prefer.
- Tooth Reshaping and Contouring
There are people born with teeth that are too big or has an odd shape. Tooth reshaping is used for these cases, which are often dealt with using drill or laser. These methods will reshape, contour and smoothen the teeth without damaging or thinning the teeth much. Some people doesn’t just opt for this method for the sake of looking better, but also to improve their bite. Minor bite problems become a bother to some people and this is the easiest procedure of improving the minor bite condition.
- Tooth Fillings, Onlays and Inlays
For people who have cavities or holes on their teeth due to cavities, tooth fillings, onlays and inlays become their choices. Not only does this type of cosmetic dentistry improve a person’s teeth, it is also a way of preventing the damage of the cavity to worsen. This also prevents halitosis or bad breath. When cavity has done damage on the tooth, this becomes an option if the person is not willing or able to get the tooth extracted at once.
Chipped or cracked tooth is common, and so is the cosmetic dentistry procedure called bonding. Bonding fills up the bridge, crack or broken part of the tooth. This is one of the easiest procedures in cosmetic dentistry and is often done in just a single appointment with the cosmetic dentist. Bonding also prevents infection and growth of cavity on the cracked or chipped tooth.
There are other procedures under cosmetic dentistry, all made to improve one’s dental appearance. However, the benefits of cosmetic dentistry procedures does not stop in the appearance, it is also vital to keep the mouth healthy and strong, not to mention the boost of confidence a person can achieve. Whatever your reason is, always make sure that you seek a professional cosmetic dentist in order to achieve the set of pearly whites that you have been wanting to have.