What is cosmetic dentistry?
Modern cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of a patient’s teeth, gums, and overall smiles. Cosmetic dentistry is a relatively new branch of dentistry. However, it is highly demanded today and has a large customer base all around the world.
Cosmetic dentistry today doesn’t require graduation from a special program dedicated to it. Rather, cosmetic dentists are only required to graduate from standard dentistry programs. However, there are additional courses that provide education about cosmetic dentistry, which are very helpful for dentists that want to become cosmetic dentists.
Cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of different dental services. The most popular ones among these services are:
In addition to these procedures, cosmetic dentists can help you with a variety of different procedures, such as gum contouring, dental implants, and dental bonding.
Why is cosmetic dentistry important?
Cosmetic dentistry is important because it enables people to be happy with the appearance of their teeth and smiles. People with various dental problems such as decayed teeth, yellow teeth, cracked or crooked teeth, and more can achieve the appearance they desire and be happy and more confident with their appearance.
What are the types of cosmetic dentistry?
There are various types of cosmetic dentistry procedures. The most common types of cosmetic dentistry procedures are:
Cosmetic Bonding (Dental Bonding)
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which the cosmetic dentist uses bonding material to repair a chipped or cracked part of the tooth. The cosmetic bonding material can usually be adjusted to match the patient’s natural tooth color. It is a very simple but also very common procedure.
Dental implant surgery is a dental operation in which the cosmetic dentist places an artificial tooth with the help of various devices and tools, to imitate the appearance and the function of the missing natural tooth. Dental implants are very common in cosmetic dentistry, and they are one of the most preferred procedures.
Teeth whitening is a dental procedure in which the cosmetic dentist uses special chemicals to whiten and brighten the patient’s teeth to a certain tone. Teeth whitening at the dentist works differently than over-the-counter teeth whitening products, and is more advantageous in many aspects, such as permanency.
Dental crowns are basically caps that can be made of a variety of materials such as metals and porcelain. Dental crowns are used for protecting the damaged tooth or restoring the function and appearance of a damaged tooth to normal.
Dental veneers are dental plates that can be made of various materials and be adjusted to match your natural tooth color. They are placed on the front side of your teeth. In addition to improving appearance, dental veneers also improve the patient’s biting.
Dental Fillings (Inlays/Onlays)
Dental fillings are the procedure in which a type of resin or similar material is used in order to fill the cavities or cracks on or in a tooth. If the tooth is highly damaged and beyond repair with standard dental fillings, two different methods called Inlays and Onlays are used to apply filling to the damaged tooth.
Dental Aligners (Braces and Invisalign)
Dental aligners are tools or devices that help straighten the crooked teeth of a patient. There are two main types of dental aligners.
Braces are the traditional type of aligners. They are basically a set of individual support points that are bonded together with the help of a metal wire. Although there are braces that can be adjusted to match a patient’s natural tooth color, dental braces are still found to be affecting the appearance negatively.
On the other hand, Invisalign dental aligners are a newer type of dental aligners that are made of a colorless transparent material. Invisalign aligners, unlike traditional braces, are removable, and they are easier to take care of. However, they are also less effective, since they are not worn 24/7, which means they require more time to complete the process.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry allows people to achieve the look they desire with various cosmetic dental procedures. This helps them live happier life, in addition to having higher confidence and self-love. The smile of a person is one of the most important things that shape their image. For this reason, it is important to have a beautiful smile with bright, straight, and healthy teeth.
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