Not everyone is born with a perfect, healthy smile, but thanks to cosmetic dentistry, the dream of having that almost perfect smile is becoming possible. Cosmetic dentistry is an area concerned with improving the appearance of a person’s oral cavity. This includes a person’s smile, teeth, and gums. The techniques employed in cosmetic dentistry are mostly geared towards aesthetics and appearance, but some of the techniques can also be used to help improve tooth and gum problems.
The Effect of a Good Smile
Many studies have shown that problems in one’s smile, (misshapen teeth, gum problems, uneven smile, etc.) can affect one’s self confidence. It could also affect the impressions of other people. The psychological effects can in turn affect vital processes in person’s life; searching for a job and socializing are just a few.
A good or attractive smile is characterized by different qualities: straightness of the teeth, whiteness and cleanliness, and healthy appearing gums are just some and this is where cosmetic dentistry is geared to; improving the attributes for a healthy and attractive smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry at a Glimpse
Cosmetic dentistry employs different techniques to improve the condition of the teeth; among these techniques are bleaching, veneers, bonding, and teeth reshaping and contouring.
- Bleaching- the most common and most popular cosmetic procedure, it involves applying chemicals to whiten stained and discolored teeth. The procedure can be done in the dentist’s office or at home
- Dental veneers- Involves the application of plastic or porcelain into the surface of the teeth to reshape or change its color.
- Bonding- the application of a material similar to the color of the tooth to fill in gaps and spaces. It can also be used to change the color of a discolored or stained tooth
- Tooth reshaping or contouring- a procedure where the shape of the tooth is altered. The length, the shape and the position of the teeth is changed in order to make it fit ideally for the patient.
How to Prepare for a Cosmetic Dental Procedure
- Get Informed
Seek consultation with a cosmetic dentist first. Let the dentist inform you on the different procedure, the results, the effects and the costs. Discuss with your dentist your previous dental and medical history. Voice out your concerns and doubts and let them be clarified by your dentist. You can questions like how would the changes look like, or what should you expect during and after the treatment, It is also important to ask if there are maintenance procedures that is required. Often patients are concentrated on the treatment course that they fail to look after what is needed for maintenance.
- Know the Dentist’s Qualifications
Make sure the dentist is qualified and skilled in cosmetic dentistry. Ensure that y asking the following:
- Before and After Photos
- Proof that the dentist is into continuing education
- Relevant references