Cosmetic Dentistry is More Than Just Aesthetics

Smile. With a gentle tap on the back, that’s what people mostly say to you when you’re down in the dumps. It is a simple gesture that seems ironic, especially when your heart sinks, or you’re just plain tired. But it really gives your spirit a boost to smile. It helps with self-confidence and takes away all the negativity that’s keeping you unhappy. Even medical science backs the potential health benefits smiling can provide, from relieving stress to lowering blood pressure.

But at times, people are holding back their beam because of certain conditions with their teeth, or their lack thereof. Discoloration of the teeth can cause low self-esteem. A crooked set of molars or incisors can be a source of bullying, keeping children in the corner without friends. Missing teeth may cause speech and eating problems. These and more small problems can be the big baggage a person carries everyday, and might be the primary reason that’s taking their happiness away.

Good thing we have cosmetic dentistry now to address concerns with any tooth damage or loss. With current technologies and professional advancement, a smile makeover is made possible. Misalignment will bend its way to a straight line. Two empty spots can now be filled with equally alike replacements and close the gap not just between the teeth but also between you and others. And that color that marks you with stain and decay will never be the same again.

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There are subtle ways to improve your teeth, and your smile too. Cosmetic dentists can work on procedures tailored on the specific dental problem that has been plaguing you for years.

Here’s a list of common cosmetic treatments that could be a good fit for you:

Whitening

At times, toothpaste and other products just don’t work their magic as advertised. You may try a visit to a dentist and check out solutions that will remove the stain or discoloration of your teeth. Whitening treatments are usually the simplest and cheapest of all available cosmetic solutions. They can be done in the clinic or at your home, under dental supervision. Options include bleaching or laser treatments that can lighten teeth up to 16 shades.

Bonding

Bonding is a repair procedure that enhances your damaged teeth due to decay, cracks or discoloration. The procedures involve drilling out the decay first. Then, a composite — a mimic enamel and dentin — is applied to the tooth’s surface, where it is sculpted and hardened by a laser light to blend perfectly with the other teeth.

Veneers

Dental veneers are custom-made thin shells that cover the teeth’s front surface using a dental adhesive. The “Hollywood teeth”, as they are known, can be made of composite or porcelain and are tooth-colored. These are recommended for chipped, stained or crooked teeth, damaged enamel, and to fill gaps in between the teeth.

Crowns

Not the gem-filled royal headgear worn by the queen, a dental crown or a cap covers an entire tooth. This metal, plastic, porcelain, alloy or ceramic material is used to restore a damaged tooth or protect a weak one. Unlike other options which are removable, crowns are fixed and time-consuming. And because the cost associated with the treatment is high, dentists only recommend it when other choices don’t work.

Implants

Implants solve the inconvenience caused by tooth loss and serve as a long-term replacement for natural teeth. This treatment consists of metal posts or frames that are surgically inserted in the bone socket beneath the gums. As the implant fuses with the jawbone, it secures a stable support for a replacement tooth. However, you need healthy gums and bone to undergo the process.

There’s nothing quite as synonymous with cosmetics as beauty and vanity.  But, there’s more to these cosmetic procedures than just achieving pearly white, perfectly straight teeth. It is the unspeakable joy painted all over your face after you’ve struggled with the decay that hounds your sleep at night. It is the restored appetite for delectable food after you missed savory dinners since tooth loss. Cosmetic dentistry is not just about the physical, the external, and the visible. Surely, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

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