Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary prospect. In fact, in many cases, it’s something to look forward to. That’s because it represents a chance to make your smile more beautiful than it was before.
Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that deals with making superficial changes to teeth to alter their appearance. There are many different kinds, with new advancements happening all the time. It’s a testament to the popularity of these treatments that the cosmetic dentistry industry in America is worth around $9 billion and counting.
Below are some of the cosmetic procedures dentists most commonly see requested.
Veneers are a great option if you’re looking to totally transform your smile. Made of porcelain, veneers are long-lasting and minimally invasive to install.
They can help correct teeth that are crooked, the wrong shape or size or discolored. They also act as a shield on top of your regular teeth, and in this way help to prevent tooth decay.
Like veneers, dental bonding involves covering over the existing teeth with a synthetic material. The way in which it differs is that is it much less permanent. Dental bonding is made from a resin that will wear off over time.
It can be used to fix any minor flaws in the teeth such as cracks, gaps, and staining. It’s great for those with only minor imperfections, or who don’t like the finality of veneers.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is totally non-invasive and can make a huge impact on a person’s smile.
Teeth can become stained for many reasons—eating, smoking, and drinking all play a role. Professional teeth whitening can help to get a smile looking as bright and beautiful as it should, for minimal cost and commitment.
4.Invisalign and Braces
Although altering the shape and placement of the teeth technically falls under the umbrella of orthodontics, Invisalign certainly has the ability to change the look of a smile in a dramatic way.
These treatments are generally on the more expensive side. They also require a big commitment, with some braces requiring constant wear for as many as 2 years.
A dental implant is one cosmetic option that is quite invasive. The procedure involves inserting a screw into the jawbone, then screwing a titanium artificial tooth into place. This is a popular option for those who are missing prominent teeth and wish to fill the gap in some way.
Cosmetic Procedures to Ask Your Dentist About
If you’re embarrassed by your smile, there’s no time like the present to do something about it. Talk to your dentist about which cosmetic procedures could be a good option for you. The good news is that these days, there is a remedy for just about any dental problem.
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