The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

People with damaged, decayed, crooked, or discolored teeth may feel self-conscious about their smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help rejuvenate a dull smile and repair any trauma that has occurred. Cosmetic dentistry is a suite of services specifically dedicated to improving the appearance and sometimes function of your teeth. It can help shape and contour your teeth while improving your smile, which can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health.

Not only can it improve self-confidence and happiness with your appearance, but it can also improve your oral health. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is the premier dental resource for patients who strive to maintain their health, function and appearance throughout their lives. We believe that aesthetic dentistry should complement the patient's general and oral health. Basically, a general dentist will make sure your teeth are healthy and strong, and a cosmetic dentist will make sure that your smile is “camera ready”.

One of the easiest ways to improve your smile is teeth whitening. First, your dentist will clean your teeth of any plaque or tartar that may have appeared on your teeth. Then you will use a bleaching or bleaching solution on them. With teeth whitening, you can achieve shades lighter than the natural color of your teeth.

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of resin or porcelain and cover the surface of your teeth. They stick to the front of the teeth after removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth. Veneers can be used to change the size, color, shape or length of teeth. They can also be used to fix problems such as cracked enamel, crooked teeth, or a gap between teeth. With dental adhesion, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth and then solidified with a laser or ultraviolet light that binds the material to the tooth.

Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it. Adhesion can repair misshapen, chipped, cracked or decayed teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium and are usually used to replace missing teeth. For this procedure, a small screw will be surgically inserted into the jaw. Once the screw has healed, it will serve as a support for the implant crown. Indirect fillings, also known as inlays and onlays, are made of composite materials, porcelain or gold and fill damaged or decayed teeth.

They are created in a dental laboratory and molded into place by your dentist. When the filling is attached at the midpoint of the tooth, it is called an “inlay”, and when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth, it is called an “inlay”.For dental bonding, the aesthetic dentist applies a moldable resin to the tooth and hardens it with ultraviolet light. Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that describes dental procedures that change the appearance of your teeth. There is no such thing as a recognized “cosmetic dentist” specialist, although some dentists may have a practice that does a lot of cosmetic work.

A cosmetic dentist is responsible for a variety of procedures, from minor corrections to major surgeries. In addition to whitening and veneers, dentists rely on adhesion and implants for many aesthetic problems including crooked teeth, damaged or cracked enamel, and unsightly spaces between teeth. While the American Dental Association does not offer an official certification or board specialty, dentists gain cosmetic dentistry skills over years of training. Before starting any cosmetic dental procedure, it is important that you consult a dentist to have your entire mouth checked thoroughly.

A cosmetic dentist will have received additional training specifically dedicated to this collection of treatments.

Tania Demontigny
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