5 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Change Your Life
Cosmetic dentistry used to be associated with the rich and famous. There was a time when only they could afford the costly and time-consuming procedures that were used by cosmetic dentistry. Now, however, things have changed. There have been remarkable innovations in both the techniques and costs of cosmetic dentistry. This now puts these procedures within the reach of ordinary individuals like you and I.
Why Cosmetic Dentistry?
Your self-image is intrinsically tied up with your appearance. No-one likes crooked or missing teeth or teeth that are badly aligned. Luckily, there are many procedures available to improve your smile nowadays. This will inevitably lead to an increase in confidence and improved self-image.
5 Ways to Improve That Smile
Discoloured teeth, through whatever reason, can be embarrassing. Tooth whitening is a very simple procedure to add lustre to your smile. There are many DIY tooth whitening kits available at your local drugstore, but they can produce uneven results or damage your teeth over time.
Professional tooth whitening can be done at your local dental hygienist or dentist. The advantages of this approach include the fact that the results are instant and you’ll get a really professional teeth cleaning thrown in as well. You can also ask your cosmetic dentist about approved home tooth whitening methods, but these don’t give the same instant results.
Broken or Damaged Teeth
It might have been a car accident; it might have been biting down too hard on that piece of jerky, or it might have been that really hard tackle on the football field. Whatever the reason, you now have a damaged tooth. What to do?
Veneers are very thin casings that look like your real teeth. The damaged or broken tooth is ground down slightly, to accommodate the “outer shell” of the veneer, which is slipped over the damaged tooth. This is firmly glued in place and is relatively long-lasting. Each tooth is treated individually and many can treated at one sitting.
Missing Teeth or Severely Damaged Teeth
Crowns can be used for severely decayed or damaged teeth. The tooth is prepared by removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, then gluing a complete cap or crown onto the altered tooth.
Both full or partial dentures and dental bridges are often used when there are two or more consecutive teeth missing. Modern dentures and bridges are remarkably life-like and have come a long way from the often-embarrassing dentures used by grandma and grandpa in the days of yore.
Skew teeth look strange and are often hard to clean properly. And a misaligned bite further damages the teeth. Nowadays, tooth straightening methods are unobtrusive and not just for kids. Ask your dentist about your options if skew teeth are ruining your smile.
You Look and Feel Great!
These are just five of the ways that cosmetic dentistry can change your life. Many sophisticated techniques and procedures are available nowadays to improve your smile and change your life. Why don’t you visit your local dentist to discuss the many options available in modern cosmetic dentistry?