How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Work?
This article explains the many different types of cosmetic dentistry
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There are many people who are unhappy with their appearance in the world
today. Some peoples’ teeth may have been unattractive for their entire
lives, whereas others’ teeth may have aged and slowly become
unattractive. For these reasons, many people decide to look into cosmetic
dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry could be considered a dental facelift,
changing someone’s appearance so that they look better and feel better
about themselves. There are many techniques in cosmetic dentistry, from
braces to porcelain veneers. More often than not, dentists use a
combination of these techniques in order to achieve the best results.
The first method widely used in cosmetic dentistry is Porcelain Laminate
Veneers (also known as veneers). These veneers are specially made
porcelain wafers that can be places over teeth in order to enhance their
appearance. Veneers can correct unappealing smiles, reverse the effects
of aging, and whiten teeth. Many popular movie stars use veneers today in
order to have that perfect smile. There are temporary and permanent
veneers. People usually ware the temporary veneers while the permanent
ones are being made. In terms of cost, veneers usually cost several
thousand dollars, depending on the amount of teeth needing modification.
Teeth whitening is another very popular way to change the appearance of
teeth. There are two types of whitening, in-office or at-home whitening.
In-office whitening uses a high intensity light along with 35% hydrogen
peroxide. The patient’s gums are protected, and the whitening process
takes about an hour. The results are usually teeth that are four to six
shades lighter than before. The at-home systems generally use between 10
and 20% carbamine peroxide. Impressions of the person’s mouth are made in
order to make trays. The trays are then fitted and the patient is told to
place a little bit of the carbamine peroxide gel in the tray and ware it
while sleeping. The time of wearing this varies greatly from one week to
six. Some people use a combination of in-office and at-home systems. This
usually has a result of 12 to 15 shades of whitening.
There are three popular procedures to fix only a few unappealing teeth.
The procedures for fixing select teeth are: tooth shaping, bonded-bridge,
and resin or tooth colored fillings. Tooth shaping is when a doctor
removes a very small amount of enamel from a tooth in order to shape it
and make it more appealing. This is usually used for shortening long
teeth, rounding off pointed teeth, or to simply make a smile follow the
contour of the lower lip (which is more appealing). This procedure costs
only $25 to $75 per tooth. The bonded-bridge procedure is used to replace
missing teeth. The procedure usually involves taking out a small amount
from teeth on either side of the missing tooth and then taking an
impression or mold. From this, a bonded-bridge that can attach to the
backs of the teeth on either side is made. There are resin-bonded bridges
that do not fall out as easily, and there are metal bonded-bridges that
are more expensive. Finally, people can get resin or tooth colored
fillings. Resin is used to fill small cavities or a chipped front tooth.
Resin instead of porcelain veneers saves money as well as time, but resin
needs to be replaced every so often.
The final two things people can do in cosmetic dentistry are gum-lifts
and braces. Gum-lifts remove gums in order to make teeth appear longer
and eliminate a “gummy” smile. Uneven gum lines can make the teeth seem
as though they are of different lengths that makes for an unattractive
smile. The procedure is relatively quick and painless. Braces are the
last, and most common, way to get cosmetic dentistry. Braces are placed
on the teeth and can straighten crooked teeth, help fix over-bites, and
generally create a more appealing smile. Braces are very time consuming,
and costly, but are a great option for children. Some adults do get
braces, but most opt for faster, cheaper methods. Braces run from $3,500
to $4,500, and require multiple visits to the orthodontist.
Cosmetic dentistry has been described as not a science but rather an art.
Cosmetic dentists use many different procedures in order to improve their
patients’ smiles and overall confidence. Some cosmetic dentistry
procedures can be very costly, but yield great results. So, if someone
has been unhappy with their smile for years, and does not know what to
do, cosmetic dentistry may be the perfect option.