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Cosmetic Dentistry - A Closer Look

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Cosmetic Dentistry - A Closer Look?

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Cosmetic dentistry has come to mean different things to different people.
A big reason for this is because there are so many procedures performed
in and out of the dentist's office that have been put into this category.

Of course, all cosmetic dentistry procedures must be carefully planned
with expected outcomes clearly discussed but it can be a procedure as
relatively simple as reshaping a few teeth.

The past few years, one of the most requested "cosmetic dentistry" pr...


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Cosmetic dentistry has come to mean different things to different people.
A big reason for this is because there are so many procedures performed
in and out of the dentist's office that have been put into this category.

Of course, all cosmetic dentistry procedures must be carefully planned
with expected outcomes clearly discussed but it can be a procedure as
relatively simple as reshaping a few teeth.

The past few years, one of the most requested "cosmetic dentistry"
procedures is tooth whitening. It's literally taken America by storm.
Tooth whitening can be approached in a number of different ways. It
simply depends on your budget and what type of results you desire.

The most cost effective method is purchasing over-the-counter products,
which will normally produce "acceptable" results to systems using trays
made from impressions of your teeth. The trays are created in a dentist's
office and are used with one of several whitening (bleaching) agents. For
those who want a one-shot approach, there are also a few different in-
office systems that usually employ a very bright light to enhance the
speed and efficacy after whitening.

Something to keep in mind is that if you are someone with dark colored or
excessively grey teeth whitening may not be as effective as you would
have hoped. Of course, if your teeth are like this your dentist should
discuss this beforehand. In addition, if you've had a high number of
fillings, crowns or other dental procedures of this type on your teeth
then bleaching may not be the right option for you either. Tooth-colored
bonded resin fillings and bonded porcelain fillings and crowns on the
back teeth would certainly fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry.
Colored resin that matches the color of your teeth is a material that can
often be bonded to areas of the front teeth. This resin can be shaped and
sculpted to repair fractures of the front teeth, close spaces and reshape
teeth. There are a number of advantages to this procedure. First, it can
usually be done in one visit. Two, it's conservative. Three, it can look
very nice and four, it's less expensive than some other options. A few
disadvantages would include the life expectancy of this process is
somewhat limited (usually five to seven years). Plus, staining and
discoloration occurs over time, strength is much less than with porcelain
and resin bonding has esthetic limitations depending upon the size of the
case.

The gold standard in restoring a beautiful smile is bonding porcelain
veneers or laminates directly to teeth. Under the direction of a skilled
dentist and staff (including ceramist) porcelain veneers can create
incredibly beautiful and natural smiles. The advantages are unsurpassed
beauty, longevity and strength. On the other hand, two disadvantages are
cost (can be very expensive) and that some minimal tooth structure needs
to be removed.

There are many other cosmetic dentistry options available which should be
discussed with your cosmetic dentist. Of course, one of the most
important elements for you is to find a dentist that has the skill,
experience and aesthetic eye to give you a beautiful smile.

A great smile is an under-appreciated asset. First impressions are
important in all aspects of live (personal and business) and one of the
first things people see and judge when they meet someone are their eyes
and smile.

Studies by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) have shown
that people with attractive smiles get better jobs, are held in higher
regard, normally make a better impression and in many instances make more
money. But another less obvious benefit is the increase in esteem and
confidence that comes with a smile you can be proud of.

It is such a freeing experience for someone who hides their smile to
start smiling big and confidently.

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