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What are the Various Cosmetic
Procedures?
Modern dentistry offers a variety of ways to enhance
one's smile. Actually, just a visit to the dental
hygienist can improve your smile - a professional
cleaning can remove unsightly stains and brighten
the teeth. The choices available to you will be
largely governed by the present condition of your
teeth. Procedures might include:
• Whitening. This is a means of lightening
  discolored or stained teeth without altering the
  shape of the teeth in any way. This may be done
  in the office or by means of take-home whitening
  kits.
• Veneers. Thin porcelain laminates can be bonded
  to the front teeth to close gaps or change the
  size, shape or color of your teeth.
• Bonding. Often used to fill spaces or to repair
  chips, gaps or tooth shape. The composite
  material is bonded to your tooth and then shaped
  and polished for optimal function and appearance.
• Fillings & Inlays. Composite material to match
  your tooth color may be used in place of silveri
  mercury amalgam fillings. Porcelain inlays are also
  color matched and save more tooth structure than
  fillings.
• Onlays. Used to protect fractured or damaged
  teeth from further damage, porcelain onlays also
  match tooth color. They extend over the cusps of
  the teeth and save more tooth structure than
  crowns.
• Bridges or Implants. To fill a space where teeth
  are missing, a bridge - two or more crowns and an
  artificial tooth - may be used. A newer technology
  uses a titanium implant in the jawbone that
  supports the artificial tooth.
• Porcelain Crowns. After removing badly damaged
  or decayed material, a toothlike "cap" is cemented
  in place. Crowns can be matched to your tooth
  color.
• Full Mouth Reconstruction. Restoring all of the
  teeth is called a "full mouth reconstruction".
  Usually elected when major changes to your bite are
  required, one of the benefits of this procedure is that
  it allows you and the dentist latitude in pre-selecting
  the size, shape and arrangement of your teeth.
• Orthodontics. Various procedures can be used to
  realign your teeth and change your bite to en hance
  your smile.

The Importance of Occlusion (Your Bite)
   You wouldn't want a beautiful new car that wouldn't
run. Neither would you want a beautiful new smile
with poor function. Malocclusion (bad bite) is often
one of the main causes of cosmetic problems. In any
case, correcting the bite as part of the treatment plan
is essential to insure good function as well as the
durability of the cosmetic treatment.
    Restoring the bite and the cosmetic appearance
together may require more complex treatment than
cosmetics alone. This could include such things as
major reconstruction of the teeth, orthodontics, or both.
   Correction of your smile and your bite will depend
upon many factors the dentist must consider in your
particular case. Not uncommonly, these factors may be
signs of underlying problems with the way your teeth
fit together. Through studying your history, examining
your mouth carefully and performing one or more tests,
the dentist will determine the status of your occlusion
before proceeding with cosmetic treatment.
Other Smile Factors
   Tooth shade (color), tooth width and length and
other factors are all considered in the planning of your
new smile. Cosmetic dentistry may also include non-
tooth concerns about the appearance of your gums
and lips. These things will be considered in the overall
evaluation of your smile and may be altered as part of
the treatment plan.
   As an example, if too much gum shows in your smile,
a simple process called "crown lengthening" may be
used. Bonding or reconstruction procedures can make
the lips more full and minimize the appearance of
wrinkles.

Where Do I Begin?
   The first step is to discuss your concerns with your
dentist. Simple problems or procedures are often
quickly resolved. If not, the next step would be to
schedule a full evaluation and diagnosis. If the result
produces more than one option as to how you might
proceed, you should discuss them in detail with the
dentist or treatment planner.
   Ask about the advantages or disadvantages of the
possible options. Don't be embarrassed to discuss
costs. Most purely cosmetic procedures are not
covered by insurance, but your dental office welcomes
discussion of costs and various payment options.
The Benefits of a
PLeasing SmiLe
    One of the obvious benefits of a beautiful
smile is the satisfaction that it brings you -
it just makes you feel better about yourself
and boosts your self-confidence.
                           Recent studies have
                       also shown conclusively
                       that a pleasing smile
                       makes others feel
                       that you are more
                       attractive, intelligent
                       and successful. Modern
                       cosmetic dentistry
                       can be a life-changing
                       experience.




Just what is
Cosmetic Dentistry?
  The term Cosmetic Dentistry, also called
Aesthetic Dentistry, applies to any procedure
that enhances your smile and improves your
overall appearance.
   This covers a broad range of possible
treatments, ranging from tooth whitening
to complete reconstruction of your teeth
and even applies to improvement in the
appearance of dentures.
   While consideration of improving
appearance is part of any dental treatment,
because of recent advances in dental
procedures and materials, patients are
increasingly coming to dentists purely
for cosmetic reasons - they want a more
beautiful smile!

				
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