Cosmetic dentistry is a form of dentistry that focuses most strongly on the cosmetic aspects - as the name might suggest. What this then means is that it specialises in procedures such as fillings, teeth whitening, implants and bridges, in order to make the teeth look better and to give patients the kind of 'Hollywood' smiles with pearly white teeth that they probably are after. Let’s take a look at a few of those procedures that count as 'cosmetic dentistry' procedures - first of all tooth whitening. Here the teeth are whitened by being cleaned or bleached, or by being covered in a whitening substance. This then gives the teeth a far whiter appeal and thereby increases the attractiveness of the mouth. This actually makes a very substantial difference to how you look as it makes your teeth stand out far more vibrantly. At the same time by contrast it makes it look as though you have a better skin tone - by looking white it makes the skin look darker by contrast. For women who want to wear a bold lipstick, then white teeth are completely a necessity for pulling off the look. Another method of cosmetic dentistry is veneers. Here the tooth has a fake front attached to it, which covers up the stained or chipped front of your real tooth thereby instantly making it look whiter while protecting it from future damage. Veneers can also make your teeth appear straighter and essentially allow you to redesign your own mouth and what it looks like. You can choose the whiteness and decide precisely how straight you want your teeth to be. Another procedure is the dental implant. Dental implants are essentially fake teeth that you get screwed into your gums and jaw in order to secure them permanently in the place of one of your original teeth. This you can then use to replace a tooth you have that is maybe discoloured or otherwise less attractive, or to fill a gap where there previously was no tooth at all. An alternative here for those who don't want to go through the difficulty of having the surgery necessary to insert the implant is to have dentures, which will essentially perform the same job but will be removable to allow the patient to take tem out or put them back in as they please. This is psychologically less likely having your own teeth back, but it does mean that you can replace them easily as your mouth changes and that they can be made quickly and easily with no need for invasive surgery. In some cases cosmetic dentistry and 'regular' dentistry will overlap, and most of the procedures will impact both youur appearance and your health. For example with something like veneers you are not only making your teeth appear whiter and straighter, but are also giving yourself protection against future damage to the teeth by keeping them protected underneath the veneers. Similarly with implants or dentures you can prevent your teeth from moving due to gaps, and can also prevent your gums from being exposed. At the same time they will allow you to eat your meals without hurting your gums, or getting food and things trapped in your gaps which can be unpleasant. Cosmetic procedures however will sometimes take place when there was no health threat posed by your condition, or will provide extra cosmetic benefits when another simpler procedure was available that wouldn't have looked as good. For a range of cosmetic dentistry CA procedures including dental implants, follow the links.
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