4 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly more common. Whatever your opinions are on the matter, you know there have been moments where you’ve wished for a simple solution to your problem areas. Your smile is a quick fix that can make a drastic difference to your over all appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is an easy, safe way to enhance your self-esteem. The are a number of ways you can go with cosmetic dentistry.

#1 Teeth Whitening Is Common

The American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry reports one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening. “Everyone’s doing it!” This is the process of bleaching teeth to make them look much whiter and cleaner. Since people often notice teeth color first, it is one of the first experiences people have with cosmetic dentistry. It isn’t harmful, there is no recovery time and results are instantaneous.

Dental Bonding to Repair Broken Teeth

Many people automatically assume they will need a dental implant when they break their tooth. This is untrue. Dental bonding can repair a tooth. This goes for a tooth that is broken, chipped or cracked.

Since some broken teeth are too damaged to be repaired, it’s important to discuss dental bonding with a cosmetic dentist. With an examination, the cosmetic dentist can determine whether or not bonding will be sufficient or if you indeed need an implant to replace the tooth.

Dental Implants are Better than Dentures

Dentures have been around for a long time. Dentures, along with bridges and flippers are typically used to hold the space of teeth that are so decayed they must be removed. It’s vital to put something else in that new whole to avoid indefinite shifting and deteriorating of your remaining teeth.

Dental implants are a great alternative. The cost is higher but the over all strength, comfort, life span, and look of an implant is worth the added amount. You must be a candidate for dental implants. Speak to an experienced cosmetic dentist to find out if that option is available to you.

Veneers Add To Your Smile

It is common to feel your teeth are small. Sometimes it is genetic, sometimes it’s due to excessive bruxism (night grinding). Veneers are sturdy caps, bonded to the ends of your teeth to increase the length. Instead of pulling these teeth and replacing them, or grinding away a healthy tooth to attach a crown, you can do a minimally invasive procedure to ad or restore length to your teeth.

About The Author: Karen Simpson is a dental hygienist, writer, mom blogger passionate about staying active, healthy and spending time with her golden retriever.  Her writing passions include: overall health and fitness, and love of researching topics surrounding dental health, life long nutrition, and how to help parents living their busy lives. Follow Karen on: Twitter | Linkedin

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