Cosmetic Dental Work
Over time, many things can happen to teeth that affect your smile – they can crack, chip, discolour or even get misshapen. Cosmetic dentistry is the kind that deals with the appearance (not health) of teeth. While in the past it was viewed as something that rich people and celebrities did, it is now much more popular and cheaper and regular people do it all the time. Common procedures include:
• Bleaching –As we age so do our teeth; they become slightly yellow. They can also discolor due to coffee, smoking and other factors. Bleaching restores them to their pearly whiteness and makes you have a more attractive smile.
• Crowns – crowns are used when a tooth is chipped or broken. It is interesting to note that crowns have the longest lifespan of any cosmetic dentistry procedure which also means that they are not cheap.
• Veneers – these are a common option for many people and they are also used to restore a tooth’s shape and color. They are usually made of thin porcelain or plastic that is glued to the original tooth with a special kind of cement.
• Contouring – this procedure is used to correct teeth that are in the wrong shape or teeth that overlap.
• Crown lengthening – some people have gums that are very low so that when they smile most of their smile is comprised of the gum. A cosmetic dentist can correct this by lengthening the crowns of the teeth resulting in a more beautiful smile.
• Overall makeover – this can involve a number of procedures at once. Basically, the dentist looks at the general appearance of the teeth and then decides what he can do to make them look better. Eventually, you end up with a slightly altered smile.
Who is the right cosmetic dentist for me?
This is a great question to ask because you don’t want to take any chances with your smile. The right cosmetic dentist is the one who has been properly trained, who has a reputation for great work and who has all the latest equipment to perform the latest procedures.
The way to straighter teeth & a beautiful smile.
Not all people are born with perfectly straight teeth. For many, teeth are often misaligned or crooked. They don’t have to live like that though; they can see a dentist who will straighten their teeth using dental braces. These is a system of wires that is attached to the teeth so that over time (usually many years) the teeth can move into the correct position. The amount of time will vary from person to person depending on how misaligned the teeth are.
All braces are customized to fit the wearer. The dentist will take a mold of the teeth and then based on that create your braces. After they are on you will need to go to the dentist at least once a month or as agreed. Your visits are so that the dentist can see whether your teeth are getting the right pressure from the braces and also make any adjustments that may be necessary. If you are wondering whether or not braces are painful the answer is yes, for some people there might be some pain because they are very sensitive. Most people only feel sore for some time after the braces are installed and also after adjustments. If there is considerable pain the dentist can issue a prescription for a mild pain killer.
Although dental braces are usually worn by children, it is important to note that teeth straightening can be done at any age. Because adults are more self conscious than children there are now invisible (basically transparent) braces available for them. In adults, braces are usually not enough to straighten out teeth; other procedures may be required. The treatment period is also longer because their bones are now fused in place.
Once the braces are removed the dentist cleans your teeth completely. He may want to whiten them depending on the condition that they are in. The dentist will also give you a retainer to make sure that your teeth stay in place. It is very important that you wear your retainer all the time as instructed because if your teeth shift you may end up needing braces once more to put your teeth in place.