We all know by now that going to the dentist is important for your overall health. It is important to go to get your teeth cleaned, x-rayed, and examined. This can prevent gum disease and cavities. On the other side of dentistry is cosmetic dentistry. This is something that although is not mandatory, it is desirable for some folks.
Examples of cosmetic dentistry include (but are not limited to) teeth whitening, teeth replacement, tooth contouring. These procedures are not mandatory, but they can improve the patient’s overall oral look and feel. It can create self confidence in a person when he or she smiles, when they may not have had the confidence before. Here’s a closer look at the 3 previously mentioned cosmetic dentistry procedures:
It is desirable to want white teeth. Maybe not too white, but just a natural looking white that shows off your sparkly whites. Some use this procedure to cover up their eating and drinking habits which may have stained their teeth. At other times, antibiotics or other medications can discolor teeth, particularly during their development in a person’s early years of life. Teeth whitening can be done by gel, activated bleach,, porcelain veneers, or even through bonding. There are a handful of ways to go about this, so speak with your dentist and see which one is right for you.
Gaps in a smile are not a medical problem. Some folks prefer not to have this though. They wish to have their teeth more professional, more adult looking. Little kids usually have spaced out teeth, but when their adult teeth come in their mouth fills up and the teeth usually touch. Sometimes due to whatever genetic or developmental issue, adult teeth do not come in at all! Having teeth replaced with implants can create a better, more desirable setup in your mouth.
Tooth contouring is exactly what you suspect it is. This is a way to reshape teeth for a more finished, desired overall look. If a tooth is crooked, chipped, misaligned, or otherwise unsightly, tooth contouring can make it so that the look is overall better .Tooth contouring uses laminate materials that make teeth seem tighter, straighter and more orderly in the mouth.
If any of these procedures are something you have been thinking about doing, then have that initial conversation with your dentist. Ask him or her their professional opinion. If you do not have a dentist, then do some research and find one in your area. Not all dentists require dental insurance, but alternatively they may offer in-house dental plans for your needs and wishes.