The main aim of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your smile. Several cosmetic dental procedures can change the color, position, size and shape of your teeth to give you an attractive set of teeth that look beautiful when you smile. If you have avoided smiling because of the condition of your teeth, then cosmetic dentistry may be the solution for you. There are several reasons why teeth become stained, cracked or chipped. The most common reasons are injury, illness, heredity, bad personal hygiene and infection. For example, your teeth may be badly stained from years of smoking. After you quit, you may also like to get rid of the toll it has taken on your teeth. A beautiful smile brings self-esteem and confidence to face any situation in you professional or social life.
Some of the most common procedures are:
• Teeth whitening with in-office or at-home procedures
• Dental bonding is a composite resin that conceals blemishes
• Porcelain veneers fit perfectly over damaged teeth
• Dental implants look and function like a natural tooth
• Crowns can be placed on healthy roots or implant posts
• Orthodontics for bite and jaw misalignments
Here are five advantages of having cosmetic dental procedures performed:
Cosmetic dentistry is versatile. It can conceal or remove stains, change the size of too large or too small teeth, cover chips and cracks, fill gaps between teeth and more. No matter what is wrong with your teeth, there is a good chance a cosmetic dentist or orthodontist can fix it. The recovery time for most cosmetic dental procedures is short compared to other cosmetic procedures and the success rate is high.
2. Youthful Appearance
Dr. Lisa A. Muff, D.M.D. said, “Cosmetic dentistry can help give you a more youthful appearance.” When you have gaps in your teeth, the jawbone may recede causing your cheeks to sag. Crooked and badly stained teeth are considered one of the main signs of aging and can prematurely age you. If you have worked hard to keep in shape, but your teeth are stained or misshapen, cosmetic dentistry can help. You will not only have an improved physical appearance, you may have an improved psychological outlook.
Cosmetic dentistry can help you get and keep a job. Research has shown that people with clean, straight teeth do better in job interviews that people with stained crooked teeth. Part of the reason is because employers think that if a candidate has good teeth, they give time and attention to oral hygiene, which in turn may mean they will be conscientious employees. When your teeth are straight and white you will smile more and appear more motivated, which is another quality employers like.
4. Improved Health
Cosmetic dentistry can improve your dental health. If you have missing teeth, dental implants are the standard treatment. The implant is a titanium post that is embedded into the jawbone. This stimulates bone growth and reinforces the jaw stopping it from deteriorating. Once the bone has grown around the post, a crown is attached and you have a natural-looking, strong artificial tooth. This will help you chew your food better for good nutrition, speak more clearly and not worry about getting dentures. Implants can be used to anchor dentures and bridges so they are more secure in your mouth.
Cosmetic dentistry includes orthodontics. Many dental issues can be treated with braces including crowded or crooked teeth, overbites or under bites, jaw joint disorders and incorrect jaw position. If these things are not treated it may lead to chronic headaches, irregular wearing of the enamel, tooth decay, gum disease and biting, chewing and speaking problems. There are several different types of braces available today. The most common is the traditional metal braces that are much smaller than in the past. Ceramic and clear braces as well as clear plastic aligners are more discrete and popular with adults who need braces.
Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular because it is a relatively inexpensive and quick way to improve the appearance of teeth. The results may last for more than 10 years, and in the case of implants, they may last the rest of your life. It is important that you continue good dental hygiene to help maintain your new smile. Cosmetic dentistry is much more accessible for most people, unlike other cosmetic surgical procedures.