Cosmetic dentistry is a wide field of specialization, and contrary to popular belief, is not solely about improving a person’s appearance. Whilst it is true that some procedures such as teeth whitening focus almost solely on this aspect, many other procedures perform a much more practical role.
In fact, even improving the appearance of a person’s tooth should not be denigrated; although it is often done for purposes of vanity, it can also quite dramatically improve a person’s quality of life, improving their self confidence. Research has shown that this in turn often leads to a greater degree of success in their chosen field and in personal relationships.
Of course, crooked and uneven teeth can look unattractive and that in itself is enough reason for many people to have this corrected, especially if the misalignment is severe. However, it can also cause a person to have problems with their bite which can lead to jaw problems later on as well as difficulty in eating certain foods on occasions too.
Modern cosmetic dentistry corrects these issues using a new range of invisible braces, the most popular of which is Invisalign but others such as clearstep and the six month smile are gaining popularity too.
Discoloration of the teeth
As we get older, our teeth will naturally darken whatever we attempt to do to prevent this. Unfortunately this is just a part of getting older. Cosmetic dentists however are able to reverse this and whiten the teeth significantly by using laser teeth whitening. Although this is not permanent, it does last for a long time and the procedure can be repeated as often as it is needed.
For those teeth that are in a poor condition or cracked, dental veneers can also be used. Whilst this is almost purely a ‘cosmetic’ treatment, many people report a growth in self confidence in themselves once their teeth have been whitened.
This has traditionally perhaps been the most difficult problem to find a solution to. Bridges affect the surrounding teeth, necessitating damage to otherwise healthy teeth; some find that dentures are uncomfortable or that their false teeth become loose, even falling out on occasion. However, cosmetic dentists widely use dental implants which are screwed into the jawbone and a crown placed on top.
Although this may sound horrific, it is in fact a sophisticated procedure that should not cause excess discomfort and will provide the patient with a very strong replacement tooth with which they will be able to eat and smile again without the worry of it falling out or becoming loose.
So as you can see, there are a variety of reasons why a person may need the specialized expertise of a cosmetic dentist. It’s not always just about improving a person’s appearance; it can dramatically improve their life for the better. So if you fit into any of the categories above, make sure that you book in to see your local cosmetic dentist soon.