Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for the vain

Everybody wants a perfect smile. Of course we all understand that it is important to care for the teeth in one’s mouth in order to keep them healthy, but if we are really being honest, we do not brush twice a day, floss, and use mouthwash because we are concerned about plaque. We do it because we want to have beautiful white teeth. Unfortunately, life happens and we do not often end up with the we want to have. That is where cosmetic dentistry comes into the picture. Cosmetic dentistry is any kind of dental work that a dentist does in order to help improve the overall appearance of one’s smile, including their gums, teeth, or their bite. Before you immediately assume that only people or are very vain or perhaps movie stars seek out cosmetic dentistry work, remember that the process of getting braces for retainers is considered cosmetic dentistry. Chances are good that you were someone in your family had braces growing up for cosmetic reasons. Granted street healthy teeth also make it easier to eat food in a healthy manner, but that is not the most people seek out cosmetic dentistry work.

While function does come into the picture, the focus of cosmetic dentistry is mainly on the form or the appearance of the teeth. People they have teeth that are not aligned correctly, are discolored, have teeth that are misshapen, or teeth that are the wrong size, or perhaps even teeth that are missing, are all excellent candidates for cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry can not only straighten a person smile, but it can give them more confidence when they have a whiter and straighter appearance to their teeth. There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry, from dental veneers to braces. Let’s take a look at just a few of them.

Whitening or bleaching teeth – this type of cosmetic dentistry is the most common ones that people try to do at home. They use whitening strips, gels, and  toothpastes that all have the same claim: that they will make your smile whiter. While all of these methods will temporarily whiten your smile for a short time, the most effective way to change the color of your teeth is through professional whitening, which can only be done in the dentist office.

Dental veneers – dental veneers were mentioned above but it is worth mentioning them again because they are a very commonly performed procedure. Dental veneers can also serve a medical purpose in situations where the enamel has completely worn off the front of the tooth, but they also can simply make us smile look whiter, and straighter, and bigger. If you have ground your teeth down from years of clenching your jaw, then veneers can lengthen the appearance of the tooth without requiring any major dental work.

Dental crowns – crowns are like cats that cover and surround an existing tooth. If a tooth has become so full of decay that there is no way to save it, then a crown can protect the tooth while improving the smile.