Let’s take a closer look at cosmetic dentistry, specifically we’ll look at four areas: 1. How can cosmetic dentistry improve your smile? 2. Bonding. 3. What are veneers? 4. How to find a good cosmetic dentist.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile
Your dentist can perform different cosmetic procedures that will improve your smile. Some changes are subtle and others are major. If you have discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing teeth, your dentist can suggest solutions for any of these. Your dentist can also reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn teeth, or alter the length of your teeth. Some of the common procedures that can help the above problems are teeth whitening, bonding, caps, crowns, veneers, and reshaping and contouring.
What Is Bonding?
Bonding is the use of tooth-colored material to fill in gaps or even change the color of your teeth. The great thing about bonding is, it can last several years and usually only requires one dental visit. Bonding works good for chipped or slightly decayed teeth. It can also be used to close small spaces between teeth, or cover the entire outside surface of your tooth.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers do not replace your teeth. Rather, they are placed over your front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are made out of either plastic or porcelain. They are very thin and are cemented over your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth that have uneven surfaces, chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, crooked, or on teeth that already have large fillings placed.
How To Find A Good Cosmetic Dentist
The Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends several things to look for or ask your cosmetic dentist before undergoing treatment.
Before and after photos. Ask your cosmetic dentist to see before and after photos. These will allow you to see the results of other patients being treated and if his or her work fits your dental needs.
References. References allow you first hand experience of someone that had treatment from that dentist and the quality of care they received.
Proof of continuing education. Make sure your dentist is keeping up with the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry.