An amazing smile can change your whole viewpoint of a person. Perfect white teeth is more often than not seen as a sign of beauty and confidence. On the other end of things, a person who has crooked and discoloured teeth may suffer from an extreme level of low self confidence. This is where cosmetic dentistry can help.
Cosmetic dentistry is extremely different to traditional dentistry. Traditional dentistry is often categorised as oral hygiene and oral disease. Cosmetic dentistry on the other hand, is all about the appearance of the mouth, smile and teeth and can give the illusion of a complete makeover to the facial appearance of any person. In traditional dentistry it is common practice for dentists to use gold and amalgam as filling materials which leaves a visible mark on your teeth. But in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain and other materials are used which blend in with the colour of your teeth more naturally.
Bleaching is popular for treating stained and/or discoloured teeth. The process is very simple, the dentist will make a mold of your teeth to make a mouth tray that will be used by you exclusively. This custom mouth tray is essential for the bleaching process as when it is filled with bleaching material, it will ensure that the bleach will not touch the gums which can cause a lot of discomfort. You should expect to wear the tray for around two hours per day and results can be seen as soon as within two weeks.
Braces are a very common method of repositioning out of place teeth. A cosmetic dentist will refer you to an orthodontist who will be involved with diagnosis, prevention and treatment of those rogue teeth. The braces will gentle move the teeth over a period of time till they are in the desired position. This process can take anywhere from eighteen to thirty months.
This procedure involves the use of ultra thin shells of porcelain. These shells are bonded with the front of the patient’s teeth and after bonding it becomes easy for dentist to lengthen and reshape the client’s teeth. These shells are best to improve your smile as they are resistant to staining. This is beneficial for teeth that are discoloured but it will work on slightly crooked or chipped teeth as well.
We have all seen those tv commercials that show amazing results with porcelain dental veneers and yes the promo shots are amazing, but what exactly are Dental Veneers? Where can you get them and are there any downsides? These are questions are obviously not well explained in all those adverts, so today we are going to explain everything you need to know about Dental Veneers.
The great news is that advancements in dentistry have made cosmetic dentist procedures more affordable and accessible. One of the more common procedures are Porcelain Veneers that can correct tooth gaps and eliminate tooth stains/discolourations without painful and invasive dental operations. Our advice is to talk to your cosmetic dentist to let them know your expectations and they will be able to discuss your options.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental Veneers are bonded to the teeth and are generally made of porcelain. The veneer does not replace the tooth but instead is places over the tooth to hide any imperfections. This is one of the less invasive techniques because the original tooth body is kept completely in tact.
Where Can I Find a Cosmetic Dentist?
You can simple google ‘Cosmetic Dentist‘ followed by your suburb or city. Or alternatively, you can take a look at a Cosmetic Dentist Directory page like Grin Clinic’s - ‘Porcelain Veneers Vancouver’ if for instance you lived in Vancouver, Canada.
Can’t my regular dentist do my veneers?
There is a great difference between a Cosmetic Dentist (who is an expert in cosmetic dentistry) and a general dentist. Both these dentists look at the mouth in two very different ways. The easiest way to differentiate the two is to decide if your requests are a ‘want’ or a ‘need’. If you need the procedure for health or medical reasons then you should consult a general dentist. If you want to change the appearance of your teeth purely for aesthetic reasons then contact a cosmetic dentist. In Cosmetic Dentistry the dentist will correct the gaps, cracks and discolourations that are there in the teeth from over a period of time. They do it through dental veneers. Again, simply google your town plus the procedure to find what you are looking for, for example Vancouver Veneers.
What if I’m missing a tooth?
Unfortunately dental veneers are not an option when the entire tooth is missing. Your best solution is to get a dental bridge. If you have a missing tooth you may be embarrassed to be in a public area or to go to the work place so it is understandable that you would like to get this fixed as soon as possible. The good news is that dental bridges are quite common and a lot less costly than dental veneers.
If you already know you have great dental hygiene but you are still not completely happy with what you see when you smile in front of the mirror, then perhaps cosmetic dentistry is for you. You no longer have to practice that closed mouthed smile or avoid looking at the mirror as there are so many affordable, simple cosmetic procedures for you to choose from. Take a look below for just some of the procedures that can give you that perfect looking smile that you always wanted.
If you have lost one or more of your teeth then your best option is probably dental implants. Imagine how you felt about your smile back before you lost your tooth. You probably remember feeling a lot more self confident when you had all of your teeth and if you work with people or you are in a professional job, you want to have your tooth or teeth replaced as soon as possible. Book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist as soon as possible to see if dental implants are right for you and bring back that stunning smile.
Porcelain inlays are a less invasive solution as they preserve the real tooth as much as possible. Porcelain is a gel-like material so the dentist will take the exact shape of the tooth and blend the cavity with the porcelain. This is a great option because as porcelain is naturally white, it will blend in nicely with the natural colour of your teeth so they do not look out-of-place.
Just like Porcelain Inlays,bonding involves applying a combination of resin and porcelain to a tooth. The dentist will mix the composite material so that it matches the color of your other teeth, then shine a blue light on it to set it into place. The whole procedure might take 30-60 mins and can all be completed in just one appointment. The composite material is extremely resilient, patients have reported up to 20 years of use out of this procedure but it is safe to expect around 5 to 10.
The definition of cosmetic dentistry is sometimes explained in a way that can be very confusing but we are going to make it really simple for you today. When dental procedures are carried out on someone with the intention of improving someones smile, those procedures are typically known as cosmetic dentistry. That is it. As simple as that! So why is it so important to improve your smile?
The answer is simple: you will be able to attract more people towards yourself when you have a healthier, whiter smile. Like it or not – humans are naturally programmed to appreciate smiles. Lucky for us, cosmetic dentistry has advanced a great deal (particularly in the last 20 years) to the point that everyone can now have that perfect smile.
Can my Family Dentist Handle my Cosmetic Needs?
In most cases yes, many dentists can work with cosmetic processes. For example, some implant services are quite simple to implement and can almost always be handled by a family dentists. These types of implants (for example bridges and crowns) create an artificial tooth in the area where a patient has a gap or is missing a tooth. More common than not, teeth whitening to help with improving the color of one’s teeth can also be handled by some of these dentists.
How to choose a dentist…
Firstly, simply google the dentists name or the name of the clinic to check for negative experiences by previous patients. You should look for reviews on google maps, yelp or any other directory. You can also search for relevant case-studies and background information about the dentists and the clinic. This will help you to understand the reputation and experience of the doctors associated with the dental care center.
Planning with your dentist…
In your first meeting with your cosmetic dentist, explain to him what type of results you want to achieve. During this time your dentist will examine your teeth so as to make it sure that a cosmetic procedure is appropriate for you. Then he will take an X-ray of your teeth and mouth and discuss your options.