Cosmetic dentistry is a sub-discipline of dental health focused on improving the aesthetics of teeth while not necessarily improving their functionality. While some people might find cosmetic dentistry “vain” or unnecessary; the truth is that it has several psychological benefits, the increase in confidence and self-esteem that comes with cosmetic dentistry has been shown to help with insecurities and even social anxiety.
We have seen first hand time and again people whose lives have been changed because of cosmetic dentistry. It may seem like a small thing, but sometimes a small step is all it takes to begin a journey of renewal and self-discovery.
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just a procedure, but a collection of techniques, like a toolbox. A good dentist will take it’s time to make a full diagnosis of your case and present to you the options that are better fitted for your needs.
Some of the most common procedures are:
- Whitening: While many over the counter options are available in the market, none is on par with professional whitening. There are two different kinds of whitening the classical one (also known as chemical whitening) and laser whitening, which uses a special bleaching agent that is activated with a laser light. Both are great, while dentists tend to favor the second one.
- Tooth Reshaping: By removing parts of the enamel you can reshape the tooth to conform to the rest of the denture, this is especially useful with tooth size discrepancy, tooth malformations, or even crooked teeth in some cases.
- Bonding is the opposite process and it involves the placement and further shaping of a dental-composite material that acts as a new enamel, this composite is quite strong, and is indistinguishable from regular tooth.
- Veneers are thin porcelain laminates which are custom made. They are place directly on top of the teeth and tend to bbe used for closing gaps, enhance shapre, or even change the color of your teeth if they don’t react to the whitening treatment.
But that’s not all, some clinical procedure such as dental implants or bone grafting can also be used with cosmetic purposes in mind, while improving your oral health at the same time. Can your life change with cosmetic dentistry? Absolutely, if you’ve ever been ashamed of smiling or laughing with someone because of your denture you have been restraining your feelings, like a watchdog carefully guarding every step, cosmetic dentistry can help you feel better about yourself, and let you live to the fullest.