The field of general dentistry focuses mainly on the treatment of conditions such as tooth decay and issues related to tooth-aches. specialists known as cosmetic dentists are generally dentists who expand their practice to offer patients more elective dental services which serve to improve the over all of ones smile.
A cosmetic dentist can address concerns such as the desire for whiter teeth, or chipped or broken teeth and missing teeth, giving a patient a healthy more beautiful smile as well.
What is a Cosmetic Dentist?
Qualified cosmetic dentists are dental professionals dedicated to helping patients achieved their best smile. They are licensed dentists who have completed continuing education in the artistry of cosmetic dentistry, and who have an understanding of the newest technologies available in fillings, , teeth whitening, and smile redesign.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
There are many procedures and products available to improve the look of a person’s teeth and smile. Services offered by a cosmetic dentist include:
· Porcelain Veneers: A veneer is a thin, ceramic shell that is bonded to the front of a tooth. They can be used to correct chipped, broken, worn, gapped, mis-shapen or discolored teeth. Thinner than a crown, these laminates provide a beautiful front-on view of the teeth and require less tooth preparation than crowns.
· Crowns. Twice the thickness of veneers, crowns are another option for covering teeth that are damaged. Unlike veneers, crowns are made to fit over the entire tooth, require more tooth preparation, and may be the best option if the tooth also requires attention outside of the cosmetic realm.
· Invisalign: Clear, plastic aligners take the place of old-fashioned metal braces to straighten teeth and correct bite problems.
· Teeth Whitening Smoking, coffee, red wine and poor oral hygiene can discolor teeth over time. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to address dull teeth and make them sparkle again.
· Dental implants. Missing teeth can be embarrassing and can cause the face to collapse in, giving the person an aged look. Prosthetic teeth, or dental implants, can replace the lost tooth and restore the youthful smile.
· Dental composite. These natural-looking fillings come in a variety of shades of white, providing a much less noticeable correction to a damaged or decayed tooth than the metal amalgams used in the past.
· Inlays/Onlays. Another option for fillings, these porcelain or composite fillings are created in a dental laboratory, then fitted and adhesively bonded to the tooth by the cosmetic dentist.