Cosmetic dentistry is all about improving the looks of your teeth, gums and bite. It does not include treating decay, even though the treatment for decay will certainly improve the look of your teeth, not to mention your health. It includes treatment such as –
- Teeth whitening
- Reshaping the teeth, such as straightening them and fitting a brace
- Bonding – where a resin is glued to the tooth to improve its appearance
- Dental bridges and crowns that help fill in gaps
- Veneers – then shells fitted over the top of your normal teeth
- Dental implants – replacing teeth that have to be extracted.
- Gum lifts – raises and sculpts the gum line make teeth appear longer
- Bite reclamation – excessive wear due to bruxism or acid reflux can wear the tooth down
- Inlays and onlays that improve your smile
So if you happen to have some teeth knocked out or broken off due to a car accident and you have dental implants to replace them, this is still considered to be a cosmetic dental procedure, even though it is an essential one.
Not all cosmetic dental procedures are essential for health or to help you eat properly. However, they certainly make a big difference to how you feel as far as confidence and looks go. When people have teeth that look ugly due to being stained or crooked, it often affects their self confidence and they even don’t like to smile in front of anyone. The result is that people think they are cranky or at least unfriendly and so it is hard for them to make friends.
Having some cosmetic dentistry can make all the difference to their personality, letting their real self shine through. People who smile a lot have many more friends because they are perceived as being friendly. This can even impact their work life as well as their social life. Studies have shown that people who have attractive smiles are given more jobs and promotions than those who don’t.
Even the simple procedure of whitening your teeth can make an amazing difference to your life as you’ll be more confident of having that nice smile. However, if you have teeth that are overcrowded or crooked, or if there are wide gaps between them, it is better to undergo treatment for that rather than depend on bleaching to make a difference. Bleaching only has a temporary effect, while bonding or dental veneers are much more permanent.
A cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you on the best solution to make your smile more attractive, so it’s essential to get their professional advice at the outset. Then you’ll know the best way to improve your looks and won’t be wasting money on a fix that is only temporary and doesn’t really treat the cause of the problem.