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Cosmetic Dentistry

Date Added: December 06, 2010 03:04:07 PM
Cosmetic dentistry has provided relief from embarrassment, pain, and aggravation for thousands of people with dental health problems. Cosmetic dentistry deals with the aesthetic aspects of the mouth, which can often be more emotionally burdening than less apparent (yet physically painful) oral problems like cavities in the back of the mouth. Although all dentists perform cosmetic dentistry from time to time, some dentists (usually referred to as cosmetic dentists) specialize in the field. Common examples of cosmetic dentistry include braces, dentures, bridges, crowns, fillings, gum grafts and veneers. There are 5 main factors that dentists consider before cosmetically improving a patient's smile, all of which are listed and explained below.

Gums

Although the gums are commonly overlooked by some people, having a thick, receding, or uneven gum line can greatly affect the symmetry and overall appearance of the teeth. 'High' gums can make the teeth look shortened or uneven. A large majority of people with dental problems have some form of gum disease or structural gum issue. Fortunately, cosmetic dentists can completely reshape and repair gum lines using various techniques including gum grafts and tissue/bone sculpting.

Contour

The contour of an individual's teeth is a very important aspect of a good smile. If your teeth are crooked, dented in, or poking out in certain spots, then the contour of your teeth may need to be adjusted by the dentist. This is such a common problem that new methods of treatment and repair have been developed over the past couple of decades that are capable of completely repairing the smile.

Symmetry

Another important aspect of a good smile is symmetry. Teeth should be symmetrical in two regards – each tooth should be straight from edge to edge, and the smile should have an even line across all teeth without any unnatural dips. Having asymmetrical teeth can be embarrassing because symmetry is one of the first things noticed by the human eye. Luckily, a cosmetic dentist can easily give your smile symmetry using various methods including crowns, bridges, braces and veneers.

Color

The color of your teeth is just as important as the shape. Yellow teeth often give the unattractive impression that your mouth is dirty, and that you may have stinky breath as well. Unfortunately, simply brushing your teeth everyday is often not enough to get your teeth as white as pearls. Using state-of-the-art technology, dentists are now able to completely whiten your teeth and remove all stains in just a couple of hours. To learn more about tooth bleaching, please visit Teeth Whitening FAQ

Gaps

Gapped teeth are easily one of the most common, if not the single-most common problems in dentistry. Although wired braces are an option for children, many adults do not want to go to work every day with braces in their mouth. Fortunately, thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can wear invisible braces that are similar to a mouthpiece for about six months to a year (depending on your situation) to get the perfect smile with no embarrassment in the interim.