First impressions last, as what the famous quote says. This is why we take time to get ready before we go out or meet someone — we would like to establish a good first impression. We even practice in front of the mirror with our smiles. This new year, you can treat yourself with a new “you” by making your smile healthier and brighter. Cosmetic dentistry can effortlessly help you achieve that.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry, also known as aesthetic dentistry, is a dental procedure that aims to help improve your smile and bite by enhancing your teeth and gums’ appearance. Any discolored teeth will be whitened, and any dental defects will be addressed with cosmetic dentistry. And when you are satisfied with your smile and appearance, then you will also have a better outlook in life and improved self-confidence.
Anyone who wants to treat their dental problems such as the following will benefit from cosmetic surgery:
- Chipped tooth
- Teeth stain or discoloration
- Damaged teeth due to trauma, illness, injury, accidents, or developmental abnormalities
- Gaps between the teeth
- Weakened or damaged crowns and fillings
Types of cosmetic dentistry procedures
Cosmetic dentistry procedures are performed in a dental office or clinic with a dental professional. The following are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that will give your smile an improved look this new year.
- Dental cleaning
While regular brushing and flossing is a must for good oral hygiene, there are still stubborn bacteria that are able to produce plaque and stick on the surface of the teeth. Dental cleaning is the removal of plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth; thus, making your teeth stronger and healthier. It is a quick procedure and will only take up about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Teeth whitening
Our lifestyle affects our dental health more than we know. Tobacco smoking, drinking alcoholic and colored beverages, and eating certain foods can stain our teeth resulting in its discoloration. Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses technology and bleaching products to whiten the teeth.
- Dental implants
The gap between your teeth caused by missing teeth can really diminish your self-esteem. It can dampen your used-to-be attractive smile too. Thankfully, you can address this dental issue through dental implants. Dental implants are screwed and fused on your jawbone; thus, giving you the look and feel of the natural teeth.
If you are looking for a fast solution to your unsightly discolored teeth, chipped or misaligned teeth, dental gaps, and others, then you may consider veneers. It is a very thin dental treatment that looks like the healthy versions of your teeth. It is bonded to the front of your teeth to address dental problems.
For your problem with misaligned, crooked, or group of teeth that has shift position, then Invisalign is the answer to this. It is a clear aligner that will help encourage your teeth to shift into a straighter and correct position. The good thing about wearing Invisalign is its clear and transparent nature, which makes the dental treatment more discreet.
Dental bonding is a popular and less expensive cosmetic dentistry procedure that addresses teeth that only needs minor corrections.