November 26, 2021
Do you need dental implants, veneers, bonding, or teeth whitening? If yes, then you need cosmetic dentistry in your life. Cosmetic dentistry has changed the lives of millions of people worldwide. The services do not target a particular age group. Virtually anyone can take advantage of cosmetic dentistry as long as their teeth are permanent. You can start cosmetic dentistry as early as your teenage years, and you can still take advantage of cosmetic dental treatments even when you’re already old and gray. The procedures are so varied that they target almost all types of dental flaws. Let’s check out why you should consider cosmetic dentistry.
Your Teeth are Buttery Yellow Like The Sun
Have you ever seen a celebrity who has deep yellow teeth? Of course not! That’s because our society tells us that beauty is equated to a bright white smile. So what causes your teeth to turn yellow anyway? There are plenty of factors contributing to teeth yellowing, such as genetics, diet, age, and lifestyle. If your parents or your siblings have yellow teeth, it’s highly likely that you do too.
Your diet also plays a role in the shade of your teeth. People who are huge fans of sodas (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper), root beers, coffee, and wine undoubtedly have yellow teeth. Just so you know, your teeth are highly porous, which means they will absorb anything that they’re exposed to.
A person’s age also contributes to teeth yellowing. This is a result of wear and tear. As your enamel wears down, it will slowly expose your yellow-colored dentin giving you a yellow smile. Smoking tobacco also leaves ugly stains on your teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry can fix this problem in a number of ways depending on your preference and budget. If you’re tight on budget, the most cost-effective alternative to improving the color of your smile is through in-office teeth whitening. In this procedure, your cosmetic dentist will apply a whitening solution in customized trays.
These trays are placed over your teeth for a specified time. Oftentimes, your cosmetic dentist will use a curing light to expedite the whitening process. After one session, you will already see a significant difference in your smile. The effect is not permanent, so you’ll need to come back for another session if the whiteness starts to fade away. To preserve the whiteness of your smile, we recommend you change your lifestyle habits.
Too Small or Too Large Teeth
Not everyone is born with teeth they are satisfied and happy with. Some people have teeth that are too small while others too large. Unfortunately, the shape of your teeth will not change unless you invest in veneers. Veneers are thin shells that can be made from composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain is more costly than resin, but it’s also more realistic because of its inherent translucence.
Your cosmetic dentist will sculpt and shape the material based on your specifications. Once you are happy with the size and shape, your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth by shaving down some of your enamel to give room for your veneers. Once your teeth are ready, the veneers are cemented over your teeth. This procedure will take two visits to the clinic, depending on the number of affected teeth. Veneers not only improve the size and shape of your teeth but also cover tooth discolorations and stains. This procedure is perfect for people who are not happy with the overall look of their teeth.
Crooked teeth are not only unsightly, but they are unhealthy too. Did you know that people who have crooked teeth are susceptible to cavities and tooth decay? When your teeth are crooked, plaque and bacteria will have plenty of places to hide. And when these aren’t removed, they’ll accumulate and cause pits and holes to form on your teeth leading to tooth decay. Aside from cavities and tooth decay, crooked teeth also predispose you to gum disease. Cosmetic dentistry offers orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign to help straighten crooked teeth. The treatment time and price of braces and clear aligners are different. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about the differences and the pros and cons of each during your visit.
If you suffer from any of those mentioned above, then, without a doubt, you need cosmetic dentistry in your life. These are just some of the many cosmetic dental treatments available. Make sure to ask your cosmetic dentist what procedures suit you best.