Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that does not necessarily improves oral and dental health but just improves the physical appearance. It is a combination of modern dental practices, technology, and art to provide people with their dream smiles.
Cosmetic dentistry is most popular with people like celebrities, models, beauty queens, and musicians who have to look good in order to be successful.
Almost any kind of dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist if they perform procedures that improve the appearance of the teeth and gums. They do not require any specialized training or education.
Some consider dentists advertising themselves as cosmetic dentists are an unethical thing to do because they give themselves this name for the sole purpose of attracting patients and business. It is just a marketing tactic. In fact, the Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a form of specialized dentistry. However, this should not dissuade you from going to a cosmetic dentist as the unity of their services could be good. It is just the title of ‘cosmetic dentistry’ that is the problem.
If you do want to hire the services of a ‘cosmetic dentist’ you should make sure that they actually specialize in the recognized and accredited fields of dentistry. They should either be orthodontists or prosthodontists.
There are a couple of major types of cosmetic or aesthetic dental procedures.
- Adding dental material onto the gums or teeth such as gum grafts, porcelain veneers, bonding etc.
- The removal of gum or tooth structure like gingivectomy or enemeloplasty.
- Teeth whitening. This is to make stained teeth look whiter and brighter.
- This is the most widely performed cosmetic dentistry procedure.
- Tooth reshaping can be performed on teeth that have been chipped, or to simply change the length or shape of the teeth.
- Another of the most common cosmetic dental procedures includes tooth alignment or straightening. This is usually done with the aid of devices such as braces, and they require many years and many trips to the dentist to be completed successfully.
Most of the procedures can be performed in just one visit to the dentist. These include teeth whitening and teeth reshaping involving bonding.
Many people wish that they could do something about the appearance of their teeth. Straight, big white teeth have become a symbol of health and beauty, and many people wish to have such teeth. However, many are afraid of going to the dentist because they fear the pain that is associated with dental procedures. However, many dental procedures are extremely advanced and so the length of the procedures and the healing time has greatly been improved. Also, the painful procedures are performed while you are under anaesthetic and your dentist will prescribe you pain medication to take at home if you need it.
Another deterrent for people to visit the dentist is the cost. Some health insurance providers will include cosmetic dentistry procedures in their coverage. And if you do not have health insurance that covers cosmetic dentistry procedures you can talk to the dentist of your choice to find out if they will agree to a payment plan so that you can pay for your procedure and the dentist’s services over time.
Before you visit a cosmetic dentist, you have to make sure that the dentist that you go to is licensed to practice. You can find this out from your local dental association. While you do this you can find out whether that dentist has ever had complaints made against them. Some dental procedures can be very complicated and invasive, so you have to make sure that the dentist you are going to is qualified.