The impression of a  dentist as someone who fills cavities or extracts your tooth is really outdated. Today, many people visit the dentist not because they have to but because they want to. And many of them consult cosmetic dentists – a new type of dental practitioner who offer cosmetic dental treatments to improve the beauty or aesthetics of your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry is Not Just for Aesthetics

While cosmetic dentistry tends towards the aesthetics of the teeth, some cosmetic dentists offer restorative and functional treatments that complement their cosmetic dental services. In this way, they not only treat your teeth for cosmetic reasons, the treatments also restore health and functionality to your teeth. For example, some professional cosmetic dentists offer dental implants as a means of treating patients’ tooth loss problems.

Although dental implants are not, strictly speaking, within the realm of cosmetic dentistry, they also provide an aesthetic option to replace your teeth. Compared to dentures that used to be the standard treatment for tooth loss patients, dental implants provide more permanence, stability and durability. They are also more aesthetically appealing as they conform to the precise shape and size of the original tooth, blending seamlessly with the rest of the existing teeth.

Although there are some overlaps between cosmetic and restorative treatments, there are also purely cosmetic treatments that have been enjoying growing popularity.

What is the Most Common Cosmetic Dental Procedure?

One of the most common cosmetic procedures is teeth whitening. Teeth staining is a common problem for smokers and heavy coffee drinkers. In recent years, teeth whitening procedures have been able to deliver visible results in removing the tough stains caused by certain foods and beverages as well as discolouration. Cosmetic dentists typically offer a choice or in-chair whitening treatment or the dentist-prescribed take home teeth whitening kit.

The use of porcelain veneers is another example of a cosmetic treatment. The treatment is normally recommended by a cosmetic dentist to hide cracked, crooked or stained teeth. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells that resemble the enamel of natural teeth that dentists use as “coverings” for the patient’s unsightly teeth. They can even be used to correct teeth that have gaps between them. Advances in dental materials science has allowed these life-like veneers to not only cover our dental flaws, but also redesign our teeth contours to give us natural and balanced smiles!

Find Out More on What a Cosmetic Dentist Can Do to Beautify Your Smile

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