Dentistry is a multi-disciplinary profession with so many different specialties. For those who want to take on the profession, it means having to identify the specific career path they want to take and, for those who will require dental services, it means having many different dental specialists to choose from. Cosmetic dentists are just one of the many dental specialists available. These dentists specialise in improving or restoring the dental appearance of patients. They can do this by performing various dental procedures on their patients.
If you are unhappy about your dental appearance, you are a potential candidate for cosmetic dentistry. But you might want to learn about what the various cosmetic dentistry services available out there are.
Let's discuss some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures performed today, so you can be familiar with what they involve.
As the name suggests, this dental procedure is carried out to whiten or brighten discoloured teeth. Tooth discolouration can be caused by so many different factors, including poor dental hygiene, dental disease, tobacco use, consumption of foods and/or drinks that stain teeth, the natural process of aging, et cetera, et cetera.
Teeth whitening can be carried out at the dental office or using at-home teeth whitening kits recommended by the dentist but administered by the patients. For best results, however, it is advisable for patients to have their teeth whitened at the dental office.
Dental crowns are meant for patients having a broken or damaged tooth that has not yet been lost. The procedure is performed to reinstate the natural shape of the tooth as well as its size. A crown is basically the tooth-shaped cap that is fitted and cemented onto the remaining part of the affected tooth to restore or enhance the patient's dental appearance, but also make it easier for them to bite and chew food.
Some people have unsightly gaps between their teeth. Teeth gaps can be caused by a number of different reasons, including availability of more space for teeth growth, periodontal disease, dental habits like thumb-sucking and tongue thrusting. Dental bonding is normally performed to "fill" these gaps using materials like a composite resin, porcelain, an amalgam, gold, et cetera, et cetera, enhancing the patient's dental appearance in the process.
Cosmetic dentists can also perform dental procedures other than the ones discussed here to improve or restore the dental appearance of their patients. So, feel free to consult a cosmetic dentist about your specific issue.