Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that uses modern techniques and materials to enhance the aesthetic appearance of your mouth. Cosmetic dentistry is commonly used to describe any dental work which improves the look of gums, teeth and/or bite. It mainly focuses on enhancement in dental aesthetics namely in color, size, shape, location, alignment and even overall smile look. With cosmetic dentistry by Urban Smiles Dental Wicker Park, you can enhance the overall appearance and value of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry was first introduced in the United States in the early twentieth century. At that time, most American dentists were trained as assistants to the more well-established (and richer) dentist practicing in the country. Today, cosmetic dentistry has become one of the leading fields in dental medicine. As such many topnotch dentists have established their name in this field. Attractive and well-trained dentists are usually preferred over less qualified and no less attractive but poorer medical practitioner.
Some of the most common procedures in which cosmetic dentistry aims to improve are: tooth whitening, bleaching, veneers, crowns, bridges, orthodontics, contouring, gum lifts and implant placement. Many of these procedures will work well for patients if they have good oral health, regardless of whether they have any specific orthodontic needs or not. However, for those who may need braces or corrective dental surgery in the future, they are best advised to talk to their primary care doctor first. This is to make sure that you do not end up paying more for the same procedure because your oral health was not good enough to start with.
Other than cosmetic dentistry procedures aimed at improving the looks of your smile, some experts in the field also perform restorative dentistry procedures. For example, in cases where there are spaces between the teeth or in the gums, some dentists might perform dental veneers. This works by covering up the spaces or at least making them less visible. There are also those who would use aligners, similar to braces, to straighten out teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry has changed a lot over the past few years. The days of filling our mouths with mercury-filled amalgam have long been replaced by porcelain veneers. These are made of a composite material which closely resembles the enamel of the teeth and the surrounding gums, giving the patient a better look and more pleasing feel. Cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and bleaching are now done in a safe and reliable way using lasers and light that literally brightens and whitens the patient’s smile. Furthermore, the materials used nowadays are not only highly durable but also highly resistant to staining, chipping and cracking.
If you think that your smile is not in its best shape because of several factors, such as teeth positioning or your age, you can talk to your dentist about it. Cosmetic dentistry procedures would help you get the best smile that you always wanted. But of course, this does not mean that you will have an entirely perfect smile. Some procedures might still be required, such as teeth whitening and bonding, which if done properly, can create a radiant smile that will surely stand out. In any case, with cosmetic dentistry procedures, you can be sure to get your desired results.