300px-Sculpting1English: Sculpting (enamel recontouring the lower front teeth) and Bonding in one visit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not all of us are born with a perfect set of teeth. A good number of people have naturally unaligned teeth. There are also those with yellowish teeth and there are a handful whose teeth are unevenly sized. Aside from that, as you grow old cavities develop thus you have to undergo a process called tooth extraction.

A single tooth extraction can have a lot of implications on how teeth are positioned because if the spaces in the gums are not property filled in the teeth nearby it – it can gradually move thus further widening the gaps between teeth. What’s more unfortunate is that those spaces can harbor germs and bacteria.

Having an unattractive and unflattering set of teeth has negative implications for a person. People with unattractive teeth are often subject to ridicule. Also, they are often too shy to mingle with other people and are too afraid to flash their smiles when taking pictures.

The field of dentistry that takes care of these problems is cosmetic dentistry. What exactly do these dentists do to make your smiles better? Cosmetic dentistry involves undertaking certain dental procedures to enhance the appearance of your teeth, the gums, or to realign your bite.

Here are some of the things that cosmetic dentists do:

  1. Some of the things that cosmetic dentists do to improve the appearance of teeth is to add dental material to the gums or the teeth. For example, if a tooth is broken or is slightly shorter than the other tooth, cosmetic dentists will add crowns or maybe porcelain veneers to make teeth look and feel better.
  2. Tooth extraction to align bite and remove cavities.
  3. They also practice orthodontics which involves straightening of unaligned teeth plus improving the appearance of the face.
  4. There are also other procedure like teeth whitening and gum depigmentation. Teeth whitening is ideal for people whose teeth are ridden with tar and stains because it produces immediate results quickly.

Almost all dentists can perform the services rendered above. But it is always good to research more on the past experiences of your dentists when they performed cosmetic dentistry.

Contrary to popular belief, cosmetic dentistry is not only done to make people look good and feel good about their own self. Younger kids are now wearing braces even before they reach puberty. Cosmetic dentistry has numerous health benefits. For one, regularly checking the well-being of your teeth is a way of maintaining oral hygiene.

If done regularly, cavities, toothache, and yellowing of tooth can be avoided. Another benefit has something to do with enhancing one’s self esteem to face people and to be confident in front of the camera because you can flash your best smile any time of the day and let people see it.


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