Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that is focused on making the teeth look better. Cosmetic dentistry can include a number of procedures that whiten the teeth, improve the look of cracked or chipped teeth and also improve the appearance of the gums. In addition, they can often make the teeth easier to maintain or clean.
Many patients turn to cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of their teeth and restore their smile. The smile is one of the first things that others notice when they meet a person for the first time. A good smile says a lot about a person and how they feel around others. Because of chipped teeth, a “gummy smile” or other dental issues, many people are afraid to smile or are just unwilling to show their teeth to others. A healthy mouth, maintained by good oral hygiene, helps to keep a person in good overall health.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that help a person maintain a happy and healthy mouth.
When it comes to teeth whitening at home, one of the easiest treatments is the use of whitening toothpaste that contains a mild abrasive for polishing the teeth as well as chemical agents such as hydrogen peroxide that help with stain removal. Whitening gels are applied directly to the teeth using a small brush. The abrasives used with a whitening gel are designed for use with sensitive teeth. Whitening strips are thin strips that are coated with a gel that is peroxide-based. They are applied twice a day for about 30 minutes each time for a period of two weeks. Dental trays are mouthpiece trays that can be used at home but the process is still supervised by a cosmetic dentist. A custom mouthpiece is created to fit the teeth of the patient while also maximizing the area of contact between the bleaching agent and the tooth. Dental trays can also be purchased over the counter but they are “one size fits all” and might not properly fir in the mouth of the patient. This can result in ineffective teeth bleaching and uneven whitening.
Patients can travel to the office of a cosmetic dentist to have in-office bleaching performed on the teeth. This method is popular because the process is supervised by the dentist. In addition, in-office bleaching can be performed in one visit as opposed to the multiple treatments that are required for teeth whitening methods performed at home. In-office bleaching can lighten the teeth by many shades in one cosmetic dentistry treatment.
While the cosmetic dentistry treatments listed above are very popular, there are always new procedures and treatments being researched and tested on a regular basis. It remains to be seen if these procedures will remain popular in the future or if they will be replaced in popularity by newer cosmetic dentistry methods.