The term cosmetic dentistry represents any dental procedure that improves a persons’ oral appearance.
A knowledgeable and specially trained dentist can perform an assortment of cosmetic procedures on a persons’ teeth to correct gaps or chips or to fill a worn surface with a procedure called dental bonding or teeth bonding.
Other types of cosmetic dentistry are veneers, crowns or caps, tooth or gum repair. Finally, teeth straightening to correct person’s facial features are yet another form of cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth Bonding Can all Dentists Provide This Service?
Cosmetic dentistry requires specific training and not just any dentist can ethically perform this type of dental work. Although sometimes the term cosmetic dentistry is referenced to include any type of dental work that improves a person’s teeth.
Numerous dentists will say they are cosmetic dentists in spite of their real training specialty or education. This of course is misleading marketing to patients. The American Dental Association will not accept cosmetic dentistry as a formal area of ability in the field of dentistry.
Yet, there remain today dentists that still publicize that they are cosmetic dentists. In reality there are only two types of dentists that are ethically able to say they are cosmetic dentists; Prosthodontics and Orthodontics.
Prosthodontic Dentist And Orthodontist Dentist.
A Prosthodontic dentist is a dentist who has undergone special training and can diagnose, plan the proper treatment for a patient with clinical dental concerns such as missing or defective teeth, a person with maxillofacial tissue that is using bio-compatible matter would also benefit from visiting this type of dentist.
The second type of dentist who has earned the right to hang out his shingle proclaiming he or she is a cosmetic Dentist is Orthodontist. An Orthodontist is interested with the research and treatment of over and under bites, which may be a result of abnormality and/or unequal jaw lines.
Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental dislocation only, or it could deal with the control and alteration of facial growth. In the case of alteration of facial growth it is better identified as ‘dentofacial orthopaedics’.
Cosmetic dentistry not only corrects imperfections of a person’s teeth but they also help a person’s self-confidence.
Many people who feel their smile is unattractive do not even crack a smile. When a person believes their smile is unappealing not only do they not smile but their self-confidence is affected.
Materials Used In Teeth Bonding
Years ago fillings used in teeth were made of such ingredients as mercury, silver or gold as well as other agents for bonding the fillings to the tooth. With advances in modern medicine as well as dentistry even more usable materials are being learned about. Today, dental work can be made completely of porcelain or a combination of resources that more closely resemble the appearance of the natural formation and color of teeth.
The almost natural color of the material used for teeth are adhered to the underlying foundation with a resin adhesive. In contrast to silver fillings the newer fillings used today are void of any mercury. Today with the more natural colorings to make any dental work look natural more people are opting for cosmetic dental treatments.
Teeth Bonding Procedure and Costs
Teeth bonding for instance is one such treatment. In dental bonding the dentist uses a special epoxy like substance that, when adhered to the tooth or teeth with a special laser light is not only as hard as the tooth itself but is so close to the tooth’s natural color that most do not even notice a difference.
Dental bonding is used to fill in gaps between teeth, fill in a worn indention from excessive wear such as from grinding one’s teeth. This procedure is used also for temporary crowns or fillings. It is very painless and local anaesthesia is hardly ever needed, if at all. The actual cost of Dental bonding is in-between $100 to $400 per tooth.
Cosmetic dentistry has certainly progressed from what it once was. Today, Dentists are able to offer many innovative procedures to their practice for their patients and what’s more, since dental materials are now more easily acquired than years past, the cost of cosmetic dentistry has significantly decreased.
With so many advantages for cosmetic surgery; no mercury or other harmful substances, more natural look and color and less expense than ever before is it any wonder why so many people are smiling like a Cheshire cat?