Traditional dentistry involves oral hygiene plus the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases. On the other hand cosmetic dentistry is more concerned with improving the appearance of teeth. Issues such as chipped or crooked teeth, missing teeth, and discoloration are common problems resolved by a cosmetic dentist. The following are different types of cosmetic dentistry:
This is a treatment carried out to alter the vertical dimension of teeth which have been subjected to many years of wear due to acid reflux and teeth grinding.
Dental bonding is carried out to improve the appearance of broken, chipped, stained or cracked teeth, or teeth that have excess space between them: it's also used to protect the exposed roots of teeth, to fill small cavities and as a replacement for or alternative to amalgam or silver fillings.
Braces can be applied to both adults and children, and they're generally used to correct crooked teeth. They also help improve jaw joint disorders, irregular bite, or the correct positioning of the jaw.
Bridges, or Fixed Partial Dentures, are used to close a gap between teeth or to replace missing teeth. With proper oral hygiene, dental bridges can last anywhere up to fifteen years.
Crowns are also known as Caps, and these are placed over damaged teeth to restore their size, shape, appearance, and strength. Crowns are used cosmetically to improve severely stained or broken teeth.
Dentures are artificial, removable teeth designed to replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissues of the teeth. There are "Complete" and "Partial" dentures. Complete dentures are applied when all teeth are missing on either the bottom or top row; Partial dentures are used when there are still remaining teeth.
Other Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments include:
- Enamel shaping and contouring;
- Gum grafts;
- Repairing crooked teeth;
- Dental veneers; and
- Teeth whitening.
Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
The cost for cosmetic dentistry differs depending on the type of procedure you're undertaking. Cosmetic dentistry is not usually covered by dental insurance. However, there are some plans that may cover part of your expenses. Make sure you understand exactly what your out-of-pocket expenses will be.
More and more people are choosing cosmetic dentistry today to improve their smiles and their appearance. With modern-day technology and new tools and techniques, dentists are now able to assist those who are experiencing dental problems to achieve amazing results. Talk to your dentist today to find out if you qualify for cosmetic dentistry.