Studies have shown that more than 99 percent of people consider it important to have a good smile. This is probably the reason why cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular among everyone from teenagers to senior citizens!
If you’ve never been to a cosmetic dentist, however, you might be wondering what they actually do. How are they different from regular dentists? What treatments do they offer? What do you need to know about cosmetic dentistry before you take the plunge?
Here are just a few of the most common procedures done by cosmetic dentists. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it should be enough to give you a general idea of what skills and services that you’ll find in the field. To find out exactly what your dentist offers, be sure to check out their website. Here in town, Glenlake Dental Care offers both general and cosmetic dentistry. Having a dentist that offers both can be convenient as you are able to keep your care in one office.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures for dentists in Brisbane. No one wants a yellow smile! The good news is that you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to brightening your teeth; your dentist can do it in the office with lasers and bleaches, or they can assign you at-home treatments for a smaller fee. The only downside to teeth whitening is that you’ll have to keep it up: It generally only lasts around six months, so you’ll need to schedule regular whitening appointments with your dentist to keep your smile bright.
If you want a whiter smile but bleaching isn’t an option for you, porcelain veneers might be a viable alternative. They’ll completely cover any stains left by things like coffee and old cavities. They’re a bit more invasive than other procedures in the sense that they have to be professionally attached to the surface of your teeth, but they’re also more permanent; they’ll last for years before they start to show any signs of wear.
Contouring the Gums
If you have a “gummy” smile that exposes a lot of your gums when your lips are pulled back, you might be a candidate for a contouring surgery. Depending on the unique shape of your mouth, your cosmetic dentist might recommend anything from a laser treatment to maxillofacial surgery. You’ll need to consult with them to figure out the best course of action for you, but one thing is for sure: You don’t have to be stuck with a gummy smile.
You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of composite bonding; it isn’t something glamorous that gets advertised in a lot of commercials. However, it’s a worthwhile solution to many common dental problems. If you have a gap in your teeth, composite bonding can fill it up. If you want to permanently attach your crowns or fillings to your teeth, composite bonding can keep them in place. This is another treatment that you’ll need to discuss with your dentist before you start making plans or setting aside payments, but it’s definitely something to consider.
Do you have crooked teeth? Do you shudder at the thought of getting traditional wire braces? You might be able to skip the hardware when you opt for invisible braces. While you’re probably most familiar with plastic correctional trays like Invisalign, there are also other ways to discreetly straighten your teeth, including ceramic brackets that can be camouflaged with your smile. There are also “inside” braces that can be placed on the back of your teeth instead of the front. And the very popular option over the past couple years, home-based nighttime clear aligners like Byte and Smile Direct Club.
These are just a few practices that are common to cosmetic dentists. Remember, however, that this isn’t nearly all of them! If you’re interested in a cosmetic procedure that isn’t on this list, contact your dentist and ask about it.