Available technology and other advances have made cosmetic dentistry an option for more and more people, and its popularity continues to grow. But what is cosmetic dentistry? This field includes any procedures or products that are meant to enhance your smile and make your teeth more visually appealing. Anything from correcting the spacing of teeth to brightening their surfaces falls under cosmetic dental procedures.
One of the most popular areas of cosmetic dentistry involves the many methods of whitening teeth. A chemical process is the most popular option to remove stains from foods, smoking, and medications that discolor teeth over time. A dentist can either provide a solution to use at home or a treatment in the office to bleach your teeth to a whiter shine. While the effectiveness of the available options varies, whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist can be very successful.
Porcelain or plastic shells are custom made to fit your teeth and correct problems ranging from gaps to stains or chips. After taking an impression of the teeth to be covered, the dentist will cement the veneers in place, providing a permanent solution to aesthetic problems that is more affordable than a crown.
Enamel Shaping and Bonding
There are several methods available for dentists to remove part of the tooth enamel to repair crooked teeth, bite problems, and irregular teeth. This is sometimes used i conjunction with bonding, which inserts a resin over parts of the tooth to build it back up. Through a combination of the two, a dentist can alter the shape or surface of a tooth to a surprising degree without even needing a numbing agent.
By applying cosmetic dentistry, patients can improve their smiles and their self confidence. If you’re interested in correcting visual issues with your teeth, consult with your dentist and ask about what options are available and appropriate for you.
Americans spend billions of dollars each year on a variety of teeth-whitening products, from mouthwash to toothpaste, gels, and light treatments. These products often go unregulated by the American Dental Association, leaving consumers to wonder if they’re truly effective at whitening teeth. Is there a difference in over the counter products and those used by dentists? Are some products safer than others?
The available options vary in price, results, safety, and efficiency. Most bleaching items use some form of peroxide, with strength ranging from 8% to 43%. The variety of gels or items used in your dentist’s office are typically stronger than the OTC types. These strong chemicals can sometimes harm the gums or teeth if used incorrectly, but in the hands of an experienced dentist can be extremely effective at whitening teeth from 3 to 8 shades lighter.
Everyday cleaning is an important part of keeping your teeth and mouth clean and free of damaging bacteria. Brushing and flossing are the most important weapon against tooth decay, but going the extra mile to give your mouth a full, thorough cleaning can help get rid of tough plaque or other lingering problems.
Thoroughly brush your entire mouth. In addition to the front and back of your teeth, be sure to clean the roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and over your tongue.
Use a tongue scraper to gently scrape the surface of your tongue. These inexpensive items can help remove bacteria that’s built up.
Take the opportunity to invest in an electric toothbrush. According to a number of studies, eletric options are more effective at removing plaque from teeth and preventing gingivitis. If you enjoy some fancier tech, some brushes even include a timer to denote when you’ve been brushing for the recommended 2 minutes and monitor how hard you’re brushing.
Using a water irrigation system can help clean under the gum line. Adding antibacterial mouthwash to the small water tank can also help rid your mouth of germs and bacteria.
Visit your dentist for a thorough examination and cleaning. In addition to using specialized tools to remove any plaque, your dentist can also spot any potential problems or cavities.
While daily cleaning is irreplaceable to protect your oral health, regularly deep cleaning any buildup of bacteria and plaque from your mouth can also a long way in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other potential problems. If you have any on-going concerns or questions about your teeth, your dentist can offer professional advice that’s specific to you.
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