Why Would Someone Need Or Be Interested In Cosmetic Dentistry?

Traditional dentistry has to do with oral hygiene and ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral disease. On the other hand, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of a person's teeth, mouth, and smile. While general or traditional dentistry focuses on dental problems that require necessary treatment, cosmetic dentistry is usually used for elective or treatments. Cosmetic dentistry doesn't just focus on looks; it also provides restorative benefits where a smile may need to be made over and repaired in order to help provide better oral and overall general health.

A common example of cosmetic dentistry treatment is dental fillings which are used to treat decayed teeth. In the past, dental fillings were done with gold, amalgam, and other materials that left visible dark spots on and around the teeth. But today, with advances in technology, fillings are considered a cosmetic treatment because they are made of porcelain or composite materials that can closely match the color of the patient's natural teeth, so it doesn't look like they have had their teeth worked on. This natural look is the aim of all cosmetic dentistry, because a person should have a smile that looks good without making it evident that they have had work done.

People may choose to have cosmetic dentistry treatment, or they may even need it for reasons such as replacing missing teeth, whitening teeth, and straightening teeth. All these procedures improve a person's teeth and their smile, and not only makes them look better, but also gives them the confidence to smile and feel good about themselves. With the advances that have been made in dental treatments recently, the restorations and procedures are very predictable and long lasting. These advances also allow dentists to save as much of a patient's natural tooth structure as possible. This is beneficial for the patient because they have as much of their own teeth as possible, and can get the results they need with minimal artificial replacement.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments can also help in treating problems that in the past may have had to be done under surgical methods. Now, with the use of advanced anesthetic procedures and the use of lasers, these treatments can be done faster, more efficiently, and the patient needs less time to recover. A person can now have their teeth and smile restored by visiting a cosmetic dentist, but that doesn't mean they're just making your teeth look better. Replacing missing teeth or straightening crooked teeth does make your smile look better, but they also help your mouth to be healthy, and prevents decay and disease. So in turn, you're taking care of your overall health at the same time.

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