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Cosmetic Dentistry Offers A Smile Makeover

Aug 23, 2008
Cosmetic dentistry comprises of dental procedures that are aimed at improving the overall aesthetics of your smile. A beautiful smile enhances the self-confidence and the personality of an individual. With the increasing media focus on 'smile' and recent popular TV shows such as 'Extreme Makeover', wearing a stunning smile has suddenly become almost everybody's covet. Further, the growing awareness towards dental health has many people flock to dental clinics where advanced dental care procedures are readily available.

The recent development in the technology of dentistry has enabled dental surgeons to address an extensive range of challenges in the direction of dental surgery and treatment procedure. With the introduction of cosmetic dentistry, which is popularly known as wedding smile, smile makeover and even Hollywood smile, the dentists are now able to improve the overall aesthetics of smile that empowers you with an impressive personality.

Unlike traditional dentistry that is more concerned about oral hygiene and oral diseases, cosmetic dentistry largely emphasizes on improving the appearance of mouth, teeth and smile of a person. The traditional process of diagnosing, treating and preventing oral diseases is a limited area of concern in the science of dentistry, where as cosmetic dentistry widens its scope of dental care with the advantage of giving a make-over to facial appearance. For instance, dental filling is a common procedure to treat and make-up decayed teeth. Earlier, gold, amalam or some other materials were being used to fill the decayed area that left visible mark on the teeth. However, the cosmetic dentistry has replaced the filling materials with porcelain or some other material that closely match the color of the teeth.

Today, the advancements in the technology of cosmetic dentistry aim at creating an attractive appearance with smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction. Again, the smile makeover includes various specialized cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants and teeth whitening. Similarly, the full mouth reconstruction involves the process of dealing with the functional problems pertaining to teeth, muscles, bite, and bone structure using additional cosmetic dentistry procedures.

The Fields of Cosmetic Dentistry:

Teeth Whitening: The most commonly practiced area of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. Reasons such as food, drink (coffee, tea, etc), smoking, or poor oral hygiene often lead to stained teeth. Bleaching is one of the common procedures to restore original teeth color and enhance the appearance of smile.

Bonding: Bonding is the procedure of repairing chipped or broken teeth with the use of cosmetic dentistry. Enamel with dental composite material is applied on the surface of the tooth, shaped and polished to make the crack or chip invisible.

Dental Fillings: Although dental filling is a traditional procedure, cosmetic dentistry of dental filling involves the new method of filling the decayed tooth with porcelain and other composite resin materials so that it wouldn't leave any visible mark on the tooth.

Dental Implants: A tooth loss can be compensated with artificial tooth root replacements. It is otherwise known as dental implants. Missing teeth lead the face to collapse, and with dental implant, cosmetic surgery help to restore youthful appearance of the face.
Dental Veneers: Dental veneer is recommended when there are gaps between the teeth or in case there is a failure in the teeth whitening process.

Cosmetic dentistry is now available with non-surgical facelift procedures for facial rejuvenation. However, it is important to take the advice of cosmetic dentists before considering cosmetic dentistry for smile enhancement.
About the Author
Art Gib is a freelance writer for SanFranCosmeticDentistry.com ( http://www.sanfrancosmeticdentistry.com ), a San Francisco cosmetic dentistry website.
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