In our modern society, many of us are unhappy with the way our smile looks, be it crooked teeth, discolored teeth, and chipped teeth or misaligned teeth cosmetic dentistry is a solution to all these imperfections.
"Cosmetic dentist" seems to be a buzzword these days among dental practitioners. Because come to think of it, who isn't a "cosmetic dentist"? All dentists, be it a general dentist or specialist would be doing work with high regards to the cosmetic side of dentistry, and not merely restoring the dentition back to health. As for the recognition of the title, some countries do not acknowledge it. However, there are dental professionals that promote themselves as cosmetic dentists.
The Greek origins of the word “cosmetic” mean jewel, jewelry or adornment and therefore implies something that is fake or human-made. Going further, one should be able to tell when someone has had cosmetic dental treatment as it does not look natural. Instead, the meaning of “aesthetic” derives from a Greek word meaning the feeling and apprehension of nature and organic formations. Henceforth, aesthetic transformations are those that aim to mimic and recreate view, aka natural human appearances. That means that cosmetic dentistry seeks to give the patient the best natural-looking result in creating an improved, but seamless transformation.
Now, what does cosmetic dentistry includes? It has, in fact, a vast range of treatments and procedure protocols depending on patient's need and wants. For example, Patient came in an emergency with a fracture customized metal post and crown. As a dentist, the first instinct would be to investigate the history, the cause, and the possible diagnosis. After that, it'll be followed by a consultation with the patient at the chairside. While there are usually various means to restore a tooth back to shape, the dentist needs to discuss the case thoroughly with the patient so that misunderstandings do not occur.
The aspects that can be discussed regarding the cosmetic side of the teeth would be the shape, shade, size, alignment of the tooth in regard to the dental arch and opposing teeth, etc. It might sound simple, but the genuinely competent and professional dentist might spend up to decades to refine the craft of restoring teeth back to natural form. This is even to the point where it is invisible that the tooth has been modified synthetically and the differences cannot be evaluated quickly by a layman.
One of the most cost-effective and accessible means that the general public would opt for is dental bleaching. Whitening, or "tooth bleaching," is a universal cosmetic dental procedure. While there are a lot of whitening options that are available, including over the counter products, dentist-supervised treatments remain the suggested procedures for lightening discolored teeth. Bear in mind that cosmetic dentists do not necessarily conduct those procedures in the dental office.
They can act as consultants and authority in providing the right recommendations for products such as dental bleaching so that the patient does not harm himself/herself in the process. Cosmetic dentists should be able to guide you through what is best suited for you after a thorough analysis of what your oral conditions are and what are the desired results that you are seeking. There has been a rising trend in this field as cosmetic or esthetic interventions have grown in popularity in recent years.
Another procedure that is commonplace in cosmetic dentistry is bonding. Bonding is a process when the enamel-like dental composites are added on to a tooth's surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished.
If you're active on social media, in particular, Instagram, you'll notice many people with those porcelain teeth and perfect smiles. Perhaps you even wonder to yourself "how do I achieve that?" The simple answer is veneers. Veneers are those super-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an alternative for closing gaps, enhance the shape, or alter the color of teeth that do not respond adequately to whitening procedures. In the more significant part of most cases, tooth reduction is necessary for excellent results.
If there's a tooth decay which requires filling it's best to have someone with years of experience to recommend the best product to restore that cavity. When people’s appearance is most affected, that's aesthetic dentistry in working.
Indeed, the field of cosmetic dentistry has progressed by leaps and bounds. What cosmetic dentists can achieve today is quite a feat. For example, modiﬁed soft tissue grafting technique that utilizes particulate bone graft to support donor connective tissue as a means to reduce dead space, increase contact between soft tissue graft and blood supply, and achieve predictable esthetic and harmonious root coverage in areas of recession over prominent roots.
While there are numerous recommendations regarding restoration placement, preparation design, and even polymerization technique, current research indicates that restoration longevity depends on several variables that may be difﬁcult for the dentist to control. These variables include the patient’s caries risk, tooth position, patient habits, number of restored surfaces, the quality of the tooth–restoration bond, and the ability of the restorative material to produce a sealed tooth–restoration interface.
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