What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

For most of us, going to the dentist is not something that we like to do, it’s something that we have to do. Typically, a dental procedure will be something to correct a problem, such as cleaning out plaque and tartar, filling in a cavity, or doing something invasive like a root canal. However, there is a whole other form of dentistry that revolves around having the best smile possible. Whether you’re a Hollywood actor or someone who just wants to look their best, cosmetic dentistry has you covered.

What this term means is that a dentist will perform procedures to make your teeth look the best they possibly can. While most dentists are solely focused on the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth in general, a cosmetic dentist is also concerned with the appearance of everything.

Examples of Cosmetic Dentistry
To understand what’s involved in this kind of work, here are some common examples of cosmetic dentistry.

 * Teeth Whitening: Unfortunately for us, the natural shade of our enamel is off-white, which can give the appearance of poor oral hygiene. A very common procedure is to get your teeth artificially whitened for that red-carpet look.

 * Veneers: If your teeth are looking haggard or downright ugly, then you may prefer to get a veneer. This product covers your teeth to give it a beautiful, uniform look. Veneers are typically made of porcelain or composite materials.

 * Bonding: this procedure is done to help fill in gaps caused by chipped teeth. Bonding is usually done by applying a particular material to the tooth, rather than drilling or implanting something.

 * Tooth Contouring and Shaping: If your mouth looks crooked and uneven, a cosmetic dentist may shave parts of your teeth to get a clean, uniform look. This procedure is much quicker than braces, but it will remove part of your teeth, meaning you won’t get it back.

 * Gum Shaping: While most people focus just on the teeth, the gums can be equally important. Gum shaping is when the dentist removes or reshapes the tissue for a more even look.

For further questions or information about cosmetic dentistry, find a local clinic in your area. For more information on Cosmetic Dentistry, contact Cascades Dental today at (703) 444-5095. You can also follow them on Twitter for more updates.

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