General dentistry is related to your health. Cosmetic dentistry has to do with your appearance. If a cosmetic dentistry procedure improves the functionality of your mouth, that is all well and good, but it is not the main purpose. A responsible dentist, though, will not consider you for cosmetic treatments if your general dental health is not good. So if you have cavities, gum disease, or other dental health issues, they will have to be corrected before you can consider cosmetic dentistry.
You do not have to consider it if your dental health is good and you are happy with your smile. The key indicator, though, is the last four words in that sentence – “happy with your smile.” If you dislike your smile, then you might feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you want so that you will no longer feel uncomfortable about smiling.
Well, your Mom’s dentist probably wasn’t trained in cosmetic dentistry procedures. Few dentists were, back in the day. Today, though, dentists know about all manner of treatments that can improve your smile.
Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear. They include:
Back to veneers, they are just a cosmetic dentistry treatment that involves installing tooth-like porcelain shells over unsightly teeth. The length, shape and color of your teeth can be altered using dental veneers. Crowns are another way of correcting dental imperfections when veneers are not sufficient to correct the dental issues.