Cosmetic Dentistry For A Happy Smile
Cosmetic dentistry used to be a branch of dentistry that was only dealt with by people who really needed it. Braces, teeth whitening - people had it done not because they wanted to look good, but because they needed it.
Nowadays, it's more of the other way around; you undergo these things because you want to look good. I visited my dentist recently and this was one of the things he was talking about.
More and more people have been coming to him, asking him if he could make their teeth as beautiful as their favorite actor's or actress' own set of teeth. They even bring a picture of this particular smiling celebrity to make sure he has the correct image in mind.
The cost of a beautiful set of teeth is usually more than you've bargained for. Of course it would depend on how extensive the whole procedure would be; some need a complete transformation and let's face it - that would really cost a lot.
Plus, bringing a picture of your chosen celebrity does not guarantee that you will have the exact same smile as he or she has. Your new set of teeth should also fit you like it was meant to be; you don't want to go wasting your money on something that will make you look strange, do you?
Looking beautiful is the main purpose of this branch of dental medicine. But you'd need to keep in mind that getting that perfect smile (and therefore, boosting your confidence) would cost more than your usual trip to the dentist.
So before going to your dentist to have him imitate that star-like smile, think about it carefully because it's serious business. There are many procedures involved in cosmetic dentistry. There are implants and veneers, braces, and many other things a dentist can do to help your smile.
One procedure we are focusing on today is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening actually involves a number of techniques used to improve the color of your discolored teeth.
Some of the most popular techniques in teeth whitening are chemical whitening, abrasive teeth brightening, and the latest technique which is laser teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening also has a number of ways to be done, depending on the technique you choose. It can be done in the dentist's office, or you can perform it right in your home using products provided by the dentist.
A lot of patients prefer the latter option because they find it more convenient without going to the dentist's office each treatment. A teeth whitening session done in your home may last up to three hours, with the chemical and the whitening tray in your mouth.
Dentists could advise you on how long you can keep the tray in your mouth, depending on how discolored your teeth are. Teeth whitening done at home is usually a simple process, which concerns fairly easy instructions which should be followed strictly.
Typically, this home session lasts for three weeks, or longer depending on the dentist's advice. You have to keep in mind though that teeth whitening procedure is not permanent.
Over the years, your teeth will start to get discolored again, depending on how well your oral hygiene is. Normally though, the results of a teeth whitening procedure lasts for two or more years, and patients are usually very happy with the results.
If you want to know more about teeth whitening procedure, consult with a dentist or orthodontist today. The best thing you can do for yourself if you are wanting to spruce up your smile is to research a dentist in your area that you can trust.
Getting testimonials from patients is a great way to know how reputable he is. You can also ask to see before and after pictures of the work he has done.
Most general dentists can do these procedures, but when you are spending the time and money to improve your smile, you want to go to someone who specializes in what they are doing.
by: Jack LandryAbout the Author:Jack R. Landry is a former dental assistant and has authored hundreds of articles relating to oral health and Bakersfield, CA dentist. He has been a guest dental lecturer for over 15 years.Contact Info:Jack R. LandryJackRLandry@gmail.comhttp://www.BakersfieldSmileDesign.com