Modern dentistry techniques have made achieving a perfect smile attainable to almost everyone. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings and thanks to technological advancements dentists now have the tools and techniques to fix even the most wretched teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is focused on giving you the best smile possible, by using an array of methods to whiten, straighten or even replace missing teeth. If you feel you require cosmetic dentistry, it’s best to be well informed of the procedures that may take place even before you sit in the dentist chair. This post will answer some frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry.
What Are Some Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
I guess you’re wondering what kind of cosmetic problems dentists can fix. Here is a list of common issues that can be resolved by cosmetic dentistry:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Receding gums
- Decay or rotten teeth
- Yellowing teeth
On your next check-up, have a chat to your dentist and he will inform you of procedures that can be done to fix your smile.
How Much Will It Cost?
The cost varies according to the procedure. Whitening your teeth is a low cost procedure and produces fantastic results. Then you have the installation of veneers which can run up into the thousands. It’s best to discuss it with your dentist. Most dentists these days will offer a payment plans if the work being done exceeds a few thousand dollars. Of course this will vary from dentist to dentist.
Will Insurance Cover Cosmetic Work?
Most insurance companies will not cover cosmetic dental procedures at all, although there are some insurance companies that cover a percentage of the cost. The plans are called “total coverage” plans and are designed to cover pretty much everything. The amount covered differs with each insurance company.
Finding the Right Dentist
To find the right dentist for the job it’s a good idea to ask around your family and friends. It’s highly likely that someone in your extended network can steer you in the right direction. There are also dental related forums that offer loads of useful advice. You can also find out for yourself by asking your dentist of his training and qualifications. Generally, a dentist will not perform certain procedures if they are not trained, as it can lead to heavy penalties. You may also go to a general practitioner – they will often refer you onto a specialist in the field.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of composite resin or porcelain that are bound to your teeth. This procedure is an alternative to crowns and can be used to change the colour and shape of the original tooth. They are also used to fix gaps between the front teeth. Veneers should last anywhere between 10 to 15 years if the procedure is done correctly. Any wear and tear on the veneers due to a person’s lifestyle choices can be repaired.
Will Whitening Affect the Health of My Teeth?
The answer is no. Whitening at the dentist will cause some slight sensitivity due to the nature of the procedure but this will recede after a short period of time. It is important that for a period time after whitening your teeth to refrain from consuming foods that can stain your teeth or smoking.
What is the Best Procedure to Replace a Missing Tooth?
There are several options for replacing missing teeth, the major one being an implant. The procedure involves drilling into the jaw bone and fixing in a tooth replacement that is usually made out of titanium.
A bridge is a good option if there are teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This method involves fixing the faux tooth to the teeth on either side then it is cemented in place.
There is also the tooth supported fixed bridge. It consists of two crowns with the replacement missing tooth in between. The two crowns are fixed over the two outer teeth and the replacement nestles securely in between.
A temporary denture is a low cost, quick fix solution. The denture is designed to replace singular or multiple teeth in the same row. The denture sits on the gum line and is fixed with tiny hooks. It is easily inserted and removed by simply unhooking the clips.
Hopefully this post answered some of your questions about cosmetic dentistry. The course of action is to go and see your local dentist and discuss options to bring your smile to its brightest. Keep on smiling and brighten a stranger’s day. J