Cosmetic Dentistry & Cosmetic Dental Procedures

By: Clint Jhonson

Shiny. Glowing. Resplendent. For either professional or private reasons most people would give anything to have such teeth. Expressions such as teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, or laser bleaching have already started to get into the daily vocabulary and become routine activities. Consequently, a dentist appointment, which used to make most people shiver, can now turn into a craved cosmetic dentistry appointment meant to turn teeth into small pieces of jewelry.

When basic methods of teeth whitening, such as the frequent use of whitening toothpaste, which is the easiest and cheapest way of removing surface stains, do not work, cosmetic dentistry is the next step. And it may or may not require an appointment with a dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry is not limited to teeth whitening producers, as it can also be used for adjusting cracked or uneven teeth, to replace damaged teeth or correct any other imperfection. However, a lot of persons don't need anything more than over the counter products as they have healthy, unrestored teeth that can be whitened at home with quality products bought from pharmacies or online shops. For those who need to visit a doctor before having their teeth bleached, it's wise to know they have nothing to be afraid of. The demand for cosmetic dentistry procedures for teeth whitening has increased a lot in recent years and has made people feel comfortable in the dentist's office.

The best part when considering cosmetic dentistry for teeth whitening is that one can choose from several techniques. "In-office" and "at home" teeth whitening procedures rely on bleaching changing natural teeth color from five to seven shades brighter.

Among the "In-office" teeth whitening procedures, the laser bleaching one is the most expensive and the brighter the teeth one wants, the longer one has to sit in the dentist's chair. However, if sitting in the dentist's chair used to be an ordeal, nowadays more and more people willingly ask for a cosmetic dentistry treatment, ready to spend as much time as necessary in what used to be a scary place - the dentist's cabinet.

Another "In-office" teeth whitening procedure is the professional cleaning of one's teeth by a dentist who uses abrasion and polishing to remove stains mostly caused by certain kinds of foods and beverages and by tobacco.

In addition, one can also choose to get tooth veneers either as a cosmetic dentistry procedure for teeth whitening or as a cosmetic dentistry procedure for fixing damaged teeth. Tooth veneers are a plastic or porcelain coating fixed by the dentist on the surface of a tooth, looking and feeling natural. And they are also an economical choice for "In-office" teeth whitening.

As "at home" teeth whitening procedures we can mention the "brush on teeth whitening formula", meaning that one can put a gel on the teeth, let it dry and stay with it on overnight. Then again, one can use, at home, teeth whitening strips that can be applied on the teeth in a simple and easy way. Teeth whitening gel usage is another procedure that can be used as a "home" method for getting whiter teeth, in a simple and affordable manner.

Still, no matter what product one uses, whitening is not a permanent solution as, sooner or later, the stains come back due to the food and beverage consumed on a daily basis. A whitening treatment can last up to 6 or 12 months if one is very careful and avoids staining food. Moreover, some of the products used for cosmetic dentistry procedures can be harmful for some categories such as: pregnant women, children under 16 years old or people with gum diseases.

However, even though more affordable and easier to use, "at home" teeth whitening procedures have to be overlooked if the person has damaged teeth that first need fixing. Going to a dentist might not look like a lot of fun, but the truth is some people don't have choice (if they want a beautiful smile). They have to have the opinion, advice and intervention of a professional when it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures. Moreover, one must not be afraid as the very image of the dentist has gained a new dimension due to cosmetic dentistry. The good doctors are no longer seen as the persons who only perform painful, undesirable actions, but also as the persons who can do something about our appearance and, therefore, our lives.

Cosmetic dentistry has grown significantly lately as there are more and more people who are willing to spend as much time as necessary in the dentist's chair in order to get shiny, glowing, perfectly white teeth. And there is no sign that people will loose interest in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening, especially nowadays when well taken care looks and a wide, bright smile can weight a great deal in both personal and professional relations.

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