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The procedures of Cosmetic Dentistry

May 03, 2010

Cosmetic Dentistry has a lot of misinformed derision about it; it is usually associated with the rich and famous, and not known for its practicality.  However, cosmetic dentistry is a very important aspect of your oral care.  Keeping up the appearance and general form of your teeth does wonders in improving general oral hygiene.  Thus, the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to not only improve the look of teeth, but to also improve your dental health and function. Cosmetic Dentistry is a lot bigger than just whitening your teeth.  One such procedure is the contouring and reshaping of teeth.  Very often teeth become chipped, cracked, misaligned, or damaged, and these can have serious implications on your dental health.   Contouring or reshaping can help alleviate these problems and make functions like chewing more effective. Another cosmetic procedure is dental bonding, where a composite resin is attached, or bonded, to the tooth.  This bonding material is then shaped and sculpted to improve the cosmetic look of your smile.  But of course, dental bonding does a lot more than that; bonding helps to restore decayed teeth and can protect exposed roots or repair cracked or chipped teeth.  And again, the function of the tooth is greatly improved, providing many more dental health benefits. Cosmetic dentistry even has provides a solution for missing teeth.  Dental implants, crowns and bridges are the most common treatments for replacement.  These procedures allow dentists to fill in gaps which have been reported to cause health problems like biting/chewing complications, gum disease, and even speech troubles! Even though cosmetic dentistry may be more well known for giving celebrities their beautiful smiles through whitening and veneers procedures, its many other procedures establish its place as an important aspect of oral health.   Keep in mind though that these procedures are fairly expensive, so if you are looking for something like teeth whitening, take-home kits like the Dr.Collins All White Bleaching System will work just fine.