Thursday, June 20, 2013

What You Should Know about Cosmetic Dentistry

When it comes to your teeth, two things matter: your oral health and your appearance. For your oral health, you visit your general dentist every six months to a year for cleanings and checkups. However, for your appearance, there are several other avenues you can take. Cosmetic dentistry is one of the more popular trends going on in dentistry these days. This post will inform and educate you a little more about what goes into cosmetic dentistry.

The Procedures

The whole point behind going to a cosmetic dentist is to improve the appearance of your mouth and teeth. There are also some health benefits behind the procedures you can get from a dentist who specializes in this field. Some commons procedures include:
·         Teeth whitening
·         Crowns
·         Dental implants
·         Braces
·         Dentures
·         Full mouth reconstruction
These procedures are all geared toward improving the appearance of your teeth and mouth, but do have subsequent health benefits, such as long lasting tooth protection and improved tooth strength. Before you get any cosmetic procedures done, you'll want to first check with your general dentist to see if he or she recommends the procedure for your mouth.

Finding a Dentist

If you think a cosmetic procedure is the way to go, ask your general dentist for recommendations to a cosmetic dentist. Your current dentist should have some colleagues that he can recommend. Next, give the dentist's office a call to set up an initial appointment.

Meeting the Dentist

This initial appointment with the cosmetic dentist is a time for you to use to really decide if that dentist is the right fit for you. Don't hesitate to ask questions and voice your concerns about getting the procedure done. Pay attention to the dentist's bedside manner and how he or she treats your concerns. During this initial appointment, the dentist will also want to take a full set of X-rays and he or she might even take some impressions of your teeth. The dentist will evaluate your oral health and condition to make sure you're a right fit for the procedure being done.  Cosmetic Dentistry is an awesome opportunity for many people to come out of the dentist's office with a brand new smile.

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