We would visit the dentists to uproot a tooth, for scaling, filling a cavity. Now you get cosmetic dentistry, which will improve the appearance and function of your teeth. This is all about giving your teeth a picture-perfect look. It is also known as dental facelifts or smile makeovers.
Cosmetic dentistry requires special training to use, especially needed materials. Those dentists who practice cosmetic dentistry Baton Rouge need to undergo additional full-time training and broaden their knowledge.
Orthodontists specialize in diagnosing, preventing, interception, and correction of misaligned teeth and incorrect relation between the two dental arches’ teeth. On the other hand, Prosthodontists plan treatment, rehabilitation, and maintain oral function, comfort, appearance, and the patient’s health. Also, they specialize in clinical conditions relating to missing or deficient teeth and oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. Cosmetic dentistry offers teeth whitening using several specializing areas, veneers, dental crowns, composite bonding, contouring, and replacing metal fillings.
Teeth whitening is one of the most sought after treatments, and you can obtain various teeth whitening products on the market. But it is recommended that you get a professional to lighten your discolored teeth. Veneers would be used to close gaps, disguise discolored teeth that are not responding to whitening procedures. Composite and Dental Porcelain is used to fabricate veneers, and they are bonded to the tooth using resin cement.
Dental crowns, also known as Cap, are used to protect your teeth from further damage. This can be due to weakening caused by decay, a large filling, or worn down teeth. It is ideal for naturally restoring them. The Cap is mainly used on the front teeth and is made out of ceramics, porcelain gold, or a combination of metals. The most common type used is ceramic.
Composite bonding involves a process of enamel-like dental composite material applied to the tooth surface. This is then sculpted into shape, hardened, and then polished. Contouring is known to be an instant treatment in cosmetic dentistry. It reshapes crooked teeth, chipped, cracked, or overlapping teeth. This treatment alters the length, shape, and position of the teeth. Metal fillings are not bound to the tooth properly; in such cases replacing the metal filling with a dental composite would be advised by the dentists. It will also benefit the long-term health of your tooth.
Due to the popularity, many dentists who are not qualified to perform aesthetic procedures tend to use the phrase cosmetic dentist. This is only to promote and draw more patients to their practice. So before you settle in with a dentist to get a smile makeover done, it is better to do some research on the expertise. Getting a reference from your friends who have already gotten cosmetic dentistry procedures can also be a great help. If the practice has a website, you can read up the existing patient’s testimonies and check how qualified the dentist and his medical team are.